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Sunday, July 28th

If you are looking for a fun way to spend an evening, hang out with friends, swim, eat pizza and relax after a crazy week of VBS, look no further! Come join us at Knights Action park wave pool on Sunday evening, July 28th from 6-8pm. The cost is $6 per person and includes entrance, pizza and soft drinks, so get excited! Questions? Contact Jodi at


Wednesday, Aug. 7th

Cornerstone Woman's Ministry will be going through the video series The Struggle is Real, by Nicole Unice. “Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new God-centered life story. The Struggle is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy." We'll be meeting at the church on Wednesdays 8/7-9/18 from 6:30-8:30. Study Guides are $8.50. Please sign-up at the welcome desk by July 31st, so we'll have guides in by the first session. Questions? Contact Kara Hamilton: (217) 341-4306.


Sunday, August 11th

It’s that time of year again to promote all kids and students to their new age group environment! Kids entering Pre-k all the way up to Students entering Jr High (6th grade) will either stay in their current classroom or move on up to the next room. If you have any questions please contact Jodi Whitley at


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, for 3 weeks we have talked about how God used Nehemiah to lead God’s people in rebuilding the wall so that God’s name would be honored and so his people could flourish. Last week we saw that everybody is expected to get in the game, no one sits the bench, and everyone has a role to play. God calls us today to work at building not walls, but disciples. That we are part of God’s mission to save the lost, rebuild the broken, and help families, neighbors, and nations live abundant full lives.


Even today, we need to learn that when we are doing what God called us to do, there will be opposition. That whether we realize it or not, we are entering into a spiritual fight.



EXPECT OPPOSITION- Right off the bat it’s important that we realize when we give our life to Jesus, when we begin trying to live like Jesus, and doing our best to show other people the love of Jesus there will be opposition.

        • NEHEMIAHS ENEMIES: Just when things seemed to be going well for Nehemiah, trouble shows up. And it has the names of Sanballat, Tobiah, followed by groups of people known as the Arabs, Ammonites, and Asdodites. Sanballat, from Samaria in the North. Tobiah with the Ammonites on the East, the Ashdodites from the West, and the Arabs from the south. They were completely surrounded.
        • OUR ENEMIES: A follower of Jesus who planted many of the very first churches said this to the people living in the ancient city of Ephesus…[Eph. 6:10-12] He says ultimately our enemies aren’t people, our enemies are Satan, the rebellious angel who was cast out of heaven and the other angels that rebelled with him. They want to destroy you, they want to disrupt the work of the church, and they want to drag as many people in this world with them into hell. And for most of us this means he doesn’t directly attack us through persecution. He comes at us using the sneak attacks of HUMILIATION, CONDEMNATION, DISTRACTION, EXHAUSTION and ISOLATION.


ASK GOD TO FIGHT FOR YOU: [4:1-3] The fight starts with words! Nehemiah fires back with his own words. He asks God to fight for them.

        • THE POWERFUL WEAPON OF PRAYER: Too often prayer is our last resort. But for Nehemiah it was both his first and last resort. Nehemiah says [4:4-5] When we hear these kinds of prayers it strikes us as harsh. (1) The first thing we learn about this is that Nehemiah is asking God for justice. We should want justice. For evil to be punished. For those who hurt others to be stopped. (2) But we also see that Nehemiah asks God to take action instead of personally taking action against his enemies. He admits that it might not happen here, but it could happen in eternity and he trusts God to do what is right in his situation.
        • THE POWERFUL WEAPON OF COMMUNITY- [4:10-14] The enemy is using EXHAUSTION and DISTRACTION to discourage and stop the work of God. He whispers in your ear, “You’re too tired”, or speaks through someone close to you to say “you’re needed elsewhere!” This is where the powerful weapon of community comes into play.
          • ENCOURAGEMENT & SUPPORT We all need a Nehemiah in our life to give us encouragement. (1) ENCOURAGEMENT. Someone to keep us going and focused, by saying “Remember, you’re not alone. You have a mighty and awesome God on your side. He’s with you. He’s for you. He’ll give you the strength you need. He won’t leave you. Focus on him. Also focus on the fact that what you’re doing impacts your brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, your wives, your homes, your community. Don’t stop. What you’re doing is more important than you realize.” (2) We need the powerful weapon of community to give us SUPPORT. People standing beside us, watching our backs and protecting us when we’re weak or unaware of danger. People we can call when it gets hard or when the enemy is attacking our hearts and our homes. Working with us. They see what we’re struggling with and they’re there to help us.
        • THE POWERFUL WEAPON OF THE WORD: In the last part of this chapter we hear that the workers worked with one hand and had a weapon in their other hand. Ready to continue working, and to go to war if need be. Again, since this is a spiritual war we’re fighting we need a weapon that has spiritual power. Ephesians 6 that we read earlier says “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” [Eph. 6:17]
          • HUMILIATION- You’re such a close-minded bigot, who are you to tell me what I’m doing is a sin. If the world hates you, remember it hated me first. [John 15:18]
          • CONDEMNATION- You’ve sinned too much, God will never forgive you. For I am convinced that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Rom. 8:28]
          • DISTRACTION- It’s not really that big a deal, just skip out a couple Sundays. “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” [Josh. 24:15]

For those who follow Jesus, my prayer is that we would fight the good fight. That we would recognize the schemes of the evil one, that we would run to the God who fights for us, that we would surround ourselves with the community of God, and that we would defend ourselves with his word. As Nehemiah said… Don’t be afraid... Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. [4:14]

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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.




      2019 VBS ROAR

      July 7th-11th

      Stampede into Roar VBS this year at Cornerstone Community Church on July 7-11th from 6-8:30 pm and join the Herd! At Roar, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life. Register your child(ren) online below or at the VBS sign up station in the lobby. Questions? Contact Jodi Whitley at





      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.



      Sunday, June 2nd

      Our last regular CSM of the year is May 19th; but students are invited to join us on Sunday June 2nd as we say farewell to class of 2019. We'll have indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) games set up, food, and fellowship from 5:30-8:00 pm!  Questions? See Kara Hamilton