Pastor’s Corner – Disaster Relief Opportunity

Dear Friends,I want to tell you about an opportunity that Cornerstone has to serve those affected by Hurricane Michael on the Gulf Coast. Several from our congregation have had the opportunity to go down to the affected area and partner with local churches and ministries to serve those in the community devastated by the hurricane. On January 18-21, 2019, Rick and Wendy Dillon will lead a team from Cornerstone to partner with PCA MNA Disaster Response to serve those in Panama City. Specifically, several PCA churches and church members homes had significant damage.

The effects of this storm were tremendous. A recent MNA newsletter states:

Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the US, right behind the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane and Hurricane Camille of 1969. It was also the strongest storm in terms of maximum sustained wind speed to strike the contiguous United States since Andrew in 1992. In addition, it was the strongest storm on record in the Florida Panhandle and was the fourth-strongest landfalling hurricane in the contiguous US in terms of wind speed. At least 35 deaths have been attributed to the storm in the US. Insurance losses due to Michael in the US are estimated near $11 billion.


One of the our values at Cornerstone is missions and outreach. There are many ways that we get to express this value. One of the ways we want to grow in this value is through physically going and serving those in need. This trip will be a great opportunity for us to partner with the PCA for on-going kingdom work on the Florida Gulf Coast. Here are some details if you would like to pray about going or helping.

• We will partner with our denomination’s own MNA Disaster Response.

• We will be going to Panama City to help those affected by Hurricane Michael. Trip dates January 18-21, 2019.

• Trip leaders: Rick and Wendy Dillon

• Volunteers needed: Men, Women and youth (age of 15 or older).

• If interested, the first step will be to register as a disaster response volunteer with MNA. This registration process includes a background screening that clears the individual to serve and is good for 36 months.  Click here to register. Cost $8.

• Then, please contact contact Rick and Wendy Dillon and let them know you are interested:  256-651- 9730 or

• Cost for trip will be minimal.

Please pray about going to serve. If you are unable to go, be on the lookout for other ways you can help partner with the team that goes. MNA leaders have told us that they cannot stress enough about the tremendous needs with which they are dealing. All who have gone to Panama City have said it is just like Katrina. Katrina was larger, but Michael was much more powerful when making landfall.

Below are some links that tell you more about the work. Please check them out.

See you Sunday!

Your friend and pastor,


First Presbyterian Church
Panama City, FL
Preparation for Worship – December 9, 2018
  • This Sunday’s sermon: The Wonder of Christmas: The Wonder of the Angels – Luke 2:8-14
  • In preparation for the sermon:   “Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.”  (1 Peter 1:10–12 ESV)
  • Hymn for the week:  O Come, O Come Emmanuel
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