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IMPORTANT UPDATE! We are moving to online services.
Sunday Groups will begin meeting via Zoom or FaceTime for now.
Please read the message below from Pastor Rick
Friend, in all my years of serving as a pastor there has never been a time when a church family was more important than right now. Though we are unable to meet in person, at the urging of our government and health officials, we are completely capable of meeting in many different ways. Through Facebook, FaceTime, Zoom, our Cornerstone web page, social media, phone calls, and texts we can keep up with each other and remind ourselves that far from being alone, we are the body of Christ and individually members of it (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
I don’t know how long the current circumstances will prevent us from meeting together in one place. Some say possibly eight weeks. No one really knows for sure. Regardless, we will get through this and we will not just survive but will be stronger and better. We are not bound together merely by feelings or friendships; we are the body of Christ, the family of God. We each still have things to do to serve the body. In this uncertain time, we must seek to find new and creative ways to minister to one another while still reaching a lost and fearful world with the saving and comforting gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though we have to practice physical social distancing, we must find ways to be more connected spiritually and emotionally than ever before.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that we live in a fallen world that is fragile and all of our systems and our sense of self-sufficiency can be upended very quickly. If our confidence is in our health, our jobs, the stock market, or anything else other than Christ, sooner or later, we will be shaken. On the other hand, when we realize that this world is not our home, that we are strangers and exiles here and we are looking for the city that has unshakable foundations, whose builder and maker is God, we won’t be so terrified by the economic and social upheaval around us. It also reminds us that we are not in control and we never were. God is. In this current crisis, I believe God is calling the world to cry out to Him. We, the church, should be praying daily for God to show Himself mighty as well as merciful in this situation. Pray that He would use this for His eternal purposes. This was not a surprise to God; He has known this day would be here since before creation. God is not disturbed or nervous by it; He is working all things toward His ultimate glory, and we rest in that. The serious nature of this disease reminds us that people need the Lord. Don’t forget to keep praying for your ONE! Perhaps you will have a greater opportunity to share Jesus with that individual than you have ever had. Pursue that opportunity by letting your ONE know you are willing to serve them. The Staff met this week and plan to put the following into effect:
- No Worship Services or gatherings at the church until the government gives us the OK to meet again.
- We will strive to keep the church connected through the following means:
1) Pastor Rick’s Sunday morning and Wednesday Night messages will be recorded and posted on our web site. Our other ministers will record messages and post them online, as needed.
2) The ministers will rotate posting a weekly devotional on Facebook each Monday. The first one will be from Pastor Rick on Monday, March 23.
3) Sunday Mornings… 8:45 am–Preschool Bible lessons online; 9:15–Elementary age Bible lessons online; 10 am-Youth & Adult Bible lessons online; 11 am-Worship Service w/Pastor Rick’s message online
4) Wednesday Nights…Awana-group lessons online; Youth -Bible study online; Adults -Mid-Week Bible Teaching online.
5) Small Group Bible Studies… your group teachers will receive information about best practices for meeting online.
6) The church office will remain open (Mon-Thurs 8:30 am-5 pm). The office will be closed on Fridays for the time being. Our ministers will maintain their usual working hours Monday-Thursday. The ministers will continue to have Fridays as their day off.
7) The church Library is open Monday-Thursday 10 am-3 pm for you to check out books, CD’s and DVD’s. Come through the office door to access the Library. Only one family will be in the Library at a time, and the Library will be cleaned daily.
- Please continue to give to your church. The ministry areas and expenses continue to need funding. You may bring offerings to the church office, mail in your offerings, set up bill pay with your bank so they will mail your offering to us, or give online through: https://giving.ncsservices.org/app/giving/Corn9999739
- You will receive more details on the above activities as we put them in place.
Finally, if we do this well, Cornerstone will emerge spiritually stronger, more loving toward others, more focused on the Gospel, and more in love with Jesus. Let’s each look for opportunities to serve others, especially our most vulnerable and hurting members. Many are facing the likelihood of losing their job and their income. It will be a major crisis for them. Who can you help? How? Single parents, singles, widows and widowers, people with health issues, parents in need of childcare, elderly members, etc., are going to need help. How can we, the body of Christ, take up the slack and show His love? For those who are low risk and comfortable serving, we recommend you offer to serve your family, neighbors, and friends. Tell them you would be happy to pick up and drop off food, medicines, or other supplies if they need it. This is a practical way you can be the hands and feet of Christ to those around you.
The staff, deacons and I plan to do everything we can to stay connected to you, and you to each other, and to communicate on a regular basis. Look for videos, text messages, emails, and calls. Do not hesitate to let us know your needs and how we can best serve you. We can’t do everything, but we can do a lot, even while following the health guidelines we have been given.
I love you, Cornerstone family. I can’t say it enough. Though I hate the circumstances we find ourselves in and the suffering we see all around us, I am grateful that we are going through this together. Let’s do this well for the glory of God!