Newsletter July 31, 2015

Pastor's Corner
Dear Friends,

Below are some updates on events and activities of Cornerstone PCA. 

This Sunday marks the 10th Sunday that we have had the joy and privilege of being in our new facility. A huge thanks goes out to our deacons who have worked tirelessly to get the building ready for ministry use and cleaned! Our humble beginnings as a church include a big debt of gratitude to First Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Alabama. For two years they were gracious to host our congregation and allow us to worship and meet as a church family. As a small token of our thanks, myself, Gary Abernathy and John Hinson will attend the FCPC worship service and present to them a Resolution of Thanks that has been adopted by the Session. You can read the resolution by clicking here

This Sunday night is Leader Night for our children and youth volunteers. Please be in prayer for these men and women as they disciple our children this new school year. The meeting will begin at 5pm and dinner will be provided. 

As we grow and mature as a church, it is important that we prepare our children to take communion and learn what it means to be active members of a local church. Very soon we will begin a Communicants Class for our children. Please read the details below and you are welcome to seek me out personally if you have any questions. 

Our Men's Ministry will kick off this Fall with a Steak Dinner. I'm looking forward to hearing from Ruling Elder John Hinson speaking on "One Man's Journey." Join us on Sunday, August 23rd at 6pm. 

Our Women's Ministry will kick of their Fall Bible study with some excellent material by Nancy Guthrie. I'm very excited for this learning opportunity for our women. 

Youth Ministry at Cornerstone has some exciting things taking place this Fall. Make sure you check the announcements to learn about ways for our youth to grow in their faith and fellowship with one another.  

This Sunday we will make a change in the order of our worship service as well as add something to our service that we will do from time to time. As I mentioned to you before, announcements will now take place before the service begins. At 8:55am, our music team will lead us in a prelude/gathering song and then immediately following this time, there will be a welcome and announcements. Please make plans with your family to arrive in time to take your seats at 8:55am. Also this Sunday we will introduce a Missions Moment. During this time we will hear from different missionaries or mission agencies that we support as a church. This will be a great time to learn more about missions and ways you can be involved in outreach.

See you Sunday!

Your friend and pastor,



Worship Notes: August 2nd, 2015

Please note, that beginning this Sunday, August 2nd, announcements will be given at the beginning of the service. Please plan to arrive each week by 8:55am for the Prelude and announcements.

A hymn to sing and to know this week as we prepare for this wonderful passage: The Solid Rock.

Kingdom Living is all about having the right foundation - this will be the focus of our sermon this week.  Matthew 7:24-27.

In preparation for the sermon: "Humanly speaking, we could understand and interpret the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience, not interpreting it or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his word. But again he does not mean that it is to be discussed as an ideal; he really means us to get on with it." ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship .

Click here for this week's bulletin. 

Would you like to catch up on on our sermon series? Click here:


Wilson's Weekly

Local church membership matters! Read this excellent article in By Faith called Re-Membering the Body: Why Local Church Membership Matters by Walter Henegar. Interesting thought from that article about a laissez-faire view of church membership:"The underlying message is: You’re here because of what you do for us, not because of what God has done for you. We have thus unwittingly fostered a culture of spiritual cohabitation, leading many to shack up with a local church without ever saying “I do.” As every dating couple knows, love is perilously fragile until the knot is tied."

I don't know much about Ross Douthat but I like his writing. In his recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, Looking Away from Abortion, he muses on the great and just outcry against Planned Parenthood. This article and the whole debacle with Planned Parenthood is disturbing and evil, but as Douthat encourages, we can't just turn away from this demonic activity. We must face it and pray for God's righteous judgment in this matter.

Finally, my great friend and colleague Lee Hutchings wrote an excellent piece for Mississippi Christian Living. He takes great pastoral care to encourage us in the times: The State of the Nation: Opportunity or Resignation? 

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’)

Praise the Lord for the safe return of Joseph Caruso - Middle East
   (nephew of Margaret Powell)

Pray for our Nation - The protection of the unborn.

Pray for sister PCA church - Christ Presbyterian Church - Hampton Cove, AL

Pray for Missions - Seth Lewis, Missionary to Ireland

Pray for CPC Ministry - Leader Night

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

The Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes is having its Power Leadership Camp weekend August 7-8 at the Whitesburg Baptist Recreation Center (ROC).It is for students grades 6-12 and will train campers how to make a difference on their campus. For more info or to register, contact Catherine Barber 256-536-7333 or go to our website

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.


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  - This 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 - Sunday, August 23rd, 6pm. Our speaker, John Hinson, will present “One Man’s Journey.” Tickets are on sale for $10 in the narthex after church 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 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 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.


Copyright © 2015 Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp