Dear Friends:

“For such a time as this”

These are some of the most well-known words of inspiration from the Bible. They come from the book of Esther, the familiar story of the Jewish girl turned Persian Queen who saved her people when they were under threat. The book of Esther is rich with plot twists and intrigue, with a beautiful heroine and an ending where the bad guys get what they deserve, everything we want in a good epic! Yet, like many stories we know so well, when we dig deep and examine them closely there are some challenges in the story, and challenges for us, in whatever time we find ourselves as we seek to be people of God.

I hope you’ll join us Sunday as we continue our sermon series Once Upon a Time with the powerful story of Queen Esther, as we sing and worship, as we pray and as we consider together how we are called by God “for such a time as this.”

In Christ,
Pastor Kathleen


Sunday, August 18 — LINK Back to School Party (2 – 4 pm)
Tuesday, August 20 –Finance Meeting (6 pm)
Wednesday, August 21–Burger Bash @ the Wesley (5:30 pm)
Sunday, August 25 — Wedding Shower for Adam Watkins & Laura Syc
Thursday, September 5 — Covenant Bible Study begins (9:30 am) & Guatemala Mission Dinner & Progress Report (6 pm)
Friday, September 13 — A Very Potter Potluck 5:30 – 9 pm
Tuesday, September 17 — Finance Meeting (6 pm) & Council (7 pm)
Wednesday, September 18 –WNL  Meals & Bible Study Begin
Sunday, September 29 –Youth Sunday

LINK BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY — For our LINK kids, we’re having our back to school bash this Sunday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. at the church. Bring your Nerf guns and ammo — and we’ll have extra Nerf guns and ammo for those who need it — and we’ll have several rounds of Nerf battles and games, including capture the flag throughout the Cloud Room and kids’ wing! All 4th-6th graders are welcome!

We’re kicking off fall with A Very Potter Potluck on Friday, September 13. It’ll be a good chance for food, fellowship and fun — with the viewing of the first Harry Potter film — all to get us ready for fall. Our children, LINK, youth and even an adult group led by Pastor Sam will be studying the Gospel According to Harry Potter through the fall semester.

If you’d like to join our crew — either helping with youth or children on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights, just call/text Christi at 501-860-5678 or email familyminister@cornerstoneumc.net.

BACKPACK DELIVERY — We will receive a delivery from the food pantry for our Backpack Program on Monday, August 19, around 8:15 am, and welcome all help unloading the pallets of food.

WEDDING SHOWER — There will be a church wide Wedding Shower honoring Laura Syc and Adam Watkins on Sunday,  August 25 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall.

COVENANT BIBLE STUDY —  The Covenant Bible Study will continue at Cornerstone beginning September 5. Russ Shain will lead the class. Living The Covenant will meet 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursdays and will have eight sessions. Please let Russ (870-243-4512) or the church office know if you are interested in participating in the class or have questions.

Living The Covenant —  2 SAMUEL 23:5a Yes, my house is this way with God! He has made an eternal covenant with me, laid out and secure in every detail.

COVENANT TRANSLATES INTO ACTIONS—into how we behave in our everyday lives. That’s why the second module, Living the Covenant, focuses on how the community lives out its covenant in faithful love—how it’s applied to actual relationships in daily life.

These eight episodes examine the practical challenges of faithful covenant life. In them, we explore leadership problems among tribal chieftains, kings, and prophets during spiritual and political crises. The leaders look for practical wisdom and guidance in the teachings of Israel’s sages, the letters of Paul, and more.

And by demonstrating how people of vastly different culture come together in a common purpose, the episodes show how faithful love is the root of the covenant life.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE — Our fall programs will begin Wednesday, September 18. We will have dinner at 5:30 pm followed by classes for all ages at 6 pm. If you would like to help prepare, serve or clean up following our meal, please see Joslyn.  Adult classes will include:

The Gospel According to Harry Potter Led by Pastor Sam — In this inspiring consideration of the spiritual themes in the popular Harry Potter series, well-known Christian author and Harry Potter fan Connie Neal explores the world of magic and mystery created by J. K. Rowling alongside the stories and grand themes of the Bible. Contrary to those who reject the series as a threat to the Christian faith, Neal demonstrates how the lessons in Harry Potter not only echo many of the stories in the Bible but reinforce the central messages of Christianity. This revised and expanded edition explores all seven installments in the Harry Potter series.

An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery Led by Pastor KathleenIgnorance is bliss―except in self-awareness.  The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to YouIan,  Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves. This study allows you to understand more about each of the Enneagram types.

Financial Peace University Led by Lesley & Greg Bauders —  Are you tired of money stress? Then you’re ready to join more than five million people whose lives have been changed by Financial Peace University (FPU)! This nine-lesson course by Dave Ramsey, Chris Hogan and Rachel Cruze helps you work a plan to nail a budget, defeat debt, and free yourself from money worries! You’ll join a small group for discussions and lessons—all rooted in biblical wisdom and common sense.

HELPING NEIGHBORS FOOD PANTRY — You may contribute food to Helping Neighbors by placing groceries in the cart at the back of the sanctuary.  Items needed 8/18 for the Food Pantry: Tea, pre-sweetened Kool- Aid, sugar, cornmeal.

OPEN DOORS CLASS —  Searching for an adult Sunday School class this fall? The newly formed Open Doors class, led by Lesley Bauders, would love to have you join them. They are meeting in the Education Building Room 205 (Left Wing). Their series is Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice by Susan Robb.

MUSIC MINISTRIES — Choir Rehearsals are at 6:15 p.m. Wednesdays.  If you are interested in joining the choir, please see Laura music@cornerstoneumc.net)! This would be a great time to start.

GUATEMALA MISSION DINNER & PROGRESS REPORT — A Guatemala Mission Dinner and Progress Report will be September 5 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The team is also collecting items for their December trip. They can take crayons, markers, ballpoint ink pens (no gel), fingernail clippers, Q-tips, toothbrushes, toothbrush caps/covers, bar soap (not liquid) and deodorant (solid only/no gel).

JAIL MINISTRY —  The Jail Ministry team is allowed to accept reading materials again. If you have leftover Sunday school materials (even those out of date), you may donate them to the Jail Ministry.



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