A Note From Chris - November 23, 2022

As we head into Thanksgiving this week, let’s make sure we actually stop, slow down a bit, and remember all the things we are have to be thankful for. The holiday isn’t intended to be our one-stop-shop for giving thanks, but a culmination of a life lived in thankfulness, overflowing to a holiday created to remember. So let’s make sure we do it!

With all the overlap with family, kids out of school, changes of pace, etc., there will most certainly be something that is said or done this week of which you are NOT thankful. But God has given us even more incredible gifts for which we should be thankful. A few things come to mind immediately for me as it relates to our church:
  • I'm thankful for a great church. It's not perfect, but there is no other church I would want to serve besides Cornerstone.
  • I'm thankful for great elders and staff. They aren't perfect either, but they faithfully love Jesus and love his church, and I'm thankful for each of them.
  • I'm thankful for God's provision for our church in every way, including being above budget in our giving year to date. We are completely blessed.
  • I'm thankful to have such a fantastic calling and ministry. It's not an easy job, and it comes with lots of pressures and challenges, but it's really joyful, and I love it.
  • I'm thankful for great ministry team leaders to lead our ministries, and great servants all around them to impact others for Jesus. God has been so good to us.
  • I'm thankful for what is ahead. There are big things coming in the new year for Cornerstone. There is much to sort out, but God is moving, and it’s exciting. Can’t wait to fulfill God’s mission in the coming months/years alongside you.
Of course, I could go on. The practice of giving thanks is helpful because it gives us perspective and keeps us from focusing on just a few negatives when the positives overwhelmingly outweigh them. So Happy Thanksgiving!

This Sunday, we launch “Christmas At The Movies” series. Each week, we will take clips from various Christmas movies and pull Biblical truth from them. The next four weeks are an incredible time to invite someone to join you for worship. Our team of volunteers has already decked out our building for Christmas and the series, and the pieces are all coming together for an incredible month in many ways. So take a moment and think through who you may invite to come with you Sunday who may be surprised a church would use movies to communicate truth.

If you haven’t already signed up for The Bash, do it! You aren’t going to want to miss being a part of this community outreach event December 9. Take a look and sign up to serve or contribute asap, as it will be here before you know it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours and His,
Chris VandeLinde

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