Dear Friends,

Sometimes we think that to serve a calling of God means huge and great acts. And, certainly, we look at pastors and friends and people who do amazingly godly things that change the world! And that is wonderful to admire their work for God. But not all of us are called to the spotlight of the world. Not all of us are called to huge acts for God. Some of us are called to simple tasks that help the gospel transform lives.

No matter how insignificant we may feel we are, Jesus came to bring about new life, transformed life, for all of us, and through that new life to give us a purpose with the gifts we have received to help spread God’s gospel message into the world.

This Sunday we will hear a sometimes overlooked story of call, from Mark 1:29-31, as Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law and she immediately begins to serve, to live out her purpose as one given new life in Christ. I hope you’ll join us as we seek God’s healing and purpose for our lives so we may be the people God calls us to be.

In Christ,
Pastor Kathleen

VBS:  WE DID IT — We did it! Thanks to more than 40 youth and adult volunteers, Vacation Bible School was a huge success!  We helped almost 50 kiddos experience the ride of a lifetime with God on the Rolling River Rampage!  We sang, danced, glued, experimented and played our way through big stories about adventures with a bigger God!

Thanks to all the volunteers who donated supplies and worked their creative magic before VBS ever started, the halls of the children’s wing and the Cloud Room were transformed into a river rafting paradise, complete with waterfalls, to immerse kiddos in the adventure!

Along the River, kids discovered that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise — and that they can trust that God is always with them as they ride the rapids of God’s grace! Kiddos experienced Bible stories about acceptance (Mary and Martha), Joy (Zacchaeus), Rest (Last Supper) and Peace (Great Commission).

We had an awesome week, and I’m grateful for all the help, the intergenerational relationships made between River Guides and children, the joy and wonder seen in the faces of the young and old, and for all the families who brought their kids each night.

On Wednesday night, one little boy left crying because he didn’t want VBS to end. Thank you for loving our kids so fiercely that they didn’t want to leave! Now, that’s what I church! — Christi

SONGS FROM VBS — The children will be singing songs from VBS this Sunday during both services!  They will sing at the 9 a.m. service during Children’s Time and at the very beginning of the 11 a.m. service.

OZARK MISSION PROJECT — Cornerstone will host Ozark Mission Project campers from June 24 – 28. If you have not already signed up to help, please use the link below to volunteer:


MISSION OPPORTUNITY — We have an opportunity to be in mission and evangelism with our brothers and sisters at Christ Way. Some have already volunteered to assist them with a VBS for children in their neighborhood. It will be June 11 – 13 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Areas of service that are available include: food preparation, arts & crafts, music, recreation and especially to love children! For more information, contact Pastor Kathleen or David Belk.

FAITHFLIX SUMMER MOVIE SERIES–Join us for our first summer movie night on Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m. as we “Follow the Yellow Brick Road.” The Praise Band and Choir will not have practice June 20.  See future events below for other movies this summer.

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).  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 06/17 – Peanut Butter, crackers, canned fruits, chicken broth, canned pumpkin.

Monday, June 11 – Wednesday, 13 – VBS at Christ Way 5 pm – 7 pm
Sunday, June 17 – 20 – UMC Arkansas Annual Conference
Wednesday, June 20 – OMP Counselors arrive
Sunday, June 24 – Thursday, June 28 – Ozark Mission Project Camp
Wednesday, June 20 – Movie Night – The Wizard of Oz
Thursday, June 28 – Movie Night – Hidden Figures
Thursday, July 5 – Movie Night – Elf
Wednesday, July 11 – Movie Night – The Rookie
Wednesday, July 18 – Movie Night – Homeward Bound
Wednesday, July 25 – Movie Night – Inside Out
Sunday, August 5 – Back to School Ice Cream Social
Saturday, October 20 – Country Fair & Auction
Sunday, November 11 – Glorious Giving Market
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.