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

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 jill@cornerstonebuzz.org.

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 www.mybuzz.me or cornerstonebuzz.org, or bring cash/check into the church office.

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

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 jill@cornerstonebuzz.org.

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!

Cornerstone Youth//August 14, 2016


WOW!!!! It is time to welcome our newest 6th graders!!! Sunday, August 14, we are taking our 6-8th graders to CyberZone in Opelika. Drop off at CyberZone ay 3:30, pick up will be at Cornerstone Church at 6:30. $10 for 7th and 8th graders, FREE for 6th graders. 9-12th graders will be serving at the Back to School Beach Party!!!!