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 cornerstonemarionoffice@gmail.com so we have the most updated communication.


Mark Eades – Youth leader

markeugeneeadesATgmail.com or (319)389-1522:

March 19, 2023: Judges 16:1-31 “Samson”

Big Idea: We cannot sin without distancing ourselves from God

March 12, 2023: Judges 13-15 “Samson: A Judge that Hits Too Close to Home”

Big Idea: Though you may fail in your calling – God never does. You are never too far from God to call out to Him.

March 5, 2023: Judges 10:6-12:7 “Jepthah: Deadly Words and Divine Mercy”

Big Idea: Words matter. Words reveal what is in the heart.

Pastor Post: 3/3/2023

Church family,

Theological Meditation: A 5 year old boy and his father hike together in the woods. Sometimes dad lifts the boy over fallen logs. Sometimes the boy wanders off the trail, and then dad has to call him back. On one occasion, the dad picks his boy up and squeezes him and declares, “I love you son.” Question: at what point does the son know that this man with him in the woods is his father? The most obvious answer is “the whole time.” And yet, in the boy’s heart of hearts there may be certain moments when he feels the truth of his daddy’s fatherness more than others. Maybe it was the time he was lost and off trail, then hearing his dad’s voice, there was a fresh awareness of his dad’s fatherness. Or maybe it was the strong arms that lifted him over the log. Or maybe it was the gentle squeeze and the words of affirmation.

Friends, for those who have trusted in Jesus Christ, you can know for certain that the Heavenly Father is your Father “the whole time.” Always! In trusting God’s promises held out in Scripture, we take hold of Jesus Christ. The Apostle John tells us (1 John 5:13), “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” Still, in God’s mercy, there are sweet moments of felt assurance. Sometimes it’s after a season of sin and a response to Father’s call of repentance. Sometimes it’s the Spirit crying with our spirit, “Abba, Father.” Other times, it’s in the reading of God’s Word, when we read truths such as, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” The feelings of God’s Fatherly love are not our assurance (Christ is), but they are sweet gifts along the way. Oh, that we would believe in Jesus, oh that God would give us reminders of His grace. 

(Pray that God might give us all a powerful encounter this Sunday!! Speaking of this Sunday…)

Upcoming Events:

We have our Chili Supper this Sunday 3/5 at 12PM. If you want to sign up to bring something, check out this link (or just bring anything you think could bless the gathering): https://www.mealtrain.com/potlucks/o9qoqd

Sunday 3/5 @12PM

Photographer around this Sunday 3/5 – We’re in the process of updating our website and adding new photos. We will never use a photo of you (or your kids) without your permission. Also, if you just don’t want your photo taken at all, tell the photographer to avoid you, and she’s happy to oblige. She’ll try to be discreet, but we apologize in advance for any distraction.

Consider giving to our church’s summer Germany Mission Trip. We hope to raise all $7300 by the end of March. Give online here: https://ccmarion.churchtrac.com/give

Under grace,

Pastor Matt

February 26,2023: Judges 9 “When Evil Leagues Together”

Big Idea: God ensures an end to evil. The “Abimelek’s” of this workd get their due because the Lord reigns.

February 19, 2023: John 3:1-21 “Meeting People Where They Are

Big Idea: God’s job is to save people. Our job is to meet them where they are at with God’s message of salvation.

February 12, 2023: Judges 8:1-27 “When Something Stinks in the Church”

Big Idea: When something doesn’t smell right, don’t sit tight…

February 5, 2023: Judges 6-7: “Fear Upended”

Big Idea: You know the stories, but do you believe the promises of God?

Pastor Post: 2/2/2023

Dear Church, 

A number of you pointed out that last week’s sermon on Deborah, Barak, and Jael opened up a can of worms regarding women in leadership. Based on your interest and questions, I thought I’d give you a few thoughts on the matter as one of the elders in our church family. Check out the Google Drive Link, and feel free to reach out to me if you have questions. I’d love to talk through these matters with you over a cup of coffee.


A few quick announcements:

Next Steps Class. 11AM, this Sunday: If you know anyone recently visiting Cornerstone, tell them to join me at 11AM this Sunday (2/5) for our Next Steps Class. We’ll meet in Room 101.

Membership Class, February 12, 12:15PM-3:45PM: The New Testament describes 1st century churches with believers in covenant community. Christians expressed faith through baptism, were brought into a local assembly, submitted to one another, appointed leaders, and lived under the New Testament commands (“love one another,” “bear with one another,” etc.). Many 21st century churches now let people trickle in and out of their church without any covenantal commitment. It’s what people want–no accountability, no responsibilities, no expectations. Cornerstone believes formal membership invites believers into a more New Testament-type involvement in the church. Church Membership gives a Christian an opportunity to say, “Yes, I want to be a part of a body, to walk under a church’s authority, and to be a New Covenant participant in a local assembly of believers.”

May we be a church that exalts Christ’s Word, treasures His family, and engages in God’s mission.

Help us, O Lord,


January 29, 2023: Judges 4-5 “Rally Unto the Lord”

Big Idea: Be willing valiant and loving as you rally unto the Lord!