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Weekly Update: May 20

Hear about our upcoming plans for reopening the church, celebrating our grads, and collecting food.

Update from Pastor Sheldon MacGillivray

May 20, 2020

Dear Cornerstone Family,

We continue to work on our plans to reopen Cornerstone and I know many of you are anxious to know when we will gather again for worship at church. We hope to have a timeline available for you by next week. We have been following the guidance of the CDC as well as our Governor’s plan to reopen Kansas and we are also reviewing the advice from Johnson County. There is much for us to do to prepare the church to be a clean and safe environment when we return. We are securing supplies that will be needed to maintain regular cleaning before and after each event in the building. We will also be developing guidelines and protocols to mitigate the spread of the disease when we do reopen.

We will continue to have no activities in our facility, no matter the size, until the end of May. Our Connect Groups will continue to meet via Zoom and our staff will continue to work from home. Cornerstone’s leadership will move slowly and cautiously in the coming weeks. We will keep providing weekly services on Sunday mornings through YouTube, along with many resources for your encouragement and spiritual formation through RightNow Media. We are richly blessed to have so much available to us to help us rely upon the Lord for wisdom and strength. Again, next week we will begin to give you some timelines for our progress. Thank you for your patience and prayers.                 

Remembering Ravi Zacharias

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ravi Zacharias yesterday. Growing up in Toronto gave me the opportunity to meet him and hear him speak on several occasions. It was in the early days of his ministry, before he moved to Atlanta. I was part of a group that brought him to the University of Toronto for a debate with a leading atheist at that time. His teachings shaped me and my understanding of the Christian faith. I am grateful that he has left us many books that will continue to teach us for years to come. One of my favorites is Jesus Among Other Gods. I highly recommend it to you. 

Thinking back, I got to attend a lecture he gave on the uniqueness of Christ. I can still remember much of what he said nearly 30 years ago. He had a great gift in commanding your attention. RightNow Media makes several of his debates available to you as well as the Jesus Among Other Gods series. I encourage you to explore some of his life’s work that he has left for us.           

Celebrating Our Graduates

My daughter is one of the many graduating seniors of 2020. What a year it has been for the 2020 class. To show our appreciation, we will be celebrating our seniors from high school and college during our May 31st worship service on YouTube. We need your help to provide the information and pictures to make it happen. Please send a photo of your student, along with the name of the school from which they are graduating, to Jordan Buscher by Monday, May 25th.Feel free to also share where they will be going to school or where they will be working once they graduate. 

Food Drive & Walk for Life

This past Sunday, I mentioned the opportunity to show kindness to our city through a food drive for New Hope Food Pantry. We are making this a safe and easy opportunity to help. It will be a no-contact dropoff. Cars will pull up to the front of the church and a volunteer who will be masked and gloved will remove the donations from your trunk and place them directly into a truck. Donations will be accepted in the church parking lot on Saturday, May 30, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Below is a list of items that are most needed. Please place them in bags, preferably in the trunk of your car. 

  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Canned soups
  • Canned meats/fish
  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Mac 'n cheese
  • Cereal

Also, Cornerstone is a supporter of Advice & Aid, our local Crisis Pregnancy Center. They serve our community by protecting life. Last year, they aided in saving 175 lives. One of their ways to raise support is through their Walk for Life. This year, the walk is going virtual. Consider joining them as they seek to raise $100,000. You can walk in your own neighborhood on June 6th. Click here to find out how you can participate.               

Weekend Worship

As we gather this Sunday for worship, we will focus on the goodness of God and our expression of that goodness to our city and beyond. Take a look at 1 Timothy 6:17-19. We are called by God to be rich in good works, to be generous in goodness. 

Here is a fun message for you from Bitmoji:    


You can tell I have been home too long!

Looking forward to the next time we can gather together,

Sheldon MacGillivray

Lead Pastor, Cornerstone