Newsletter August 15, 2014

Pastor's Corner

Dear Friends,

This past Sunday we began a new chapter in the life of our young church as we initiated the process of nominating new officers. I wanted to explain to you what the next steps will be in this process in case you have not had a chance to hear the explanation from the pulpit or read the Officer Nomination Brochure.  
As of this past Sunday, August 10th, nominations are now open until Sunday, August 31st. During this time members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church may nominate any man in the church who is a member. You may nominate someone for office by submitting a nomination form to the church office or by filling out a form on Sunday morning and placing it in the offering plate or handing it to a church officer. Forms can be found online and in the foyer on Sunday mornings.
After August 31st, the Session will then begin to meet with all nominees to determined if they are qualified and called to serve as an officer at Cornerstone. After this initial interview, if a man is qualified and called, the Session will then invite the nominee to participate in an officer training course. Upon completion of the course, the nominee will be tested and examined by the Session for their readiness to serve. If a man is found to be ready, the Session will then put the candidate before the congregation for election. A man is elected to office by the congregation by a simple majority vote.  There are no set number of elder and deacon positions we are hoping to fill. We simply want all the men that the Lord calls and sees fit to serve.  
I also wanted to remind you that you are nominating a man for office and not specifically as an elder or deacon. The Session will meet with the nominee and at the end of the training consult with the nominee to determine to which office he may be called.
You can view and print an Officer Nomination Form and Brochure by visiting:
This is an exciting yet humbling time. Please pray for God to raise up men to serve and pray that the Holy Spirit would guard them, protect them and their families, grow them, strengthen them, and give them grace to take up their calling. Pray also for your Session as they interview, train, and examine these men.  
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. (Hebrews 13:18 ESV)
May God bless you this weekend.
By His grace and to His praise,

Prayer Concerns

Ministry Coordinator Positions - Please be in prayer that God would raise up two people to fill our youth and children's coordinator positions.

Officer Nomination Process - Pray that God would call men in our congregation to serve as deacons and elders.

Bob Boerner - Please pray for Bob as he is scheduled for shoulder surgery Friday morning, August 15th.

Pray for healing - Aubrey Lammons, Shep Park, Bill Baldwin, Shelly Caramanian

Serving Overseas:

    John Hinshaw (Afghanistan) and Chris Hahnemann (Kosovo)

Pray for Ricky and Mary Jane Miller as they seek God's calling in St. Kitt's.

Please pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

Pray for our expectant mothers - Esther Cook, Erin Harris, Suzie Harrison and Sarah Robins Powell.

InFocus (UAH int'l student ministry) - Please pray for the upcoming kickoff picnic to welcome new int'l students on August 23 (12:00-3:00 PM). Please pray for successful picnic and good weather.

Continue to pray for members of our congregation with aging parents.

Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church - Athens, AL 

Lincoln Village Ministry - Huntsville, AL

Send your prayer requests to Cynthia Keen at or call the church office.

Upcoming Events

Fall Women’s Bible Studies 

Mom2Mom, Tuesday mornings from 9-11 @ First Cumberland, beginning September 2nd.  Cost is $15 to cover materials.  Please register online at by August 22nd.

“Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah”, Tuesday mornings 9-11am @ First Cumberland beginning September 2nd and Thursday evenings at 6pm beginning September 4th at the church office.  Cost is $12.  Please register online at by August 22nd.

Officer Nominations: Cornerstone members will have the opportunity to nominate men for office until Sunday, August 31st. Please pick up a FAQ and nomination brochure in the foyer and place nominations in the offering plate or give to a church officer.

Upcoming Sermon Series
Service Opportunities
Housing Needed - A female college graduate will be moving to Huntsville take a position with RUF @ UAH.  She is looking for a house to rent and share with another female christian.  Please contact Susan DuPre with information you may have to assist. 256-797-7733 or
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