Newsletter August 7, 2015

Pastor's Corner
Dear Friends,

Well it's that time of year again! School is back in session! I trust that all is well with you and your family and that you will use this new school year as a time of renewed commitment to growing in your walk with the Lord by committing to weekly attendance at corporate worship, as well as engaging your family at home through family devotions, scripture memory and prayer. If I can ever help you with any of these things, please let me know. 

I wanted to let you know about two very important things regarding future staff leadership at Cornerstone. 

Children's Coordinator: As you know, the Lord has blessed our church with lots of children. I praise God for this as Jesus has said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 ESV)  With that said, we are in need of a part-time Children's Coordinator. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to coordinate the discipleship of our children. If you know of anyone interested and qualified for this position, please share the position description with them with this link:  I'm asking that the whole congregation please be in prayer for this person and that God will call the right person to serve and love our families. 

Assistant Pastor: I'm excited to announce to you that the Session has officially begun a search for an Assistant Pastor to serve our congregation. The primary focus of this pastor, in addition to general pastoral duties, will be to shepherd and lead ministry to our families. This man will assist me in week-to-week pastoral ministry, as well as oversee and equip our congregation to minister to parents and their children. We have begun the process of contacting candidates. Please be in prayer as we seek to find the right man called by God to serve along with us at Cornerstone.

I would like to take a minute to explain to you the difference between an assistant pastor and an associate pastor. As you know, I am the Senior Pastor. As Senior Pastor, my role is to lead the congregation in teaching and preaching and I serve as the Moderator of the Session. An assistant pastor is called by the Session and does not have a vote on the Session. However, an assistant pastor is invited to participate in Session meetings and work alongside the Senior Pastor and Session to shepherd the flock. An associate pastor is called by the congregation and does have a vote on the Session. 

It is not the intention of your Session to call an Associate Pastor anytime soon. Not until a man has demonstrated his gifts, wisdom and experience would he be considered to be an associate pastor. We are simply looking for another man to assist in pastoral ministry who will love our congregation and serve our families. We are asking that you would join us in prayer and pray for this man and his family. We truly desire to hire a godly man who will be called by God and help us continue to walk in our vision and mission of Acts 2:42.

See you Sunday!

Your friend and pastor,


Worship Notes: August 9, 2015

Remember, announcements are now given at the beginning of the service. Please plan to arrive each week by 8:55am for the Prelude and announcements.

Please prepare your heart's for communion this Sunday. 

A hymn to sing and to know this week as we prepare for this wonderful passage: Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn)

Kingdom Living: The Authority of Christ, Matthew 7:28-29, will be our focus this Sunday. 

In preparation for the sermon: "We are directed here to the Preacher rather than to the Sermon. We are asked, as it were, having considered the Sermon, to look at the One who delivered it and preached it." ~ Martin Lloyd-Jones on the Matthew's summation of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:28-29. 

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Wilson's Weekly

Tim Challies helps us think about how to respond to respond to the Planned Parenthood atrocities:

In addition to the above article, Challies links to some other articles that I think would be helpful to read regarding the Planned Parenthood videos. 


Prayer Concerns

Pray for healing - Betty Carter (Dee Petcher’s mother), Bill Baldwin, Ann Keown

Pray for those serving overseas:   Jake Davis - Afghanistan                    (nephew of Paul DuPre’)

Pray for our Nation - Justice for the unborn.

Pray for sister PCA church - Collinsville Presbyterian Church - Collinsville, AL

Pray for Missions - FCA - Power Leadership Training - That the Lord will bless the time spent training this weekend and students will bear much fruit as they utilize skills developed in their respective schools.

Pray for CPC Ministry - New Sunday school teachers

Please send your prayer requests to Cynthia Keen at or call the church office.

In-Focus Ministry UAH

InFocus Kickoff picnic will be held for the international students on August 22 (12:00 - 3:00 PM) at SE housing of UAH for the new academic year. Please pray for a good weather and for many students joining and enjoying the picnic. If you have a gently used bicycle for donation as a door prize at the picnic, please contact to Dr. Earl Wells at

YBL’s Young Professional Forum Luncheon

Date:          Wednesday, Sept. 2nd
                       11:30am to 12:50pm
Location:  Dynetics
                      (The Solutions Building)
                      1004 Explorer Blvd.
                      Huntsville, AL 35806
Presenter:  Lt Col (Retired) Steve Kreipe
Program Theme:  “Living Out Life
           Priorities- With an Eye on Eternity" 

Cost: $5/ ea. (complete BBQ lunch from Little Paul’s BBQ)

RSVP is Required by Aug. 30th:  by calling or emailing the YBL office at (256)-882-6003 or

For more information, click here.


Promotion Sunday is this Sunday - The new class divisions are:   Preschool (3’s), Preschool (4’s), K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th. We still need one more Sunday School teacher to teach on a rotating schedule with two other teachers.

New Fall Sermon Series - “The Gospel According to Hosea”

Men’s Steak Dinner - Sunday, August 23rd, 6pm. Our speaker, John Hinson, will present “One Man’s Journey.” Tickets are on sale for $10 in the narthex or the church office. Teenage sons and guests are invited.

Cornerstone Youth Parent Info Meeting - August 16th immediately following Sunday School in the sanctuary.

Cornerstone Youth - The Youth Group Kick-Off Event is August 30th. All junior and senior high students (and their friends) are invited.

Fall Communicant’s Class - A communicant’s class for children interested in joining Cornerstone will be offered this Fall beginning Sunday, August 23rd.  The class will be on Sundays, 4-5pm, and use a workbook, entitled Understanding the Faith. The class is open to all children who meet the following requirements:  1) they must be interested in becoming a communing member, 2) be 4th grade and up and 3) parents and children must read and sign the class brochure. Children 4th grade and under desiring to take the class may request in writing to the Session.  At least one parent must attend the class with their child. Please register your child by picking up a brochure in the narthex and submitting it to the church office.

Fall Women's Bible Studies - Come join us beginning September 1st to study Nancy Guthrie’s “Seeing Jesus in Genesis”.  Registration cards are available in the narthex and church office.  Nursery provided for morning session.  Consideration for an evening session will be given based on commitment. For more information, please contact Debbie Jones at or 256-489-4904.


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