Cornerstone

Sunday Services to be Live-Streamed

Cornerstone Family,

In the last few weeks a lot has happened. In the midst of a global pandemic, the way we experience church will temporarily change, but Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Read on below for the ways we are adjusting for the next weeks and months:

Sunday Services Moved Online

California has issued a stay-at-home order for everyone not involved in an essential service.  In respect for our government officials and out of an abundance of caution, we believe that the most loving thing for our church family is to similarly close our church campus to all group activities and move our corporate worship services online until the order is lifted.

We believe that corporate worship is one of the most important spiritual disciplines in the Christian life, so we don’t take this decision lightly.  Still, we believe that the most loving thing to do for the physically vulnerable in our church family—and those who come in contact with our church family—is to heed the recommendations of our health officials and refrain from meeting together in large groups.

While this closure is in effect, we will be providing a (less-than-ideal) replacement by live-streaming worship services on Sunday mornings.  Since our church family worships each week in three different languages, we will be providing live-streamed services in all three languages on the following schedule:

We invite you to sing (out loud!) with us, pray with us, and learn with us because we are together in Spirit if not in body.

Loving Others In Our Community

While we will not gather together as a large group for the next few weeks, we believe God wants all of us to use this time to serve one another and serve our neighbors. Of course we encourage any of you who are sick or physically vulnerable to stay isolated. But for those who are healthy and able, we encourage you to respond to this situation in love instead of fear.

Check in with your neighbors.  Stay in contact with your community groups.  Offer to share your provisions with others, or make trips to the store for those who probably shouldn’t.  Find ways to financially help those who are losing paychecks as a result of the outbreak.  And above all, please dedicate yourselves to praying that God would use this physical crisis to bring about spiritual fruit, because that is the kind of redemption we know he loves to do.

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:16–18)

If you are struggling, afraid, or isolated yourself, please let us know how we can serve you and care for you through this frightening season.  We want to hear from you, and we will be reaching out to you (through your community group leaders and/or pastors) in the coming days.

Please know that we’re praying for you and we’re thankful for such a loving church family that is constantly looking for ways to serve and care for one another.  Praise be to God who is faithful in the midst of all of life’s various trials, and who is our hope beyond the realities of this fallen world.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)

-Pastor Scott
(for the Pastor/Elders)

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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