Newsletter April 17, 2015

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,
One of the things that I love to do is sermon preparation. Because I love the reading and research process of preparing a sermon, it is also one of the reasons that I know that Lord has called me to be a pastor. (In my line of work this is called being a Big Nerd). 
Part of my process of getting ready for a sermon series is to gather all the available resources I can on a particular subject or book of the Bible and see how these resources will serve my preparation time. Most of the time during this gathering phase, I realize that it would be helpful if I order some additional resources to help me with sermon preparation. Books on the Christian life, commentaries and the like are the tools that a pastor works with on a day to day basis. 
Oftentimes during the middle of a series, I realize that there is some important resource that I missed that would really be helpful for me to add to my library. During this series on Kingdom Living - exploring the Sermon on the Mount, I have come across a resource that I was unaware of before that I think would actually be very beneficial to you. Reaching the Ear of God: Praying More....And More Like Jesus is an excellent devotional book by Wayne Mack. I have been familiar with Rev. Mack's works on marriage and the church for the past 10-plus years, but was not familiar with this book. Mack does a wonderful job of exploring theological and practical content of the Lord's prayer and shows how helpful Jesus' model is for the Christian life.  I want to recommend it to you as a resource that I believe will strengthen your devotional and prayer life. 
Worship Notes: April 19, 2015
  • This Sunday we will study the fourth petition of the Lord's prayer, Matthew 6:11. Meditate on this quote from Sinclair Ferguson in preparation: “If we have all the food in the world, but no Christ, we will ultimately starve. If we have food, with Christ, we have all we shall ever need.” 
  • The Lord Will Provide is a hymn that was sung during the offering last week and we will sing it as a congregation this week. Please listen here:
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • Would you like to catch up on on our sermon series? Click here:
by His grace and to His praise, 

Prayer Concerns

Church Facility - Please continue to pray for the Lord’s guidance in 2015 as we seek a solution for our church facility needs.

Pray for healing - Bill & Betty Baldwin, Ann Keown, Frances Marshall (grandmother of Andrew Mace), Marie Smith-Alston (grandmother of Esther Cook)

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

Please pray for Christians being persecuted in Iraq.

Pray for our expectant mother - Ashley Poppe

Pray for the upcoming General Assembly - June 8-12, 2015

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

Pray for Local Ministry - Lincoln Village Ministry

Pray for CPC Ministry - Women’s Ministry

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



Cornerstone Youth Activities

Paintball -  Sunday @ Liberty Paintball.  Please meet at the church office at 12:30.  The cost will be $20 + meal.

High School Graduates and Parents Cookout -  Please join us next Sunday, April 26th, at the Honeywell’s for a cookout for our High School seniors and their parents at 6:00.  Pastor Shirley will speak to our graduates.  Please RSVP to Lee Anne Smith at by     Thursday, April 23rd.

Graduate Recognition May 17th  - Please let the church office know if you have a high school or college graduate as they will be recognized at our worship service on May 17th. Send a senior picture, future plans and favorite Bible verse to no later than Friday, May 8th.


Ladies Brunch
- Tuesday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. at First Cumberland.  All ladies are invited!  Come join us for a time of fellowship and learn about our fall study.  Please bring a brunch dish to share.  Pastor Shirley will be coming to visit and share with the ladies for our final spring Bible study.

Church-wide Picnic -  Sunday, May 3rd at Monte Sano State Park. Please make plans to join together as a church family immediately following Sunday School.  Sign up at the registration table at the back of the sanctuary or RSVP to the church office - - no later than Wednesday, April 29th.  Since we will go directly to the park from church, please dress casually that day.  Food provided free of charge.  Visitors are welcome to join us!

Vacation Bible School - Save the date!  July 13-17


YBL Spring Breakfast - Thursday, May 7th @ 6:30 a.m. at the Jackson Center.  LTG Ron Burgess will be speaking.  Cost is $20/person.  RSVP to Bob Boerner at 256-337 or via e-mail at  Deadline to register is Monday, May 4th.  Click here for details.


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