PASTOR’S WORD — “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Even though Shakespeare’s Juliet would like to think that a name doesn’t matter, we know that that isn’t necessarily true. We associate certain names with certain people or experiences. We may have a bad history with someone of a particular name, and it takes a lot to move past our baggage with that name to re-associate the name with a different person, in a positive way. Names mean something!

Over the next few weeks we will be exploring scriptures that talk about our name – Cornerstone beginning with Acts 4:1-12.
How does our name and our heritage impact our calling? Our name is in our mission statement:
“To be a cornerstone of Christ in the community and beyond as instruments of God’s grace in
“To be a cornerstone of Christ in the community and beyond as instruments of God’s grace in faithful worship, in service, and in bringing others to Christ.”

As we really begin to focus our work on our vision and where Christ is leading us as a congregation, in this time and this place, to be witnesses for Christ for this community, it is a wonderful opportunity to delve into scriptures that speak to our name.

I hope you will join us Sunday and over the next three weeks as we seek to understand better the heritage of our name biblically; and, perhaps, discern more clearly where God is calling us as a congregation for such a time as this!

Grace and Peace in Christ,
Pastor Kathleetn

COUNTRY FAIR & AUCTION —  Country Fair and Auction is a few short weeks away, Saturday, October 21. Plan now for our major fundraising event. Decide where you want to help and identify items to donate for sale at one of the events. BBQ dinner and Boston Butt ticket sales will commence Sunday September 11. Susan Miller is the ticket sales person and will be located at the back of the sanctuary on Sunday mornings commencing September 11. Please get your tickets and sell as many as you can. Remember, Country Fair and Auction is a fund raiser, and it is a chance to show our church to the community in a festive environment. All members of the Church are needed to make a Country Fair and Auction successful.

UMW’S CFA BAKE SALE —Cornerstone United Methodist Women request your help in baking cookies, cakes, breads/rolls, pumpkin/banana nut breads, brownies, fudge, cupcakes, and canning items for our Bazaar/Bake Sale during the October 21 Country Fair ’n Auction. We will also sell frozen casseroles in all sizes (chicken rotel spaghetti, chicken and dressing, etc) including chili and soups. Please bring these items to the church before 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, or before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21. If you have any questions, please call Betsy Barrett at 935-3232 or Vicki White at 931-7418.

 

SERVERS NEEDED — Servers are needed for the Country Fair BBQ dinner on October 21. Please sign up for a two-hour shift. Sign-up sheet is on the BBQ dinner ticket table, OR email Gay Watkins at jgwatkins@suddenlink.net, OR text/call Gay at 243-5094.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE —  Our Wednesday Night at 5:30 p.m. September 27, features a meal of a Taco Bar and desserts. Bible studies continue for all ages.

HANDY HELPERS — A big THANK YOU to Bob Guelle, Bill Gatlin, Mark May, Jeff Watkins, Leonard McDaniel, Larry Featherston and Patrick Gillespie for our latest Handy Helpers Ramp. If you would like to serve as the organizer for this ministry, please contact Pastor Kathleen.

MISSION TO UMCOR’S SAGER BROWN DEPOT —  Cornerstone UMC has reservations for 10 people to go on a Mission Trip to UMCOR’s Sager Brown Depot in Baldwin, Louisiana, February 18 – 23, 2018. If you are interested in going or want more information please contact the church office or Patricia Harlan. The cost per person is $230 for lodging and meals. One half of the cost is due 3 months in advance of the trip. Therefore our deadline to sign up and pay 1⁄2 of personal expense is November 5.

GLORIOUS GIVING MARKET — Mark your calendars and save the date! This year’s Glorious Giving Market will BE Sunday, November 12. The market includes mission booths, mission café, bakery, sale of cheesecakes and more! More information will be coming later. With everyone’s participation it will be the best GGM ever!

NURSERY CARE (Birth – 3 Years) — Our nursery provides a warm, nurturing and well-supervised program for your infant or toddler during all Sunday and Wednesday night worship and activities. Andrea Newsom (nursery@cornerstoneumc.net) is our Nursery Director.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES (4 Years – 3rd grade) —    Want to get involved in an incredibly fun and super rewarding ministry? Come volunteer with our kids on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights! We always need volunteers and are looking to set up a Sunday School teaching rotation. Please consider giving one Sunday a month to help develop our kids’ spiritual growth. If you are interested please email children@cornerstoneumc.net or call or text me (Alyssa) at (501) 590-9946.

LINK MINISTRIES (4th – 6th grade) — This Sunday, LINK will continue our fall curriculum series targeting study of the Old Testament.   In Wednesday Night Live, September 20, we will meet in the LINK room following the dinner to continue our fall “What Is?” study. — Crystal McDaniel (link@cornerstoneumc.net) is our LINK Director.

YOUTH MINISTRIES (7th grade – 12th grade) —  There will be a Parent Meeting at 10 a.m. Sunday, September 24, for all parents of Youth. At this time, we will meet with Pastor Kathleen and discuss upcoming classes and Fall activities. If you have a child in the Youth Program or are interested in helping with the Youth, please attend this meeting during the Sunday School hour.  Taylor Noles (youth@cornerstoneumc.net) is our Youth Intern.

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 9/24 – Canned meat, tuna, chicken, 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. Ethel May Beall is our accompanist (ebrook50@hotmail.com). Our Music Director is Laura Syc (music@cornerstoneumc.net).