Pastor’s Letter, Announcements, and Order of Service - Sunday, May 7, 2023


Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave his followers their mission:

“Go and make disciples.”

We exist as a church to help others follow Jesus.

But how do we do that? Where do we start?

One reason the disciples of Jesus knew how to make disciples is because they had been discipled by Jesus. This Sunday, we are going to look at the way Jesus discipled his disciples in Luke 9 and ask what he thought they needed to know if they were going to follow Him.

Hopefully we will come away understanding what we should focus on as we seek to follow Jesus ourselves and where we need to start as we go about this great work God’s given us of making disciples.



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


I am excited for you to get to know one of my friends from South Africa during our Equipping Hour. Akani Hlungwane and his wife were part of our church in Pretoria for many years and now are being sent out to plant a church in a village in Limpopo, South Africa. I think you will appreciate hearing his testimony and how God has called him from being an engineer to becoming a church planter. You’ll learn a little more about South Africa and the challenges of serving Jesus there and be encouraged and motivated by how local churches can play a part in raising up and sending out leaders to impact the world for Jesus.


Women of the Word Spring Brunch. Saturday, May 13th, 9-11:30 a.m. Ladies, you are invited to a special potluck brunch, fellowship and time in God's Word. Potluck sign-ups will be available soon. Friends and family are welcome!

VBS Volunteers Needed. 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. To learn more, please contact Ryan Bakonis.

Save the Date! Three of our missionaries and their families (Joshua & Julie Lee, S & A, Jeena Lim) are returning on furlough this summer. Please mark your calendars and join us for these events. Additional details will be forthcoming.

  • Church Park Day. Sunday, June 4th after church.
  • Women’s Fellowship with missionary wives. Saturday, June 10th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Summer Missions Conference. Saturday, June 24th from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

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 7 p.m. 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 also be found 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 7:30–9:30 p.m. 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.

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.

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Pre-Service Prayer. Sunday mornings in the upper room, 8:15–8:45am. (There will be no pre-service prayer meeting on May 21st because the church will meet at 9 a.m. for corporate prayer.)

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

Equipping Hour @ 9:00 AM

See Pastor Joshua's postscript above for more details.

Then return next Sunday for our ongoing series on Handling Conflict for God’s Glory. (Our hour of prayer will be on May 21st this month.)

Sunday Morning Worship Service @ 10:30 AM