A Note From Chris - December 22, 2022

This is it! Christmas is here! A few thoughts as we gear up for services this week and beyond.

Friday and Saturday, Christmas “Adam” and Eve
If you haven’t made your invites or plans to attend, now is the time! It will likely be bitter cold on Friday outside. But frankly, we need folks to attend Friday to make room for guests on Saturday. So don’t let the cold keep you from participating in worship at this meaningful season.

If you have friends or family out of town or won’t be around yourselves in person, our service will stream at all 4 service times on Saturday on Cornerstone Anywhere.

Christmas remains such an important time to invite friends, pray for Ones, and encourage others to celebrate Jesus. I’ve contacted some of my Ones as well as friends I haven’t seen in church in some time to encourage them to reengage this Christmas. I encourage you to do the same!

Sunday, Christmas Day
Our services will be ONLINE ONLY for Sunday, going on demand at 6:00am (and forever). It is a customized service to celebrate the birth of Jesus and help you and your family worship him on His birthday. Our hope is that you can encourage whoever you are with to join you in worship sometime on Sunday in the living room, in the car, or wherever you are. I’m hosting and walking you through the service, with multiple members of our staff are sharing thoughts on the four words of Advent: love, joy, peace, and hope. You can find the service on our website, Facebook, or YouTube via Cornerstone Anywhere.

Sunday, January 1
We are back in person on January 1 with normal service times. While some people will still be traveling, others will have family and friends and can gather on this first day of the year for worship.

Cornerstone Cares
As the year comes to a close, we are hoping to raise $50,000 as year-end giving toward Local Outreach in 2023. If we were to reach our goal, that would allow us to start the year in a financially strong position to front load some giving with local partners and start the year in a strong financial position. Things like The House (church plant in Ferguson, MO), The Bridge (church plant in Roanoke, VA), Love the Lou (STL) and others are strong ministries that we are excited to partner with in the new year. We are planning some very, very exciting things in the next year as a church, but of course ministry is often contingent on finances. So if you are considering a year end gift or would like to contribute, Cornerstone Cares is a great way to do so. You can make that gift through the end of 2022, designated either digitally or physically toward Cornerstone Cares.

Can’t wait for Christmas. Sure do love you, Cornerstone. See you Friday or Saturday!
Yours and His
Chris VandeLinde

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