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MEN'S PAINTBALL DAY

Saturday, May 18th

Men come and shoot each other (with paintballs) for the sake of growing friendships with other dudes. (boys 15 and older can come if they’re accompanied by their parent) Join us May 18th @ 9:00 at Cornerstone and we’ll car pool down to Wild Cat Paintball in Staunton, IL. We’ll be done around 3:00 and back by 4:30. The cost is $25 per person. Bring a picnic lunch with you to eat at the paintball field. Please RSVP by checking the box on the connection card, or by responding to the text that was sent out. You can also go to https://bit.ly/2JaiX2e. Any questions can be answered by Nic Cook or Derek Butts.

VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Stampede into Roar VBS this year and join the Herd! At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Hope to see you there! Questions? See Jodi Whitley.

VBS DECORATING DAY'S

April 27th, May 11th & May 25th

If you would like to be part of the Roar VBS decorating team then we ask that you join us at First United Methodist Church in Springfield from 9am-12pm on April 27th, May 11th OR May 25th. If you have any questions please see Jodi Whitley.

CHANGE FOR CHANGE

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.

TEACHING

SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

 We live in a world that is filled with noise, anxiety, and stress. Studies tell us that 19.1% of Americans experienced major anxiety this past year. About 1 in 5 people. It’s actually higher in kids ages 13-18. In addition to that we have the noise of social media, email, text messages, Netflix, and playstation and xoboxes going 24/7-365. Ringing, dinging, buzzing, surfing, liking, snapping, fortnighting and binging. The average person spends 3 hours and 48 minutes a day doing these things. Studies are showing that our devices are actually creating addiction, dependency, and anxiety. More connected and less happy, more stressed and anxious.

 1 Kings 19:1-18

 

GETTING AWAY AND RUNNING INTO GOD

HIGH TO LOW- In chapter 18 we have this epic showdown where Elijah confronts the false

This is supposed to be the high point of Elijah’s career. Instead, the evil queen Jezebel finds out what Elijah has done and threatens to kill him. Elijah, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted from his mountaintop show-down fears for his life and takes off running for his life. It says he leaves his personal servant behind and goes alone into the desert. Jezebel was the force that drove him into silence and solitude.

  • THE “THING” THAT DRIVES US TOWARDS SILENCE AND SOLITUDE. We often won’t go looking for silence and solitude. Often, it takes something to drive us there. We didn’t want to end up here, but it’s the place we find ourselves. And God often uses these times of silence and solitude to do something in our lives. To prepare us for hearing from him.
  • Elijah’s Response is HONESTY and EXHAUSTION. There he lays down under a broom tree, tells God he just wants to die and then falls asleep.
    • SILENCE AND SOLITUDE OFTEN LEAD TO SLEEP & CARE FOR OUR BODIES
      • Sleep and Rest are God-given gifts that if we neglect, we might not be in the right physical and emotional state to be ready to hear from God. Our spiritual life is actually tied to our physical bodies.
  • THE SILENT JOURNEY WITH MYSELF. God sends him on a journey to Mount Horeb, which is another name for Mount Sinai. God’s mountain. The same mountain where God met with Moses. And it says that Elijah journeyed for 40 days and forty nights. I can’t speak for exactly what God was doing in Elijah, or what Elijah was doing during that long journey, but if my experience tells me anything it probably had two purposes. BEING STUCK WITH ME, and COMING TO THE END OF ME.
    • STUCK WITH ME- Why am I so driven? Why am I so worried about this or that thing? Why am I the way I am? What is the reason I do what I do? Why am I feeling this way?
      • Almost all of the thoughts and emotions are responses to our deepest questions of: Am I loved? Am I valuable? Do I matter? God, can I trust you? And in the quiet we start to wrestle with those questions, which leads to…
    • COMING TO THE END OF ME- I CAN’T FIX ME! Not only can I not fix me, but I can’t fix most of the things I’m anxious or worried about. I realize that I’m not in control. There are things I have to trust God with. We come to the end of ourselves and our abilities and we’re ready to LISTEN, TRUST, AND BE TRANSFORMED by God.
  • GOD’S VOICE IN THE SILENCE/SOLITUDE- “What are you doing here, Elijah?” God knew why Elijah was there, so why did He ask that question? I believe that God is giving Elijah an opportunity to say exactly what is on his mind to God. To vent to God. God is meeting Elijah’s emotional needs by listening to him. But God goes beyond just listening. He wants Elijah to experience His presence in a powerful way. He tells Elijah go and stand at the opening of the cave.
    • TORNADO WINDS/ EARTHQUAKE/FIRE- But God chose to meet with Elijah in something much more intimate and gentler. It says God’s presence was known in the form of what? “A gentle whisper in private only to Elijah!” When someone is whispering to you, where do they have to be? Very close to you so that you can hear what they’re saying. Isn’t that beautiful?! God wanted Elijah to experience him in a powerful way and He came really close to do it. Close enough to whisper!
      • Too many of us are wanting something huge and dramatic! We want God to reveal Himself like he did to others! God do something miraculous and incredible so I can know you’re real and with me. But I want you to know something today…
  • The WHISPER of GOD to us IN PRIVATE is EVERY BIT as POWERFUL as the WORKS of God before others IN PUBLIC.
  • Do you want to hear the whisper of God?

 BEING PRESENT & WAITING FOR GOD’S PRESENCE

  • SACRED TIME
    • When is your Do Not Disturb Time that you set aside to be with God. I’ve heard it suggested that you might want to try starting with 10 minutes. Small victories are better than large failures.
  • SACRED SPACE- Where is your cave like Elijah, where is your garden like Jesus? Again, maybe it’s your car. Maybe it’s a hammock in your back yard or a porch. Maybe it’s a walking or sitting in a park near your house. For me it’s my office in my comfy chair. Often times I turn off the lights and light a candle. Ever since Pentecost, fire has been associated with the Holy Spirit and it’s a visual reminder that God is present inside me and with me even if it doesn’t feel like it.
  • BE PRESENT, LET YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME YOUR PRAYERS & WAIT- Most likely what will happen is that your thoughts will be racing. It’s okay. Don’t feel like a failure. Here is what I have found in my experience. As my mind races through things I take notice of them. Don’t try to force them out. Let them play like a video in your head. Then recognize that God is paying attention to those thoughts and feelings too. He is aware of what you’re thinking about. He’s listening to what’s on your heart and mind. At a certain point I realized that I was praying. I was bringing my thoughts and concerns before God wordlessly. My thoughts had become a way of praying when I realized that God is paying attention to them. LET YOUR THOUGHTS BECOME YOUR PRAYERS! And I began to think, God why is this racing through my mind? Why am I feeling the way I’m feeling?

 HEARING WHAT WE NEED TO HEAR

    • But usually in our hearts it’s the false things we believe that affect us. We need to come into the presence of God and have Him reveal the lies we believe about ourselves, and our lives. I’m all alone. God why aren’t you working? Things aren’t going to get any better. No one cares about me. But we not only have the lies we believe pointed out but have the truths we are longing for told to us as well.
    • Elijah just like us need to hear directly from God, I’m paying attention to you. I’m at work all around you. You are important to me. I love you. I’m going to use you as part of my work. You are significant. By the way, you’re not alone.

      "FATHER FORGIVE THEM; FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING."

      FAMOUS LAST WORDS OF TODD BEAMER

      "I know we're not going to make it out of here." "Are you guys ready? Let's roll!"

      You can tell a lot about a person from their last words.

      Luke 23:26-34

      26 As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?

      32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

      34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

      THE STORY OF SIMON OF CYRENE AND HIS FAMILY

      Romans 16:13

      13 Greet Rufus, whom the Lord picked out to be his very own; and also his dear mother, who has been a mother to me.

      What they experienced that day as they saw Jesus dying, and heard what he said as he hung of the cross, changed them forever.

      I think it started with the prayer that they NEEDED, but NOT YET asked for.

      • (PART 1) THE PRAYER: FATHER FORGIVE "THEM"

      WHO IS HE SPEAKING ABOUT? WHO ARE "THEM"?: The soldiers, the crowd, the religious leaders?

      Acts 2:36

      36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

      Peter says if you have sinned, you are responsible for the death of Jesus! WE ARE THEM. Jesus didn’t just die FOR us, he died BECAUSE of us. We crucified Jesus!

      AND JESUS IS PRAYING: FATHER FORGIVE "THEM"- "US"

      ALL SIN IS GROTESQUE, SO THE SAVIOR CHOOSE TO DIE GROTESQUELY!

      • (PART 2) THE OFFER: GRACE

      Grace: God gives us everything that we need, when we need it...

      Additional Note: Even though we don't deserve it!

      Romans 5:6-11

      When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

      WE DON'T "DESERVE IT", BUT WE MUST "ACCEPT IT" TO "RECEIVE IT".

      Acts 2:37-41

      37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

      38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

      41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

      THE RESPONSE:

      1. Respond to Jesus' prayer for our forgiveness and accept the gift of grace. "Father, forgive (my name)" I would like to know more about being baptized 
      2. Follow his example of giving grace and pray for others to experience forgiveness. "Father, forgive (the name of a person you need to forgive)"

      GIVING

      INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM!

      Thanks so much for being part of what God is doing at Cornerstone.

      Your generosity allows us to help MAKE and MULTIPLY DISCIPLES that KNOW, REFLECT, SERVE and POINT others to Jesus.

      Our online giving is secure so you can give with full confidence knowing that your information is safe.

      In addition, you may also text to give. Text 217-210-0317 and “GIVE”. Then enter the amount you would like to give.

      GROUPS

      DOING LIFE TOGETHER.

      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.

      KIDS

      WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW!

      WEEKLY

      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.

      MONTHLY

      C-KIDS l MONTHLY

      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.

      UPCOMING EVENTS

       

      CORNERSTONE KIDS

      We invite all Kid’s K - 5th grade and their families to join us at the Route 66 Drive-In Theater as we celebrate the end of another awesome school year. Movies are not selected at the Drive-In until the week of, so this will be a last minute decision as to which movie we will go see this month. Cornerstone Kids will cover the cost of kids K-5th grade (ages 4-11), while parents will be responsible to pay the $8 regular admission cost for themselves and any other family members that may want to join (kids 3 and under are FREE, ages 4-11 are $5).  Questions? See Jodi Whitley.

      STUDENTS

      WE NEED THE NEXT GENERATION NOW

      JR. HIGH GROUP | SUNDAYS AT 9:00 AM

      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.

      CSM (CORNERSTONE STUDENT MINISTRY) | SUNDAYS EVENINGS

      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.

      UPCOMING EVENTS

      CIY MOVE (HS STUDENTS)

      July 15-19th

      Calling all High School Students! You are invited to join us this year at CIY Move in Warrensburg, MO July 15-19th. Move is a 5-day event, designed to amplify Christ's call on students' lives to become Kingdom Workers.

      Minimum deposit of $50 is required to reserve your spot. Early registration fee of $225.00 deadline is 04/01/19. Regular registration fee of $260.00 deadline is 05/01/19. If you have any questions please contact Jodi Whitley

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