Newsletter July 11, 2014

Pastor's Corner
Dear Friends,
I wanted to update you on a few items of note in our church body.  
Officer Nominations
As we prepare to move in to a new season of ministry at Cornerstone this fall, your elders have been praying and seeking the Lord's guidance on when to begin a nomination process for new officers in our church. In the coming weeks, I will be concluding my sermon series on the Psalms of Ascents. On July 27th, I will begin a new mini-series on Biblical Leadership. Included in this mini-series will be two separate sermons on the biblical definition of elders and deacons. After this series, we will enter into a nominating process that will begin on August 10th

Please be in prayer for your session as we seek to lead this process as the Lord has called us. Please also be in prayer that God would raise up godly men from our congregation to serve as officers. Again, in the coming weeks the session will disseminate materials to the congregation that will explain this process and give you the opportunity to nominate men for office. 

Women's Ministry
I am excited to announce three new discipleship opportunities for the women in our church!
  • Mom2Mom is a new ministry of Cornerstone for mothers who are wanting to know their Savior better and who desire a deeper understanding of how to serve Him in their home, church and community.  Being a mother is one of the greatest privileges God gives a woman, but it definitely presents challenges in our diverse and “me-centered” culture.  Mom2Mom will provide a means of Biblical learning through a large group Bible study, followed by a more intimate small group of 6-8 women with a group leader and a mentor.  Bring a friend or neighbor and join us on Tuesday mornings, 9-11am as we learn what it looks like to live as mothers at the intersections of life and culture! Mom2Mom will begin on Tuesday, September 2nd at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church. More information and registration is coming soon!
  • The second and third opportunities for women in our church will be two open Bible studies for all the women in the church. The study for this Fall will be Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah - a teaching DVD by Kathleen Nielson.  Through this study, our ladies will peer into the dramatic story of God's people sustained by God's Word, at a crucial point in salvation history. We have two opportunities for you to be a part of this study: Tuesdays, 9-11am at First Cumberland (beginning September 2nd) as well as an evening TBD, 6-8pm (also beginning in September.)  More information and registration is coming soon!
Leader Night
We are still in need of more volunteers for our nursery, children, and youth ministries this coming school year. Please be in prayer about these opportunities and contact the church office if interested.  On Sunday, July 27th, 5-7pm at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church we will have Leader Night for all our children and youth volunteers at Cornerstone. This will be a time of food, fellowship, and training. During this time you will receive curriculum and important information regarding our child protection program.  
I'm very excited and thankful that the Lord is building ministry at Cornerstone. Thank you for serving in the Lord's church.
Your friend,

Fun @ BBQ & Bluegrass Picnic

Prayer Concerns

Sue Sutphin - Pray for Sue's father, Bob Damian, who is recovering from heart surgery.
Susan Duncan - Please pray for Susan’s father, Roland Brown, healing for infection.

John Hinson - Pray for John’s mother, Jean Hinson, as she is recovering from back surgery.

Bill Baldwin - Please pray for Bill as he is recovering from back surgery.

Susan Wilson - Continue prayer for Susan’s mother, Pat Hurley, as she recovers from surgery of her broken leg.

Shelly Caramanian—Continue to pray for her and her family as she nears completion of her cancer treatments.

Serving Oversees - 
     John Hinshaw  (Afghanistan)
     Chris Hahnemann (Kosovo)

Talucah Presbyterian Church - Valhermoso Springs, AL

Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Ralph Keel, Director of Coaches' Ministry

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

Pray for God's direction as the search for a facility continues.

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

The Grillmasters hard at work!

Upcoming Events

Communion Sunday - Please prepare your hearts as we observe the sacrament of communion this Sunday.

Builders Sunday School Class Pool Party- Saturday, July 12 beginning at 10am for the whole family at the Cohee's home (14696 Cheyenne Dr, Athens). Contact Mandy at 205-835-7745 for more details.

Promotion Sunday - Sunday, August 10th.  The new class divisions are:
Preschool (3's & 4's), K-1st, 2nd-4th, 5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th.

Leader Night for Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers
. Calling all volunteers! Join us on Sunday, July 27th, 5-7pm at First Cumberland for a time of food, fellowship, and training. During this time you will receive curriculum and important information regarding our child protection program.  Please RVSP to the church office and also email the church office if you will need childcare.

Save the Date! - Back to School Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 10th from 3:30 - 5:30 at Greenwycke Pool.  

New Members Class - Sunday, August 3rd and 10th.  We will be meeting during the Sunday School hour.  If you are interested in joining the class, please visit: and sign up!  

Walk for Life - Saturday, August 2nd @ Westminster Christian Academy (237 Johns Road).  Form your walking team.  Family fun: inflatables, face painting, games, free concessions, etc.  For more information visit

Current Sermon Series

Walking With the Lord - The Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134)

Sermon Audio

Service Opportunities
Nursery: New families are visiting every week and 4 new babies will be born into the Cornerstone family this year. Please contact Janice Martin  @ ( or 256-479-6278) to sign up to serve in the nursery with some of the cutest kids in Christendom.
Children: Due to the large number of younger children, we are starting off with a 3s and 4s preschool class but we may need to divide that quickly. Additionally, we are dividing up some of the upper grades. Contact Kyle Mosier  ( or 256-658-1050)  if you can teach or assist in our children's Sunday School program.

Youth: We are anticipating 45+ youth involved in our youth ministry this fall. Therefore the Junior High (6th-8th) and Senior High (9th-12th) will meet separately for Sunday School. Consequently, we need two additional adults to assist Chris Joiner in the Junior High ministry. Contact Kyle Mosier ( or 256-658-1050)  if the Lord may be leading you to love on these students. 

Greeters: If you are interested in serving, please e-mail Jenni Boerner at
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