Updated April 23
Hello, Cornerstone Family!
Just like you, we are tracking the news and information about the coronavirus and its effects. As restrictions begin to ease, we will move forward, making decisions based on prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit.
With the health and well-being of our church family in mind, we’ve decided to continue with online only services for the next few weeks. We’re looking forward to having our first live service together at the church building soon, but we know that church isn’t about a building – it’s about people.
People are God’s main concern as well. There are so many stories in the Bible of God taking care of His people and helping them through unbelievably tough situations, and He continues to take care of us now. Even though things look discouraging at times, we know God will see us through this situation, too.
We want to remind you that we’re here for you. If you have a need, reach out to your volunteer pastor. If a volunteer pastor has not contacted, that probably means that we don’t have your correct contact information. You can give us your current information and sign up for our email newsletter at cornerstonerome.com/newsletter.
For the latest details of everything that is happening at Cornerstone Church, visit our website and follow us on social media.
Our church services look a little different right now, but that doesn’t mean that our vision has changed. We are still working to bring the message of God’s love to our community. There is hope, and His name is Jesus. We know there is only One Hope for Every Heart, and we want to bring that hope to our community.
There are lots of safe and creative ways we can help our friends and neighbors, so continue to share the emails and social media posts and invite people to join us for service online.
In Isaiah 35:3-4, God told the prophet Isaiah what to say to the Israelites: With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
God is saying the same thing to us today. We will get through this with God’s help.
We love you, and we are praying for you every day. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Updated April 21, 2020
As we continue to monitor governmental guidance related to the corona virus, we have decided that Sunday Services will be online only until further notice. Since we are currently unable to meet in large groups, all on-site Cornerstone Church events are postponed until further notice.
If you have preschool or elementary-age kids, check out the online resources on our Cornerstone Kids page.
With the limitations on public meetings, it can be easy to feel disconnected from your church family. Here are some easy ways you can stay connected:
- Regularly visit our church website or social media. We are posting information and updates throughout the week, so check in often to stay up to date.
- Stay in touch with your small group. Based on the current social guidelines, groups with 10 members or less can still physically meet together. For groups that are uncomfortable meeting together right now or for groups that have more than 10 members, you can still keep in touch with group texts and video calls. If you aren’t in a small group, this is the perfect time to find a group to join. Check out the Small Groups Directory at groups.cornerstonerome.com to find a group to join.
- It’s easy to start your own Bible Study group online. On the YouVersion app, you can invite a few friends to start a Bible Reading Plan with you. As you complete each day on a shared schedule, you can share your thoughts directly in the app. You will learn from others in your group, likely seeing things in God’s Word that you’ve never noticed before. Visit Bible.cornerstonerome.com to find out how to get started.
With everything that is going on in the world right now, there are a lot of people who don’t know that Jesus is our One Hope for Every Heart. We have a great opportunity to be a light in the darkness. Even though we aren’t able to meet in the church building, we can still be the Church in our community. Take some time to check in on your neighbors and invite them to church online. You can share the Hope you have with others who desperately need it. Now more than ever people are searching for hope and peace, and we can show them where to find what they are looking for.
We love you and we are praying for you, and remember 1 Peter 5:7 that says, “Cast all your anxiety on God because he cares for you.”
Update March 13, 2020
Based on the recommendations of our government leaders, we have decided to move to an online format for Sunday Service at Cornerstone this weekend. Beautiful Night, Palm Sunday Rehearsal and Students Service are all cancelled for this weekend.
Instead of attending a service at the church building this weekend, we encourage everyone to join us live on Facebook at 10 am this Sunday. Only our elders, staff and necessary production team members will be at the church, so the service will look a little different, but God doesn’t live in a church building – He lives in each of us. So no matter what format the service takes, God can and will speak to us.
We have not made this decision out of fear. Our goal with this decision is to submit to Governor Kemp’s recommendation for large gatherings to suspend meeting for the time being and to help support the medical teams in our community. We want to do everything we can to help ensure that our medical system is not so overwhelmed that they do not have the resources necessary to fight this virus. This graphic released by the CDC shows exactly how important this is for our medical community.
As we have said previously, we want to encourage everyone to not allow the panic of media attention to cause undue anxiety and fear. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. And as Pastor Jody reminded us this past Sunday, Psalm 91:9-11 says, If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.
Not only is God watching over us – He can and will keep us and protect us, so we encourage you to continue meeting together in your small groups. You may even want to gather a group of friends to meet this Sunday to watch the service online together. Just because we are not meeting as a large group at church, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to share One Hope for Every Heart to our friends and neighbors.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work with our community to make this temporary transition as smooth as possible. We are looking forward to meeting all together in the church building very soon.
- Rome City School Resources:
- County School Resources:
Beginning Monday, March 16th, FCS Child Nutrition Department will provide meal opportunities free of charge to school-age children during the COVID-19 school closures. Meals will be available for pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the following locations: Armuchee High, Model High, Pepperell High, Garden Lakes Elementary, Cave Spring Elementary, and Ridge Ferry Park. (Source Coosa Valley News)
Update March 11, 2020
You have likely heard and read many things regarding COVID-19 recently, so we want to take a minute and address some concerns you may have about the health and well-being of our community.
1. We take the health, safety, and security of our church family very seriously, especially the health and safety of our children.
2. Each week our Facilities Team and Kids Ministry do a great job making sure our buildings, classrooms and kids toys are clean and disinfected.
3. We are taking extra measures to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our Sunday services and programs throughout the week.
· There are extra hand sanitizing stations in our hallways and lobbies.
· Each Kids Classroom has hand sanitizer for every child to use upon arrival and at other times during the service.
· All Kids areas also have disinfecting wipes to help keep surfaces germ free.
We hope that this helps to alleviate some of the concerns you might have. We also hope that you will continue with your plans to join us for worship on Sundays and for other events and small groups throughout the week. God is up to some great things in our church family and we don’t want you to miss it.
If you must stay home one weekend, you can always watch the service on our church Facebook page. This is a great way to hear the message even if you can’t be in the room with us.
While we must not be foolish and take unnecessary risks, we also want to remind you not to allow the panic of media attention to cause undue anxiety and fear. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. And as Pastor Jody reminded us this past Sunday, Psalm 91:9-11 says, If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go.
Not only is God watching over us - He can and will keep us and protect us.