Rooted: Noah

Last night was a great first teaching night here at Cornerstone Youth!  We cracked open our Bibles to Genesis and studied the story of Noah in chapters 6-9. Noah lived in a time when “the wickedness of man was great in the earth” and “the thoughts of his[mans] heart was only evil continually.”  God was disappointed with mankind, so he saw fit to destroy it with a flood.  However, God saves Noah and his family because Noah was “righteous.” So, the Lord instructs Noah to build an ark and fill it with animals.  Then the Lord tells Noah to load up and get ready!  The flood hits and Noah and his family survive on the ark because they were obedient to what the Lord had commanded of them.  When the waters recede, Noah gets off the boat and offers a burnt sacrifice to the Lord.  The Lord than makes a promise to Noah that He will never again wipe mankind from the earth.

As we study through the Word this year, we will constantly strive to answer two questions from every piece of scripture we read.

  1. Why is this story important to us today?
  2. How does it point towards the Gospel?

The story of Noah is important because it reveals something that is still true today.  The wickedness of man requires divine intervention.  Ever since the fall, man has been given to sin.  It is a part of our nature.  The people of Noah’s time were wicked and depraved because they continually lived in this sin, until it was all they knew.  We live in a society that says it’s okay to live in sin and accept it. The story of Noah shows us what happens when we believe that lie.  It’s easy to see the parallels between where society is heading today and where Noah’s society was, prior to the flood.

But the good news is we have hope!  Noah was not a perfect man, but God saved him because he was righteous.  Last night we asked “why was Noah righteous?”  The simple answer is that Noah was counted as righteous because of his faith in God and his willingness to be obedient.  Thus Noah’s faith made him righteous, and saved him.  This is still true for us today.  We are saved because we are counted as righteous in Christ.  We are counted as righteous in Christ because we have faith in Christ.  This is why we put our faith first.  Christ paid our debt once and for all, and our faith in and obedience to Christ saves us from death!  Because of this, we celebrate!

Talking Points for your students:

  1. Ask your students to tell you the story of Noah and explain why God saved him.
  2. Why was Noah considered righteous?
  3. Why should your faith be #1 in your life? What does that look like?


Take a moment to sit down and ask your students these questions.  Have a discussion with them and help them understand the importance of the story of Noah.  And, like always, let us know if there is anyway we can help!

God Bless,

Marcus Popenfoose


Summer Serve Days for 4th and 5th Grades

SUMMER SERVE DAYS ARE CURRENTLY FULL! If you would like your child placed on a waiting list, email Jill Harris at

June 21 and 22: 9 am to 4 pm (meet at Cornerstone Church)

Come join us as we serve together and make a difference in our community! We’ll begin each day with a group devotion and prayer time at Cornerstone. Then, we’ll head out to serve. We’ll wrap up our serve days with a fun outing! Cost of $25 includes lunch, t-shirt and all the fun! This event is for completed 4th and 5th graders.

You can pay by either going to “one-time gift” under the “give” tab in or, or bring cash/check into the church office.

For more information contact Jill Harris,, or Aimee Northrup,

Experience Easter at Cornerstone 2017

Experience Easter Holy Week at Cornerstone Church.

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 6:30 pm in the Worship Area (Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through 3rd graders.)
Good Friday: April 14, 6:30 pm at the Auburn University Davis Arboretum – See map below for parking and location information

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Easter Services at Cornerstone: April 16

  • 6:15 am  – Worship outdoors just as the sun comes up, shedding new light on us – those who are redeemed.
  • 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am at Hamilton Road –  A full celebration of the resurrection of Christ. (Regular Cornerstone Kids programming is available.)

Equip: Marriage 2017


Led by Cornerstone members Julianne and Tyler McGill, this will be a four week Equip focused on strengthening marriages for the sake of the Kingdom, the growth of and blessing to our families, and for the impact that all of us can have in a world that no longer values marriage according to its original design. This Equip, while focused on the marriage relationship, is intended for currently married couples and/or those couples preparing for marriage. Go here to register.

WinShape Camps for Communities June 12-16 2017

Whether you like soccer, science, or anything in between, there is something for everyone at WinShape Camps for Communities! Come be a part of this incredible adventure where we combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship into one incredible week. WinShape Camps provides a professionally trained staff to help create the most meaningful, unforgettable and fun-filled day camp experience you’ll find anywhere… right at home in your own community!

WinShape Camps for Communities is coming to Auburn June 12-16! Registration is now open for this summer. For more information and to register go to Winshape Camps Auburn.

If you would like to donate a scholarship to allow a kid to go to camp who wouldn’t otherwise be able to go you can click here and make your donation online.

M-25 Mission Camp for Youth 2017

June 4-10, 2017, in Atlanta – for current 9-12th graders

M-25 is a mission program designed to bring students together to serve God by serving others. Sometimes going out into all the world means helping those in our own backyard, and with M25, youth will have the incredible opportunity to help some of 20,000 homeless people in Atlanta. Not only will they be able to witness needs, but they will also get to fill them. M25 focuses less on manual labor and more on relational ministry as students get a rare chance to meet, get to know, and minister to people from a different side of life. They will bring hope to the hopeless and be able to walk as Jesus did as they seek out the least of these.

Merge Camp at Lake Hargis July 10-13 2017

MERGE CAMP IS CURRENTLY FULL! If you would like your child placed on a waiting list, email Jill Harris at

July 10-13 at Lake Hargis Retreat Center in Chelsea, Alabama
(for those who have completed 4th or 5th grade by the end of this school year)

Merge Camp, here we come! Once again this summer, we’ll be loading up the vans and taking our 4th and 5th graders back to this awesome overnight camp, and we can’t wait! Merge Camp is a wonderful time of fun, friendship and growing in our faith.

Ash Wednesday | 2017

March 1 at 6:30 pm in the Worship Area

Ash Wednesday is the first step in the journey toward Easter. It is the beginning of the process of self-reflection and a time to make ourselves empty in order to be filled with Christ. The night will be a mix of music, teaching and the imposition of ashes. Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through 3rd grade. (As the imposition of ashes will be at the beginning of the service, please check in your children in Cornerstone Kids and take them immediately to the Worship Area if you would like them to participate. Afterwards, you can take them back to Cornerstone Kids for the remainder of the service.)

WinShape Reunion Celebration

Saturday, March 4: 4 – 7 pm at Chick fil A at the Auburn Mall

Campers and their families, volunteers, donors, sponsors and others are invited to come and celebrate the 10 year birthday of WinShape Camps for Communities and WinShape Camps coming to the Auburn/Opelika community again this summer, the week of  June 12. There will be camp scholarship giveaways, prizes, games and more! If you have attended WinShape Camps for Communities in the past, be sure to wear your t-shirt for a chance at bonus prizes! For more information about WinShape Camps for Communities go here.

Radius Mission Camp | 2017

July 17-21, 2017 in Opelika, Alabama

Radius Camp is a youth camp for current 6-8th graders with a mission focus. Radius combines elements of a Christian camp – Bible study curriculum, worship band, camp pastor – with the format of a mission trip. Students, leaders and staff gather for morning and evening worship sessions, and during the day groups are partnered with an existing ministry site in the area.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University | 2017

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Welcome To Cornerstone

Over 2000 years ago Jesus gathered with his disciples and told them to go make disciples, giving them a mission – to continue doing what Jesus has done. Cornerstone Church is a part of that movement, carrying out the mission of Jesus by sharing His love and grace in our community and around the world. The mission statement of Cornerstone Church is “leading people to know and serve Jesus.” Two of the most important things people can do in their lives are to know Jesus and serve Jesus, finding real and eternal life while finding the purpose in our life.

Cornerstone is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment where all who come are recognized and accepted as the unique people God created.

We hope to see you this Sunday!
Regular Service Times: 9:00 and 10:30 am
Location: Cornerstone Church, 2123 Hamilton Road, Auburn, AL

Celebration Dinner | January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22 in the Worship Area – Food serving lines and Cornerstone Kids open at 5:15 pm

It’s that time of the year when Cornerstone celebrates by looking back and then visioning for the future!

We do this by coming together to hear stories of what God has done in the lives of people and to celebrate how God has used our church as a means to bring salvation, hope, grace and love to our church family. We want to collectively shout “Yes!” to our amazing God who brings restoration and redemption. Then we need to get serious about the future by asking God to once again enlarge our tent, guide our steps and give us the strength to continue leading people to know and serve Jesus.

We have a way of doing all of this….and it’s called “Celebration Dinner”. We will come together for some delicious food, fun, community and celebration. We definitely want you to bring your children. Cornerstone Kids (infants through 3rd grade) will enjoy food, games and worship. Cornerstone Kids opens at 5:15 pm. The lobby doors will open for dinner at 5:15 pm.  So we can plan ahead for dinner and caregivers, please register at the link below. We hope to see you at the celebration!


If: Gathering for Women 2017

Friday, February 3 at 6 pm and  Saturday, February 4 at 9 am

We are so excited to be hosting the livestream of IF:Austin at Cornerstone Church in Auburn, AL, again this year. Come join other women from our area for a time of fellowship, worship and Biblical teaching. The first session is on Friday evening at 6 pm, and sessions 2 and 3 will be on Saturday. There is a break on your own for lunch on Saturday. Everyone will receive a T-shirt this year so watch for an email after you register for your size!

Project Linus | National “Make A Blanket” Day Feb 18

February 18: 9 am – 6 pm, in the Cornerstone Worship Area

Join us as we partner with Project Linus to make blankets for children in need in Lee County, AL, and Columbus, GA. No experience or tools required. There will be door prizes, food, a raffle quilt, and Aubie is scheduled to make an appearance, too. No childcare, but children 8 years and up are invited to participate. For more information, go here.

Come Jingle Jam With Us! | 2016

We hope you will take a break from your Christmas shopping, cookie baking and holiday wrapping to join us for our first-ever Jingle Jam Christmas family worship event at Cornerstone Church. Jingle Jam is a fun-filled evening of holiday worship, live drama and teaching, topped off with a big birthday party for Jesus. At Jingle Jam, we’ll also be collecting children’s shoes, toddler through size 13, as a way to bless our friends at Esperanza House. Esperanza House is one of our local ministry partners that serves the children and families of the Hispanic community in Auburn. Their desire is to offer hope, relationship, and love through education, nutrition and fellowship.

Christmas at Cornerstone | 2016


Celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior with singing, a brief message, and lighting of candles. Cornerstone Kids is available for infants through three years old at the 5 pm service only. All children are welcome to attend either service. _________________________________________________________________


No 9 am service, and Cornerstone Kids is not available.


No 9 am service, and Cornerstone Kids is not available.

Meet our new Director of Youth Ministry!

Earlier this year we shared that there were some staff role shifts taking place to meet the needs of those among our church and community.  The next step of those shifts becomes a reality this Sunday, December 4.  I am thrilled to share that Marcus Popenfoose will assume the Director of Youth Ministry at Cornerstone Church this Sunday.

Equip: Men | Don’t Check Out!

Tuesdays, November 29, December 6, 13 and 20: 6 – 7 am

If the mark of sin on the world is the flourishing of pride across the world, what it needs is humble men who recognize that they are not God, that they need one another — to lean on and to count on when times are tough — to point us and the families we lead back to God’s vision and plan for our lives. We were made to need one another!

The temptation we all face is simple: check out, stop running the race, the good fight is not worth it. Join other Cornerstone men (of all ages) over coffee and biscuits for teaching, community, Bible study and prayer. No registration needed.

Expected Generosity | Christmas Giving 2016

Our giving focus for this Christmas season is called “Expected Generosity”. Our hope is to raise $50,000 for Esperanza House and Nicaragua! Please read the card below for more information on these two opportunities. Then you can get a giving card in the lobby of the church or click the link below to give online. We will begin collecting money on Sunday mornings beginning December 4.

Why should you Trunk or Treat?

22496286075_d429321e76_zFall is in the air!! So, this means football, leaves turning, cooler temperatures, fun and excitement. For us here at the church it also means our annual “Trunk or Treat” is right around the corner – October 30 at 4pm to be exact. For those of you who may be new to Cornerstone, “Trunk or Treat” is something we’ve been doing for around 15 years.

Equip: Women | Living Life Together

Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22 and 29: 6:15 pm in the Worship Area

There are messy parts in all of our lives that we would rather not reveal—like strained relationships, sinking finances, and cluttered living rooms. We keep the doors of our hearts and homes closed for fear of being exposed. But what if we invited others in and experienced the beautiful acceptance and deep connection of Christian community?

Night of Prayer | November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016: 6:30 pm in the Worship Area

“These are crazy times in our country”, “We’re doomed”, “We’re in serious trouble”, “Is the end coming soon??”. These are a few statements you have probably heard or read in the last month regarding the current state of our country and/or the election process. No matter where we fall with presidential candidates or party’s, one thing is sure: what we need to do is pray!

A Fresh Approach to Parenting | Equip: Parents

Tuesdays, October 18, 25 and November 2: 6:15-7:15 pm in the Worship Area

Parents, our next Equip is for you! We are very excited to welcome Dr. Patrick M. Quinn to Cornerstone for Equip: Parents – three sessions that will help us learn to apply biblical wisdom in fresh ways based on the overarching principal; we become better parents by becoming better people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Be a Group Leader at Cornerstone

At Cornerstone Church we believe community groups are central to helping people feel a sense of belonging and a connection to Jesus. We talk about life change happening best in community and our groups are designed to encourage that community. Through regular gatherings with a small group of people we hope to provide environments where group participants will constantly be moving closer to God.

Trunk or Treat and Pie Baking Contest | 2016

Sunday, October 30: 4-6 pm in the Parking Lot

Join us for lots of family fun at Cornerstone’s annual Trunk or Treat. Wear a non-scary costume and enjoy the many activities!  A meal of hotdogs, chili, chips and dessert will be available at no cost to you. Decorate yourself, your car, and/or your trunk with a non-scary theme and come be a part of the fun as we tailgate in the parking lot.

Equip: Parents featuring Patrick Quinn | 2016

Tuesdays, October 18 and 25, and November 1: 6:15 – 7:15 pm in the Worship Area

Patrick Quinn will be our guest speaker for this event. He is a teaching pastor, author, parent and foster parent who has written the book “How to Ruin Your Child in 7 Easy Steps“. Through humorous stories and practical Biblical wisdom, Patrick will share his fresh approach to parenting by looking at the root of most modern parenting mistakes (the seven deadly sins) and laying a seven-fold foundation for lasting significance where parents can help rescue their children’s hearts and their futures.

IF Study | Short-Term Community Group

Our fall community groups will be kicking off the week of September 5 with an all church short term study of Mark Batterson’s IF. The study is five weeks and will be held in HOST homes throughout the Auburn and Opelika communities. If you are not currently in a group and want to be part of this study you can sign up below.

Short Term Community Group- IF Study

The study is designed to gather in homes focused on neighborhoods so you can get to know the people at Cornerstone who live near you. There is no long term commitment to the group you join for this study beyond the five weeks. The group or even part of the group can decide to become a formal Cornerstone community group beyond the five weeks.

Once the five weeks is over we will offer new long term community groups. Our prayer is the experience of the short term study will kick start new groups focused on a growing relationship with Jesus and serving our community.

Need a question answered? Send an email to Jack Fisher, our community groups coordinator.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University | 2016

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Be a HOST Home this September

IfPost_darkGod designed us to do life in community; we weren’t meant to go it alone. Over the years Cornerstone Groups have provided that community for hundreds of people. What we know though is getting involved in groups at Cornerstone might not always be easy. There are many reasons that range from “I don’t have time in my schedule” to “There isn’t a group that fits what I am looking for.”

Cornerstone Youth//August 7, 2016

Opelika City Schools start back  Thursday, August 4th- prayers for teachers, students and parents. Sunday, August 7 is our 9-12th grade ATL Adventure. Prepare to work your tail off and for a blast!!! Registration has closed for ATL Adventure.

Coming up – August 14 – 6-8th grade LASER TAG night!!! We will welcome our new 6th graders to CYouth. Registration closes August 7 – email to register.

Radius Mission Camp Recap | July 2016

SlideWeb-RadiusLord, Have Mercy!!!  With the heat index last week hitting its highest mark of the summer, would you expect teenagers to 1) be at the pool, 2) stay inside in the a/c getting their summer reading done, or 3) pouring their hearts out serving others?  If you said option 3, we need to talk!!!

Cornerstone Youth was represented by 23 6th-8th graders and 5 adult/college leaders serving with Radius Mission Camp here in our community. 

Nicaragua Mission Team | July 2016

God is doing an incredible work in Nicaragua through our partners at Christ Our Rock Church. The leaders there, Marvin and Gretthel Ramirez, have an incredible zeal for their church family and seeing it reach their neighborhood and surrounding communities. Nearly all of their work focuses on one of these three areas: 1) Pastor training and leader development, 2) caring for the immediate needs of church members (nutrition, housing, etc), and 3) discipleship/education/nutrition of the children in their area. So when Gretthel invited us to come and help host a Vacation Bible School for 60 children, we jumped at the opportunity.