Dear Friends,

Wow, what a week!

Can you believe it is the middle of November? We are in full holiday prep mode at the church, with Christmas being less than 8 weeks away. There are many exciting events that are going to be taking place at the church during the Advent season, so I hope you will keep an eye out for dates for the upcoming season of special worship and music!

As part of our annual gearing up for the holidays, our annual Glorious Giving Market is this Sunday.  So make sure and stop by the Fellowship Hall and Cloud Room in the Educational Building between 10 and 1 for some tasty food and treats as well as opportunities to purchase items and make donations for worthy causes this holiday season during the season of giving.

As the holidays creep closer and as so many things can make us anxious, our November sermon series Anxious for Nothing, based on the book by Max Lucado, seems even more important than usual. As we “seek CALM in a chaotic world,” this week we will look at how we “Ask God for Help,” with the beautiful and heart wrenching story of Hannah from 1 Samuel 1:4-18 CEB. When we struggle, sometimes asking for help is hard. We don’t want to be vulnerable, certainly not to other people and maybe not even to God. And, yet, as we learn from Hannah, the act of asking for help can help us find CALM in the midst of chaos.

I hope you will join us for our Glorious Giving Market from 10am – 1pm as well as for worship at 9 am or 11 am as we “Ask God for Help” together as the body of Christ.

In Christ,

Pastor Kathleen

GLORIOUS GIVING MARKET — Cornerstone’s Glorious Giving Market will be this Sunday, November 11, from 10 AM – 1 PM. Our GGM is one way to share Christ’ love through an alternate giving opportunity for the Christmas season.  Plan to visit the 11 mission booths. Enjoy the fellowship of eating in the Mission Café. (Carry-outs will be available for those who can’t stay.) Take home goodies for Thanksgiving from 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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE —  Next Wednesday, November 14, we will be having our final Wednesday Night Live Meal and Bible studies for the semester. We will have chicken alfredo, salad, garlic bread and desserts beginning at 5:30 p.m.

60 YEARS OF WESLEY will be celebrated at a Wesley Tailgate 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. before the AState UL-Monroe football.  Tickets are $20. RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScy8dIQlMKmHmOpYnmK0- ERGZV6vyD9GSxbtT2Gorjn9jw9hQ/viewform

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).

COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER — Free Thanksgiving meal at 11 a.m. November 22 at St. Bernards Auditorium for the hungry, homeless, and lonely.  Volunteers report for wok at 9:30 a.m.,  (See Cornerstone weekly news for more details.)

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 11/18 – Peanut butter, crackers, canned fruits.

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.

Wednesday, November 14 | Rehearsal during Wednesday Night Live at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 | Rehearsal at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 | Rehearsal during Kids Connection (9 a.m. worship service)
Wednesday, December 12 | Dress Rehearsal at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 16 | Rehearsal during Kids Connection (9 a.m. worship service)
Sunday, December 16 | Rehearsal during Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Sunday, December 16 | Final Run-Through at 5 p.m
Sunday, December 16 | Performance at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28 | Hanging of the Greens | NO ACTIVITIES FOR YOUTH/KIDS
Sunday, December 2 | YOUTH | Lunch & The Nutcracker and the Four Realms | Noon
Sunday, December 9 | LINK | Lunch & Christmas Party | Noon-1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 17 – ASU Wesley Tailgating

Thursday, November 22 – Community Thanksgiving Dinner (St. Bernards Auditorium)
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