Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Newsletter - September 9, 2016

  A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, Founded 2013

Dear College Student,

Okay, maybe you are not a college student but I bet you know one, so please keep reading (and share if you would like).  

I would like to write to you about an issue that has been heavy on my heart, heavy on my mind and probably heavy on your parent's heart and mind; and that is this: please don't believe the lie that the faith you grew up with was inferior. Rather, continue in the faith that you learned and believed from childhood and remember from whom you learned it (your parents, your Sunday School teachers, your pastor) and remember the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation! 

The truth is, when I was in college, I too was having my world shaken by reading and hearing new doctrines taught and preached. I grew up a nominal Christian and really was a spiritual infant when I got to college. I had many questions because I had never studied the Bible and never had strong, biblical teaching. I was so thankful for friends and pastors that I met during my college years that were very patient with me while I learned and really processed the great doctrines of the faith for the first time.

But for many of you, that is not the case. Many of you grew up in Christians homes. You were taught the great doctrines of the faith; you learned the catechism; you saw the faithfulness and hand of God demonstrated in your life by the mere fact that you grew up in this environment. So was that not enough? Was your up-bringing in the church insufficient? Did you really spend all your time on "first-floor Christianity" only to learn later that there is a "second-floor Christianity"? 

I implore you, do not believe this lie! Do not believe that Christ is not sufficient! Do not believe that unless you add this or that to your Christian life or belong to this particular church, then you are less of a Christian. Do not believe that your baptism was insufficient. Do not you believe that your experience growing up in a Christian home was insufficient. Do you believe that you somehow missed out on a radical conversion experience and therefore your faith is not real? Do not believe the lie that there is another form of Christianity different from the pure Gospel - “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.”  (1 Timothy 4:7 ESV). 

One of the great doctrines that I learned while in college was that of covenant theology. Through my study, I learned that God is a God of grace and that He has been in relationship with His people since Adam and Eve. This covenant relationship continued to Abraham and culminated in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Through this study, I saw that God pursues families - the family at home and the church family - His blessings were ALWAYS for the family. Never in Scripture do you see an individual, on an island, seeking God alone. God cherishes families and He loves to bless the family. That is why your baptism as an infant MATTERS! Baptism is the covenant sign that replaced the old covenant sign of circumcision. Your baptism means that you belong to God. Your baptism means that God has chosen to bless your family. Your baptism is not about you going up to God but God coming down to you. Yes, later in life you must make a profession of faith in Christ alone, but this DOES NOT invalidate your baptism, rather, biblically, it affirms it. 

There is so much more I could say or harp on here but I want to leave you with the EPIC words of the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy. In this letter Paul is writing to his young intern Timothy about the importance of the faith he grew up learning. It is interesting to note that Paul did not tell Timothy to forsake everything that he learned growing up and to ONLY pay attention to what he taught him over the last few years. Rather, Paul reminds Timothy to go back to his childhood and recall the faith that he learned from his mother and his grandmother - 2 Tim. 1:4 - (no doubt in the context of the local church). And how the things that he learned then are the things that he needs to be reminded of now. It is the the Scriptures ALONE that make us wise for salvation and it is Christ ALONE that we need more of NOW. 

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”  (2 Timothy 3:12–17 ESV)
Dear college student, continue in what you have learned and believed since you were a child and remember who taught it to you - your parents, your Sunday School teachers, your pastor. Please do not forsake the truth that is in Christ and in the great doctrines which are rooted in His Word.

If you would like to talk about these things, please contact me. 

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


Preparation for Worship-September 11th
  • This Sunday sermon: Ephesians 5:1-2, The Christian Walk: Gospel Living
  • In preparation for the sermon: "Here in this new chapter we come to what is perhaps Paul's supreme argument, to the highest level of all in doctrine and in practice, to the ultimate ideal." - Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • A hymn for the week: The Power of the Cross 
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
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Wilson's Weekly

"Thoughtful Christians will come to different conclusions on this, but it is clear in Scripture that God’s people often do what is right and leave the results to the Lord of history." Why I Don’t Think You Must Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils by Dan Doriani. I'm gong to leave it at just this one article this week! This should generate some interesting conversation around the dinner table and the water cooler.

A n n o u n c e m e n t s

Disaster Relief Service Opportunity - Over the next few weeks, we will be collecting items to aid the relief effort in Louisiana.  At the completion of our collection effort, we will personally deliver the items to the Mission to North America warehouse in Rome, GA.  For a list of the items needed and to learn about other ways you can help, please contact Kyle Mosier at (256) 658-1050 or or visit:

New Member Care Ministries - The Women of Cornerstone are starting two new ministries that will help care for our church family.  Hart Barham is coordinating the Support Mom Ministry to care for growing families.  Diana Akridge and Michaiah Summers are coordinating the Member Care Ministry to support families experiencing illness and death.  Members are asked to contact Hart Barham or Diana Akridge as you become aware of a family’s need for a meal, emotional support and/or prayer.  We will be using the "Take Them a Meal" website to facilitate meal sign-ups.  We look forward to working with the congregation as we demonstrate Christ’s love to each other.
   Support Mom Ministry Chairperson
   Hart Barham:      phone: 256-527-6622
   Member Care Chairperson
   Diana Akridge:      phone:  256-883-6749
   Member Care Co-chair
    Michaiah Summers    phone:  770-316-0821     

FOUNDATIONS Wednesday-Sept. 14th. -  If you will be joining us for dinner, please complete the reservation card each week located in the chair pockets in the sanctuary and place it in the offering plate.  You may also e-mail Pastor Russ at no later than Tuesday at noon.  The cost for dinner is $5/person; $15 max/family.  Dinner is served beginning at 5pm; classes begin at 6pm.

Fall Women's Conference - September 23-24 at Christ Presbyterian Church- Hampton Cove.  Cost is $10.  Tickets are on sale Sunday in the narthex.

Cornerstone Dove Shoot (sponsored by Cornerstone's Men’s Ministry) - Sunday, Sept. 25th at 2pm at the Bayless farm located about 12 miles south of the Tennessee River.  Tickets available Sunday following our worship service and on weekdays through the church office by Wednesday, Sept. 21st.  Costs:  $10 for adults and $5 for children under 16.   Ticket price includes snacks, drinks, and door prizes.  Please invite a guest!  **Alabama Hunting License required for anyone 16 years old and older.  A Gun safety orientation and short program will be provided for all hunters (big and small).

Bookshelf Ministry - Be sure to check out the bookshelf located at the main entrance foyer. There are books, tracts and audio teaching CDs for you to take or give to someone. All these resources are FREE! If you have questions about books, please see Craig Akridge.  Also, should you have bibles, hymnals, devotionals, and Christian books to donate for shipment to other countries, please drop these in the bin located next to the bookshelf.

Volunteers needed at Foundations Dinners Wednesday nights from 4:30/5-6:15pm
We've had a great response to our new Foundations on Wednesday nights!  Extra volunteers are needed each week for set up, serving, helping young moms and their children with plates and clean up.  If you can help once or twice between now and Thanksgiving for only a 2 hour slot at dinner from 4:30/5:00 – 6:15pm, it would be much appreciated.  Questions?  Email Gail at .  Click here to sign up for a time slot.    

Upcoming Women's Ministry Events

Fall Ladies’ Bible Study - Please join us this Fall for Jen Wilkin’s study of I Peter: A Living Hope In Christ.   It's not too late to join us!  The evening study meets on Wednesdays.  The morning study will begin Tuesday, September 6th.

Fall Women's Conference featuring speaker Aimee Byrd - September 23-24 at Christ Presbyterian Church-Hampton Cove.   To register or for more information, please visit the website or contact Risha Hoover at  Tickets will also be on sale in the narthex Sunday morning.

Opportunities To Serve

Disaster Relief Service Opportunity - Over the next few weeks, we will be collecting items to aid the relief effort in Louisiana.  At the completion of our collection effort, we will personally deliver the items to the Mission to North America warehouse in Rome, GA.  For a list of the items needed and to learn about other ways you can help, please contact Kyle Mosier at (256) 658-1050 or or visit:

Employment Needs:  We have an opportunity to assist two of our regular church and Sunday School attenders in need of jobs.  One is searching for a teaching position.  Another is in need of temporary employment through the end of the year before entering the US Army.  Please contact Bill Sneed by phone at (256) 881-1958 or by e-mail at if you need for additional details and information or if you might be aware of any potential job opportunities.

Prayer Requests

Healing - Please pray for the health of the following individuals:  Bill & Betty Baldwin, Dianne Brown, Ann Keown and Aubrey Lammons.

Please pray for the flood victims of Louisiana.

Please pray for Kendall Junen as his father may be entering his last hours.

Pray for church members caring for family:  John Bise, Carol Cox, Bryan Gassaway, Debbie Jones, Mark Hundscheid, Kendall Junen, Alan Patterson, Dee Petcher, and Sean Williamson

Ministries:  Seth and Jessica Lewis - Missionaries to Ireland, Southwood Presbyterian Church, New Member Care Ministries

Pray for our expectant mothers: Esther Cook, Rebecca Gassaway, Ashley Poppe and Melissa Trotter

Please contact the church office for changes or additions to the prayer requests.

The Cornerstone Newsletter is a weekly publication emailed each Friday. 
To notify the church office of church members in the hospital or of births and deaths, or if you have a change of address or name, please contact Cynthia Keen at or 256-489-4625.
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