Over the past week we have received a few questions related to the cancellation of services and meetings and how that affects certain aspects of our “normal” life together. In an effort to answer those questions—and anticipate others—we have put together a short list of FAQs. If you have other questions not addressed on this page, please reach out to one of the elders. This list will be posted on our website in the very near future and will be updated with additional questions or additional information as needed.
Why are we not meeting for corporate worship?
The elders have determined—seeking wisdom from God’s Word, council from other brothers (Prov. 12:15), and heeding recommendations from our civil authorities and medical experts—that the wisest and most loving course of action in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is to suspend our organized public gatherings. For a fuller statement, please see this letter from the elders on March 17.
Q. Are any of the small groups or men’s and women’s groups meeting?
A. All of our groups are suspended at least through April 5. As the situation changes and recommendations from our government change, we will determine whether we need to extend that to a later date.
Q. Are we live-streaming or recording a service for people to watch at home?
A. No, we are not. One of the reasons we will not be live-streaming a service is because we recognize that watching a worship service from a screen at home is not a substitute for the gathering of the local church, nor do we wish to convey that it is. That being said, we do encourage individuals and families to devote time on Sunday to worship the Lord through prayer, song and the reading of His word. The pastors will be recording the audio of a message that families can listen to as they gather at home. We will also be providing suggested Scripture readings and songs to sing (lyrics provided).
Q. How are we caring for our most vulnerable members?
A. Our Deacons and Elders are personally contacting elderly members of the congregation to assess their needs and meet them. If you know of any member with a need, please contact one of the elders or deacons.
Q. Will the Office be open during this time?
A. The church office hours are being adjusted to Tues.-Fri. 8:00a – 12:00p. Church staff continues to work outside of those hours but will not necessarily be at the church campus. Also, the elders have asked our secretary to stay home at this time, rather than to come into the office. While one or more of the elders will continue to come in, due to phone calls and meetings they may be in and out at various times. Therefore, should you need to come to the church for something, we recommend that you first contact Pastor Patton to ensure someone will be there. Also, while our secretary will continue to access and respond to church emails, she will not be present to answer phones. Any elder present will answer church phone calls as able, but if you need to speak with church staff, the best way to do so will be to call them directly.
Q. How can we be giving our offerings while the church is not meeting?
A. Offerings may be mailed to Cornerstone Church (4248 E Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206), or given online through our website (click on GIVE at the top of our home page and follow the instructions for giving electronically via PayPal).