Category: News

Pastor Post: August 29, 2014

church-newsThe Pastor Post is a regular update from Pastor Matt with information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.

August 29, 2014

Dear Church family,

Our 2014-2015 ministry year is about to kick off. Our theme this year is “In the Word for our Worlds.” We desire to be transformed by the Word of God so that we can be agents of transformation in the worlds God has put it–particularly at home, at work, with our neighbors, and extending to the nations. More information on our 2014-2015 vision can be seen by downloading and printing this informational brochure:

Key things coming up in our church family:

New Sermon Series in Ecclesiastes: This Sunday we start a sermon series in the book of Ecclesiastes. This book is about finding meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. This sermon series should appeal to skeptics and doubters of the Christian faith so please invite your neighbors and friends. But it will also help those already followers of Christ find hope in the seasons of life that feel empty and meaningless.

Small Groups launch: All of our home Bible study groups begin this coming week. Please plan to plug into a group. The times/places of these small groups is posted at the bottom.

New Bible Reading Plan, Starts September 1: Please join the dozens of folks who have already committed to reading the Bible daily from September 1st through the end of the year. You can get a printed Bible reading chart this Sunday or you can download the chart here:

Bible Discussion Group for Women: For 8 weeks starting Sept. 8th, Cornerstone will be hosting a Bible Discussion Group for women from 10 to 11am on Monday mornings. If you are newer to Cornerstone or are interested in investigating the Bible with other women, this is for you! There is no preparation needed; we will simply read and discuss questions around a passage from the book of John each week. Please contact Carrie Proctor with the number of children you need care for so we can provide adequate childcare.

Women of Cornerstone, Save the Date: Coffee, light refreshments, and informational meeting about upcoming ministry events for women on Monday, September 15th 7-9PM at The Warehouse (a.k.a “the church building”).

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt


Small Group Meeting Times and Locations:

10AM Tuesdays @ Virginia’s (439 Lindale Dr Apt 205 Marion)

For women, led by Mary Taylor (360-1350)

6:30PM Tuesdays @ Erlachers (4717 Savannah Ct SE CR)

For adults, led by David and Nancy Griffith (319-848-8256)

7PM Tuesdays @ Schultz’s (4751 Chestnut Trail Cedar CR)

For adults, parents & teens, led by Jeff Olson (573-0669)

7:30PM Tuesdays @ Hardinger’s (1626 Linmar Dr. CR)

For adults, led by Jay and Molly Hardinger (641-420-0551)

7PM Wednesdays @ Dryden’s (740 Williams Drive Marion)

For adults, led by Greg and Becky Dryden (373-2202) & David and Colleen Gardner (842-3225)

7PM Wednesdays @ Leverett’s (525 6th St Marion)

For adults, led by Rob & Jennifer Taylor (362-5494)



2014-2015 Vision – “In the Word for our Worlds”

2014The Elders of Cornerstone Church believe this coming year is to be dedicated to a fresh reading of the Scriptures that would go beyond only a intellectual understanding but lead to heart, mind, and soul transformation.

We believe that intimacy with the Word transforms relationships. It transforms our relationships with God, brothers and sisters in the church, and those outside the church.

It transforms our ability communicate the gospel clearly with our friends and those we meet on the street.

We are looking for the transformation to begin within the home and then go to work, neighbors, and nations.

Please click this link to read more about how you can be engaged:




Church Info of Note: 8/6/2014

great_commissionChurch family,

Here are three items to prayerfully consider:

1) Thursday work night, Aug 7, 5-9PM. This is a great night for folks who have been intimidated by construction because we are going to put in insulation and this requires little expertise. If we get a good crew, we should finish in one night. If you come to help, please wear longs sleeves and pants. We’ll have gloves and masks. If you have any of these tools around, we’d appreciate you bringing them along: tape measure, utility knife, stapler (not a desk stapler), and tall step ladders.

2) Baptism: If you have not been baptized or have a close friend or family member who has not baptized, please contact me soon. We may hold a baptism service later in August or early September.

3) Fall 2014 Small Groups: Please prayerfully consider being a part of a small group Bible study this Fall. Most groups meet on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings in various homes around the Cedar Rapids metro area. There may be a few that meet during the day or on Sunday evening. More details to come on this.

Have a great week,
Pastor Matt

Explicit content ahead – American Idols: Sex

parental_advisory__supa_tight_ua84Church family (especially parents),

For the next two Sundays (Aug. 3 and 10) we turn to another American Idol: Sex.

We will walk through Proverbs 5 and 1 Cor. 6:12-20 over the next two weeks. I will keep in mind younger ears. And yet, I know it will be difficult to discuss this important subject in our country and culture without using expressions like “sex,” “premarital sex,” “adultery,” “pornography,” “illicit sex,” and the like.

You might want to talk with your kids in advance and be prepared to discuss these subjects in your home during the upcoming weeks.

This material is heavy; pray for me to speak truth, hope, forgiveness, repentance, and redemption.

Thank you,
Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: July 17, 2014

church-newsThe Pastor Post is a regular update from Pastor Matt with a brief meditation as well as information on upcoming events in the life of Cornerstone Church.

July 17, 2014

Dear Church Family,

I want to express again the Proctor’s gratitude for the four week sabbatical. The four weeks gave us fresh perspective on the priorities God has for us. We’re deeply grateful to be back serving, and we are very excited to worship with everyone this Sunday. It really is a beautiful thing to be able to worship with God’s people.

Things to note…

1) Construction progress: Our work teams are back up and running on Thursday nights (5-9PM) and Saturday mornings (8AM-12PM). Come for an hour or the whole block of time. We’ll probably be back there up to Labor Day to finish all the framing before the dry walling can be done by professionals. See Greg Dryden’s email for different ways you can help:

2) The elders are praying and developing our 2014-2015 ministry theme and priorities. We hope to unveil where we think the LORD is leading sometime in mid-late August.

3) There will be a membership class immediately following the worship service this Sunday, July 20. If you’ve been attending Cornerstone Church approximately 5-6 months and want more information about what it means to be a partner in ministry, stick around after church. A lunch will be provided.

It’s good to be back.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Matt