What a joyous weekend celebrating the Resurrection with you all this past weekend! And thank you to all of you who served, especially Pastor Joshua who preached twice, and Jonathan Hung, who along with the music ministry, led us in singing twice! Our hearts were full with what God has done for us in Christ!
And thank you to everyone who brought guests this past weekend! It was so exciting to see so many new faces. I’m always thankful when I see you reaching out to new guests. Even though we want to do our best as elders, and as a welcoming team, no newcomer really is home at CBC without you, the body, reaching out. Please keep welcoming them into your life groups, inviting them to join your transformation group, and having them over for a meal!
This Sunday at 9 a.m., we’re going to extend our Equipping Hour series on Overcoming Anger one more week. Will Lau will moderate a Q&A with Pastor Joshua and myself on any questions you have about anger. You can send those questions here. (If you want, we can keep your name anonymous.)
What questions remain after this series? Good anger? Angry kids? Is self-pity the same as self-anger? Anger at God? Anger that won’t go away? Is stubbing-your-toe anger still anger? Should we get angry about politics? I don’t know… I’m just making stuff up. So please send me your real questions so we can be of good to you, and you can be of good to one another! We’d love this to be as much a dialogue as possible. You have God’s Spirit and have learned about overcoming anger, too! We’d love to hear what God has done in your life.
God’s Word for us this Sunday is from Luke 9:23–27. Read the passage. And then pray for Pastor Joshua. And then pray for the church. We need to hear from God. And God speaks in His Word. There’s nothing more important than to be creatures ready to hear from their loving Creator.
God has done something sweet in bringing us all together. The elders love you all. Please let us know if there is any way we can pray for you.
Grace and peace,
Communion and Church Lunch. This Sunday, we’ll remember Jesus’ death in our place by partaking of the Lord’s Supper. We will also enjoy church lunch together (Panda Express). While everyone is invited to stay for lunch, please do not partake of the Lord’s Supper if you are not a believer walking in obedience to Him.
Missions Committee Meeting. April 16th, 8–9:30 p.m. via Zoom. If you are interested in learning more about missions or would like to help support our missionaries, join us for the next Missions Committee meeting. Please contact Hyon Seo for more information.
Missions Spotlight. This month, we are praying for the People of Japan. Check out the Missions Board for prayer cards.
Men’s Breakfast. April 22nd, 7:30 a.m. Tom Ferko will be leading our discussion on being ambitious for the right things. Jim Bitong will be back on breakfast!
Transformation Group. These are small groups designed to help each other grow in Christ through prayer, time in God's Word, and accountability. Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, please contact Francis Orejudos..
Cornerstone Bible Institute. Please join us on April 19th as we continue to learn how to benefit from our Old Testament reading. Anyone is welcome! Pastor Joshua’s teaching and resources can be found here as well. There’s some homework for this week. Please listen to the following lermon so we can discuss: Abner Chou on Cutting It Straight.
Studying and Teaching the Bible (Women). This summer the women of the church are invited to join a study focused on the fundamental principles for studying and teaching the Bible. We will meet on Mondays from 7:30–9:30pm to go through the First Principles Women's Course produced by the Simeon Trust (June 5, 12, 19; July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7). There will be 2–3 hours of homework each week; during our time together we will discuss the homework and then break into small groups to share the fruit of our study. For more information or to sign up please contact Jessie Eng.
Church Calendar. Have you ever thought, “It would be nice to have a church calendar.” Well, we have one of those! Please let us know if you have ideas how to improve!
Biblical Friendship Podcast. A podcast series with the elders of Cornerstone Bible Church on the book "The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship" by Jonathan Holmes, where they discuss topics related to biblical friendship, including the theology of friendship, its marks, threats, and the purpose of friendship in the local church.
Online Church Directory. We're launching a new online directory through Planning Center! Hopefully this will be a useful tool for building relationships and more effectively loving one another in the church. Please use the links below to opt-in and select what information is shown.
Directory link: https://cornerstoneoc.churchcenter.com/directory
Update information: https://cornerstoneoc.churchcenter.com/directory/edit
Pre-Service Prayer. Sunday mornings in the upper room (except the first Sunday of the month), 8:15–8:45am.
Vacation Bible School. Children’s Ministry Event, June 26–29 (Evenings) For Kids entering Transitional Kindergarten to 6th Grade in the Fall of 2023.
Roots Summer Retreat. Save the dates! Junior High and High School. July 28–31
Q&A on Overcoming Anger, moderated by Will Lau, with special guest Joshua Mack. What could be more fun?! (Please submit your questions! If you don’t want your spouse to know you’re tempted to become angry when they take the last piece of pizza, Will can keep your question anonymous.)
Order of Service
Welcome and Call to Worship
Scripture Reading: (Genesis 1-2:3)
Sermon: How to Follow a Crucified Messiah – Luke 9:23-27