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Youth Group Cancelled Tonight (12/21)

Afternoon Students and Families of CornerStone youth group,

I’ve been holding off this email until I was sure this was the right decision.  I really wish the weather would have been different but tonight’s youth group is CANCELED.  I’m totally bummed as I was looking forward to doing the white elephant gift exchange and other fun Christmas Party stuff we had planned.

I looked at the KCRG weather report to help me with this decision –

If you know of someone in the group that won’t get this email please let them know.

Be safe if you have to get out in this weather and I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating our Savior’s B-day.

Mark Eades

Pastor Post: 12/15/2022

Church Family,

C.S. Lewis called the incarnation of Jesus Christ “the grand miracle.” He compares Christ’s incarnation to the climax of a great story. Can you imagine your favorite story without a climax? It just wouldn’t make sense. Some truths are so central everything else hangs on them. And there’s no greater truth than the Son’s deep love for us that he was willing to go down–way down, to infancy, to a manger, to a human body, even unto death–so he could “bring the whole ruined world up with Him” (in Miracles by C.S. Lewis). Christians for north of 1500 years have considered it a wise practice to center our thoughts around this grand miracle at Christmas. Let us do just that…come and adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Upcoming Events:

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – 12/24 @3:30PM – Invite friends and family for a solemn remembrance of Christ’s birth.

Buy Cornerstone Shirts, Pull-Overs, and other Apparel – The Cornerstone Apparel Webstore will be open through the weekend. Visit the store and purchase some new items to show your love for our church. The store will be open until December 21 and apparel will be delivered the early part of January. CLICK HERE:  Cornerstone Apparel

Worship on Christmas Day December 25 @9:25AM – We will hold a Lord’s Day worship service and take the Lord’s Supper on Sunday December 25th. We’ll finish our Advent Series in Romans 1:1-17. We will have normal childcare that day during the worship service, but there will be no Sunday School at 11AM on 12/25 or 1/1/23.

January 2023 Discipleship Offerings… 

Christian Doctrine Class – 11AM starting 1/8/22 – (Go buy yourself a copy of “Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know” by Wayne Grudem) 

Microgroup Discipleship Training Class – 11AM starting 1/8/22 

If you want to find a new small group to study the Bible and pray in 2023, shoot me an email.

For the sake of His name,




Thanks so much for allowing me to spend time with your children on a regular basis.  I always consider it a privilege when I get time with students.

This will be the start of a monthly communication to you about what is happening at Cornerstone youth for Wednesday nights and extracurricular events.  The topics we will hit are:

HELLO – a quick greeting/encouragement from me

CURRENT – what is currently happening at Cornerstone youth

UPCOMING – key items that are coming up in the next couple of months

MISCELLANEOUS – anything else that would be good for you to know

CURRENT: We meet every Wednesday from 7-8:30pm at Cornerstone Church main lobby area. 

–          We will NOT be meeting Wednesday December 28th

For the month of December2023 we have been going over a series called Keep Calm and read your Bible.  One of the things we stress all the time as Christians is the importance of reading your Bible. But very few people have been taught HOW to actually do this. Many students have never been taught how to read the Bible well. They have just been told to read it.

There are others who have never been taught how to read the Bible, and truth be told reading the Bible can be a stressful endeavor. My hope is to relieve the stress of reading the Bible.

If Bible reading stress out your student, I want you to calm down. Calm down because this series is all about learning how. My hope is to get really practical during this series. I want to teach them how to read the Bible and give them time to read it together.


High School Retreat – January 6-8, 2023 called IMPACT conference.  To get more information and sign up please grab a brochure at the welcome desk at CornerStone.

Middle School Retreat – February 3-5, 2023 called Winter Blast – WHO AM I?  To get more information and sign up please grab a brochure at the welcome desk at CornerStone.

Wednesday Night new series starting on 4 January 2023 called SALT.

Salt cultivates a deeper understanding of God in the lives of Christian students, while simultaneously training and equipping them to reach out to their friends who need Jesus. It’s a win-win for discipleship and evangelism.


If there is an email for your child or you use that we should be sending this information to please send that to so we have the most updated communication.


Mark Eades – Youth leader or (319)389-1522:

Pastor Post: 11/16/2022


This Sunday we start an Advent Christmas Series, entitled, "Concerning the Son," in Romans chapter 1. Pray for me as I prepare to herald the gospel; pray for your own heart and the lives of this body that God's Word would accomplish its intended work.

5 Quick Things to Know:

#1: Building Decorations: We would love your help on Saturday November 26 from 9-11AM to decorate the church building. We only have about 1/3 of the slots filled so far. Sign up here:

#2: Advent Special Music: If you desire to sing an/or play something special during the Advent season, please contact Carrie ASAP: 

#3: December '22 Sunday School: Please join an all-church, intergenerational Sunday School hour December 4, 11, & 18 @11AM.

#4: Please join us in worship on Christmas Eve @3:30PM and Christmas Day @9:25AM. These will be two different services (only on Sunday will we take the Lord's Supper).

#5: Free Books: Desiring God Ministries has recently provided us with a number of books. In our foyer, please pick up an Advent Devotional by John Piper. We also have a few leftover copies of the book we distributed at the members' meeting on Sunday by John Piper, What's the Difference: Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible.

By the way, thanks for the wonderful response to opening closer parking spots and better seating in the sanctuary. I think that’s beautiful hospitality at work. Glory to God!

​Let me know if there’s any way I can pray for you or serve you.

For the Gospel,

Pastor Matt​

Pastor Post: October 13, 2022

Dearly beloved in Christ,

Christ’s beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) depict the lifestyle of one who is a part of the kingdom of heaven. Such ones have no higher allegiance than Christ, the LORD. They sit at his feet and accept his instruction. Such ones are salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). 

There’s so much talk today about “being an influencer” or “shaping culture.” Christians try to make a splash on Facebook or change the world through politics. Jesus has given his followers a clearer path: meekness, persecution for righteousness sake, mourning, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, and later we’re exhorted to private prayer, fasting, and giving alms. Paul in 1 Thessalonians encourages Christians to ambitiously pursue a quiet life of godliness. Heaven will reveal that those who made the “biggest splash” quietly dispensed cold water in Jesus’ name. Salvation comes through the simple sharing, hearing, and believing of the Gospel. For the gospel is the power of God to save all who believe. The world is turned upside down politically by men like Telemachus who gives his life to see the brutality of the Colosseum games come to an end. The call of Jesus’ beatitudes have pierced me this fall. I fall so short. This sort of righteousness is only possible through Christ’s saving and sanctifying grace. So too, this sort of life is only worked out in authentic community in a local church. We need Christ; we need each other. Let us press into the LORD together.


#1: Baptism class October 23rd, 11AM: have you professed your Christian faith through receiving baptism from Christ’s church? Do you have a child who has expressed faith in Christ and desires to be baptized? Please let us know if you would like to attend a baptism class on October 23rd during the 11AM Sunday School hour–

#2: Church family meal and meeting, November 13. Please join us for a church family meal at 11AM on November 13th, and then a church family meeting will follow around 11:45am.

#3: Our Anamosa Church Plant team has a potential church planter candidate that plans to come visit in the next 30 days. Pray for clarity and discernment for this planter and the Cornerstone and Anamosa leaders. There will be discussion at the November 13th congregational meeting, but the goal is to cover 50% (or more) of the church planter’s salary in 2023. Lord willing, the planter can raise the other funds, and we also can pursue a grant from our district and national offices. What a joy to invest in this new work of God. Keep praying.

In fact, could you pause right now and give at least 60 seconds for praying for your church family, your pastors, and the Anamosa church plant?

It’s a privilege to serve the LORD with you,


Multiplication Conference Messages (9/17/22)

If you were unable to listen to the Multiplication Conference messages or there was a message that particularly touched your heart, feel free to download and listen these 4 quality presentations:

#1: Pastor Mike Shields on “The Essence of Humility” (Luke 17:1-10)

#2: Pastor Steve Brant on “Advance (through Church Multiplication)” (Philippians 1:12-3)

#3: Pastor Levi Anderson on “Being Sent for Jesus” (Luke 5)

#4: Pastor Mike Shields preaching “On Mission Together” (Acts 18-20)

Pastor Post: 9/8/22

Cornerstone Family,

In Colossians 1:28, the Apostle Paul gives a sort of personal mission statement. He writes, “[Jesus Christ] is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.” Paul more than anyone wanted people to be saved from God’s wrath, but he was not content with saving faith or simple conversions. Paul’s passion was the holiness of the people of God. So, ask yourself: “Am I more spiritually mature this year than I was last year? Is my central aim personal holiness to the glory of God? Does obedience inwardly and outwardly convey my deepest longing?” I’m with you in this fight of faith.


#1: Final sign up for the Saturday September 17th Multiplication Conference is this Sunday 9/11. You can bring your $10 registration fee this Sunday or jump online right now and sign up here: – The sessions will encourage us. The music unto the LORD will bless His Name. The Panera Bread lunch and time around tables will be sweet.

#2: Would you consider inviting or attending the October 2 Next Steps Class or Membership Class? The 11-11:45AM Next Steps Class is for those who have been visiting Cornerstone in recent months and want to take their next step with this church. The 12:15-3:30PM Membership Class involves a meal, Biblical instruction related to Church Membership, and more discussion about the passions and priorities of Cornerstone.  We ask people to be a part of our church 5-6 months before they pursue membership.

Thankful for your partnership in the gospel,

– Pastor Matt

Fall Ministry Launch

Sabbatical Reflection #3

Church Family,

Recall what I said yesterday: We’re of the dust; let us remain forever humble. We have the breath of God in us; oh, such an exalted position. 

I’m including my 3rd installment of sabbatical reflections.

Also, please sign up for the September 17 Multiplication Conference:

And, if you’d lift up our elder team especially on Wednesday, we’d be ever grateful. We have an all day retreat to seek the Lord for our next steps.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Pastor Matt

Pastor Post: 8/18/22

Dear Church,

You’ve been hearing a lot from me lately, so let me be brief.

#1: I GREATLY desire everyone at Cornerstone to commit to attend our September 17th Multiplication Conference. It’s a short day, 9AM-3:30PM. It’s a special opportunity for our church to experience together. You can sign up today online at this site: Or you can bring $10 cash or check and sign up this Sunday (and subsequent Sundays). Also, if you know any other Christian in town that could use encouragement in this area, please invite them.

#2: Just a heads up…There is a churchwide meal 1.5 weeks from now on August 28th at 11AM. We’re catering most of it from Pizza Ranch (fried chicken and co.). But would y’all bring a some fruit and/ dessert to share? At the end of the service, we’ll announce all the Sunday School launching this fall. And then we’ll eat around tables together. It should be sweet.

Love you much,

Pastor Matt