Rev Sara Sills
Are you a Christian snob? Now stop and think about it before you answer that question too quickly. Who, outside of your present circle of friends, have you attempted to include in your life recently? Let’s face it, most of us want to be around people just like we are. But, how can we refuse to accept and associate with anyone whom God has received? How can we exclude from our lives, and withhold our friendship and our fellowship from someone God has welcomed into fellowship?
Too often churches are filled with little cliques that, sometimes without awareness, exclude others. But the only clique that truly belongs at Cornerstone MCC is the clique of ALL people! This week, we are traveling along with James in his Christianity for Dummies approach to living a life of faith. And our focus this week is on being a welcoming church where everyone feels valued and loved.
Come join us this week and see what God is doing at Cornerstone MCC! We are a church where real people are meeting the real Christ and where lives really are being changed!
Save the date, the next Women's Group gathering is Friday, September 14. Please meet between 6:00pm and 6:30pm at El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant, 763 Holcombe Avenue. We will have fun, fellowship and food. All who identify as women are invited.
Join us Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship House as we continue our study on God’s abundant grace.
It is called "The Chocolate Boutique" and explores just how rich and extravagant is God’s grace. And what better metaphor for grace is there than chocolate with its richness, extravagance, and deliciousness? Bring a brown bag supper to share a meal together. Chocolate treats will be provided!
Membership Inquiry Class
A Membership Inquiry Class is being offered on Sunday, September 23 after worship. Come learn about the history and mission of MCC. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Pastor Sara.
Wanted...Partial Lowe's Cards
Cornerstone MCC needs your help. We need to purchase a dehumidifier for the sanctuary. As you know, the heat and humidity in Mobile play havoc with people and stuff. In order to address this, we found a dehumidifier at Lowe's for approximately $320.00 (including tax).
With the increased electric bills of summer and other things our finances are tight. We are trying to think outside the box.
We have a Lowe's gift card from last December's Giving Tree and another gift card from the points on the church MasterCard. We are short about $100.00.
Does anyone have a partial Lowe's card that you have been wondering what to do with? Please donate it to the Church. Drop it in the offering plate or give it to a Board member. Hopefully $2.00 here and $5.00 there will add up to what we need for the dehumidifier.
Sacred Harp is a uniquely American tradition that brings communities together to sing four-part hymns and anthems, passed directly to us by generations of singers, many gone on before and still living. All events welcome beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation - in fact, the tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing and our methods continue to reflect this goal. Though Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers.
The best way to learn about Sacred Harp singing is to sing it yourself. We will meet Friday, September 28 at 6:30pm.
Do you have a favorite recipe for a Casserole? Cornerstone MCC is having a Casserole Cook-Off in November. For those interested, please see Andrea Yohn to volunteer for the planning committee.
Sanctuary Needs Your Love
The Sanctuary needs your love. She needs to be cleaned. Please see Beverly Kendrick to volunteer for doing custodial duties inside the Sanctuary. She has graciously agreed to lead this effort but is seeking help.
Pastor Sara will have office hours by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays 9:00am-3:00pm and on Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm.
Fellowship House Restoration
Help fund the restoration of our Fellowship House! Thanks to some wonderful people, CMCC has a Go Fund Me account (www.gofundme.com/restorefellowshiphouse). After the first of the year we will be applying for grants. Many grant agencies require evidence that the applicant is trying to raise funds. Some require matching funds. Check out the site, donate, and share information on your Facebook and/or your Twitter account(s) so your friends can donate too. This link has already been posted to CMCC's Facebook and Twitter accounts for you to share.
A Drama Ministry creates joyful and new opportunities to express spirt and allows for a deeper emotional vesting in the church. It offers opportunities for all ages and creates lasting friendship while enhancing the word of God. Storytelling is the most powerful forms of communication God has given to us and drama is a highly potent way to tell a story. With the Drama Ministry Team, we will bring Scripture to life. Please contact Chris Willingham by email or 251.284.8272 for more information.
Help Cornerstone MCC by relieving some of your church's financial pressures. In addition to your usual giving consider paying one of our recurring bills. Some are yearly, some are quarterly and some are monthly. The monthly bills have been averaged over the past year. Currently there are fourteen bills, ten are monthly, one is quarterly, and three are yearly.
Place check or cash for the amount in an envelope, write name of bill on the outside and your name (if you wish to remain anonymous no name is necessary) and put in offering plate. Payment (cash or check) may also be mailed to: Cornerstone MCC, Attn: Adopt-a-Bill, 1007 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36604.
You may choose to pay a bill for one month, three months or the whole year...however you feel lead to use the financial gifts God has blessed you with.
If you have questions, need information or want to sign-up, see Sheilah or Carol. A list of bills and amounts are on the bulletin board in the foyer and in the Fellowship House.
Manage Your Giving Online
Cornerstone is excited to announce that you can manage your giving online! Giving online is easy and allows you to set up automatic recurring contributions and view your complete online giving history from anywhere you have access to the Internet. Simply follow these easy steps:
- Visit the church website,
- Click on the Donate Now button on the left,
- Click on the Create Profile button, then
- Follow the onscreen instructions to create an online profile and to schedule your recurring contributions.
Support Cornerstone MCC When You Shop
Support Cornerstone while you shop. Try AmazonSmile.
When you make an eligible purchase at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to our church. Bookmark this link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/63-1157132 and support us every time you shop. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Conflict Resolution Policy
After two Wonderful Wednesday sessions, a Conflict Resolution Policy was presented at the Board of Directors meeting. A motion was passed to rename it "Cornerstone Guidelines for Conflict Resolution" and to recommend all members and friends print out a copy and review it. It will also be included in New Member packets. It is our hope that this document will remind us that conflicts will occur, and there are positive ways to deal with them as Christian brothers and sisters.
Click here for your copy of Cornerstone Guidelines for Conflict Resolution.
There's an App for That!
You can now make a contribution to Cornerstone through a free mobile app!
If you have an iPhone, you can download Give+ Church for free from the App Store. Simply search for “give plus church” to quickly find and start using the app. It’s easy to make one-time or recurring donations to multiple funds. You can also choose whether to donate as a guest or set up an account that allows you to securely and conveniently manage, schedule and review donations using Touch ID, PIN or password.
We hope you enjoy this new way to contribute to Cornerstone’s ministry, and thank you for your support.
If you have talents or expertise in media services (audio-visual) or secretarial service (taking and transcribing board meeting minutes), please contact us in person on Sunday or through the church phone (251-438-7080) or Church Office contact form.
You can access your favorite Cornerstone MCC service, sermon and live broadcast from your mobile device by using the mobile app provided by sermon.net. Get your iPhone app here or your Android app here.
Social and Other Media Guidelines
The Board of Directors has approved guidelines for Social and Other Media. With our new Facebook page, anyone who "Likes" is able to post and comment and should follow these very simple guidelines. These guidelines are now on our web site and are for everyone.
Church Directory Database
Do you need to change/review your information in our Church Directory? Now you can do it by logging-in to the IconCMO website. This is a secure directory so you will need your user name and password. If you aren't registered in our database, sign-up today by clicking here. If you do not remember your user name and password, email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments, Spiritual Advice and Wedding Ceremonies
Appointments can be scheduled by clicking here.
Do You Need Prayer?
To submit a prayer request to our Prayer Minister, click here.