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Sunday, Aug. 25th

CDMM Mission trip to the Dominican Republic Informational meeting will be Sunday, Aug. 25th following 2nd service. We will be having a short meeting for anyone interested in going on the mission trip in April. If you are planning on coming, but can't make this meeting, please let me know. I would like to have a good idea of our mission team going by October. Questions? See Trish Groeninger.


The 2019-2020 Secret Sister period will run from Sept. 2019 until the end of April, 2020. Sign-up will occur from now - Aug. 25th. Forms are located at the welcome center and can be returned there once completed. If you have any questions, see Nikki Butts.


Week of Sept. 16th

Home groups are kicking-off the fall season starting the week of Sept. 16th. These will be groups of 12-16 people meeting in homes throughout the week. We currently have 4 groups that meet on Monday &/or Wednesday. Please start thinking about what night of the week works best for you (Mon or Wed.) and praying for your involvement and the success of these groups. Sign up online or at the Welcome Desk. Questions? See Susan Cook.


Help make a "change" in the Dominican Republic with your "change". Fill up the jar over the next several months and return the jar to the church by February 2, 2020. If it gets full, please feel free to come back and get another jar. Please sign out your jar before taking it. Each sign out sheet is attached to the box of jars with a specific number. Questions? See Trish Groeninger.




So as a pastor I get to have a lot of conversations with people about learning about who Jesus is, what it means to make the decision to follow him, and continuing the life-long journey after surrendering their life to him as Savior and King. I love getting to be a part of peoples exploring faith and then becoming a Christian. And this week I got to have a couple of those conversations. One of those happened with a young couple who had a baby with them. As we’re talking about God’s design and sin and our need for Jesus, the little baby started to get wiggly. Then after a bit, she started to whimper and then cry. And if you have ever had a baby when they start to cry it’s usually one of four things: be held, dirty diaper, sleep, or food. Well as soon as the bottle went in, all was well with the world again. The hunger she was feeling affected everything else.

In that same conversation with the baby’s parents there was a PHYSICAL HUNGER being expressed by their child, and at the same time there was a spiritual hunger that the parents were exploring as well. I had another meeting with someone else who actually used the language of being hungry to know more about God and to experience Him.

The question becomes, how do we find satisfaction for that spiritual hunger? That deep desire to know God more and to grow closer to Him. As I’ve studied Nehemiah chapter 8 I believe that we’ll find that the people of Jerusalem had a pretty good idea of where to start.

 NEHEMIAH CH. 8 Bible Gateway



      • HEARING THE WORD There are two things that stand out immediately. The first is that it is says they gathered with a specific purpose and that they were unified in that purpose. What was that purpose? They wanted to hear from God! They were all hungry to hear from God and to know him better. So, they call for the Book.
        • THEY WERE HEARING THE VERY WORDS OF GOD SPOKEN TO THEM:  When they saw the scroll opened, they weren’t simply expecting to hear interesting stories. They were expecting to hear God speak directly to them right there and then! There was a sense of expectation. THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS HAD SOMETHING TO SAY AND THEY WANTED TO LISTEN.
          • EXPECTATION- Do you think that if we had the expectation that God himself was planning on talking to us when we opened this book, do you think we would open it more often? There are a number of scriptures that are commonly used to reinforce this idea.
          • Hebrews 4:12 says that the Bible is living and powerful. This book is alive. It meets us where we are, it interacts with us, as we read it, it is reading us, seeing what we need to hear from God and either providing wisdom, comfort, or cutting at sin in our lives. It is powerful, capable of doing exactly what God wants it to do in our lives. It can bring about an awareness of sin, an appreciation of god’s love and mercy, and lead to transformation. Jesus tells us that God’s word is like spiritual food. Matthew 4:4
      • the bible is bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions. Our life is dependent on knowing God and hearing from him. If we are hungry for a deeper relationship with God and to hear him speak to us, his intention was for us to turn to his living and active word.
      • UNDERSTAND GOD’S WORD- Ezra knew that the people would need help understanding what they heard. It says in [v.7-8] clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage. WE NEED TO SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO CAN PROVIDE AN EXPLANATION FOR WHAT WE’VE HEARD. It’s important to have people you can study with together, call and ask questions. That’s just one of the reasons we do Home Groups and Sunday Groups which we will be having sign-ups for coming relatively soon!
        • The Bible is hard to read, but it is incredibly important that we read it. With discipline comes joy. You’ll find yourself saying things like “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” [Ps. 119:103]
        • SEE OUR SIN AND LOVE OUR SAVIOR As Ezra read God’s word and explained the story of God to them, it says that they began to weep. As they heard in Exodus about how their people had grumbled against God after being freed from slavery in Egypt, worshipped a golden calf, wanted to return to slavery they saw that they were just like them. As they heard how God expected them to live in the book of Leviticus, they saw just how much of God’s word they had ignored. When they heard in Numbers how God’s people didn’t trust God and didn’t get to go into the promised land and died in the wilderness they saw their own lack of trust. When they heard Moses warn them in Deuteronomy that if they didn’t love and worship God alone, that when they entered the promised land that eventually they would get defeated by their enemies and carried off into exile. And they realized that the reason they had to rebuild Jerusalem in the first place was because of their sin and they wept. The Word helped them see just how broken, stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful they had been to God and they wept because they knew that they had hurt God.
          • If you read the bible and realize just how bad you really are, then you’re reading it right.
        • SORROW REPLACED BY JOY- How does that happen? The same scriptures that helped them see how bad they were, also helped them see just how good God had been and was to them now! Even when they had been unfaithful in the wilderness, God was faithful. Even when they did not love him and instead turned to idols, he loved them. Even when they deserved to be kicked out of Jerusalem and out of their home, God had graciously brought them back home.
          • The true test of whether you’re reading the bible right is not that you have the answers to every question, it’s whether you fall deeper and deeper in love with Jesus! Do you start to experience joy, knowing that even though you aren’t good, Jesus is and all we can simply do is accept him, love him, and worship him.


that the greatest thing I can possibly do is get people to open up their bibles. Not for the sake of information, but for communication with God, and transformation through knowing and loving Jesus

Understanding leads to obedience. And obedience leads to understanding.

God will often call us to do something that we don’t understand. And when we’re obedient, we end up understanding what he wanted us to learn. Sometimes, understanding only comes after obedience.


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      We believe that significant life change best takes place in the context of intentional relationships. Groups are the places where real life and real issues are discussed. This is the environment to celebrate the successes and good times of life, as well as comfort one another in the tough and disappointing times. It’s a place to be encouraged, equipped, and challenged to grow in our relationships with Jesus Christ.

      Nic Cook Home Group

      This group meets in the home of Nic and Susan Cook. They meet on Monday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

      Rob Farthing Home Group

      This group meets in the home of Rob and Lisa Farthing. They meet on Monday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

      Jeff Millsap Home Group

      This group meets in the home of Jeff and Jennifer Millsap. They meet on Wednesday nights @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM. There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed in the previous Sunday sermon.

      Jennifer Millsap Sunday Group

      This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 9:00 – 10:00 AM (during 1st service). There is childcare available. Home group discussions are based around the topics and scriptures that are discussed n the previous Sunday sermon.

      Ed Gerken & Ken Allen Sunday Group

      This group meets in the High School room at Cornerstone. They meet on Sunday mornings @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM (during 2st service). There is children’s programming available. Sunday group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.

      Ed Gerken Men's Group

      This group meets in the kitchen at Cornerstone. They meet on Monday evenings @ 7:00 – 8:30 PM There is no childcare provided. The Men’s group discussions are based around the topics and books of the bible of the teachers choosing.




      NURSERY l SUNDAYS from 9-11:30 AM

      On Sunday mornings from 9-11:30 AM, infants and toddlers are cared for in our nursery area. The children are being cared for during our adult worship and Sunday group gatherings.

      KIDS GROUPS l SUNDAYS at 9:00 AM

      On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will enjoy age appropriate creative and interactive bible teaching, fun activities and crafts. It’s a great chance to make friends as they learn more about Jesus.

      KIDS WORSHIP l SUNDAYS at 10:30 AM

      On Sunday mornings our kids, Pre-K – 5TH grade, will worship together by singing and dancing to songs with biblical truth. Each week, kids will participate in large and small group activities to discover who Jesus was and continue to build their faith.



      Once a month during the school year, kid’s K – 5th grade will participate in a fun activity or service project. We encourage kids to participate with their parents in Showing Jesus to the community around us through serving him and his mission.






      On Sunday mornings, our Jr. High students gather to learn, and build friendships with each other during our Sunday groups. There also might be doughnuts involved.


      Our Cornerstone Student Ministry meets on Sunday evenings for games, worship, shenanigans, teaching, small groups, food, and more shenanigans. This takes place during the school year, and will resume January 6, 2019.

      Jr. High students meet from 4:00-6:00pm.

      High School students meet from 5:30-7:30pm.


      CSM: 2019 KICK-OFF

      Sunday, September 8th

      Our first CSM of the year! Jr. High will be meeting 4:00-6:00 pm and High School will meet from 5:30-8:00 with food from 5:30 to 6:00 pm!  Questions? See Joe Shepherd