Updates

05/16/2021
Dear Members and Friends of Cornerstone,

As I’m sure many of you have heard, on May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance, which no longer requires that fully-vaccinated people wear a mask or physically distance in most settings. Following the CDC’s recommendations, Governor Kate Brown issued an official press release indicating that Oregon would also drop the mask mandate for those who are fully-vaccinated.

“Starting today, Oregon will be following this guidance, which only applies to fully-vaccinated individuals,” said Governor Brown. “That means Oregonians who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces.”

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The Consistory desires to remain faithful and obedient to God’s word. We have sought from the beginning of the pandemic to heed the scriptural requirements of love for God and neighbor (the 10 commandments) and the command to obey & submit to governing authorities (Ro.13 & 1 Pet 2). One of the duties of all Christians is to subject themselves as much as possible to the governing authorities. God calls us to obey them in all things that are not in conflict with His Word, praying that He lead them, and that we may live peaceful quiet lives as Christians.

In light of this and the new guidelines, masks and physical distancing are no longer required in our worship services for fully-vaccinated people. The Consistory is happy for this move but still encourages thoughtfulness, love and respect for your brothers and sisters during this time of transition.

Please continue to pray for our church and the health and safety of our members.

On behalf of the Consistory,

Pastor Quentin Falkena

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12/4/2020
Dear Cornerstone,

This Sunday we will resume our regular Sunday schedule. Adult classes will meet at 8:30 and 9:00 am. Our morning worship service will be at 10 am and our evening service will be at 5:30 pm. We want to encourage everyone to continue coming to worship if you are able. We have a number of people who have volunteered to sit in the overflow room on a rotating basis to ensure there is room in the sanctuary.

I’m Looking forward to worshipping with you on Sunday as we continue our Advent series on Light.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Quentin

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11-18-2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we begin a two-week freeze across Oregon. The pastors and elders continue to seek the Lord as we navigate the stringent restrictions placed upon all Oregonians.

Our goal throughout this year has been to be obedient to the Lord by submitting to the governing authorities he has placed over us. Alongside of this, we have sought to show love for our neighbors in our response to Covid-19. These two considerations have impressed upon the need to once again to comply with the Governor’s orders. We are still actively looking at ways in which we can legitimately challenge these restrictions. Furthermore, we encourage you to plead with the Lord that these restrictions might be lifted from Christian Churches.

Our meeting in the sanctuary will be limited to 25 people, however, we have set up the large nursery as a second, separate meeting room which should be accessed through the playground entrance in order to keep the two groups distinct. So, for tonight’s service, we want to encourage attendance and ask that you use one of these two rooms.

Concerning Sunday worship, we have also decided to add a second morning service. The first service will be held at 9am and the second service at 11am. At both of these services we will have 25 people in the sanctuary and 25 in the nursery, so that we can still accommodate 100 people at our morning services and then an addition 50 people at our 5:30 evening service. If more space is needed we are considering the possibility of a third meeting room.

We will do this for the next two weeks and then see where we are, evaluate, and make plans to move forward. We will be sending out more information soon and will also be contacting you by phone. If you have any questions, please contact one of the pastors or elders.

Sincerely,

Pastor Quentin Falkena

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7/25/2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the new restrictions this week. First, our worship services are restricted to 100 people, so we will be on a first come, first seated basis. It is not likely that we will have to turn anyone away since our average number of worshipers leaves a little buffer room. Second, masks are now required for children five years old and older.

Everyone is encouraged to choose seats with the number of chairs that best matches the number of people in your family. We have been doing pretty well in this regard, so keep it up! If you are looking for ways to accommodate your small children, please know we have a few special seating options available, like the nursing mother’s room.

The Women’s Ministry is making plans for some upcoming opportunities for outdoor fellowship. On August 21, the Anderson’s are hosting a movie night (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) in their back yard – 8:00 pm. Also, make plans to pack your picnic for a Sunday in September (the date will be announced soon). Finally, Georgi Gentri has joined the Women’s Ministry. Thank you ladies for the work you do for Cornerstone!

The Cornerstone Lectures are scheduled for October 10. We are pleased to have Dr. David VanDrunen speak on the topic, “Glory to God Alone.” Help us spread the word!

We are still working through plans for the fall Sunday morning education programs. Thank you for your patience!

Finally, I will be leaving for vacation on Tuesday, so if a pastoral need arises, please reach out to Pastor Mark or your district elder.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Quentin Falkena

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7/15/2020

I’m sure that many of you have heard about the new restrictions this week. First, our worship services are restricted to 100 people, so we will be on a first come,  first seated basis. It is not likely that we will have to turn anyone away since our average number of worshipers leaves a little buffer room. Second, masks are now required for adults and children five years old and older.

Sincerely, Pastor Quentin

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7/4/2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As I’m sure many of you have heard, masks are now required for indoor gatherings across all of Oregon as cases are on the rise. I know that for some of you this is infuriating, while others are perhaps glad for another layer of protection. Let this not divide us or keep us from worshipping our God.

From the start of this pandemic, our endeavor has been to love our neighbor and to honor those whom God has placed in authority over us. While there are legitimate reasons not to be in worship (you are ill, have a compromised immune system, have a fever, or are out of town, etc.), there are also illegitimate reasons (protesting the governors orders, etc.). If you are able, we want to encourage you to join us for worship tomorrow, wearing your face mask (unless you are exempt). If you do not have a mask, we will have disposable masks available. We know that wearing a mask is difficult and uncomfortable, and it will make singing and participating in the Lord’s Supper more challenging, but those are small hurdles to overcome in order to meet together to worship our Lord and God who has set us free from sin and death and have given us true and lasting liberty as citizens of his kingdom.

As a reminder, I want to encourage everyone to choose seats with the number of chairs that best matches the number of people in your family. We had a bit of a hiccup with a significant domino effect last week, so please try to help each other in this manner. If you are looking for ways to accommodate your small children, please know we have a few special seating options until we can safely operate a nursery again.

As these unusual times continue to drag out we recognize that this impact hits families and individuals very differently. If you are facing a hardship, need pastoral care, or help of any kind, please reach out to the deacons, elders, and pastors.

Finally, after the morning worship service next Sunday (not tomorrow), July 12, 2020, we will have a brief mid-year membership meeting. The primary focus will be a financial review. Please plan on attending.

On behalf of the Pastors and Elders,

Pastor Quentin Falkena

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6/13/2020
Cornerstone Update – Phase 2

Cornerstone Christian Church is now in phase 2. As a reminder, we are open on a first come, first seated basis. The state permits up to 250 people with six-foot distancing. We have arranged the seating in the sanctuary (see pic below) to comply with state requirements and have room for 130 people. We can accommodate an additional 25 worshipers in the youth room, where the services will be streaming.

Much will be the same as last week, but tomorrow we also plan to serve the Lord’s Supper at the morning worship service. Please review the following details for worship.

Worship Information
When you come for worship please keep in mind that social distancing is still required. Enter through the doors by the parking lot as you normally would and maintain appropriate distance throughout the church building. We continue to depend on you to maintain this distancing in the sanctuary. So that everyone can enter the building without a long line piling up, please quickly pick a seat that most closely coordinates with the number of people in your household. Please keep the following in mind:

If you are sick, please stay home. If you are elderly or have a compromised immune system, please take extra precautions.
Wash hands regularly. We have hand sanitizer available and encourage everyone to use it.
Masks/face coverings are required(as of 7/1/2020) since they may help decrease the spread of COVID-19.

Please do not linger in confined areas or stand in or around the doorways. This makes it difficult for others to enter and exit.
Bibles, confession books, and bulletins will not be available, so please bring your own. You should find the order of worship on the church’s website, cccm.org
We will have offering bags available for your regular giving, but they will not be passed through the congregation. Please find a bag near one of the doors as you exit.
Restrooms are available if necessary.
At this point, we still cannot offer nursery care, coffee, or snacks.
We are cleaning after each worship service, so please let us know if you are willing to help wipe things down.
After the worship service, we want encourage you to fellowship outside, so that we can begin cleaning.

The Lord’s Supper – please read!
We desire to administer the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in a meaningful way while still ensuring health and safety. The elements will have been prepared by someone wearing gloves and a mask. Cups of juice and bread will sit on a clear plastic plate and be covered by a clear plastic bowl. We will place the elements of the Lord’s Supper on the small blue chairs next to those communing. When indicated, please remove the bowl and pass the elements to those sitting with you. Please do not throw the bowl or plate in the trash.

Announcements:
A new membership class will begin on Wednesday evening, June 17. Everyone who is interested should join in the sanctuary for prayer at 7pm and then we will meet upstairs in the resource room. Please bring your Bible and a copy of your confession booklet, if you have one. Extra copies of the confessions will be available.

We plan to welcome Tristen Gresham into membership by public profession of faith  Sunday, June 21.

If you have any questions or need more information or assistance, please reach out to one of the pastors, elders, or deacons.

Sincerely,

Pastor Quentin Falkena