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Pastor Post – 1/20/22

Friends in Christ,

#1: Take 5 minutes and let me encourage you in the Word with this video:

#2: Please register today for the city wide AbideCR Conference, held February 11-12…let’s seek the Lord together ( 

#3: Also, just a final reminder that during the Leadership Summit (this coming Monday night @7PM), we’ll spend the first 30 minutes talking about the internship program we hope to start Fall 2022 (check out this attachment that has a few more details–).    

Any and all members who want to discuss the internship are encouraged to be there. The rest of the Leadership Summit is for the saints leading ministries, small groups, our deacons, and elders. Hey Cornerstone Church, it would please me much if you’d all take a moment right now to pray for those serving in these ministries. We have great servants, but it does get tiring and discouraging some weeks. Pray for the Spirit to renew our people and bless our labors.

One final thing; sorry again about the phishing scam that came out earlier this week. I felt so ashamed and angered that someone would use my name to attempt to swindle people. May Christ bring guilt on the perpetrators, guilt that leads them to the Cross. Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do.

See you at 9:25AM this Sunday (we’re Iowans; cold doesn’t stop us 🙂

Much love,

Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: 1/6/2022

Hello Church Family,

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He walks with us into 2022; His Word never fails. Some of us carry griefs into 2022; I pray you sense God’s compassion and mercy. Some begin with enthusiasm and hope; I pray God puts strength into your steps. Regardless, know that Christ promised to be with His Church until the very end of the age. He carries us to fulfill His mission of making disciples.

With that, I want to give Five Quick Announcements:

#1: First, I want to start by expressing a big THANK YOU to all who served our body in 2021. We have such dear saints and faithful servants. Thank you for holding the infants, preparing the lessons, and ministering to one another. Thanks for navigating covid (and our various decisions and convictions) with humility and grace. 

#2: Second, I’m very excited about the new 11AM Sunday School classes launching this Sunday, January 9th. For our adults there’s a deep dive into the Book fo Ephesians, a class discussing a timely book called Crazy Busy, and some helpful discipleship training with Pastor Gary. Check out the Sunday School list at the bottom of this update; we have quality classes and quality teachers. I hope you pick one.

#3: We have 5 mid-week small groups that meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, and two women’s Bible studies held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Each of these groups dig into God’s Word, pray for one another, and a fair share of the groups find a way to eat together regularly. There’s also a few men’s groups and women’s groups that meet at different times during the week. If you’re not in a group, contact me (Pastor Matt, 447.1688) and I’ll try to find the right fit for you.

#4: Please consider signing up for the AbideCR conference here in Cedar Rapids this February 11-12th. Here’s the description: “Imagine a weekend at a slower pace with nothing to distract you from enjoying God’s loving presence. Unhurried worship. Encouragement from God’s word. Fellowship with the family of God. Rest with Jesus.” Read more and sign up @

#5: Cornerstone still has its sights on seeing a new church start in Anamosa. Please be in prayer. Over the past few months, a few possible church planters have been contacted. We’re praying and waiting on the LORD, but it seems like we’re closer now than we’ve ever been.

God’s kindness leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). The glorious Christ dying for His people invites us home. Marvel at the kindness of God, repent afresh before Him as you start 2022.

Your fellow pilgrim,

Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: 10/21/2021

Dear Church Family,

A few days ago my backyard chickens finally laid an egg. 6 months of waiting finally produced. Life and ministry often feel like a long waiting game. We put in effort, prayer, and multiple acts of love, but we see little fruit. We have noble hopes and godly dreams, but none of them seem to work out. Older kids walk away from Jesus. Marriages hit rough patches. The hunger for the Word dries up. The sense of heaven fades.

At these critical times, we may be tempted to find an exit. Maybe we want to join the ranks of the ex-evangelicals or the ex-Christian. Into these moments, I hold to two hopeful passages.

First, I think of Peter in John 6: From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-69)

So too Paul’s exhortation in Galatians 6:9: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

To whom shall we go…a harvest is coming. Two truths that hold us fast when life doesn’t seem to work.

A few quick announcements:
#1: Please plan to join our family meal and meeting on November 7 after church (more details coming).

#2: Please check out my most recent pastor encouragement video:

#3: Sorry for the weird sanctuary light issue on Sunday. We had a few lights go bad so we ordered some new ones early this week. Tony W. helped with a temporary solution so it won’t be so dark this week.

If I can support you, pray for you, or walk beside in anyway, remember I count it a sweet privilege to pastor this church. Know that you have a fantastic team of elders who feel just the same way. We want to walk with you.

Under grace,

Pastor Matt

Fall 2021 Info Sheet

Pastor Post: July 22, 2021

Dear Church Family,

Today is garbage day at my place. So too, a different truck drives by to pick up our yard waste. I counted 4 cans and 7 bags of yard waste. My wife has spent a few hours most days pulling weeds. My kids have pitched in; I’ve pulled a weed or two. Still you might drive by and say, “It’s a jungle out there.” 

Sometimes life is like my yard. We identify weedy areas and pull out the junk, but there’s still so many weeds. Or we remove a nasty patch in our soul, only to have a different ugly thing take root and sprout.

Reading and studying the Proverbs has had a humbling effect on me this summer. The Proverb paints what a life of wisdom can really look like. God has a masterpiece in mind for us. Nonetheless, the lusts of the flesh, the lies of the enemy, and the allure of the world sow seeds of destruction. You may be tempted to give up. You might think it’s not worth working on your life if other weeds remain.

Let me offer 2 reasons to keep engaging with God on the weeds in your life:
Reason #1: God sent His Son to save us from our sin and sins. Jesus died to remove the debt of sin we owed to God. Jesus’ blood cleanses us from all sin. In addition, He seeks to purify us from all sins. Every little spiritual victory is joy for us and honoring to God. The Spirit of the Son never gives up, working to make us good and to heal us from evil. 

Reason #2: Our good works lead others to turn and glorify God. Yes, we will not ever be perfect. You know that; God knows that; your neighbor knows that. But your neighbor notices those little transformations. She observes her girlfriend no longer gossipping. He notices that his buddy no longer speaks ill of his wife. They remember when you send encouraging text messages. They treasure your birthday notes and gifts. 

Carrie and I worked together last night to get the final bags to the curb for pick up. Despite feeling pretty defeated that our yard is still a sanctuary for weeds, our neighbor spied us and said, “Wow, you’ve done a lot of work this week.” 

Other Church Items:

A new video encouragement was uploaded today:

August 8th Membership Class (12-3:30/4PM) – Please let Pastor Gary know if you will join this class. Lunch is provided. This is the first step toward membership at Cornerstone Church.

ReviveCR (August 14-22) – Will you serve your city? Our regional coalition of churches, Serve the City, in partnership with Eight Days of Hope have teamed up to serve city parks, and families still in need from the Derecho. Here are a few details to put on your family calendar (this is for people of ALL ages)…   

Saturday Aug 14: ALL DAY – Go serve the city…We’ll start at St. Mark’s Lutheran at 7AM and for the die-hards, you can go all day, and eat supper together at 6PM. YOU MUST SIGN UP HERE:   

August 15-21 – You can go back any and all days to continue to serve. 

August 22 @7PM – City-wide ReviveCR Worship at the NewBo Market Amphitheatre. Food trucks 5-7PM, more info @

Love ya lots,

Pastor Matt