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Newsletter January 8, 2016

Pastor's Corner
 
Dear Friends,
 
Happy New Year! It is good to be in a new year to worship our Lord together and to look forward to all that God will do in 2016! 
 
As we begin a new year, I wanted to highlight a few ministries at Cornerstone.
  • Ministry of the Word.  This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series in Ephesians called Sovereign Grace. Ephesians is my favorite book in the Bible. It has had and will continue to be one of the most influential things that I have ever read or studied. Martin Lloyd-Jones called Ephesians the most majestic expression of the Gospel - he calls it simply sublime. Ephesians is about God – that is the first and foremost thing we learn from this letter. The Apostle Paul gets to it right away. But most especially we will see that Ephesians is about God’s Sovereign Grace. Join us as we study this profound biblical book that teaches us the theology of the Christian life and the application of that theology to the Christian life.
  • Ministry to Women. I'm very excited to be taking part in our women's ministry "mini-conference" that begins this Tuesday. All the women of the church and guests are invited and encouraged to join the study that begins January 12th* for food, fellowship and words of wisdom from four guest speakers. We will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:15am to 11:15am at the church. The sessions include:
  1. Jan. 12:   "How To Share Your Faith" - Reverend Ralph Keel (Dir. of Coaches Ministry, FCA)
  2. Jan. 19:   "How To Pray" - Reverend Wilson Shirley (Sr. Pastor Cornerstone PCA) 
  3. Jan. 26:   "How To Know God Through His Word" - Gretchen McKee (Women's Ministry Speaker, Christ PCA)
  4. Feb. 2:     "How To Minister to Women" - Julia Freedman (Women's Ministry Speaker, North Shore Fellowship PCA)
              *Please note that the evening edition will start on January 19th.
  • Ministry to Students. This is an exciting announcement from the student ministry team: We are excited to announce Roots Winter Retreat coming up this February. We will be joining with some churches in our Presbytery for a big retreat February 26-28 at Camp Toknowhim. Our theme for the retreat is "Identity." Reid Jones will be our speaker. The cost for the retreat is $100. This includes food, lodging, transportation, and a t-shirt. The retreat is for both junior and senior high students. This is a great opportunity for our students to be challenged in their faith and growth in the Lord.
Looking forward to worshipping with you on the next Lord's Day.
 
Your pastor,

 

 
Wilson
 
 
Worship Notes: January 10, 2016
  • This Sunday we will begin our new year sermon series, Sovereign Grace: A Study of Ephesians, Ephesians 1:1-2.
  • In preparation for the sermon: Martin Lloyd-Jones called Ephesians the most majestic expression of the Gospel. He calls it simply sublime. 
  • A new hymn for the week: Beautiful Savior
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • We are podcasting! Catch up on sermons on iTunes.
Wilson's Weekly
  • Practically every single story in the headlines these days has a theological root to it - wether we realize it or not! Al Mohler, in his daily briefing, offers some VERY interesting theological incites on the Bundys standoff in Oregon. Click here to read source article. 
  • Justin Taylor over at the Gospel Coalition put together a VERY informative article on reading through the Bible in a year along with a ton of resources. Click here
  • Donald Witney, author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, has a new book out called Praying the Bible. I'm currently reading this book and hoping include into may daily walk with God this discipline this year.Click here

Prayer Concerns

Please pray that that the Lord would raise up a Children's Ministry Coordinator to serve at Cornerstone. 

Please for the Russ family - Pray for Brian and Audrey and their children, Eowen, Leah, Allison & William, as they transition and prepare to move and for their house to sell.

Pray for healing - Ann Lammons, Ann Keown, Bill Baldwin, Adam Williamson (Sean Williamson’s father), Betty Carter (Dee Petcher’s stepmother), Marlene Sullins (Chip Sullin’s mother), Cynthia Shady (Shep Park’s sister).

Pray for recovery from recent accidents -  Krissy Sedlack and Dave Purinton.

Pray for our expectant mother - Robin Knight

Pray for our nation during election season.

Pray for those serving in military -  LTJG Christopher Kliebert - naval officer deployed on ship  (cousin of Heidi Honeywell)

Pray for sister PCA church - Grace Presbyterian Church - Fort Payne, AL

Pray for Missions - Seth & Jessica Lewis, Missionaries to Ireland

Pray for CPC Ministry - Women’s Bible Study resuming

 

Please send your prayer requests to Cynthia Keen at  office@cornerstone-pres.org or call the church office.

Announcements

We will celebrate the sacrament of communion on Sunday.  Please prepare your hearts.

College Sunday School class - Join us over the break in the sanctuary.

Women’s Ministry - Come check out Cornerstone Women’s Ministry with a 4 week series entitled “A Portrait of Spiritual Maturity”.  All the women of the church and guests are invited to join us beginning January 12th for food, fellowship and words of wisdom from four guest speakers. We will meet on Tuesday mornings from 9:15am to 11:15am at the church.  No need to register, unless you will need childcare.  Topics covered in this series will be Prayer, Personal Bible Study, How to Minister to Women and How to Share your Faith.  An evening edition will begin on January 19th at the home of Wendy Mosier.

Upcoming Youth Events - Mark Your Calendars

Roots Winter Retreat - We are excited to announce Roots Winter Retreat coming up this February at Camp Toknowhim in Pisgah, AL. We will be joining with some churches in our Presbytery for a big retreat February 26-28. Our theme for the retreat is "Identity." Reid Jones will be our speaker. The cost for the retreat is $100. This includes food, lodging, transportation, and a t-shirt. The retreat is for both junior and senior high students. This is a great opportunity for our students to be challenged in their faith and growth in the Lord.

The Edge Junior High Conference - Our junior high students will be attending the Edge Conference this summer! The Edge will take place June 25-29. The cost is $285/person. The Edge takes place at Covenant College on top of Lookout Mountain. Registration begins January 11th, and it will fill up quickly! Contact Mike at mikeking@cornerstone-pres.org to RSVP your student for the Edge. 

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