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The Epistle (07/05/24)

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Mission Moment

On Sunday, July 14, Cornerstone-sponsored missionaries Dennis and Lydia Bowen will be sharing an update on their ongoing work to develop and equip Christian counselors in Moldova and the Ukraine. This will include perspectives on the ongoing conflict, counseling during displacement, and the challenges for Ukrainian Believers. The Bowens will share during the 9:30am Sunday school hour in the Overcomers class, first floor of the sanctuary building. Please consider joining this interesting and timely discussion.

Adult Sunday School

Be prepared for upcoming adult Sunday School.  In addition to the long-standing adult classes, there will be three new offerings. Parenting Forum and Biblical Stewardship kicks off August 18th and a new adult Sunday School class focused on living the Christian life in our day will commence September 9th. More details forthcoming in the weeks ahead. There will be no Labor Day breakfast.

Reading through the Psalms

June 16th to August 11th

During the Sunday School hour over the summer break June 16-August 11, all are invited to join Reading through the Psalms. We will simply read through the books of Psalms. Some materials will be available to create while you listen but you may also bring your own. We will meet in the Sunday School classroom next to the church library.

Children & Youth Sunday School Summer Break

June 16th to August 11th

Beginning on Sunday, June 16, our normal Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes (Kindergarten and up) as well as Kids’ Worship will be taking a break for the summer (June 16-August 11). This is an opportunity to give our volunteers and families a well-deserved rest! Nursery and Pre-K will continue to be available every weekend. There will also be another option during the Sunday School hour, there will be more details available about this opportunity next week. We will resume normal Children’s and Youth Sunday School classes and Kids’ Worship on August 18!

Biblical Stewardship Sunday School Class

Finances, like any other aspect of life, should be governed with sound principles. The Bible speaks to those basics in clear ways that lead to a life that is balanced in favor of success and Godliness. Care to learn about this? On Sunday, August 18th we are offering a ten-week class during the Sunday School hour (9:30 to 10:30am). The class that will equip you for solid money management by both good principles and effective practices. The materials are from Crown Financial Ministry (a Christian group that has been doing this for 35 years) and cost $33.00 per person (or couple). Contact Steve McIlvaine at discipling@cornerstoneefree.org or 202-359-2483 for more information, to reserve a seat. If interested but not able to afford the cost of materials let us know so we can help.

ACCA Furniture Ministry

Saturday, July 13th from 8:00am to Noon
Volunteers collect, warehouse, and deliver furniture - free of charge - to needy families in the Annandale vicinity.  Check out the ACCA webpage  www.ACCAcares.org/furniture.html to see if you can donate items that are needed.  There is an opportunity to help, along with Cornerstone people and members of other local churches, from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13th at the ACCA warehouse at the intersection of Gallows Road and Columbia Pike.  For more information, please contact Seth Gunn at  sthgnn@gmail.com.  Mask / glove use as appropriate.  Thank you.

Music Director Position

As Jeff explained at Monday's business meeting, we continue to pray for the Lord to fill our part-time Music Director position. Pastor John's cover letter and the job description are attached below.  Please forward it along to anyone you may think is interested. Applicants can contact search@cornerstoneefree.org of the Church office for more information.

Vacation Bible School (VBS) Registration

We will be hosting Vacation Bible School this year on August 5th-9th, 9:30am-12:00pm. Registration is open! You can register your kids (K-4th) for VBS using the link below!

Young Life Scholarship

June 30th to July 5th

Young Life Camp is about faith, fun, and fellowship. Support YL Eastern Fairfax and help send local teens on an unforgettable six day camp trip of uncontrollable laughter, deepening friendships, magnificent facilities, and terrific teaching about the Savior's search and sacrifice for them. Young Life and Vida Joven (YL in Spanish) will be going to camp together at Lake Champion June 30-July 5. YoungLives (teen moms and babies) will attend Rockbridge July 13-17. The majority of our students need a scholarship to attend. 

Children's Ministry Update

Quotes from Church History

"We are neither the first nor the smartest to read the Bible."

-Dane Ortlund

"When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, 'Repent,' he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance."
-Martin Luther (1483-1546)
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