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Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Newsletter - March 17, 2017

  A congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, Founded 2013

Dear Friends,

As we approach Easter, we are reminded not only of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but also of his humble, kingly entrance into Jerusalem, the city of David. With cloaks and branches spread
on the highway, Jesus rode a donkey among shouts of ‘Hosanna’ and ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ He immediately went into the house of God, the Temple. And after
driving out those who made God’s dwelling a marketplace, Jesus healed those who were physically weak, the blind and the lame. Those who were most physically able and spiritually fit, the chief priests, the scribes and Pharisees, looked on with indignation and contempt for Jesus.

Though the religious leaders had no place for Christ in their lives, the Gospel writers tell us that the little children in the Temple were crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” After some 
critique by the scribes of the children, Jesus replies to the ‘spiritually mature’ in Matthew 21:16:  “And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you never read, Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’” Jesus reminded the religious ones, as he also reminds us, that God has ordained and prepared praise for Himself in small children. The great King of the ages has established praise for himself in the humility of a donkey, in the weakness of the lame, and the smallness of young children.

As followers of Jesus, we look forward to opportunities to disciple little children. As ambassadors for Christ, we teach hoping that we may find them walking in the truth and living 
righteously before the face of God. Often times, their tangible, child-like faith encourages us to walk more humbly and to live more faithfully to Christ. Several translations of Psalm 8, of which Jesus quoted to the Pharisees, ironically state that through the praise of little children God has “established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” God uses the 
praise of children to change adults. God also uses their praise to silence his enemies. God establishes his strength through them.

This summer, Cornerstone members have the opportunity to witness the ‘prepared praise’ and watch the Lord ‘establish strength’ by participating in the church’s Vacation Bible School. As Cornerstone’s third year of organizing VBS, we have the privilege of discipling church members’ children as well as providing an opportunity for outreach into our communities. Because the week-long program provides a unique setting that is distinct from the weekly church routine, VBS introduces fresh opportunities for service and fellowship. Even so, the program serves to reinforce the biblical truths the children learn every Sunday morning from worship and Sunday school.

This year we will use a curriculum called Upward Bound developed by VBS Reachout Adventures. The four-day program, from June 19th-22nd, will feature an adventurous hiking 
expedition that draws parallels of Christ’s journey from heaven to the cross. Children who participate in Cornerstone’s VBS in 2017 will watch skits, learn and sing music, listen to Bible stories, make crafts, memorize Scripture, play games, and hear and participate in missions supported by the church. The program will conclude with a Thursday evening meal for families featuring highlights from the week’s activities.

We would encourage you to pray for our Vacation Bible School program this summer. Scripture clarifies that we often ‘do not have because we do not ask.’ Please pray that God would use VBS in the lives of our children as well as send us opportunities to reach out to those around us. And we would also ask you to consider serving. Cornerstone’s four day VBS program is a tangible way for you to actively serve in the local church. If you have a desire to serve or have any questions regarding our upcoming VBS, please feel free to contact me at matthew@cornerstone-pres.org. We look forward to seeing you this summer at VBS!


Many Thanks!


Matthew Elliott
 
Preparation for Worship - March 19, 2017
  • This Sunday's sermon:   “Life In God's Family”   Ephesians 6:21-22.
  • In preparation for the sermon:  “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”  John 1:12
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Announcements

Youth Event - The youth group will be going to "The Rock and Worship Roadshow" at the Von Braun Center on Thursday, March 30. Meet at the church at 5:00pm. It will be a powerful concert experience with some of the biggest artists in Christian music today.Tickets are $10 at the door. E-mail Jessica for more information at jessica@cornerstone-pres.org.

Foundations -  Foundations is from 5-7pm.  Dinner is served at 5:15pm. This week’s dinner will be pizza, along with the weekly salad bar.  Cost is $5/person or $15/family.  Please make your reservation with the Connect Card or e-mail brian@cornerstone-pres.org.

Cornerstone Men’s Retreat - Registration has begun!  March 31-April 1 at Camp Maranatha on Lake Guntersville. Cost: $65 (lodge room with 2 men, 2 queen beds and 3 meals) or $40 (cabin with bunks and 3 meals). Check-in will begin Friday at 5pm with dinner at 6pm.   Topic: The Core of a Godly Man. The retreat will conclude with lunch on Saturday, but the camp will be available the rest of the day for those who might want to fish, relax, etc.   Deadline to register is next Sunday, March 26th.

Easter at Cornerstone - Easter Sermon Series beginning April 2nd: Rejected, Wounded, Exalted:  Isaiah 52-53.   Palm Sunday, April 9th, children singing.  Good Friday Communion Service,  April 14th, 6pm. Easter Sunday, April 16th. 

Easter Brunch - Join us after the Easter worship service for a brunch in the fellowship hall.  There will be no Sunday School. 

VBS Registration Dates - VBS 2017 online registration opens on Sunday, April 16th and closes Sunday, May 14th.   A registration table will be available after the worship service during those weeks.   Please contact Matthew Elliott at matthew@cornerstone-pres.org if you have any questions.

Prayer Requests

Healing - Please pray for the health of the following individuals:  Bill Baldwin, Hart Barham, Ann Keown and Katie Park.

Victoria Rose Gassaway - Praise the Lord for the arrival of Victoria Rose this morning to Bryan and Rebecca.  

Biggs and Kimbrough Families - Please remember these families as they mourn the passing of Rachel’s grandmother and Mark’s mother, Joyce Kimbrough, earlier this week.


Pray for church members caring for family - Carol Cox, Wendy Dillon, Bryan Gassaway, Mark Hundscheid, Debbie Jones, Alan Patterson, Randy and Dee Petcher, Tim and David Ricks, Neil Sutphin, Earl and Jean Wells, Sean Williamson and Susan Wilson.

Ministries - INFOCUS Ministry - UAH, Grace Covenant Church-Athens, VBS Planning


Please contact the church office by Thursday 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 office@cornerstone-pres.org or 256-489-4625.
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