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Cornerstone Update March 28, 2020

by: King Smith

03/28/2020

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Hello Cornerstone! It's Saturday, and we have been in "social distancing" for a week now. How is that going for you? I have spoken with a few of you, and if they are representative of the majority, I would say it's been a challenging week. Some are already "pent up." Especially those with school age children! Some are just out of their routine and it causes them to use their time less wisely, therefore getting less done. For all of us it's a little more hassle - staying at least six feet away from each other; wiping down grocery carts;… read more

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Hello Cornerstone! It's Saturday, and we have been in "social distancing" for a week now. How is that going for you? I have spoken with a few of you, and if they are representative of the majority, I would say it's been a challenging week. Some are already "pent up." Especially those with school age children! Some are just out of their routine and it causes them to use their time less wisely, therefore getting less done. For all of us it's a little more hassle - staying at least six feet away from each other; wiping down grocery carts; using hand sanitizer after we touch anything public; and, for many, wiping down everything you bring home from the store! Contrary to a little down time, it seems we are having to work harder just to get the basics accomplished each day!

I had a Zoom meeting with some fellow pastors yesterday. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, it is a free video conferencing platform that is really amazing. We will be adding some Zoom Bible studies and meetings soon. But the gist of our meeting was discussing how the current pandemic is affecting the church. We were all in agreement that regardless of how severe the current crisis really is, there is evil behind what is happening. But, God being God, will use it for good. How?

  • The church is learning how to be the church without "performance, presentation, or programs." It's amazing how many of us were doing a sermon series based on the idea of, "What would we do if we couldn't meet in our buildings anymore?" God is giving us an opportunity to learn how to do that.
  • The church is now less centralized and more involved on a person-to-person basis in our neighborhoods and community.
  • What an incredible opportunity to minister to our neighbors and "give them a reason for the hope that is within us!"

Speaking of which, we have an awesome ministry opportunity that I would like to share briefly with you. More details will come later, but here is the essence of the ministry: We have been asked by the Church Ambassador Network, on behalf of Governor Reynolds, to help with food distribution in Boone County. The way this would work is that we would get food deliveries from local food banks to Cornerstone Church. We would need to repackage the food into deliverable quantities and then make deliveries based on requests that come in through a centralized process. This would require a few people to repackage food and/or make deliveries. We'll need several people who are willing to help to make this work. If you are interested, please let me know.

I also want to update you on a couple of small changes/additions we have made. The single biggest question/concern that I get is how to give to the church in a secure manner. Again, thank you for your concern for Cornerstone's finances! I'm not trying to beat the financial drum, but this really is what I'm asked most about. You can still give electronically through PayPal. Some have security concerns about this (it really is a safe way to give), and others simply are not comfortable with online payments. So, we have added two more options.

1. There is now a locking mailbox at the church. You can mail to the church's physical address (111 6th St., Boone, IA 50036) and it will be deposited in this locking mailbox. We check mail daily.

2. You can drop off your giving in person. Either put it in the locking mailbox OR, schedule a time to meet with Brad or King. Personally, I am at the church a little everyday. I try to do as much as possible from home so that I do not turn up the utilities; never-the-less, I am at the church on a daily basis if even for a short period of time. But, you can always make an appointment with me as well. Oddly enough, I don't need much lead time these days!

3. Lastly, we have rented a PO Box. You can mail to a secure PO Box in the Post Office. Mail to: Cornerstone Church, PO Box 237, Boone, IA 50036.

Hopefully one of the methods will work for you.

We continue to work on ways to stay connected with one another. If you are in a small group, reach out to the members of your group and say 'Hi' and make sure that each of you is doing ok. Brad & I will be contacting people just to check in, and we plan to resume some Bible studies shortly. Keep praying! Keep the faith! Stay connected to Jesus and each other.

Blessings,

King

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Cornerstone Update March 25, 2020

by: King Smith

03/25/2020

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Hello Cornerstone! I hope all of you are doing well and I pray that you are using this time to pursue your relationship with Jesus on an even deeper level. As I mentioned before, I will try to keep you updated on our situation from the church perspective. This will be brief and I want to get straight to the information that we need you to know.

Our Governing Board met on Sunday to assess the situation and develop a course of action. Here is what was decided.

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Hello Cornerstone! I hope all of you are doing well and I pray that you are using this time to pursue your relationship with Jesus on an even deeper level. As I mentioned before, I will try to keep you updated on our situation from the church perspective. This will be brief and I want to get straight to the information that we need you to know.

Our Governing Board met on Sunday to assess the situation and develop a course of action. Here is what was decided.

  • We need to limit access to the church by only a few key personnel. Please do not use, or even enter, the church for any purpose. Only Brad, King, and those that directly work with the financial and business end of the church should enter. Those that do enter must disinfect every area they use before leaving. There are disinfecting wipes and Lysol for this purpose. If you have a small group that meets at the church, please meet elsewhere. Normally our small groups meet at a home that is best able to accommodate multiple people. Perhaps the new determination is who has the most disinfectant!
  • We want to again thank you for your generous giving during this time. A concern was raised that some people are uncomfortable with online giving, and they are concerned with mail theft. We have purchase a locking mailbox that should be installed by the end of this week. You can either mail, or drop off in person, envelopes into this box.
  • Our ability to connect with you is primarily electronic. Although, hopefully be next week I will be contacting many of you by phone. Our great concern is for those in our congregation who are not tech users. They don’t use Facebook, they don’t even use the internet much. Mostly they are our older members. We need to make sure they can connect with us. My first calls will be to those people. However, you can help! If you know someone in our church who does not know how to use some of our electronic means of communication, reach out to them and see how you can help. We have already had some people teach others how to watch the live streaming on Facebook. If they have a computer, show them how to connect on our website to get ongoing information. Anything that you can do to be sure someone is not left behind is helpful!

None of knows how long this crisis will last. There is hopeful news, but nothing conclusive. However, prayer is the best tool that we can use, and I would ask that all of you pray and ask God for a speedy resolution and spiritual growth for the church as a whole. Blessings to all of you. –King-

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Cornerstone Update March 20, 2020

by: King Smith

03/20/2020

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Hello Cornerstone! This is the first of what will probably be many blogs! This will probably turn out to be our primary method of communication.

Communication going forward will be challenging. Our two best methods are: 1) Facebook – you can go to Cornerstone Church Boone Iowa. We will be posting videos and comments there to encourage you and let you know what is going on. 2) Our website: boonecornerstone.com/blog. We haven’t used the blog page much in the past, but this will be a great place to get information. Oddly enough, I have a lot for time for… read more

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Hello Cornerstone! This is the first of what will probably be many blogs! This will probably turn out to be our primary method of communication.

Communication going forward will be challenging. Our two best methods are: 1) Facebook – you can go to Cornerstone Church Boone Iowa. We will be posting videos and comments there to encourage you and let you know what is going on. 2) Our website: boonecornerstone.com/blog. We haven’t used the blog page much in the past, but this will be a great place to get information. Oddly enough, I have a lot for time for blogging now!

Today there are a few thoughts I’d like to share, and some information that you may want. First, I am reminded of 2 Timothy 1:7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” We do not need to fear the current situation. In fact, this is a great time to demonstrate our faith in God and let others see that faith! We have been given power to push through it. We have love for each other and for tour neighbors and those that need Jesus. And, we have the self-discipline necessary to make the wise decisions we need to make. What an exciting time to be the church!

If you missed the video announcement, here are some things you need to know.

  • We will endeavor to use the church facilities as little as possible for two reasons. First, we do not want to become a giant petri dish where the virus can be left and picked up. The fewer people that use the facilities, the better we can accomplish this. We will be disinfecting the church this week (to the best of our abilities), and we would like it to remain sanitized until we reopen. Also, it is a BIG building and can be expensive to heat. We want to use the money given to the church wisely. Keeping the building empty allows us to keep thermostats set low and save a tremendous amount of money on utilities.
  • Services and gatherings (youth group, ABC, etc.) are cancelled until further notice. This Sunday, our sermon will be live streamed at 9AM on Facebook. Again, go to the Cornerstone page. Sermons will also continue to be posted on the website.
  • If you are a small group that meets at the church, we request that you meet in someone’s home.
  • If you have reserved the Fellowship Hall for an event, we request that you find another location or cancel your event – which may be wise anyway.
  • If you are a key carrier, please do not go into the church unless necessary.

We also want you to know that Brad and I are still here to serve you in any capacity we can. We are still working (although from home as much as possible). We are here to meet with you or visit you if requested.

Finally, I have been asked by several people how they can continue to give financially to Cornerstone. First, thank you for your generous consideration! We know that most people are far more worried about the economic impact of the current situation than the virus itself. We’re concerned for each of you and how you may be affected by this. We are profoundly grateful to know that there are those of you that care about Cornerstone financially in the midst of this crisis. There are really only two ways to give: 1) through our website: https://boonecornerstone.com/connect/give/ then click on the ‘donate’ button on the page. 2) Mail a check to: Cornerstone Church, 111 6th St., Boone, IA 50036.

Check back regularly for updates. You can also connect with us by email – king@boonecornerstone.com or brad@boonecornerstone.com, or by text or phone.

We’re grateful for all of you! Together we will be the church that God wants us to be! Blessings, King.

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Spring Planting

by: Todd Wingert

05/06/2019

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Jesus often used agricultural examples to teach people about the Kingdom of God and how His people live, act and work in that Kingdom. As spring has come (finally) and farmers are once again beginning the agricultural cycle, is there something we can learn to help us grow in our faith?

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Jesus often used agricultural examples to teach people about the Kingdom of God and how His people live, act and work in that Kingdom. As spring has come (finally) and farmers are once again beginning the agricultural cycle, is there something we can learn to help us grow in our faith?

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Refuge

by: King Smith

01/03/2019

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Do the Psalms have any practical application for us? While some people find them tedious and unusable, others bury themselves in them. The Psalms were written out of the pain the writers experienced and the comfort they found in God. That's the key. Psalms can lead us to a place of comfort and strength IF we do what they tell us to do!


'Refuge- Hiding Place.' Psalm 46- Leads us to a place of peace in the midst of our difficulties.

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Do the Psalms have any practical application for us? While some people find them tedious and unusable, others bury themselves in them. The Psalms were written out of the pain the writers experienced and the comfort they found in God. That's the key. Psalms can lead us to a place of comfort and strength IF we do what they tell us to do!


'Refuge- Hiding Place.' Psalm 46- Leads us to a place of peace in the midst of our difficulties.

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Welcome To The New Cornerstone Website

by: King Smith

04/20/2018

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently.

Cornerstone's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we… read more

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently.

Cornerstone's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Biblically based message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at (515) 432-1299 or send us an email.

From all of us at Cornerstone, welcome to our new church website.



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Christ Is Enough Video

by: King Smith

04/20/2018

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