A Note From Chris - December 23, 2021

Merry Christmas Adam!

Since Adam came before Eve, we affectionately call this day before Christ Eve “Christmas Adam.” At Cornerstone, it is more than just a corny-named pre-holiday. It’s the start of our Christmas services! While we are still battling through the effects of COVID-19 on our lives, we are hopeful and grateful for the message of Christmas.

A few things to keep in mind this week, in the spirit of Christmas songs:

1) “O Come, All Ye Faithful!”

With two services today (12/23) and three tomorrow (12/24), there is hopefully a time that will work for everyone. I would encourage you if at all possible to prioritize in-person worship this Christmas. While we are blessed with Cornerstone Anywhere and online options, it is simply not the same experience as being together in person. Plus, others will be blessed by your presence, worshiping and singing together.

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story is when the host of angels sing. It’s the host part that is awesome. One angel would be incredible; but a heavenly HOST of angels? What a testimony to unity in worshiping the Lord. Don’t be confused…we are no angels. But when we gather and worship, we get a small part of that scene, lifting our voices and declaring with our presence that the baby is worthy of worship. If possible, I hope you will make plans to bring your people and attend.

12/23 – 5:30 & 7 (Shiloh)               12/24 – 2:30 (O’Fallon), 4:00, and 5:30p (Shiloh)

2) “…bearing gifts we traverse afar….”

Don’t forget about our Christmas offering toward Cornerstone Cares, a giving outlet to help fund local and global ministry needs in our area into 2022. The first $20,000 goes to help Afghani refugees coming to the St. Louis area, including the Metro East.
You can of course give those gifts digitally or in person at either campus.

3) “I’ll be home…..(for Sunday)”

That one’s a stretch, but please remember we are ONLINE ONLY this coming Sunday, December 26. The special service will be On Demand, so you can worship with your friends or family at your convenience. If you are traveling or are able to gather some folks to worship together, take some time to worship with your church family this Sunday, December 26th.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Yours and His,
Chris VandeLinde

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