Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Newsletter - July 15, 2016

  A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, Founded 2013

Dear Friends,

I trust that you are all having a wonderful summer. I know my family is enjoying the break from school to sleep a little later, fellowship with their friends in the neighborhood and enjoy a family vacation. We are glad to be home in Huntsville to fellowship and worship with the saints at Cornerstone. Below, I would like to update you on a few things. 

General Assembly Update:  This year Pastor Russ, Ruling Elders John Bise, Frank Cohee and I had the privilege to travel down to Mobile, AL for the 44th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. As always, I left GA with mixed emotions - mostly positive. I continue to be thankful for our denomination. I'm thankful because as one of my friends so aptly put it to me years ago, "The whole church is a mess. The PCA is the best mess I know." We continue to be a denomination faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed Faith and obedient to the Great Commission. And by the way, we have a new logo! And by new, I mean that we have one, for the first time. It only took 44 years!

One of the greatest take-aways from the assembly was when we, as a denomination, took a firm stand on the need and importance of racial reconciliation. This was expressed in the passing of Overture 43. Please take the time to read and pray about this important declaration. Click here.

Dr. Roy Taylor, Stated Clerk of the PCA, details some important information in his report that I encourage you to read.Click here

FOUNDATIONS:  I'm getting REALLY excited about Foundations at Cornerstone as August 24th is fast on the approach. First, we've added a new ministry opportunity that I hope will bless our women who are unable to attend the Women's Bible Study on Tuesday mornings. Beginning Wednesday, August 24th, during the discipleship time from 6-7pm there will be an opportunity for any ladies who cannot make the Tuesday morning study to meet for an evening study on First Peter.

Second, get ready for food and fellowship! One of the things that we often miss Sunday to Sunday is more time to be together as a church family and fellowship. I do hope and pray that Wednesday evening is a time for us to enjoying being together and fellowship around a meal. 

Third, learning! I think we all can agree that we need to grow in our faith. I'm hopeful that Foundations will be an opportunity for all of us to grow in our knowledge of Christ - whether that is through serving or learning. Pastor Russ will be working with our new Children's Ministry Coordinator, Matthew Elliott, to develop a robust program for our children to learn the great truths of the faith through the catechism. The Junior High students will gather for youth group.  Senior High youth group will continue to meet on Sunday nights and those students will have the opportunity to serve the children or participate with the adults on Wednesdays. 
If you can help serve in some aspect of the Wednesday night ministry, whether it involves children's ministry, the nursery, the meal or other opportunities, please contact Pastor Russ. 

I will be leading a seminar for the adults on The Five Solas of the Reformation and Why They Matter Today!  2017 will mark the 500th year of the Reformation. It is truly amazing that God's grace alone has sustained us and built His Church. Join me as we explore the Solas and examine them for their importance in the past and implications for the future. 

Can't wait to worship with you Sunday!

By His grace and to His praise,

Wilson's Weekly
Prepare for Worship-July 17
  • This Sunday's sermon will focus on Ephesians 3:20-21 - one of the great doxologies of the New Testament. This passage marks the end of the first section of Ephesians where we examined the theology of the Gospel. Chapters 4-6 of Ephesians will take us into the application of the Gospel. 
  • In preparation for the sermon:  "To add anything more would be inappropriate, except the doxology. To him be glory, Paul exclaims, to this God of resurrection power who alone can make the dream come true. The power comes from him; the glory must go to him. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus together, in the body and in the Head, in the bride and in the Bridegroom, in the community of peace and in the Peacemaker, to all generations (in history), for ever and ever (in eternity), Amen."  John R. W. Stott
  • A hymn for the week: Holy, Holy, Holy!
  • Click here for this week's bulletin. 
  • We are podcasting! Catch up on sermons on iTunes.
  • We are LIVE STREAMING! Click here. 

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

Save The Date! - Ladies’ Fellowship Dinner, Sunday, July 31st.

Youth - Seniors Retreat - August 12-13th.  See website for details.

Children’s Ministry Volunteers/Helpers - Save the date - Saturday, August 13th, at 9am.  Please mark your calendars to join us as we make preparations for the upcoming year for both Sunday School and Wednesday night classes.

Cornerstone Town Hall Meeting - Sunday, August 14th, during the Sunday School hour.  Please make plans to attend.

New Members’ Class - August 21, 28, Sept. 4, 11.  We will meet in the College Classroom downstairs during the Sunday School hour.  To register, please e-mail the church office at

Communicants’ Class - A communicant’s class for children interested in joining Cornerstone will be offered beginning Sunday, August 21st.  A parent must attend the class with each child.  The class will be on Sundays, 4-5pm. To register your child please email the church office at

FOUNDATIONS! - New Wednesday night ministry at Cornerstone beginning August 24, 2016. Please make plans to join us for food, fellowship and foundations in God's Word this Fall. There will be discipleship opportunities for children, students and adults. Stay tuned for more details.  If you are interested in helping with the Wednesday night family dinners, please contact Gail Kimrey at


Prayer Requests

Healing - Please pray for the health of the following individuals:  Bill Baldwin, Bill and Dot Barnes (Carol Cox’s parents), Dianne Brown, Marion Camp (Gail Kimrey’s mother), Betty Carter (Dee Petcher’s stepmother), Glynn Dupre’, Ruth Duncan (Jack Duncan’s mother), John Gassaway (Brian Gassaway’s father), Ann Keown, Valerie Lees (Debbie Jones’ & Anne Thompson’s mother), Clare Purinton, and Adam Williamson (Sean Williamson’s father).

Ministries:  Alex & Suzanne Sarran, Church Planting in Lyon, France, Decatur Presbyterian Church Facilities Committee

Pray for our expectant mother: Ashley Poppe

Pray for those caring for ailing parents.

Cornerstone Youth Summer Calendar 

The Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be conducting a 5-day (8:30-3:30) Sports Camp in Madison (July 18-22). The camp is for kids ages 7–13. Each camp will offer 12 sports clinics from which to choose one sport. Clinics are lead by professional, college, and high school coaches. All huddles are lead by the FCA staff & trained leaders. To register or for more information, please visit our website at: or call 256-536-7333.

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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