Newsletter July 17, 2015

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,

Thank you all for your encouragement last week as I was back in the pulpit and needed to address some serious matters. I am thankful to you who love reformed, expositional, Bible preaching. May God help us as we continue to be not just hearers of the Word but doers!  

What an awesome week it has been as Cornerstone hosted its first ever VBS! It was a huge success with around 70 children and 50 volunteers. Special thanks to Lauren Davenport and all the volunteers who made it a special week. Let's continue to pray for our children - that they would grow in the grace and knowledge of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Beginning Sunday, August 2nd, the Session has decided to make a change to the worship service. Announcements will now take place at the beginning of the service. The reason for this change is to ensure that we maintain a spirit of worship throughout the service. Please plan to arrive each Sunday and take your seats by 8:55am for the Prelude and announcement time. We will then promptly move into a time of quiet reflection to prepare our hearts for worship.

Finally, pray for our country. All the news is so discouraging right now. It seems that evil abounds. Let us be on our knees and active in culture. May we be salt and light. 

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15 ESV)

Worship Notes: July 19, 2015

  • Please learn this new song that we will sing this Sunday: In My Heart
  • The kingdom does not belong to everyone - this will be the focus of our sermon this week.  Matthew 7:21-23.
  • In preparation for the sermon: “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:10-11 ESV)
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Wilson's Weekly

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, alerted us again to a troubling matter with Planned Parenthood that deserves our attention, and our knees on the ground before the Lord: click here.

What priority should sports play in the lives of our children? Here is a quick reminder from youth culture expert, Walt Mueller:

This article is very sobering but also a request for me to ask you to pray for me and my family, that we would be protected from evil: When a Pastor Commits Adultery

by His grace and to His praise, your pastor and friend,

Wilson A. Shirley
Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:13 ESV)


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’)

Joseph Caruso - Middle East
(nephew of Margaret Powell)

Pray for those who have lost loved ones recently -  Frank Cohee and Jenni Boerner.

Pray for our Nation - Pray for the unborn.  Pray for Chattanooga.

Pray for sister PCA church - Westminster Presbyterian Church -
 Huntsville, AL

Pray for Missions - Reformed University Fellowship

Pray for CPC Ministry - New Sunday School classes and teachers

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

FCA Sports Camps - The Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be conducting a 5-day (8:30-3:30) Sports Camp in Madison (July 20-24) for kids ages 7–13. The camp will offer 12 sports clinics from which to choose one sport. Clinics are lead by professional, college, and high school coaches. All huddles are lead by the FCA staff & trained leaders. To register or for more information, please visit our website at: or call 256-536-7333.


VBS 2015 Missions - We have been collecting school supplies and money this week for the Sacred Road ministries in Harrah, Washington.  Hope Fellowhip is a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America.  They are a "mission church" of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery.  Please bring in any item you would like this Sunday.  Any amount will be helpful!  Supplies Needed:  Pencils, Erasers, Colored Pencils, Markers, Glue, Backpacks, Cool Folders, Scissors.

Worship Service Change - Beginning Sunday, August 2nd, the announcements will take place at the beginning of the service. Please plan to arrive each Sunday and take your seats by 8:55am for the Prelude and announcements at this time.

Leader Night for Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers  - Sunday, August 2nd, 5-7pm. Dinner will be provided. 

Sunday School and Nursery Volunteers Needed - With the upcoming school year, we are in need of volunteers for all ages of our covenant children.  If you are able to serve or help, please sign up in the narthex or contact Dee Petcher or Kyle Mosier.

Promotion Sunday - August 9, 2015.   The new class divisions are:  Preschool (3’s), Preschool (4’s), K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th.

Men’s Steak Dinner - Mark your calendar for our next Men’s Dinner on Sunday, August 23rd.  Our speaker will be John Hinson.  More details to follow soon.

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. Parents with children 4th grade and under desiring to take the class may make a request in writing to the Session. At least one parent must attend the class with the child. Please register your child by picking up a brochure in the foyer and submitting it to the church office.

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


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