Update from Pastor Sheldon MacGillivray
Dear Cornerstone Family,
We have seen some troubling things over the past few months, and we need to share one with you that is hurting us.
There has been a significant increase in internet scams since the pandemic has begun and we are constantly dealing with hackers who are trying to find ways to steal from Cornerstone and our Cornerstone family. Unfortunately, this is happening all around the world. They have been taking information from our webpage and trying many creative ways to entice us into clicking links or communicating with them to rob, cheat and steal. They are using my name and many staff names and creating email accounts so that they look like one of us.
On Monday several of you received an email from a bogus gmail account (revsheldonmacgillivray@.....) asking you to purchase gift cards so we could help women dealing with cancer. Posing as me, they were asking you to go to the store and buy gift cards for Amazon and Ebay and then email the pin numbers to them. It would be very easy for you to think that this was coming from me, but please know that we would not solicit money for gift cards or for benevolence in this manner. If it were us, we would call you or talk to you in person. *If you receive one of these emails, block the sender and do not reply. Always look at the email address.* Staff emails use the following domain: “@cornerstoneks.org.” Please take a few minutes to review this important information from the FTC about how to keep yourself safe from phishing scams (by the way this is a legitimate link to the FTC website 😊!).
We are sorry that this is happening. There is very little we can do to prevent these attempts. We need to always be alert.
Trunk or Treat 2020
For some good news, we are planning to have a community Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 30, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.! The Leawood Police Department reached out to us and asked if they could join us in serving the community. We think it will be a wonderful opportunity to reach out when circumstances have been so challenging.
We can’t do all that we have done in the past, but we certainly can do something! We know some of you will not be able to volunteer, and that is certainly understandable. You can still help by donating candy and by praying for this event. We will communicate instructions for candy drop-off later this month.
For those who feel they can participate, we have set a goal for 25 trunks. We will be sending out a "Trunker Sign-Up" link soon, so be on the lookout for that!
In the event of rain, we will reschedule for Saturday, October 31, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. We will be social distancing and instructing volunteers to wear masks. It’s Halloween!
Backyard Open House
It was a great joy to see so many of you on Sunday night at our backyard open house! After all these months it was like welcoming family for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was a beautiful night to spend time hearing your stories and getting caught up with one another.
In case you couldn’t make it, we are providing another time for you to venture out on Sunday, September 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (weather permitting). Many of our staff and elders will be there to greet you and enjoy reuniting with you. We hope to see you there!
Blood Drive Tomorrow!
We will be hosting a Community Blood Drive on Thursday, September 17th from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the church library. Blood donations are in high demand. Space is limited and they will be practicing safe social distancing guidelines to make this possible. Click here to reserve your time!
This Weekend in Worship
Our "Bold Faith" series is almost finished. This week, we'll venture into Romans 12:13, where Paul teaches us to contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. God desires for His church to always be giving. He wants us to be participants, not observers, in showing love for one another by taking care of each other’s needs. He wants us to be caring and sharing with each other.
How do you look at the blessings that the Lord has given to you? They have been given to us so we can be a blessing to others. The gospel compels us to look after the interests of others. Together, let’s continue to learn how to be the church.
For His Glory,
Lead Pastor, Cornerstone