Newsletter July 3, 2014

Pastor's Corner
Dear Friends,

One of the most important items that took place at this year's General Assembly of the PCA was to unanimously and publicly adopt Overture 6 which is a very robust statement on child protection in our denomination. You can read all about this overture by visiting:
With this stand that our denomination has taken to protect our children, the Session and Diaconate of Cornerstone has unanimously adopted an extensive child protection policy and background screening and training process for all volunteers working with children and youth in our church. To ensure a high level of integrity and godliness, your officers have begun the process and have submitted themselves to the background screening and child protection training procedures.
This is a very important step for our church as we seek to be a community of believers devoted to the principles laid out in Acts 2:42.  This effort is all the more important as just this week we have been compiling class rolls for the new school year and have discovered that the Lord has blessed Cornerstone with nearly 90 children under the age of 18... and more are on the way!  
Please be in prayer for our children and those who lead them. In the coming months, we will be implementing the screening and training process to ensure the protection of our children and the integrity of our ministry. Please be on the look out for more information.
With that said, I am very excited about our children and youth ministries program and the direction that they are headed. August 10th will be promotion Sunday at Cornerstone. On promotion Sunday, we kick off a new school year and all our children and youth will enter their new Sunday School class that day.  The new children and youth classes will be: 3s & 4s; K-1st; 2nd-4th; 5th; 6th-8th; and 9th-12th.  
Additionally, we are implementing a new Sunday School curriculum for our children and youth ministries. This new curriculum is published by One Story Ministries - a ministry of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. The One Story Children Sunday School curriculum will guide our children (K-6th) through the entire Bible over a seven year period. Additionally, our youth will use the curriculum to guide them through the following areas: Biblical Worldview, Biblical Relationships, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Apologetics, and Biblical Counseling. I'm very excited about this new curriculum and the depth of discipleship that it will bring to our children and youth.
Because of our growing children and youth ministries, and the desire for them to grow deeper in a relationship with Jesus Christ, we have several areas in which we need volunteers:
  • 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. Please contact Kyle Mosier (256-658-1050 or 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. Please contact Kyle Mosier (256-658-1050 or if the Lord may be leading you to love on these students.  
I know this is a lot of information, but this is great news for our whole church family. Please be in prayer for these ministries and opportunities. Please also be in prayer for our children...that they may grow deeper in their knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ.
Your friend,
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward." (Psalm 127:3 ESV)

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Prayer Concerns

  • Susan Duncan - Please pray for Susan’s father, Roland Brown, that the six week treatment of antibiotics would remove infection from his heart and surgery would not be required to replace the heart valve.
  • John Hinson - Pray for John’s mother, Jean Hinson, as she is recovering from back surgery.
  • Bill Baldwin - Please pray for Bill as he seeks further treatment for significant spinal problems and related pain.
  • 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 Overseas:
  • John Hinshaw - John was deployed to Afghanistan recently.  Pray specifically for his safety and for Christian fellowship.
  • Chris Hahnemann - Chris is in the Army and serving in Kosovo with the U.N. peace keeping unit.
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church - Florence, AL
  • Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship
  • 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.

Upcoming Events

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.

College Sunday School Class - College students and recent high school graduates are invited to join us for the summer.  We meet downstairs at the end of the hall near the adult classrooms.  The class is led by Max Caramanian and Gary and Lora Abernathy.

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!  

FCA Sports Camps - The Northeast Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will be conducting a 5-day (8:30-3:30) Sports Camp in Madison (July 21-25).  The camp is  for kids ages 7-13.   For more information, please visit: or call 256-536-7333.

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)

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We need additional folks to serve as greeters. If you are interested in serving, please e-mail Jenni Boerner at

Lost and Found - If you are missing any items, please check with the church office. We have some things that have been left at church and/or events.  
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