Dear Friends:

Each week I get more and more excited about all that is happening and coming up in the life of our congregation!   There’s so much going on in the life of our church! Holy Smokes is only a week away! Fall-o-Ween is coming up! And our Wednesday and Sunday activities continue with excitement. It was so wonderful to have the Oleson children baptized into our church at 9:00, and it was wonderful to 􏰐welcome the Holland family back home to Cornerstone at 11:00. I hope you will join me in welcoming them (again) on Sunday!

One of the activities going on in our church this month that I have been looking forward to is the Ask Me Anything Community Conversations. I’ve received some concerns and questions about these conversations and wanted to clarify the purpose as was shared with the Cornerstone Church Council last month “to share God’s grace through grace-filled conversations.” They are an opportunity in a world where we struggle to ask difficult questions and have difficult conversations (particularly when we disagree or have different opinions and experiences) to do simply that and to do so with grace. These conversations are an opportunity for us to grow in discipleship by asking questions around some difficult topics (upcoming: racism, grief and loss, safety and trauma, housing resources for those living below the poverty line, particularly veterans) in a loving and safe space and to build relationships with people in our community who have not been able to find a connection with the church who may be seeking that connection to Christ. I hope you will join us this Sunday and ask questions about the difficult topic of racism. And if you have any questions or concerns about this or anything at our church, please let me know. I would love to set up a time to get together and listen to your concerns and answer any questions you have. You can set up a time with me through the church office or by email (kathleen.mcmurray@arumc.org), call, or text (501.297.0948)

I hope you will join us Sunday as we continue our Harry Potter and Questions of Faith worship series (aimed at connecting with community members who aren’t connected to a church) as we delve into Galatians 3:26-28 and explore Mudbloods, Muggles and Me. What do Paul’s words mean for us today? How are we to live when we are so divided? When name calling and defensiveness seem to be the norm? What does it mean to be united in Christ? I hope you will join us this weekend as we consider this powerful scripture and its meaning for our lives today.

In Christ,
Pastor Kathleen



Sunday, October 13, 20, and 27 — Ask Me Anything (4 p.m.)
Monday, October 14 — Trustees meeting
Tuesday, October 15 — Finance Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 16 — Bread of Life Mobile Food Pantry (ASU-N Jonesboro Campus)
and WNL Meal & Bible Studies (Wed. through November 13)
Saturday, October 19 — Holy Smokes Fundraiser
Sunday, October 27 — Called Church Conference (6 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 30 — Falloween (5:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

NEW MEMBERS AND BAPTISM — We are delighted to welcome Jennifer and Tony Holland and their children Brooks and Sloan back to Cornerstone! We also celebrate the baptisms of Keiden & Anna Oleson, children of Ashleigh and Jason Oleson, who were baptized in the 9 am service last week.

HOLY SMOKES! —  Get your tickets for the Holy Smokes BBQ Dinner or Boston butts! Tickets are $10 for dinners and Boston butts are pre-sold for $35.00. We will have entertainment, baked goods from the UMW, a silent auction, and a Grab and Go gift card table.

We will need donations for the silent auction. We would like to have new items such as cooking gift baskets, experiences (a weekend at a lake house or hunting lodge), catered meals, sports gift baskets, art and home décor (wreaths, holiday items), chocolate or coffee baskets, gardening or hobby baskets, family photo sessions, etc. For more ideas, check out this link: https://www.pinterest.com/beeooty/church-gift-basket-ideas/

We will also need pound cakes for dessert to go with our barbecue lunches. ATTENTION BAKERS: UMW needs you to make all of your specialty goodies to sell in their booth. Pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, candy, jams, pickles, goodies of all kinds are needed and lots of them!! We need many volunteers to make Holy Smokes a success. All of us working together will ensure a fun, profitable fund raiser!! (See newsletter for recipe.)

We have a few craft projects for our Holy Smokes fundraiser and need your scrap wood! If you have scraps (even as small as 7”) in 2 x 4s, 1 x 4s, 1 x 1s, furring strips or fence boards please see Debbie Biazo. She also needs red and black exterior paint.

BREAD OF LIFE MOBILE FOOD PANTRY — If anyone would like to help distribute food from the Bread of Life Mobile Food Pantry to ASUN students on October 16, please contact Pastor Sam. We are collecting peanut butter for this ministry – look for the box at the back of the Sanctuary to donate!

JAIL MINISTRY — The Jail Ministry Team (David Belk, David Felts & Charlie Harris gave a devotional to 53 inmates and two guards this week at the Craighead County Jail. They are accepting copies of any church literature for use at the jail (Upper Room devotionals, Guideposts and Sunday school books are welcome).

CALLED CHURCH CONFERENCE — We will have a called Church Conference on Sunday, October 27 at 6 p.m. to vote on the Leadership Board structure and nominations for 2020. All professing members and clergy are eligible to vote.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE features dinner at 5:30 pm followed by classes for all ages at 6. The meal for Wednesday, October 16, will be spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and desserts.  If you would like to help prepare, serve or clean up following our meal, please see Joslyn.   Adult classes  include:

  • The Gospel According to Harry Potter (Classes for Children, LINK, and Youth.  Adult Class Led by Pastor Sam.)
  • The Road Back to You:  An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery Led by Pastor Kathleen
  • Financial Peace University Led by Lesley & Greg Bauders

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 10/13 for the Food Pantry: Toilet tissue, coffee, shampoo, dish detergent.

ASK ME ANYTHING: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS — 4 p.m. Sundays in October, Education Building 208.  Watch Chronicle, Instagram, and Facebook for information on topics and guests.

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.

FALL-O-WEEN — October 30, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Education Building.  Costumes, Themed Rooms, Fun and Games, Candy and Prizes.  Heat Is On Chili Cookoff.  Bring pot of chili to enter the cookoff or come and enjoy chili and all the trimmings.




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