Category: News

Childcare for 0-3 year olds available starting this Sunday (7/5/20)

Hi Cornerstone family!
This Sunday, July 5th, the Nursery for our main service will be open for the first time.
Nursery is offering childcare for children ages 0-3. We encourage parents with children capable of sitting still through the service to keep their child with them in the service to limit the amount of children in nursery if possible.
As far as our Nursery protocols are concerned, there are a number of things we have decided to do differently and a number of things that will remain the same. We want to let you know that the decisions made about how to re-open the Nursery were thought about with great care and much discussion among childrens ministry leaders, and parents of children that have attended nursery consistently within the body, all the while considering CDC’s recommendations for childcare facilities.

Here are the things that will remain much the same but we want to remind you of:
– If your child has had a fever within the last 24 hours we ask that you not bring them in. If you are uncertain of this, we will have a thermometer at the nursery door available for parents to check their child’s temperature.
– If a child is exhibiting cold or flu symptoms or develops a fever during the service, we will kindly ask they return to their parents to protect the child’s health and the health of others in Nursery.
– Please, no outside food or drinks for children in the nursery.
– If possible, please no outside comfort items (blankets, pacifiers, stuff toys, etc.)

– We will NOT require children to wear masks.

– We do not see it possible to social distance toddlers and will not be isolating them one from another. However, we will remain vigilant, as always, to have children keep their saliva to themselves and practice good hygiene. 
– Much like our policy in the main service, Nursery workers are encouraged to wear masks if they are concerned about risk of exposure or exposing others. They will not, however, be required to wear masks. 

Here is what is NEW:
– Please make sure your child has been free of respiratory symptoms for 3 days before coming to Nursery. 

– Please do not bring your child to nursery if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 2 weeks.
– If Nursery attendance exceeds 5 children we will make use of the Children’s Church room to limit exposure.
– In order to help with social distancing, we ask that children are brought to the door one at a time. So if someone else is dropping their child off, please linger for a moment and then bring your sweet baby to us ūüôā
– We will only have adult Volunteers with the exception of mature Juniors and Seniors in High School.
– There will be no snacks served in Nursery for the time being.
– We have removed all kitchen and cloth/soft toys to discourage pretend eating and help with easy cleaning.
– Toys will be cleaned promptly after the service each week.

We know this has been a trying time for parents in all situations. Thank you to parents who have been so forbearing. We are eager for those of you that have been in and out of the service with your children to be able to engage fully in the service and to finally see those of you that have had to stay home with your children. 
We are praying that wherever you are, you are protected from discouragement and upheld by the Father’s grace. Looking forward to seeing you 

On behalf of our children’s ministry team,
Kayla Biegler


TWO BIGGIES FOR CORNERSTONE

Dear Church Family,
1. Here is the link to Pastor Matt’s encouragement for this week. It’s a conversation with Todd Brooks. We all remember him from his visit with us in early February. Take a look and listen:
https://youtu.be/GaUffS-GpXs

2. We are excited to be sharing a new resource with you this Fall. You‚Äôll be hearing a lot about it in the coming months inviting you to be a part of influencing others for Christ. It‚Äôs called Alpha.

What is Alpha?
Alpha is a place to explore the Christian faith with others. It is a low-pressure environment to discuss the big questions of life. Every Alpha session will have three key ingredients: Food, nothing builds relationships like sharing food together; Talk, every week there is a talk delivered usually by video exploring the basics of the Christian faith; Discussion, small groups where guests can share their thoughts and questions. 

When is Alpha Happening?
Alpha will be meeting on Sunday evenings 5:30 ‚Äď 7:30 starting September 13 and ending November 29. 

How can I help with Alpha?
You can begin by praying for our volunteers, guests and conversations. You can let me know if you want to join our Leadership Team, Promo Team, be a Food Helper and/or a Prayer Warrior.

Who is Alpha for?
Alpha is for unchurched, de-churched, spiritually seeking, and spiritually lost people. Take a moment right now to think of three people in your sphere (relative, friend, coworker, neighbor, etc.). Be praying for them and ask God to give you an opportunity to ask them to come with you to Alpha. 

Why Alpha?
Something as simple as sharing your faith with someone, and inviting them to come along to Alpha, can have a huge impact on their eternity. We are looking for God to do amazing things for His glory in this next season of ministry together.

Pursuing Christ,
Gary


Sunday’s Coming – an important regathering update

Dear Church Family,

I’m very excited to see many of you this Saturday night at 6:30PM and on Sunday at 9:25AM. It is a beautiful¬†thing when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity (Psalm 133).¬†

A few quick words on this weekend:

#1: For Saturday’s 6:30PM event, keep on the lookout for an email from Pastor Gary. He’s putting together a wonderful Parking Lot Reunion. So bring a lawn chair and spread out on the parking lot; we’ll see you then. Hopefully some¬†of those who are uncomfortable being in the building on Sunday will feel more comfortable with the outside¬†gathering on Saturday.

#2: Sunday’s Service – Our first Sundays together will feel quite different. There will be joy in seeing one another’s faces, but also a sense of loss because of social distancing protocols. I pray we serve one another in love because I’m certain every person will find some aspect of our regathering that feels cumbersome. (More details in this document we sent out last week.)¬†¬† ¬†

A. Please check out my video this week to see how we’ve set up the sanctuary; I also take a few moments to reflect on the current “Black Lives Matter” protests and a perspective Christians should consider:¬†https://youtu.be/SVxndJtI2wE

B. When you arrive on Sunday, the foyer¬†will be mostly empty. A pathway will be marked out that leads you in and out of the building. Please don’t stand in the walkway.¬† ¬†

C. When you enter the sanctuary, pick up your communion elements. These are pre-packaged items that contain both the bread and juice (bread in a sealed part up top and the juice below). A service bulletin will be available too. Then find a set of chairs that is the same as your “party.” We have different groupings of chairs that will hopefully¬†accommodate all who come to worship with us.¬† ¬†

D. The first song in the service will only be sung by the Worship Team. We’re saving all congregation singing for the end of the service.¬† ¬†

E. When you leave, a small momento will also be available for pickup. You may see these as you come in, but wait to pick one up till you leave.

F. Those choosing to stay at home can tune in to Facebook Live as in week’s past. The prelude/virtual foyer should start around 9:20AM. You can find the live stream as well as all our past videos at:¬†https://www.facebook.com/cornerstoneefca/videos/

In Christ,

Pastor Matt


End of May Church Update

Church Family,


For some anxiety is high and fears are mounting, others are frustrated and impatient, others are indifferent. In the midst of our feelings, God is on the Throne. He has His loving eye on us. He is steady. Wherever your heart is today, I encourage you to enter His presence and seek His peace.
And now some news…
1. In 2 Sundays, many will choose to meet in person. If you’re wanting to know what “church” will look like in June, please click this link:¬†The Summer 2020 Regathering Plan. So too, if you haven’t already done so, please let us know if you’re coming (or not) via this online survey:¬† https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2MCRXW
2. Here is my video encouragement for this week: https://youtu.be/SVxndJtI2wE


To God be the glory,

Pastor Matt


2 Items Related to Regathering

‚ÄčDear Church Family,

We’re on track to have our first Lord’s Day gathering in our church facility on Sunday June 7th at 9:25AM.

For those choosing to stay at home, we hope to maintain a Facebook Live service at the same time. Currently, we’re awaiting some technology to enable us to do this. At minimum, a video recording of the service will be posted on Sunday after the gathering.

Please take a moment to look at these two items related to regathering:

#1: First, use this link to let us know whether or not you plan to join us in person for the June services: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2MCRXW

#2: Please read and discuss the “Regathering Plan for Summer 2020” document attached to this email or at this online page: Regathering Plan for Summer 2020

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt