Newsletter February 19, 2016

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,

What a joyous day it was in the life of Cornerstone this past Sunday as we installed our first assistant pastor! I'm very thankful to have Brian and his family here. The Lord answered our prayers by bringing the Russes to Cornerstone. Let's pray that he will do the same by calling a Children's Ministry Coordinator to Cornerstone as well.

I want to update you a few matters of the church. 

Facing a Task Unfinished is a new hymn that we will sing this Sunday. Cornerstone will be participating in an invitation by Getty Music where thousands of churches around the globe will sing the new hymn Facing a Task Unfinished together on Sunday, February 21st, 2016!  From the Getty's website we find the story of this hymn:
First penned by China Inland Mission worker, Frank Houghton, at a time when persecution in China was at its height, "Facing a Task Unfinished" has been a rally cry for missions in the Pacific Rim for many years. In 1929, the Lord laid a vision on the heart of CIM leaders to see 200 new workers plunge into the darkness and share the light of Christ, knowing that it could well cost them their lives.

As he reflected on Jesus' words in Matthew 24:14 to bear the torch of the Gospel to all the nations, his heart was broken for the people of China, and he wrote:

Facing a task unfinished, that drives us to our knees.
A need that, undiminished, rebukes our slothful ease.
We, who rejoice to know Thee, renew before Thy throne,
The solemn pledge we owe Thee to go and make Thee known.

By 1932, the last of the 200 missionaries had set sail for China to spread the good news of the Gospel. Since that time, the church of China has grown from an estimated 100,000 who claim Christ as their Lord to millions, and the Lord continues to work in great ways because of the faithfulness of those that gave their lives proclaiming that Jesus died and rose.

We are delighted to introduce this missions hymn to a new generation with the prayer it will be an anthem for rising up to face the unfinished task and going to all the world to proclaim salvation in Jesus' name.

Construction Update: The renovations on the adult Sunday School class rooms are underway. We hope to see them completed in a few weeks. This will be a greatly improved space. While we wait for the rooms to be completed, the Trailblazers class will meet in the sanctuary, the Builders will meet in the fellowship hall, and the New Members Class will meet in the Senior Pastor's office.

Where is Jesus? Cornerstone Men’s Fellowship Dinner - Sunday, March 6th, 6pm. Our speaker will be my good friend and colleague, Rev. Brad Mercer, Senior Associate Pastor at Highlands Presbyterian Church. Rev. Mercer is active in men's ministry around the PCA and has a heart to see men grow in Christ. Brad is a C.S. Lewis buff and has a Master of Philosophy from the University of Wales in the UK. He will speak on: “Where is Jesus? Learning to Find the Presence of Christ in a Band of Brothers”. BBQ Ribs will be served that night. Tickets are on sale in the narthex for $10. Teenage sons and guests are invited. I can't wait for you to meet my friend and hear from him. I want to see all of our men there! 

See you Sunday!
Your pastor,


Wilson's Weekly
Prepare for Worship

February 21, 2016
  • This Sunday we will continue in our new year sermon series, Sovereign Grace: Blessed Assurance, Ephesians 1:11-14.
  • In preparation for the sermon: "Oh the joy of being among the redeemed, the joy of knowing that though we may be stripped of everything here, our final inheritance is guaranteed and safe and sure!" - Martin Lloyd-Jones 
  • A new hymn for the week: Facing a Task Unfinished
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • We are podcasting! Catch up on sermons on iTunes.
  • We are LIVE STREAMING! Click here. 


Sunday School Construction Class Locations:
    Builders - Fellowship Hall
    Trailblazers - Sanctuary

New Members Class - We will resume this Sunday and meet in the Pastor’s office on the first floor.

Bookshelf Ministry -  Check out these books in preparation for Easter, all free on the lobby bookshelf! Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper, Why the Cross by John Blanchard, and Blood Work (How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation) by Anthony Carter.   If you have questions about books, would like to make a donation, or anything else related to this great resource, please see Craig Akridge.

Ladies’ Spring Study - It’s not to late to join us.  Our book study will be “A Woman’s Wisdom - How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything”.  Cost for the book is $10.  Registration cards are available in the narthex.  Morning and evening sessions are available.

Easter at Cornerstone - Easter Sermon Series: Easter According to Luke.
  • Palm Sunday, March 20th, children singing.
  • Good Friday Communion Service, March 25th, 6pm
  • Easter Sunday, March 27th. 
Prayer Requests

Healing - Please pray for the health of the following individuals:  Ellie Kate Dupre’, Krissy Sedlack, Bill and Dot Barnes (Carol Cox’s parents), Nellie Jo Williams (Emily Hinson’s mother), 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).

Expectant parents - Al & Robin Knight

Ministries:  Choose Life of North Alabama, The Village Church, Construction Crew working on new Sunday School rooms.

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


Men's Ministry

Men’s Fellowship Dinner - Sunday, March 6th, 6pm. Our speaker, Rev. Brad Mercer, will present “Where is Jesus?  Learning to Find the Presence of Christ in a Band of Brothers”. BBQ Ribs will be served. Tickets are on sale in the narthex or in the church office for $10. Teenage sons and guests are invited.

Young Business Leaders Forum

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 from 11:30am-12:50pm at AEgis Technologies Inc., in Cummings Research Park.  Ron Gray, President of Thompson Gray, will speak on “You, Your Faith, and Business…..Be Bold!”  A catered lunch will be provided by Little Paul’s BBQ, for only $5!  Please RSVP by noon on Monday, February 22nd, by calling or emailing the YBL office at (256) 882-6003 or

Click here for details.

Children's Ministry
****Notice date change!****
Vacation Bible School - Save the date!  June 6-9, 2016 

 Upcoming Youth Events

The Edge Junior High Conference - June 25-29.  Cost is $285/person. Sign up by e-mailing   Details also on the website.

High School Summer Retreat - July 11-16, 2016.  The RYM High School Florida 2 Retreat July 11-16 at Laguna Beach Christian Center in Panama City, FL. The Theme for this year’s retreat is “The Church?” Brian Habig will be the speaker.  Cost is $385/person. Twelve spots are reserved and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. E-mail Mike at to RSVP your student for RYM. (Reservation requires a $100 non-refundable deposit.)

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