No Newsletter for April

This is just a heads up to let you know there will be no Church Newsletter for April.

With all the chaos and turmoil surrounding the Coronavirus Crisis, I talked with Susan, our Administrative Assistant, and decided there would be little point in sending it out under the current circumstances. We are trying to communicate using phone calls, emails, and posts on Facebook as well as here at the Cornerstone Website.

We are unsure when we will be able to resume regular services, and information we might put in a printed newsletter could be out-of-date before it even gets to homes.

As soon as we get past the Coronavirus Crisis, we will resume sending the monthly newsletter. Thank you for your understanding in the midst of these trying times.

Pastor Brian

Services & Activities Paused for 15 Days to Join Coronavirus Battle

Dear Church Family,

This is an unprecedented time for our nation, our community, and our church.

President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force on Monday, March 16, 2020, strongly urged that there be no gatherings of 10 or more people for the next 15 days in an effort to curb the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I said last week that we would continue with our Church Services and Activities until or unless our Leaders and Health Officials asked us not to. That moment has arrived.

I have consulted with our Deacons and we have made the difficult decision to suspend our regular church services and activities in an effort to do our part to protect our members, our community and our nation. Let us pray that these 15 days will be a turning point in the battle against the Coronavirus. We will reassess the situation after these 15 days have passed.

We will provide an online worship service on Sundays at 10:30 am using Facebook Live. You can go to the Cornerstone Facebook Page (facebook.com/cornerstonejeffcity) to view the service. The video of the service will also be posted on our Cornerstone Church Website (cornerstonejeffcity.org) once the service is completed, and you can view it there anytime.

We will use the Church Facebook Page and the Church Website to communicate daily as this crisis progresses. You will be in my prayers, and you can always call me if you need to talk or if you have a need. The fact we are pausing our meeting together for this time does not mean we are ceasing to be a church family.  Stay close to the Lord, and let Him use your life to be a blessing to others.

Our church must continue paying bills during this time. So if you can mail your tithes and offerings to the church (4930 Old Lohman Rd, Jefferson City, MO 65109), or bring them by during this time, it will be a great blessing. In fact, one of our fine deacons suggested that on Sundays from 9am-12nn, we have the front door open and an offering plate just inside the door. If you would like to just drive by and drop off your offering and return home, you can do so. We hope to have an online giving option available very soon. We’ll keep you posted about that.

Remember the words of Jesus: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”John 14:27

You are a wonderful people, and it is an honor to serve alongside you in times such as this. May God bless you and take care of you.

Your Pastor,

Brian K. Credille

Worship the Risen Christ with us Easter Sunday – April 12 – Sunrise, Breakfast – Schedule!

Easter Sunday is a glorious day! We celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. He is alive! That profound truth changes everything. We hope you will spend the morning with us – all or part of it – in celebrating the Risen Lord. Here’s the schedule:

  • 7:00 AM – Easter Sunrise Service
  • 8:00 AM – Easter Breakfast (cooked by the men of the church)
  • 8:45 AM – Special Easter Activity for Children
  • 9:30 AM – Sunday School for all ages
  • 10:30 AM – Easter Worship Service (Easter Music & Message)
  • (No Evening Worship)

As you can see, it will be a great morning! It will be even better if you join with us to lift up our Savior, Jesus Christ, who loves us, and who is alive today!

A Word about our Coronavirus Plans

UPDATE 3/14/20, 10:11 pm: We are going to try livestreaming our morning worship service beginning tomorrow, March 15, 10:30 am on our church Facebook page. One of our fine members is going to use his phone to do it, so we will see how it works out. We have plans to get a really good camera to do this longterm, but will have to wait till after the April Business Meeting (total to do it great will be about $2300). But we’ll see how it goes in the meantime with the phone up front! Should be interesting!

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With the unprecedented news coverage about the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States and around the World, there is a great deal of apprehension and fear. As we always should, we must turn our attention to the Lord and His wisdom.

At Cornerstone, we highly value worship and the opportunity to be together as a church family. We will continue to meet for Worship unless circumstances on the ground dictate otherwise. We are blessed to have a fine Christian man (a Baptist!) as Governor of Missouri. I am confident Governor Parson will recommend what he believes is in the best interests of the health of the people of the State of Missouri. We will be monitoring, like you, the situation in our Nation, State and local area, and will continue to meet regularly unless the Governor, and / or local authorities request otherwise, based on compelling information.

I will be talking with our Deacons along the way, and be assured we will seek to do what is best as we understand it.

Let me say, from what we know, the danger of this virus appears to be most acute for those who are elderly and / or those with significant health issues already. If you do not feel comfortable getting out and coming to church, by all means, stay home. Your church family certainly understands and wants you to do whatever you feel like you need to do.

In the event it comes to us needing to pause meeting together, we will seek to stay in contact by providing at least a recorded Sunday message on our church website and on our church Facebook page. We will also have phone and social media avenues to stay in touch. Let us be in prayer that it does not come to that.

What we can be sure of is that God has not gone anywhere! He is still on the throne of Heaven, and He is at work, even in the midst of these circumstances. Let Him use you to pray for others and to help those in need as He gives opportunity. It might be to call and check on someone or to offer to take food supplies to someone who can’t get out. There will be ways God can use us. Let others know the reason you have peace in the midst of the storm (John 14:27), and why you have hope when others seem to have no hope (1 Peter 3:15). It’s Jesus! Let us live for Him and honor Him in this trying time. May God bless you and may He give us wisdom in these days.

Your Pastor

Brian