Summer Serve Days for 4th and 5th Grades | 2018

June 5 & 6: 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 www.mybuzz.me or cornerstonebuzz.org, or bring cash/check into the church office.

REGISTER FOR SERVE DAYS HERE

For more information contact Jill Harris, jill@cornerstonebuzz.org, or Aimee Northrup, aimee@cornerstonebuzz.org.

Lenten Devotional Week 6

Week 6 – March 25, 2018 (Holy Week)

 
FullSizeRender (13)This painting greets me each morning and evening when I wake up and go to sleep. It should stand as a daily reminder that Jesus died for me and defeated the grave. But let’s be real, how often do I just pass by this painting without thinking twice or without actually seeing it?  Matthew 12:39-41 says, “One day some teachers of religious law and Pharisees came to Jesus and said, ‘Teacher we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Only an evil, adulterous generation would demand a miraculous sign; but the only sign I will give them is the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. The people of Nineveh will stand up against this generation on judgment day and condemn it, for they repented of their sins at the preaching of Jonah. Now someone greater than Jonah is here-but you refuse to repent.’”

Just like this painting. Jesus is here right in front of us every day. How often do we ask him for a sign or proof that he is who he says he is? This painting depicts the nail wounds that Thomas demands to see before believing Jesus was resurrected in John 20. Jesus appears to Thomas and says, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe…..You  believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”- John 20:27-29

How often do we ask God for a sign? How often do we run away from what God is calling us to do? How often do we run away from letting God be the authority in our lives in the big moments and in the daily activities? How often do we ask God for a sign to prove he can do what we want him to do before trusting him with those big moments or daily activities? Jesus points to the prophet Jonah to show the teachers and Pharisees a sign of his authority. But he challenges them to believe and repent with him in front of them right now. We should also be challenged each day to allow Jesus to have authority over every aspect of our lives.

Jesus says earlier in Matthew 7 that the fruit of our lives will evidence our salvation. So this Easter, let us evaluate the fruits of our life. Instead of asking Jesus for signs to prove his authority,  pray that the fruits of our lives will signal his authority and power over every area of our lives.

Ask yourself these questions throughout this week:

  • How is Jesus the Lord of my finances? my career?
  • How is Jesus the Lord of my relationships? my schedule?

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Matthew 7:17-20
John 14:9

– Laci Slagley

Lenten Devotional Week 5

Week 5 – March 18, 2018

One of the most challenging things about being a follower of Christ is having faith not only through life’s triumphs, but also in the dark times. Inevitably, we are all going to walk through tough times – whether that entails illness, financial difficulty, relationship trouble, or the pain of losing a loved one. In these times, it is easy to feel alone – so alone that we might resent God for putting us in such a situation. If God loves us so much that he would give his Son as a sacrifice for us to live, why has he allowed such painful moments to creep into our lives?

Jonah resented God when he showed mercy on the citizens of Nineveh after they changed their sinful ways, despite Jonah telling Nineveh of their pending destruction (Jonah 4). Jonah was embarrassed, as his pride overruled God’s mercy, and said that he wished that he would die. This made me think about the times where I value my own selfish desires over the desires of God. How silly is it for me to think that I know better than my Creator?

We often ‘go in the corner and sulk’ when we are faced with adversity. I find myself pulling out my own hairs trying to come to conclusions, but to no avail. This has to frustrate God, as he longs for us to place our trust fully in Him. Surely God was frustrated when He sarcastically questioned Job (Job 38), frankly proving to Job that he will never understand His divine reasoning. When we feel that we are dealt an unfair hand, God wants us to trust in Him rather than in our own understanding.

All of this makes me think of my own parents teaching me discipline. I remember times when I would ask to stay over at a friend’s house, and they would tell me, “No, tonight is a family night. But we’ll still have fun!” This did not go over well in my underdeveloped brain. I would retreat to my bedroom, thinking, “This is so unfair; we do not even have plans; they must just hate me”, and I would resent them. But after a while, I would get over my tantrum, and I would end up enjoying time with my family. Reflecting back, I am so grateful for my parents’ tactics. It taught me how to handle hearing the word ‘no’. It taught me to trust in them that the alternative would be good.

God is desperately trying to connect with us and wants us to trust Him. John 3:16-17 tells us, in short, that God loves us and that he did not send Jesus to condemn us but to save us. Next time we are in a situation that seems helpless, unfair, too challenging, or all of the above, know that God is bigger than those feelings. He does not need our bitterness, and neither do we. He needs our devotion, and we need his.

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 4
John 3:16-17
John 1

– Emmitt Smith

Lenten Devotional Week 4

Week 4 – March 11, 2018

I think the book of Jonah is a reminder to us of God’s sovereign right to interrupt our lives and call us to His work.  That’s why I have “The Interruption” written as a sub-title of Jonah in my bible.

What are we to do when God interrupts our lives and asks something of us that makes obedience uncomfortable?

“The Interruption” in this prophet’s life starts when “The word of the Lord came to Jonah.”  It’s the very first sentence of the whole book.  Jonah was fine being a prophet…until God gave him a prophecy that he did not want to share to people that he did not like.  The Ninevites were notorious and cruel and wicked.  Preaching a message of repentance to them would be like helping your nation’s worst enemy.  Jonah wanted them wiped out, not saved.  Knowing the history of these people, I can’t say I blame him for the hesitation…but then again, I…like Jonah…tend to learn lessons the hard way when it comes to obedience.

Being obedient when God has called me to foreign or enemy territory (when it relates to people) is not easy for me.  My husband, Joseph, will tell you quickly…I’m a stubborn one.  But God began working on my “heart issues” when it comes to tough obedience, and here’s just a smidge of what I have learned:

  • If you are wondering whether this applies to you…it does.  You are being called to something you aren’t necessarily peachy about.  If you aren’t hearing it, you aren’t listening.   
  • Who is that person/group in your life that God is calling you to love?
  • Are you struggling with a person or people that seem to have more than you or seem to have an easier life, perfect kids, or perfect marriage to the extent that you can barely muster a smile when they pass by?
  • What are you being called by God to do in an existing relationship (spouse, friend, co-worker, you name it) that you simply do not want to do because of your pride or opinion?

Think and pray over these questions…I have a feeling it won’t take long for “The word of the Lord [to come to] **insert your name here**.

  • Obedience is not always easy.  It’s easy when the Holy Spirit calls you to be kind or do something for someone you love or care about.  Like Jonah, it’s easy to be a prophet and give good news to people you like.  But God, in true God fashion, calls us to do this to people that we may not “like” very much or know very well.  THIS part requires spiritual discipline.  Don’t be like me and Jonah and learn the hard way.  Go ahead and get yourself prepared, worked on, and ready for obedience by reading Hebrews 12 (it’s an oldie but goodie…my favorite is v.11), John 4, and Proverbs 6:23.
  • Being obedient when it’s tough will draw you into a deeper relationship with God, where you will experience His peace, joy and blessings in an indescribable way. You will mature as a follower of Christ, it will affect all areas of your life (for the better), and it will be obvious to people around you.    

When you first read this book or if you were raised hearing this big fish story, you may not initially think you have a lot in common with Jonah.  When you dig deeper, you’ll find it applies to all of us.  Jonah’s obedience in Chapter 3 resulted in a wicked nation seeking repentance and gaining God’s compassion…he saved their lives.  I have every reason to believe that our obedience could result in the same. 

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 3
Proverbs 6:23
Hebrews 12
John 4

– Mary Roberson

Lenten Devotional Week 3

Week 3 – March 4, 2018

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying, ‘I called to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me.'” (Jonah 2:1-2) There is the simple statement that sums up what happened when Jonah sank in the water: he cried out to God, and God answered him by sending the fish.

There is so much encouragement for us as sinners in this passage. God answers Jonah in spite of his guilt. I know that in my life I have been afraid to call out to God because I have been disobedient. I would wonder, Is there any HOPE? Will God have mercy on me or even hear me in my call of distress? God answered Jonah and gave him another chance, and I am so grateful that he does the same for you and me through our confession and repentance.

Repentance begins with an awareness that what we have done is wrong; an offense toward God followed by confession.

Once we have a relationship with Jesus, we don’t NEED to confess and repent for each sin in order to obtain forgiveness. But doing so is the best way to please God and become who Jesus wants us to be.

Psalm 51:1-3
1 Have mercy upon me, O God,
according to Your loving kindness;
According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.

God cleanses our hearts of sin when He pardons us not only for our sake but also for the sake of others. When we have a fresh experience of the Lord’s pardon, we are granted a deeper awareness of His mercy, and we should go forth and tell others of His grace because we are thankful for what He has done for us.

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The only way we can be truly pure in heart is to give our lives to Jesus and ask Him to do the cleansing work.

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 2
Acts 9:1-9
Psalm 51

– Brandy Wynn

Lenten Devotional Week 2

Week 2 – February 25, 2018

I can only imagine the level of fear Jonah experienced when he disobeyed the Lord’s command to go confront a city of people.  I’m sure Jonah knew of the Lord’s power, the things He had done to the armies that defied Him.  Jonah had to know that God could strike him dead at any moment.  Personally, I’ve never experienced a fear that was so constant and looming.  I’ve had flashes of fear; the kind of fear that causes your whole body to jump in temperature twenty degrees.  The kind of fear that you have when your child falls and your reaction to catch them is too slow; the kind of fear when you accidentally take a misstep and almost fall off a set of stairs. Imagine a fear that God would strike into us after hearing a command and deliberately disobeying it.  Jonah was so afraid that when he was on the ship, trying to escape to Tarshish, he buried himself down inside and went into a deep sleep.  A sleep so deep, when the ship was being tossed around in the sea that he just kept on sleeping.

Now let’s look at a different type of sleep, a type of sleep that is relaxing and peaceful. Have you ever experienced that type of incredible sleep? I’ve experienced that type of sleep when I’ve had a good day’s work and feel accomplished and on purpose.  It could be physical labor and accomplishment, but it can also be other types of labor that have resulted in the rewarding feeling of being on purpose. This is the kind of sleep I believe Jesus experienced in Luke 8:22-25.  Jesus was on a boat, similar to the one Jonah was on, but Jesus fell asleep calmly, probably tired, but also probably filled with a sense of satisfaction of being on purpose.  Jesus was doing the will of God.  He had put in the hours, he put in the work, he didn’t run from God’s will, and he was fulfilling it.

Just like Jonah, Jesus didn’t wake up when the boat started to be tossed around by a storm. But, unlike Jonah, Jesus’s sleep was peaceful, it wasn’t from fear induced exhaustion.  Jesus knew he was living a life pleasing to God and was fulfilling his purpose in God’s plan.  When you know that, there is a “peace that surpasses all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7)

What can we learn from these two stories of sleeping through storms?  For me, I’ve learned that obedience and living life on purpose is when I feel at peace. When I feel the gift from God of not worrying about the small things and not fearing things out of my control, I feel and experience Matthew 6:25-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

In light of all that I know and believe and read in God’s word, why do I worry and have fear?  The big question for us this week is, “Am I making wise choices with my focus on God? If not, how can I change that?”

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and Focus your heart on:

Jonah 1:6-17
Luke 8:22-25
Matthew 6:25-27

– Brad Baggett

Lenten Devotional Week 1

Week 1 – February 18, 2018 

Without a doubt fear lives inside of all of us.  There have been many situations in my life where I have let personal fears, or at least the perception of fear, control my thoughts and decisions.  Sometimes the fear and worry is associated with current events in my life, like my job.  More often, my fears and worries are about something that is so far in the future that I cannot picture what the outcome will be.  As it turns out, every time I have these fears, worries, and doubts build up inside me, it is because the outcome is out of my control.

I imagine Jonah must have felt some of this when the Lord came to him and said, “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” (Jonah 1:2) My first thought would have been, if the people in Nineveh are being wicked in the Lord’s eyes, how are they going to treat me? What am I to say to them? What will happen to me?

We have similar thoughts in our everyday life.
What if I lose my job?
How will these people treat me?  What will these people think about me?
What if my relationship falls apart? How am I going to fix it?
What if I don’t pass this exam and fail the class?

So when Jonah turns and runs from the Lord, I have no doubt it was because he was afraid of the unknown. It was because he could not control the outcome. It was because he thought he was going to be achieving the Lord’s work on his own.

As I have gone through some tough moments in my life – when it feels like I could miss out on an opportunity, or I am failing as a husband, or if the fear of losing my job creeps into my mind – I try and remind myself that the good Lord knows my thoughts, worries, and words before I even have them. There is no place I can go where He will not be.  Our obedience to Him in these tough moments is dependent on our ability to trust that He is with us.  If we follow his command of walking in love, and if we trust in His will, not ours, then we can live without fear.  For He “will hold [us] fast.” (Psalm 139: 10)

So as you face your next challenge in life remember, “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” (Psalm 128:1)

Scripture For the Week to Pray, Meditate, and focus your heart on:

Jonah 1:1-5
Psalm 139
Psalm 128:1
2 John 1:6

– Tyler McGill

Ash Wednesday Reading

When Jesus began his public ministry, it came with a test. Immediately following his baptism, he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for a time of prayer and fasting and to be tested by the Devil (Matthew 3). After 40 days, Jesus was hungry, and the Enemy subtly attacked with, “IF you are the Son of God…” The last words that Jesus heard from the Father 40 days prior were these: “a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’”

The temptation we all face is the same as the one Jesus faced: forget the promise of the Father, the words that he speaks over us as dearly loved sons and daughters, and believe the lies of this world, the Enemy, and our flesh. All of those lies manifest themselves in and through sin – both the ones we commit and essence of our fleshly, sin-filled nature. Will we believe the lie about God and ourselves or will we remember his love for us through his Son?

In the traditional rhythm of the Church calendar, Lent comes annually as a reminder of Christ’s temptation and defeat of the Evil One and our own need for the victory of Christ over sin and death. Alongside Christians the world over, we begin with Ash Wednesday and journey for 40 days to the cross of Christ on Good Friday and his victory on Easter, or Resurrection Sunday.

Lent is season of repentance and contrition where the people of God choose to put on humility, much as Christ did in becoming one of us, and confess our sins and brokenness. We look intently into the mirror and pray with King David,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
 and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
 and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
 and uphold me with a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:10–12)

While we embrace our frailty as humans, we recognize and celebrate the goodness of Christ in coming to deal with sin in the way that only he could. We give thanks, we pray, we fast and we lean heavily on him who promises that his grace is perfectly sufficient for all of our weaknesses.

Lee Cadden
Associate Pastor

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

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.

God has a Reason! | Mindy’s Story

IMG_4860My name is Mindy Cumberland, and I have been a member of Cornerstone for about 7 years. For those of you who do not know, I recently had a double lung transplant about 6 months ago. I’ve always felt like I have had a close relationship with God, but throughout this journey I feel like our relationship has gotten stronger and stronger each day. While I was at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, my mom, Jan Vaughn, and I  decided to write some things down that helped us get through some difficult times during my journey.

If:Cornerstone | If:Gathering for Women | February 5 & 6, 2016

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The IF:Gathering seeks to gather, equip, and unleash this generation of women to live out God’s calling on their lives. We are a generation of women that believes God at His Word that He called us to our places and will use us for His glory and for the good of His people. Our goal is to make the name of Jesus great in and through the women of our church, neighborhood, & city.

“Ready” Message Series | October 25, 2015 | with Rusty Hutson

“Are you ready?” This is a question everyone has to deal with! It applies to so many areas of our life, such as having children, a big test, or an important job interview. I also know the reality for most of us is we’re not always ready for the unexpected things that come our way. The one area of our life the Bible says we can be ready for is giving people an answer for why we believe what we believe as Christians. Come join us as we answer some tough questions about the Bible, the goodness of God in the face of suffering, cultural norms vs. Christianity, and the sexualization of our society. We want you to be ready!

Cornerstone Youth//October 18, 2015

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Wow!! What a great day. Small groups had awesome group gatherings all over town! Youth Band tryouts proved that we have even more amazingly talented youth! And it is officially Fall Retreat week!!! 34 Senior High and Leaders will be encouraged, challenged and empowered this coming weekend.

Due to the retreat and Fall Break, there will be NO Youth on Sunday, October 18.

Trunk or Treat | October 25, 2015

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Sunday, October 25: 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 including a pie baking contest, music, and inflatables. A meal of hotdogs, chili, chips and dessert will be available at not 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.

Cornerstone Connect | Hamilton Road Attenders | September 20, 2015

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Sunday, September 20, 2015: 12:30-2 pm at Toomer’s Coffee, Moore’s Mill location

Cornerstone Connect is for those who want to see who we are, what we believe and where we are going as a church, whether you’re new to Cornerstone or you’ve been attending for a while.

Pop Sunday | July 5, 2015

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Sunday, July 5: 10:30 am at the Hamilton Road site

Bring blankets and chairs for a family worship service and enjoy free popsicles from The Overall Company. Because we want the whole family in worship, Cornerstone Kids (Pebble Path and Rock City) programming will not be available. (There will be no 9 am Worship Service.)

Internship Application

This is the first step in your application for an internship at Cornerstone Church. You will receive a response as soon as possible upon completion of the application. The next step will be an interview with the team leader for the area in which you are applying. If you are unsure where you want to intern, don’t worry….that’s normal. We can help you discern that through this application process. Just apply at the link below.

INTERNSHIP APPLICATION

Plan Your Visit | Cornerstone’s First-Time Guest Experience

Welcome to Cornerstone Church! We know that visiting a church for the first time can be overwhelming, and we want to make it as simple as we can for you. If you are planning your first visit to Cornerstone Church, we would love for you to take advantage of our Guest Services Team and plan your visit so we know when you are coming. Simply complete the form below if you would like one of our Guest Services team members to meet you at your car and guide you around Cornerstone and let us know the date and time you plan on visiting. All you have to do is show up and someone from our team of dedicated Guest Services volunteers will be waiting to greet you, escort you throughout the site, and answer any questions you might have.

STEPS TO PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Choose a Worship Service
Our service is typically an hour long experience designed around two main elements: music & message. We gather to worship through song and then open the Bible to learn about what Jesus has done and wants for our lives. The music is played by a live band, and the message is straight from Scripture.

Let us Know You’re Coming
If you would like a Guest Services team member to meet you at your car and guide you around Cornerstone, please complete the following form to make us aware of your upcoming visit. This information will be shared with our Guest Services team to better plan for your arrival.

What to Wear
Dress for Sunday morning worship is typically casual. That’s not to say you wouldn’t see someone in a suit. However, we encourage you to “come as you are”.

Parking
When you arrive, please ask the Parking Team member (wearing a yellow vest) to direct you to the reserved parking for “Plan Your Visit” guests. That team member will help you navigate to the space made available for your visit.

Worship
Once you arrive, a Guest Services Team member will meet you at your car and help you and your family navigate the site and prepare for an exciting worship experience. Cornerstone Kids programming is available for infants through 5th graders, allowing you the opportunity to focus on your worship experience. Students 6th-12th grades worship with their family.

Café
We encourage you to check out the refreshments offered in the Cornerstone Café located in the lobby. Donuts, coffee, juice and water are available at no cost to you. Help yourselves!

Still Have Questions?
The Guest Services Team member who welcomed you will be available after the service in the lobby to answer any remaining questions you may have. Also, the Welcome Desk in the lobby is always staffed with knowledgeable volunteers and/or Cornerstone staff who can answer  questions as well. They would love to meet you!

Please complete the form below if you would like a Guest Services team member to meet you and guide you around Cornerstone. We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to Cornerstone Church!

PLAN YOUR VISIT REGISTRATION

USA vs Germany on Our Big Screen

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Come cheer on the USA (or Germany if that’s your team) at Cornerstone at 11am on Thursday, June 26. We’ll have the World Cup Soccer game on the big screen in our worship area. There will be plenty of canned drinks, bottled water and even some ice cream – all our treat to you. All you need to bring is your lunch. We’ll have tables set up, so bring a group.