Dear Friends,

There are many people given green thumbs, who can plant seeds and create amazing things. I, on the other hand, am given plants, and I struggle to keep them alive. I was very happy, though, to learned a trick a couple of years ago about green onion, that if I stick a bunch with roots into a glass of water, it will continue to grow, the one bunch will multiply.

Scripture tells us that God gives us seeds. As we water and cultivate them, God multiplies our crop. This is not due to our own goodness, but because because of God’s generosity. This week, as we continue to discern how we put God first, we will look at 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, telling us how God’s grace flows through us and into the world. I hope you will join us in worship at 9 or 11 as we explore together how God will use us to multiply God’s generous grace!

Grace and Peace in Christ,
Pastor Kathleen

FOUNDATION LUNCHEON —  Representatives from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas will be coming to speak on Monday, January 22. Lunch will be provided. Topics will include estate planning and legacy giving. Please register for the luncheon at the Visitor’s Table or contact the church office so we will know how much food to order. Lunch will be a boxed lunch from Heavenly Ham.


  • Pastor Kathleen is leading a study that goes along with our New Year Stewardship sermon series First: Putting God First in Living and Giving.
  • Youth and children will also have a study that follows the same topics, so that we all can consider together how we put God first in our lives this new year.
  • Patrick Gillespie and David Belk are leading Men’s Study “33 The Series Volume 1: A Man And His Design”. The 33 Series is based on the 33 years of Jesus’ life on Earth. The Training Guide is $15.
  • Michelle Young is leading a Women’s Study by Chrystal Evans Hurst called She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You.
  • Pastor Sam Meadors will begin a study of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity on January 17.

The meal for January 24 will be taco soup, Fritos, sandwiches and desserts. If you are interested in helping prepare the meal, serving or cleaning up, please contact the church office. We have a sign-up sheet for desserts on Wednesday night as well.

NURSERY WORKERS — Cornerstone has welcomed several new babies over the past couple of months! We have an urgent need now for nursery workers. We need volunteers for both Sunday mornings and Wednesday night during Wednesday Night Live. If you can help, please contact Andrea Newsom at (870) 275-3179.

CHILDREN’S WORKERS — We need you to hang with our kiddos, and we need readers and leaders for our children.  For information, contact Christi Crawford (501-860-5678) or e-mail familyminister@cornerstoneumc.net.

QUILTERS — If you are a quilter, we have a “Women of the Bible” quilting challenge. Here is a chance for you to learn more about some of the women of the bible and have a beautiful quilt before the end of the year. This is a BOM (block of the month). The patterns are all FREE. Your only cost would be the cost of the fabric you choose.

The patterns are all simple. Instructions are easy to follow. With each block, there is a story about a different woman in the bible. You will receive 2 patterns on the first of the month and two more block patterns on the 15th. No pressure or deadline to complete any of the blocks.

We’re thinking of getting together once a month to share the block we’ve made and learn about a different woman in the Bible. Would love to have you join us.  If you’ve never made a quilt, we are more than happy to get you started.  If you want more information, I’ll send you the introduction page and the first two blocks patterns.  Contact Jan Magee (870-926-0398) or e-mail Janmagee67@gmail.com.

MUSIC MINISTRIES — Interested in being a part of music at Cornerstone? After a wonderful musical Advent and Christmas season, our choir and praise team will be resuming rehearsals on January 3.. If you are interested in being a part of these musical groups or learning about our worship technology (sound, projections, video) contact music director Laura Syc (music@cornerstoneumc.net).

Save the date!  A-State Men’s Basketball invites you and your congregation to join us Saturday, February 17, for Faith & Family Night. A fellowship with testimonial from special guest speaker, to be named later this week, and a student athlete faith panel will be held following the game. All faith groups in attendance will receive a videoboard & public address welcome during the game. This event is all ages and we encourage your congregations to attend as a group. Please the office if you are interested in attending as a group. Tickets will be $7 per person for all groups.

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 01/28 – Canned meat, tuna, chicken, spam, ravioli, spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, stew.


WEATHER — In this time of year when there is always the potential for 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.