Details for our May 31st Relaunch
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).

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.
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.  
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 and put to the attention of the board member you would like to communicate with.