Dear Faithful Friends and Partners in the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Following a season of prayer, Pastor Mikio and his family have decided to return to Japan at the beginning of August. As we have prayed in the past, for many of our faithful JLC servants returning back to the field in Japan, we will do the same for Pastor Mikio and his family. We are reminded of the following passage (our Japanese Congregation’s June 2019 memory verse);
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 (NIV)
Pastor Mikio and his family will be greatly missed. We are most thankful for his leading and will continue to pray for ministry doors to open, when he and his family return to Japan.
God’s timing and provision are perfect! We have absolute confidence in our sovereign Lord’s hand in all matters, and also believe that in HIS time, He will provide a new Pastor for the JLC.
Thank you in advance for your prayers.
In His grace,
Manny Rocha, Senior Pastor
Don Chookaszian, Elder Chair
Yoshio Shibazaki, Elder
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and
perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Any competitor entering a race knows there will be training involved in order to have a
successful outcome. It would be very difficult for a runner to enter a race without any
preparation physically or mentally. There needs to be a healthy regimen with plenty of
practice to equip for the event. One must “throw off everything that hinders” them and
anything that may “easily entangle” them or trip them up from their main goal. A runner
does not wear heavy clothing or any gear that may weigh them down. Runners are
focused on the final prize!
Similarly, the Christian life can be seen as such. When we keep our eyes fixed on
Jesus by removing anything that weighs us down such as worry, fear, etc. and
eliminating every sin that entangles us or stunts our spiritual growth, we can persevere
in the “race marked out for us.”
Is there anything you need to eliminate that is weighing you down?
General Offering 6/16 Giving:
$9,761.00 | Weekly Need: $13,288.00
6/16 Giving: $20.00 | Cumulative Total: $39,373.00
Year to date (September - May)
Income: $454,352.00 Expenses: $473,487.00 Shortfall: $19,135.00
Q&A of the week - Enjoy learning these biblical Q&As together as a family and we will reaffirm them in our Sunday Classes. To start from the beginning or to find more resources click here.
Question #42 - How is the Word of God to be read and heard?
Answer - With diligence, preparation, and prayer, so that we may accept it with faith and practice it in our lives.
VBS: Vacation Bible School is July 22-26! You can register your family online here! There will be discounts for first-timers, so this is a great opportunity to invite friends and neighbors!
Volunteers Needed! - VBS preparations are in full swing and we need your help! If you are interested in serving with us in any way, there’s a sign-up sheet in the foyer! There is a required training for all youth serving with us.
Join a 5-Day Club this summer - For ages 5-12, there will be two Clubs to choose from on the same date/time: Monday - Friday, July 8-12, from 10:00a - 11:30a. One will be held at Leah Payne’s home and the other will be held at Ann Rocha / Erica Hang’s home. 5-Day Clubs meet for 90 minutes every day for five days. They are Bible-centered including Bible lessons, memory verses, songs, fun activities and games. Sign up, bring a friend and consider hosting your own neighborhood 5-Day Club next summer. This is sponsored through our Missionary, Sarah Tener, working with Child Evangelism Fellowship. Sign up in the foyer or call Leah (847.423.5117) or Ann (630.347.5805) for any questions.
Sunday Transitions - September 1 is transition Sunday for all elementary kids! If you have children going into 1st or 4th grade, they will join their new class in September!
This is the plan for student ministries this week and some upcoming events.
6/21/2019 Middle School Mini Golf – Meet at church by 10am – $10 // Pastor Manny is taking the Middle School students mini golfing
6/23/2019 - Sunday School
Middle School – Meet in Room L2 at 9:00am – Teaching: Philippians 1 and 2
High School – Meet in the Upper Room at 9:00am – Teaching: Biblical Theology, the theme of grace
Middle School – Meet in the Hospitality Room at 6:30pm – Teaching: The Gospel of Mark, chapter 4 – Small Group – Game: Gagaball – Hangout – Pick-up is at 8:30pm at church.
High School – Meet in the Parsonage at 6:30pm – Game: Gagaball – Teaching: The Gospel of Mark, chapter 4 – Small Group – Pizza Night – Pick-up is at 8:30pm at church.
6/29/2019 - High School Beach Day – Meet at church by 12:00pm – Pick-up from the church will be at 4:00pm
We will meet at church by 12:00pm and drive the church van to Loyola Beach. We will hang out at the beach and arrive back at church at 4:00pm. Please wear modest swimwear.
As women ministering to women, we want to inspire each other to grow in our desire to love and serve the Lord Jesus in the way that He has uniquely created us, equip each other through the study of God’s Word to live in obedience to Him, and spread the good news of Jesus’ saving grace to those with whom we interact, as well as deepen our community within Cornerstone as we grow in unity.
Every month we gather together in each other’s homes to share in a time of prayer, hear a short devotional, and grow deeper together.
- July 13 CANCELED
- August - To be determined.
If you are interested in hosting for future months, please contact Lindsey Nelson.
Women in Study
Even Better Than Eden
6/3/19 - 7/29/19
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Cornerstone Hospitality Room
Grace Griffin, Laura Molitor and Alayna Chookaszian will be facilitating a Nancy Guthrie study titled: Even Better Than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything About Your Story. Please contact Laura Molitor with questions.
The Holy Spirit
July 2 & 30
August 6 & 20
Cornerstone Church Room 1
Barb Duncan will be leading this group in a time of song, prayer and study of the Holy Spirit: Getting to
know the God who dwells within us. Free childcare is provided. Please contact Barb with questions.
Cornerstone Church Library
Betsy Schweers will be facilitating an 8-week inductive study of the book of Proverbs by Pam Gillaspie.
Please contact Betsy with questions.
Women in Service
Join our women monthly as they crochet, knit and pray for the needs of loved ones within the body.
They will be meeting in the hospitality room from 1- 3:00 pm on June 11, July 9, and August 13. If you have questions please contact Phyllis Fabrie or Cynthia Beyer.
This Saturday we continue in our series and we'll be studying Colossians Chapter 4. Please come to this opportunity to start your weekend on the right foot.
7 am at Cornerstone. Food and Coffee will be provided.
As Iron Sharpens Iron,
If you'd like more information about Iron Men, please contact Craig Tinder.
Bible Study - Second and fourth Tuesday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:30 am in the nursery.
Quarterly Newsletter - Pick up the first edition of The Messenger at the Welcome Center. This is a great way to stay informed about our Global Outreach partners all over the world.
Honduras - Our Honduras team is collecting medicine and supplies for the brigades/clinics that we will be running in Honduras August 3 - 10. A list of current needs is in the foyer and in the gym by the Honduras trunk. Please drop off any supplies in the trunk on Sunday or in the office during the week. Thank you to those who are making bracelets and eyeglass cases.
Visits - We are looking forward to having some of the Global Outreach partners with us at Cornerstone in the next few months. More information on their visits coming soon!
Rachel & Gilbert Balia - June 23
After being introduced in the services, they will be sharing in both of the Sunday school classes.
Ben & Lauren Snyder - June 30
Luncheon to follow after the second service in the gym. Please consider bringing a side dish or dessert.
Baby Shower For the Snyder's - July 13 at 3:00 pm.
Ministry Enhancement Plan
How Does The Ministry Enhancement Fit Into Our 3-Year Vision?
Cornerstone, in the next three years, will create a culture that inspires Christ-like believers whose lives reveal God’s goodness and equips mature leaders who multiply to impact our community and beyond. We will strive to develop strong leadership while further equipping our saints for the works of service. Our ministry enhancements are tools that will assist us in our journey to disciple our own and reach the lost. We want to utilize our facility in the most efficient manner. Repurposing rooms helps people make better connections. Additionally, an expanded foyer encourages people to make personal connections within the congregation. First-time visitors and newcomers will have a welcoming atmosphere to meet others.
For complete information and to participate in the Ministry Enhancement Plan with your much-appreciated donation, please visit the Cornerstone Website and click on Give/Building Fund. Please note that giving envelopes labeled "Ministry Enhancement - Building Fund" are available and may be found inside the friendship folder in the Worship Center pews or at the Welcome Center.