Dear Friends,

I was honored and blessed this week to spend two and a half days in St. Louis with the Courageous Leadership Initiative (CLI) for the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. I was one of seven clergy chosen from our annual conference to attend. There were about 150 of us there, clergy serving as local church pastors, pastors of creative ministry ventures, district superintendents, and bishops. It was absolutely fantastic to dream about the future of our denomination and local congregations. I got so excited as I shared with other clergy about Cornerstone, about our mission “to be a Cornerstone of Christ in our community and beyond” and our vision “to be a church where all people can worship, serve, and share God’s grace.”

This CLI event was the last of several leadership events I have had the privilege of attending over the past month, some of which I attended alongside other staff and laity in the church. I am excited to begin dreaming alongside our staff, laity, and you all as the congregation, how exactly we live out our mission and vision, the specific ways God is calling us to be a cornerstone of Christ in our community and beyond, to be a church where all people can worship, serve, and share God’s grace. It is an exciting time to be with you in ministry, and I hope you are excited as well!

This Sunday as we gather in worship, as part of our sermon series Viewpoints, we will look at a powerful testament in scripture to God’s grace with “The View from the Porch” in the familiar story of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32. I hope you will join us at 9 or 11 as we celebrate God’s grace together in our Cornerstone community!

In Christ
Pastor Kathleen

COUNTRY FAIR & AUCTION —  Donated merchandise for Country Fair and Auction can be delivered to the Church starting Monday, October 15. Pick up is also available starting Monday, October 15, by calling Robert Montgomery at 870-243-5772 or the Church office at 932-2718.  To find out more about the CFA go to Go to CFA Flyer.

We will begin setting up for CFA this Sunday afternoon. If you can help, please come to the Sanctuary at 1:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE —  We will not have our weekly meal and Bible studies on Wednesday, October 17, due to Country Fair & Auction preparations!

HALLOWEEN — Halloween night, October 31, we will have a Fall-O-Ween celebration from 5:30 – 7 p.m. in the Education Building! There will be a chili cookoff. We’d love for Sunday school classes and groups to create themed rooms in the Education Building for the kids to visit. If you need help coming up with a theme or game, contact Christi. We will collect small prizes and candy. Costumes are welcome too.

GLORIOUS GIVING MARKET — Keep in mind the Glorious Giving Market as we gear up for the CFA. The date for the GGM is Sunday, November the 11. The time is 10 AM – 1 PM. There will be 11 Mission Booths, the mission café (with presales of cheesecakes and carry outs available), and the bakery.

Missions included in the GGM will be:
*Heifer International
*Arkansas Food Bank
*Arkansas Methodist Family Health
*Handy Helpers
*One Book Foundation
*ASU Wesley Foundation
*Ozark Mission Project
*Lydia Patterson Institute
*Breaking Bonds
*Sewing Ministry

UMW COOKBOOK —  The United Methodist Women is publishing a Cornerstone Cookbook! Please begin gathering your recipes. The UMW would love to have your recipes used during Country Fair & Auction, Glorious Giving Market and those recipes in honor or memory of church members. Recipes will be collected from October  7 – December 31.

Cost of the cookbook will be $15 (and includes the cookbook, recipe easel (stand) and an e-copy), and all proceeds will go to CUMW Missions. Pre-sales will begin October 20 at CFA and the cookbooks will be available for pick-up May 1, 2019. Email questions or recipes to missmryj@yahoo.com (Mary Montgomery), nmrainh20@yahoo.com (Nancy Rainwater) or sshelton2017@gmail.com (Susan Shelton).

MUSIC MINISTRIES —  All are welcome to play or sing. If you are interested, contact one of our music folks today. Ethel May Beall is our Accompanist (ebrook50@hotmail.com). Our Music Director is Laura Syc (music@cornerstoneumc.net).

HELPING NEIGHBORS FOOD PANTRY —  Thank you for helping us keep the food pantry stocked at Helping Neighbors. Drop your donations off anytime at the back of the sanctuary. At this time, the Food Pantry does not need any bags or egg cartons.  Week of 10/21 – Peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits.

The Helping Neighbors Food Pantry needs volunteers:
· Team of 2 to pick up from Aldi’s on Saturday at 10:30 am 2 times per month. On the job training provided. Need to be able to lift 20 lbs.
· To help fill shifts when regular volunteers are out. It would be about 2 hours each week and likely 2 times per month. You would be called to see if your schedule allows for that time period. On the job training provided.
Please contact Andrea Levy at alevy5816@gmail.com or at 505-903-9293.

WINTER SKI RETREAT — Lake Junaluska, NC.  Dec. 29 – Jan. 21.  For information see weekly newsletter and contact Christi Crawford at 501-860-5678.

SAGER BROWN — Cornerstone has reservations for a group to go to UMCOR’s Sager Brown Campus in Baldwin, Louisiana, in February of 2019. The dates are Sunday the 17th to Friday the 22nd. If you are interested please call the church office or Patricia Harlan.


Saturday, October 20 – Country Fair & Auction
Wednesday, October 31 – Fall-O-Ween Chili Contest and Games/Activities (5:30–7 p.m.)
Sunday, November 11 – Glorious Giving Market
Wednesday, November 28 – Handing of the Greens (6:00 p.m.)
Sunday, December 16 – Christmas Musical at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – Longest Night Service (A Special Service for those dealing with grief during the holidays)
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Services at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day (office closed)
Wednesday, December 26 – Office Closed
December 29 – January 1 – Youth Ski Trip
Sunday, December 30 – One Worship Service at 10:00 a.m. (No Sunday school)
Sunday, February 17 – Friday, February 22, 2019 – Sager Brown Trip


WEATHER — In case we have inclement weather, always check your e- mail, Facebook, TV, etc. for lists of closings. Pastor Kathleen will make the announcements any time she feels that traveling would be too dangerous for us to attend scheduled events, church services, etc