PASTOR’S WORD — Years ago Leadership Magazine carried a thought-provoking illustration. The captain of a large ship looked into the dark night and saw a very faint light in the distance ahead. Immediately he issued a message to be sent: “Alter your course 10 degrees south.”

Very quickly a return message was received: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”

The captain became upset because his command was ignored, so he sent another message: “Alter your course 10 degrees south – I am the captain!”

Once again, a message was returned: “Alter your course 10 degrees north – I am seaman third class Jones.”

Immediately the captain sent a third message, knowing the fear it would evoke: “Alter your course 10 degrees south – I am a battleship!”

The reply? “Alter your course 10 degrees north – I am a lighthouse.”

I suppose there are days when we are indeed the captain, and there are days when we are a lowly seaman third class. And there are days when, no matter who we are, we must be willing to alter our course.

This is especially true in seasons of transition. I suspect too many people reluctantly alter their course in fear of the unknown, of the unfamiliar. We are creatures of habit after all; we do not enjoy change.

Let me be honest, though. I am getting excited in this “course altering” season! What is God going to do in this new season of ministry and life? How will we respond? Will we have the courage to alter course and embrace new leadership and new ministries while trusting in the One who lights our way?

The writer of Romans proclaimed that in all things God works for the good for those who love him. (Romans 8: 28)

Be assured. God is at work in us still! May we be courageous as we alter course in faithfulness and obedience. The best, my friends, is yet to be…!

RECEPTION FOR HEMUNDS — There will be a Farewell Reception for Pastor Chris and Kim and the rest of the  Hemund family on Sunday, May 21. This will be a drop-in reception from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.   A “money” tree will be available to attach cash donations or gift cards for the Hemunds.

CLEANING BUCKETS NEEDED —  See instructions in the Chronicle or this link: Cleaning Buckets

SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COMMITTEE — Three members have volunteered to organize a Safety/Emergency Preparedness Committee for Cornerstone UMC. Leaders are Steve Beck, Brookland Fire Chief; Jim Tolewitzke, EMT/Fireman, and Lou Anne Clements, Retired Poinsett County Emergency Manager.

The purpose of the committee is to better prepare our church family while on the property of Cornerstone. We feel we can accomplish this by locating our resources, educating and providing training for members/staff and writing plans pertaining to various scenarios that might occur at Cornerstone.

Please contact Lou Anne Clements (931-8557) if you have any questions or might be interested in serving on a sub-committee.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE —  We are still seeking applicants for our Nursery Director and Children’s Director positions. If you are interested, please email your resume to admin@cornerstoneumc.net.

N.O.W. COMMITTEE — Nurture, Outreach and Witness Committees will meet today, Sunday, May 21, at 4 following the pastoral reception.

FISHER STREET CLOTHING DRIVE —
The Fisher Street Clothing Drive will be  June 3. Please bring your items to the Wesley trailer in the CUMC parking lot before by Wednesday, May 31. Help will be needed sorting clothes Friday, June 2, and for the drive on Saturday, June 3. See Chelsea Watkins for more information.


FISHER STREET SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM —
Please sign up at the Visitor’s table if you can assist on Fridays at noon with the Fisher Street Summer Feeding Program. Please see Nelda Adams or Patrick Gillespie for more information.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL —  Vacation Bible School is coming! VBS will be held June 4 – 7 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed! Please contact Margarett if you can help.  We also need some supplies: small fabric scraps, sturdy empty 16 oz. bottles, old wash cloths, and paper towel tubes. — for information contact Children’s Director Margarett Gatlin (children@cornerstoneumc.net).

CHILDREN —  The Children’s Choir will be singing this Sunday, May 21, during the first service and also doing a song at the beginning of the second service.

Our Sunday School lesson for this week is from Acts 10:1-28, the story of Peter and Cornelius. We will discuss how Jesus’ love is for all of us, no matter what we look like, where we’re from, or how much money we have.

— for information contact Children’s Director Margarett Gatlin (children@cornerstoneumc.net).

LINK —  LINK is a ministry geared specifically for the transitional ages of our 4th – 6th graders. It meets for Sunday School at 10:00 in the children’s wing of the education building. LINK also meets after the Wednesday night meal for games and fun activities from 6:15 – 7:00 p.m.

— for information contact Link Director Crystal McDaniel (link@cornerstoneumc.net).

YOUTH (GRADES 7-12) —   Wednesday night the youth are continuing to meet, parents are providing meals throughout the summer. The junior high youth are finishing up the book Not a Fan, and the senior high youth are working on Dave Ramsey’s youth financial study. The youth will be attending two camps this summer, Delta Pride and Assembly. I will be a counselor and small group leader at both camps this year. If anyone is interested in attending contact me for additional information.

Dates for Camps: Delta Pride: July 12-15; Assembly: July 24-28

Taylor Noles (youth@cornerstoneumc.net) is our Youth Intern.

CAMP TANAKO —   Thanks to all who supported our Children, LINK & Youth in their fundraiser! After their two fundraisers and your generous donations, they have raised $1819 so far for camp. They will continue to accept donations through the end of this month.

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. Week of 5/28 – Canned meat, tuna, spam, ravioli, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, stew.

MUSIC MINISTRIES —  All are welcome to play or sing. If you are interested, contact one of our music folks today.  Blake Smith (music@cornerstoneumc.net) directs our chancel choir, and Ethel May Beall is our accompanist (ebrook50@hotmail.com).