by: King Smith
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.
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would love to help w food distribution!