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

Easter Offering for North American Missions Underway – “It’s All About the Gospel”

Goal: $4,400 Given: $2,020 (3/9/20)

Our Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions is underway! This special offering supports thousands of Southern Baptist Missionaries sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the United States and across North America.

Every penny given to this offering will go to the North American Mission Board of our Southern Baptist Convention to be used to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Our church goal this year is $4,400, as we cooperate with more than 40,000 other Southern Baptist Churches in supporting this great Missions effort. You can give over and above your regular giving at any time between now and the end of April to support this great cause of sharing Jesus with people across the United States and the rest of North America!

Winter Bible Study, “The Holiness of God”, by Dr. R.C. Sproul; Fri.-Sun. January 31-February 2, 2020

WINTER BIBLE STUDY – January 31 – February 2, 2020!

“The Holiness of God” – by R.C. Sproul

This DVD study of the Bible, by Dr. R.C. Sproul, centers on understanding and encountering “The Holiness of God.” Dr. Sproul wrote about this transformative study:

“Do you want to experience a transforming encounter with God? Start here. Learn why having an understanding of God’s holiness is vital to God-centered, God-honoring theology and Christian living.”

We will view the 30-minute teaching segments by Dr. Sproul and then discuss them together in each session. Workbook notes will be provided. Join us for this truly remarkable study based on Dr. Sproul’s classic book, “The Holiness of God.”

Our schedule for this Winter Bible Study:

 Friday, January 31

  • 6:00 PM—Supper Provided
  • 7:00 PM—Session 1: “The Importance of Holiness”; “The Trauma of Holiness”

(Large Fellowship Hall)

Saturday, February 1

  • No Meal
  • 6:00 PM—Session 2: “Holiness and Justice”; “The Insanity of Luther” (Large Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, February 2

  • 10:30 AM—Session 3—”The Meaning of Holiness” (Sanctuary)
  • 12 Noon—Carry-in Potluck Meal after Morning Worship (Please bring a family-sized main dish and a side dish or dessert to share).
  • 1:00 PM—Session 4: “The Holiness of Christ” (Large Fellowship Hall)

 Note: Nursery & Childcare provided for children 5th Grade and under. 

ATTENTION: No 6 PM Evening Service Sunday, February 2

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions – Church Goal $4,000! UPDATE: Goal Reached!

Cornerstone Goal: $4000   Given to Date (1/21/20): $4,086.71

UPDATE 1/21/20 – We have surpassed our Lottie Moon Offering Goal! Thanks so much for your generous giving to the cause of sharing Christ around the World!

Our 2019 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions is underway!

We join more than 40,000 other Southern Baptist Churches in this great cause to share to Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the Earth!

This offering supports nearly 4,000 missionaries serving all over the world, providing nearly half of their total support – particularly most of the funds used for actual ministry. Our Cooperative Program giving every month (Cornerstone gives 10% of our General Receipts to the Cooperative Program) provides the other half of the International Mission Board’s funding. We are privileged to be part of a worldwide missions endeavor.

Let’s give generously to reach our goal and tell the world about Jesus this Christmas! Thanks for your generosity!

“Trunk or Treat” 2019 – Wednesday, October 16, 5-7 PM; Everyone Welcome!

It’s time for “Trunk or Treat!”

Join us on Wednesday, October 16 for food, games and – of course – “Trunk or Treating!” 5:00-7:00 PM! Hot Dogs and Chips will be served. Last year we had more than 300 people!

Here’s the detailed schedule:

  • 5:00-5:45 pm = Hot Dogs & Chips
  • 5:30-5:45 pm = Early Trunk or Treat option for kids with special needs.
  • 5:45-6:15 pm = Trunk or Treat for all
  • 6:15-6:45 pm = games/face painting / cart rides

We look forward to seeing you! Everyone welcome!

Praise God for a Great Revival Week!

What a wonderful week we had with Chalk Artist Randy Davis leading our 2019 Revival Meeting!

Randy presented the Word of God each service with faithfulness and integrity, and then beautifully drove home the truth of God’s Word with an amazing chalk drawing. My life was challenged and strengthened by the messages, and I know many others expressed to me the same sentiment.

Several people indicated to me they had rededicated their lives to the Lord, and we praise God for, not only what He did in people’s hearts this week, but what He is going to continue to do in the days ahead.

It is so uplifting to see a servant of the Lord like Randy Davis. He willingly came and spent these days with us, following God’s leadership. This kind of selfless surrender to the Will of God is a great example to us all.

Thanks to all who came to these services and opened their hearts to the Lord, to hear from Him and to obey. Also, thanks so much to everyone who helped Randy unload and load his trailer. You are a great family of faith!

Pastor Brian

Annual Church Picnic – October 13, 2-7 PM; Fun, Food, Fellowship!

Join us for our annual Cornerstone Church Picnic at the Park, October 13, 2:00-7:00 PM at the Ellis-Porter Riverside Park.

We will have music and games, and there is a children’s playground nearby. We will gather at the big pavilion on top of the hill. The church will provide grilled meat. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and your own beverages.

We will eat at around 5:00 PM, with a brief devotional service to follow. Come and be a part of this informal, relaxing and enjoyable time of fellowship!