Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Newsletter - September 2, 2016

  A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, Founded 2013

Dear Friends,
Sanctification is HARD! That is the lesson that we are learning in our study of Paul's epistle to the Ephesians. As I read this letter and prepare weekly to preach from the truths found there, I'm continually faced with the reality that "putting off the old self" and "putting on the new self" is one of the more difficult things to do in the Christian life.

Let me remind you what sanctification is - it is the work of God's free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness (WSC #35). Thank God we are enabled by His grace to leave sin behind and pursue righteousness but the key word from the Westminster Shorter Catechism is enabled. By God's grace we are enabled. To enable means to give someone or something the authority or means to do something. So we are enabled to do something. What are we to do? We are to put off and put on according to Paul in Ephesians 4:20-24. This doing requires action; it requires effort. Therefore, I say again, sanctification is hard! It requires effort. There is something we must do, we must work at in the Christian life. 

The reason that Paul often describes the Christian life in athletic, agricultural and even military terms is to emphasize this point - the Christian life requires work and effort. There is something we must do to live holy and pleasing lives for God (Romans 12:1-2). There is effort that is required to put off sin and to put on righteousness and holiness. 

And so I'm praying for you. I'm praying for myself. I'm praying that God will enable us to do the work of sanctification - to daily put away the sin that so easily entangles and to run with perseverance the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1-2). 

In the coming Sundays, we are going to see more and more just how hard this work of sanctification is because we are going to see that this affects every area of our lives: our friendships, our careers, our parenting and our marriages. Please be in prayer as we discover God's will for our lives in these important areas. 

See you Sunday! Enjoy the holiday weekend. 

Your friend in Christ,

Preparation for Worship-September 4th
  • This Sunday's sermon: Ephesians 4:25-32, The Christian Walk: Putting Off and Putting On
  • In preparation for the sermon: "He that will be angry and not sin, let him be angry at nothing but sin." -Geoffrey B. Wilson
  • A hymn for the week: For All the Saints 
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Wilson's Weekly

I have had several discussions about baptism lately. I thought I would link some helpful resources:

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

The church office will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Communion - We will observe the sacrament of communion next Lord’s Day, September 11th.

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:

FOUNDATIONS Wednesday-August 31st. -  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 Ladies’ Bible Study - I Peter: A Living Hope In Christ   Evening study meets on Wednesdays.  Morning study begins Tuesday, Sept. 6th, at 9:15am at the church.

Fall Women's Conference - September 23-24 at Christ Presbyterian Church- Hampton Cove.  Cost is $10.  Tickets will be 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 today and the next 2 Sundays 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.

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:  INFOCUS Campus Ministry at UAH, Redeemer Presbyterian Church-Florence, Cornerstone Children’s Ministry

Pray for our expectant mothers: Esther Cook, 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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