And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25
One of the primary goals of our Learning & Fellowship ministries is to carry out in a practical way this exhortation given by the apostle in his letter to the Hebrews. We gather as brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage each other, be challenged by one another and grow together in our understanding of God and His magnificent grace toward us demonstrated in Christ Jesus.
In Scripture, parents are delegated the incredible privilege and responsibility of training up their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. We believe that the local church is not a substitute for the parents’ role in this matter but is meant to support and supplement the training our youth are already given at home. Part of the supplemental training is given through Sunday School classes that provide age-graded instruction for all children.
Also, during the summer months we have special programs for our youth which in the past have included Bible lessons, catechism, music and recreation.
Flocks (Small Group Fellowship)
We have a number of different small groups (“flocks”) which meet on Sunday evenings in various homes and at the church to study God’s Word, pray and enjoy fellowship and food together. Flocks are an important way to deepen and strengthen our relationships with one another as we spend time together in discussion and prayer. Visitors are also encouraged to join this informal time of fellowship to get to know the members of the church and what we believe. We typically study one book together each semester (Fall and Spring) with a shorter study in the summer.
This Fall we are going through The Gospel-Centered Life (Thune & Walker, 2011). Some of the books we have studied in the past include:
- Jesus the King (Keller)
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Tripp)
- A Praying Life (Miller)
- Galatians for You (Keller)
- Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan)
- When Sinner’s Say I Do (Harvey)
- Managing God’s Money (Alcorn)
From young moms to seniors, a very enthusiastic group of women meet together weekly during the school year for in-depth study of God’s Word. Tuesday mornings, from 9:30-11:30, we enjoy singing, prayer, a lesson, discussion, and fellowship over treats. Each semester a study guide is chosen to assist us in discovering and applying what that portion of Scripture teaches.
During the summer months, we’re less structured and change the pace from Bible study to reading through a book, often biographical, meeting together twice a month for a Book-Discussion Luncheon. In these lunch-hour get-togethers (11:30-1:00), we enjoy fellowshipping over food, sharing needs and praying, and then discussing the reading we’ve done. These less formal gatherings allow for the comings and goings of vacations, while keeping us connected with each other during the summer.
In both the Fall-Spring Bible study and summer luncheons babysitting is provided so the moms can participate fully.
Our Men’s Group meets at the church on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7pm. We gather to study God’s Word, pray together and receive encouragement as we hear testimonies of what God is doing in each other’s lives.
The music ministry at Cornerstone endeavors to lead the church family to glorify God and to edify one another. This is accomplished through singing and musical instruments, ministering with spiritual passion and doctrinal integrity, while maintaining high standards of musical excellence. Our goal is to participate in the careful selection of music appropriate for each setting, and to humbly present that music as an offering before God.
The music ministry is led by Ryan Olmstead who conducts the choir and children’s music programs. The choir performs a short cantata during the Christmas season and on Resurrection Sunday, with additional choral pieces sung at various times throughout the year.