Latest update July 24, 2020

Hello Cornerstone Family,

As many of you are aware, Ohio Governor DeWine has endorsed the Ohio Director of Heath’s statewide mask mandate.  Ohio church facilities are among the many public type places who are to follow the directions of the ODH as ordered by the Governor.  
 
We, your elders, have stated that as long as human government does not forbid what God has commanded or command what God has forbidden, we will trust and obey Jesus Christ’s command to the church to obey our civil authorities in this order in the context of a health crisis pandemic. Let it be clearly understood that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and our final authority.  We will obey His commands to submit to human government until such a time or circumstance when it violates Christ’s clear revealed will for His followers, the Church.
 
In the context of a pandemic, it is reasonable for human government to initiate health orders.  Individuals may entertain personal thoughts about the legitimacy of those health concerns but as a matter for the church, your leadership ultimately has to make this call.  
We would ask you to pray for us and support our decision.  Hebrews 13:17-18
 
We know that masks are uncomfortable and in some cases even scary.  And some of us are really struggling with fear of government over reach.  No one should be made to feel bad about those feelings.   
 
We share those same concerns to a more or lesser degree.  The situation has changed locally as many national chains and local stores are now requiring masks to be worn and even in those that don’t, most people have started to wear them.  The cultural tide has turned in that regard.  So if in your shopping for physical needs, you are willing to wear a mask even if you don’t like it, please consider prioritizing the church on at least the same level for spiritual needs which we would submit have more eternal value.  
 
We therefore would encourage you to be faithful to assemble with your fellow believers for THEIR sake and for HIS sake.  We really do need each other and consistent fellowship right now.  But at the same time, we understand that each family has to make a decision based upon their own specific health concerns or other personal issues.   
We will have masks available Sunday and of course our Children’s Church kids are exempt from wearing masks if they are 10 years old and younger.  

Please feel free to email us at cornerstone2700@gmail.com or call Pastor Pat at 330-275-9803 if you want to talk about any of this.  We want to be as open and transparent about why we are taking this direction as well as be teachable from our fellow believers.  

No one is an expert at leading a local church through a situation like this with all the variety of backgrounds and sensitivities involved.  There are multiple perspectives through which to look at all this.  We are doing our best to stay focused on Christ, His example and authority, the Gospel itself, and commands in the scriptures where they seem most clear.  We, as we are confident is the case with you, covet His approval of our decisions over all else.    
God bless you all!
 
 

 

Pastor Pat Weaver
Jordan Newman

Paul Tennefoss

From Pastor Pat:  It is becoming more and more clear to me that Jesus is using this issue to invite His church to go through some sort of purifying process where it is the gospel and not personal preferences or concerns that is our primary focus and motivation for obedience or civil disobedience.  And although it isn’t easy, I trust the Good Shepherd in what He is doing because I know that the Gospel and the Person and Work of Jesus is becoming more and more precious and distinguished in my life and passions than ever before.  And if and when that time comes to take a stand, let it be for Him and the Gospel itself that the church suffers so that it and He are elevated above all else.  

 

Update:  July 13-2020
 
We are meeting both online on FACEBOOK LIVE at 9 AM every Sunday and at the church at 11 AM on Sundays.  The Online service is for those in our church family who are not quite ready or comfortable meeting in groups in light of the COVID-19 situation and our 11 AM  meeting is to give those who are ready an opportunity to meet together.  
As of now our onsite gathering does NOT require masks but from time to  time we will announce a “mask” Sunday so that those in our church who are sensitive to the issue because of health or because they work in the medical field can gather with the church family. 
 
We are all working through this circumstance with faith that God has allowed it for His good purposes and is performing a work of maturing our faith and building His church His way.  The below announcement is no longer totally accurate regarding the mask protocol but we are leaving it up to provide guidance to other churches who may be needing some resources to help with their decisions.  
 
We will announce on the church Facebook Page and through Email when we are having a “Mask” Sunday at our onsite meeting ahead of time.
If you have any questions please call 330-275-9803 for Pastor Pat or email cornerstone2700@gmail.com
 
 
 
Update May, 2020
Details for our May 31st Relaunch (no longer accurate as it relates to mask protocols)  See below for info regarding our leadership team
 
Greetings Cornerstone Family and friends,

Your board comprised of both Elders and Deacons met together this last Thursday evening (May 21st), discussed, and prayed about relaunching our services at the church building. 

It will be good to begin to be together again.  As we prepare to do this, we have sought wisdom from the Lord on how to best accomplish this task. 

Before returning to church we recommend all of us read through Romans 14. This passage of scripture applies to every individual in the body of Christ and should be used as a benchmark for your attitude towards your brothers and sisters in Christ.  

We live in a fallen world and there has been a lot of misunderstanding, misinformation, and political/fear-motivated controversies surrounding our current situation. Realize that our unity in Christ does not extend to unity on every thought or conviction in life.

Balancing love for one another, our liberty in Christ, being mindful of the different feelings of fellow believers regarding the pandemic, obedience to the authorities and more importantly to Christ in this situation has been difficult for us. With that in mind these are the guidelines for our meetings together during the month of June

Sunday May 31st at 11 AM will be our first open church service.

All adults and older children are asked to wear masks throughout the month of June as a loving gesture to our brothers and sisters who are more at risk of being severely affected by contracting the virus. However, if you have concerns about illness, we recommend you stay home for the time being until you are comfortable being in groups. If you have a fever or any respiratory illness symptoms do not come to church. Please call your medical provider.

Young children who aren’t able to keep the masks on or understand the situation are not required to wear masks.  Parents should not feel any pressure to keep masks on their kids in those kinds of circumstances.  The CDC discourages masks on children 2 years old and younger.  

–No Sunday School will be held through June

–No children’s church or childcare will be available

–Worship through song and preaching will be shortened to accommodate for the lack of childcare or children’s church.  Please don’t worry about the children making noise.  It goes with the territory!!!  😊 

–Facebook live worship will continue but the time will move from 10 am to 9 am each Sunday morning from May 31st through the month of June.  This means there will be an online service at 9am from Pastor Pat’s house and a regular gathering at the church at 11 AM.

–Bulletins and sermon notes will not be available through the month of June.  There will be an offering basket at the back of the church for giving.  Sermon notes will be available for download from our church website each week.

–Song lyrics during the worship time will be projected on the screen. We will not use hymnals at this time.

–Household groups should social-distance from other households while in the building.  Seating will be set up with this in mind. 

–We ask that social distancing be applied as much as possible in the rest rooms. 

–Practice your air hugs, air fist bumps, air salutes, toe taps.  It is the thought that counts!  We ask to refrain from hugs or handshakes at least through the month of June.  😊 

–Windows and doors should be left open, weather permitting.

–Cleaning of surfaces in commonly used areas will take place by a small group of people after services.  We would love your help with this.  Please hang around the service and ask a deacon where you can help.

–VBS is postponed as of this time and will be rescheduled at a later date

Thank you in advance for your patience with church leadership during this time. These measures will not last forever.

Your Elders and Deacons in Christ at Cornerstone

  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others Love one another” (Phil. 2:3,4)

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables.  Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.  Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand…For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” (Rom. 14:1-4,8,9)

 “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1–3).

 
 
 
Cornerstone Leadership Team Info
Our church recently transitioned from a Pastor-one elder/Congregational form of government to a plurality of elders (spiritual overseers)/Congregational model. This has been an exciting process for us and we have seen wonderful changes in the way we disciple, train leaders, and serve our church family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elders
From L to R
Jordan Newman-  Jordan is a police officer and also serves as a security coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse.  He and his wife Tiffany oversee our youth discipleship ministry.  
 
Pat Weaver-  Pat is our full time teaching elder.  Pat, his wife Susan, and their son Benjamin (now a college student) joined us in 2012.  He has pastored in Leon, Iowa and Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Susan is passionate about discipling and teaching the women in our church and is also part of the worship team.
 
Paul Tennefoss- Paul is a software architect and one of our main children’s church and Sunday school teachers.   His wife Alice helps the church organizing our Children’s education ministries.  
 
Our deacons work together to serve our elders and church family by overseeing all the physical needs of the church family and ministries.  
Deacons 
From L to R
Garl Maynard- Garl is a full-time fuel transport trucker.  His main area of oversight at Cornerstone is our media ministry along with building maintenance.  
 
Scott Brown-Scott is a family physician in our community.  He serves as our deacon chairman.  Scott also serves as one of our main teachers.  
 
Keith Edwards-Keith works at Wooster Brush and is one of our “handy-men”.  If it can be fixed, he can usually do it or find someone who can!
 
Mike Barnhart- Mike is a head mechanic/supervisor for a local trucking company.  Mike also is one of our “handy-men” who serves the body well with property maintenance.  
 
If you would like to contact any of our Elders or Deacons, please email cornerstone2700@gmail.com and put to the attention of the board member you would like to communicate with.