Pastor’s Letter, Announcements, and Order of Service - Sunday, April 23, 2023


I wonder how many of you have ever had a conflict with someone else? Or maybe I should get a little more personal. I wonder how many of you are experiencing a conflict with someone else even now?

Conflict is common.

And conflict is confusing.

It’s also an opportunity.

While it’s true that the way we handle conflict can cause incredible amounts of damage, it also can bring great glory to God and advance the cause of Christ. If you are like me and need equipping on dealing with conflict, please come to Equipping hour this Sunday, where Pastor Isaiah will be beginning a new series on being a Peacemaker.

And then during our worship service we are going to be taking a short break from Luke 9 and looking at Psalm 49. There’s so much going on at Jesus’ Transfiguration. I need more time to be able to understand it and communicate it well. So we are going to look at a psalm. And, I am thankful God’s drawing our attention to this psalm this Sunday because it provides an answer to a very perplexing riddle.

In Luke, we’ve been talking about the salvation God is going to provide through Jesus. And that’s great. But so much of that salvation is still in the future and this world we are living in right now is very wicked. There are terrible people in positions of power doing all kinds of terrible things. So, what do we do while we are waiting for Jesus to come back and make everything right?

This Psalm is going to show us one thing we absolutely must not do and I am praying what he shows us will be just what you need to hear this week.


Parents: For the younger children this Sunday, you can have them listen for the word: “Sheol”. To encourage them, Marda will have some treats afterward.


VBS Volunteer Meeting. Sunday, April 23rd, after worship service. Come learn how you can serve! (VBS is a Children’s Ministry event on the evenings of June 26–29 for kids entering Transitional Kindergarten to 6th Grade in the Fall of 2023.)

Women of the Word Spring Tea. Ladies, we are excited to announce our Women of the Word Spring Tea for Saturday, May 13th! Please join us for a potluck brunch, tea, fellowship and time in God's Word. We will ask for RSVPs soon. Save the date and plan to invite friends and family for this special time! If you are interested in serving as table hostesses, please complete this form by April 21st.

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. Wednesdays at 7pm. Join us as we continue to learn how to benefit from our Old Testament reading. Anyone is welcome! Pastor Joshua’s teaching and resources can als be here.

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 email Jessie Eng.

Missions Spotlight. This month, we are praying for the People of Japan. Visit the Missions Board for prayer cards.

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.

Pre-Service Prayer. Sunday mornings in the upper room (except the first Sunday of the month), 8:15–8:45am.

Roots Summer Retreat. Save the dates! Junior High and High School. July 28–31

Equipping Hour @ 9:00 AM

Handling Conflict for God’s Glory, Week 1.

A lot of life is spent avoiding conflict. And a lot of life is spent engaging in conflict. And sometimes we spend a lot of life doing both. Are you equipped to handle your conflict for God’s glory? Or to help others handle their conflict for God’s glory? We’re going to have conflict…so let’s make the most of it!

Sunday Morning Worship Service @ 10:30 AM