HEAR MICHAEL FRANZESE OCTOBER 22

We are blessed to have an incredible speaker at Cornerstone on October 22nd! 

Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. At his most affluent, he generated an estimated $5 to $8 million per week from legal and illegal businesses. It was a life filled with power, luxury…and deadly violence.  In 1986, mafia boss, Michael Franzese was named one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone, by Vanity Fair. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed him as number 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses”, just 5 behind John Gotti. Avoiding traditional mob domains, Michael masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. From auto dealerships and union kickbacks, to financial services and the sports and entertainment industries, to a multi-billion dollar gasoline tax scheme, he earned millions in cash every week at his peak.

While producing Knights of the City, a break dance movie filmed in Florida, Michael met a beautiful dancer from Anaheim, California, named Camille Garcia, whose innocent beauty and faith turned his world upside down. After falling in love and eventually marrying Cammy, Michael took the rap on racketeering charges. Michael pled guilty, accepted a 10 year prison sentence and vowed to do the unthinkable – walk away from the mob. Nobody of his rank had ever just walked away – and lived. Until now.  Michael Franzese is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive.

Michael's compelling story of fame, prestige, love and fear has been featured throughout the country on CNN, Fox News, 48 Hours, The Today Show, ABC Primetime, and NBC Nightly News.

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Michael was ranked at the 18th most influential Mob Bosses in 1986.  Of these mob bosses:, 44 are dead, 3 are doing life without parole and 2 are unaccounted for

Michael is free on mission transforming lives. 

Join us on October 22nd to hear Michael’s captivating story of life in the Mob and how Jesus Christ has changed his life. 

 

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - NOVEMBER 5

We are once again excited to be preparing for our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on November 5th.  Each November thousands of churches prepare and collect shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts around the United States.  There have been over 120 million boxes have been delivered through the years.  We will be packing 1000 boxes again this year!

This year we will be collecting:

· Unused matchbox cars

· Small stuffed animals

Monetary donations to help cover the cost of shipping are always welcome. Simply make your check payable to Cornerstone UMC and write “Operation Christmas Child” on the memo line.

Bring any of these items to the hallway by the church offices and look for the bin marked Operation Christmas Child.

Thank you!  

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HOPEFEST 2017 - AUGUST 19

Hopefest will take place at the Old Gym by PHS on Saturday August 19th. Last year over 1000 people showed up for this amazing event.  Our hope is that we bless hundreds of kids with backpacks, binders, clothes, shoes, and haircuts.  Back to school items can be expensive for families, especially those with multiple children.  There is a great need and we want to make sure we do our part to help better our children’s educations. For $25 we can get a child everything he/she needs to start the school year.  We are hoping to sponsor 500 kids. Would you sponsor a child or multiple children?

Designate on your check or offering envelope “Hopefest” if you can help.

 

MEET THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Leadership Team Highlights...

Prayer is the foundation of Cornerstone and all we do with leadership.   We are praying that God's miraculous power would break through this church and community as we reach out to the lonely, the broken, and the lost.  Please continue to pray daily for Cornerstone and its many ministries as we strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ.

Other highlights

· New cameras for the worship center are on the way.  Two of the old ones were broken and parts were no longer available.  

· New Speakers have been installed in the Worship Center.

· The handbells have been refurbished.

· A new Honeywell computer that monitors the heating and cooling for the building has been installed. The old computer no longer worked.

The team leading Cornerstone for 2017 is pictured.   Members of the team are Jeff Browne, Jackie Scott, Jennifer Morgan, Jennifer Johnson, Chris Guilliams, Dean Wray, LindaToleman, Bruce Kalb, Steve Rader, Becky Nichols, Julia Basham, and Tom Covert.

 

HAITI MISSION TRIP 2017 -- October 14th-21st

We will be serving people who live in tent cities, building four 12’x12’  tin houses. It will be relational as we get to know the families, and life changing for anyone who goes. Cost is approximately $1300.   

1) Reminder a non-refundable deposit of $100 plus trip application is due May1st (available in the church office)
2) The first team meeting will be held Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 pm.
3) Please be sure to apply for a passport if you don't already have one as soon as possible.
4) Spots are limited. If you are interested in going to Haiti, your application and deposit is what secures a spot. Maximum number that can go on this trip is 20.  Go to www.sifministries.org for information about our Haiti partners.
5)  The Costa Rica trip has been re-scheduled for 2018 if there is enough interest.

Contact Beth Rice for more information 740-250-1236.

 

DARRYL STRAWBERRY COMING TO CORNERSTONE

Daryl will be at Cornerstone on April 30th to share his powerful testimony!   Daryl is a former Major League Baseball player who played in the 80's and 90's.  He was one of the most feared sluggers in the game, known for his powerful home runs and intimidating presence in the batters box. During his 17-year career, he helped lead the Mets and Yankees to four world series championships and consistently made the All Star Team. 

He was also suspended three times for substance abuse which led to a downward spiral in his life. Addictions, abuse, divorce, cancer, jail time, and other issues are a few things that led him to lose it all in 2003.  However, God's plan was not to be undone.  Daryl is now an ordained minister who will share a powerful story of God's grace.  Join us on April 30th and invite a friend or family member!

 

      Darryl           Strawberry

      Darryl           Strawberry

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FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN MOBILE-PACK EVENT

FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN - A HUGE SUCCESS!!

Cornerstone participated in a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event.   This was the largest outreach undertaking ever attempted at Cornerstone and it exceeded all expectations. Some numbers that tell that story. 3 Shifts with over 150 people 483 total volunteers 541Boxes 22 cents the cost of a meal 116,856 meals 1,000,000smiles 320   The number of starving children that will be fed for               an entire year. “Please can we do this event again?!!!”   This was a question that was really a comment we heard over and over again.  Stay tuned for the Feed My Starving Children date in 2018.    

Cornerstone participated in a Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event.   This was the largest outreach undertaking ever attempted at Cornerstone and it exceeded all expectations.

Some numbers that tell that story.

3 Shifts with over 150 people

483 total volunteers

541Boxes

22 cents the cost of a meal

116,856 meals

1,000,000smiles

320   The number of starving children that will be fed for     

         an entire year.

“Please can we do this event again?!!!”   This was a question that was really a comment we heard over and over again.  Stay tuned for the Feed My Starving Children date in 2018.  

 

JESUS PROM APRIL 21

On April 21st, Cornerstone of Portsmouth is hosting an event called Jesus Prom for physically and/or mentally challenged people ages 5 to 105!  Fashioned after an event at Southland Church in Central

Kentucky, Jesus Prom is an elaborate party. It's going to be a huge event and we need your help!  We'll roll out the red carpet, provide hair and makeup, a photo booth, great music, and refreshments! And....there will be dancing. Lots of dancing! Sign up to help in the Welcome Center!

Contact Laura Womack for Details at 740-821-6700.

 

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FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN EVENT - MARCH 17-18 2017

Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. We will hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to the neediest children around the world. Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift.

It is important you register early!!!   Five hundred volunteers are needed and we expect the shifts will fill up fast.  Check this link on February 10th. This will be one of the most amazing things you do this winter!

Register Here:  https://give.fmsc.org/events/-/e106187

 

 

 

FMSC

Family Blitz Live Sunday, January 29th 5:30 P.M.

Invite your friends and family to FamBlitz Live! FamBlitz Live is a crowd participation show with the theme of inspiring families to think like a team.  With lights, fog, a unique sound track and loads of action, families will experience Biblical truths communicated through high octane games and challenges. Parents and kids will participate on stage and from their seats in this high energy event.  There is never a moment where the crowd is asked to simply sit and listen.  

The primary message of FamBlitz Live is that there are no perfect families, even in the Bible.  God uses imperfect people and imperfect families to carry out His plan.  Throughout the games and challenges an inspiring message about Team Family is woven in.  FamBlitz Live is a high-energy way to remind families that working together can be fun.

We are expecting a large crowd.  Tickets will be handed out on Sunday mornings to assure you have a seat.

 

Operation Christmas Child

We are once again excited to be preparing for our Operation Christmas Child Packing Party on November 6th.  Each November thousands of churches prepare and collect shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts around the United States.  There have been over 120 million boxes delivered through the years.  We will be packing 1000 boxes doubling the number from last year at our packing party!

This year we will be collecting

1) Unused matchbox cars

2) Small stuffed animals

3) Flip flops for kids

4) Monetary donations to help cover the cost of shipping   Simply make your check payable to Cornerstone UMC and write “Operation Christmas Child” on the memo line.

Bring any of these items to the hallway across from the church office and look for the area marked Operation Christmas Child.   Thank you!  Rachel Perry and Missy Ankrom

 

Hopefest Brings Hope!

Hopefest took place on August 20th and was an incredible day. We helped distribute 500 pairs of shoes, hygiene items, t-shirts, school supplies, food, and God’s love. The smiles on the kids made all the effort worth it!   There were 200 folks who gave of their time to be a part of this great day. Thanks to all of you who participated, who offered leadership, who gave financially, and who shared the love of Christ.

 The comments we received on social media and in person speak volumes.

 “I'm so blessed to have been a part of this day! I love our community & it’s amazing to see all the

people that gave up there Saturday to volunteer & more importantly I love that so many kids got such nice stuff & new haircuts to start the new school year!!! God is good!!!”

 “Thank you!!! We were not going to be able to get new school shoes until Friday after school started! Thanks for completing that perfect 'first day of school outfit'!!”

 “Thank you for all you did today for the children and their parents or grandparents or who ever was able to take them thank you from the bottom of my heart”

 “I feel this is the best back to school activity I have seen.  Kids need to know people care all the time. God is good, all the time"

 “Such a blessing to all who was involved! Love Fest! Great turnout!”

 “Thank you for this gift to our area children. The Lord and these kids are smiling.”

 

Cornerstone Welcomes Maurice Clarett August 28

We are excited to have Maurice Clarett speaking at both services on Sunday, August 28th.   Maurice's story has had it shares of high and lows that has brought him to be a much sought out speaker.  

Maurice had a successful year at Ohio State in 2001 becoming the first freshman running back to start, being named Big Ten freshman of the year, and setting the freshman rushing and touchdown season record. He was also instrumental in helping Ohio State clinch the National Championship in 2002 with two pivotal plays, "the strip" and scoring the go ahead touchdown. This was Maurice's only season at Ohio State when he attempted to enter the NFL draft.

After much success on the field Maurice had trouble finding that same level of success off of the field and found himself serving a 7 1/2 year prison sentence. It was there that Maurice began to take that work ethic and discipline that brought him so much success as a football player and began to focus it on himself as a person.  It was this type of leadership that permitted him to be released 4 years early. 

Upon being released Maurice has travelled the country allowing him to connect, educate, and empower people in their life and/or profession.   His ability to connect with his audience in a practical way leaves those who hear his words feeling inspired.

Join us on August 28th and invite a friend to hear his inspirational story.

 

Awesome Relationships Four Week Study Begins Sunday, September 11th at 4:30 P.M.

Everyone craves the safety of relationships where they are fully known. They long for genuine connection with others, and with God. But it takes time and intention to create awesome relationships like that. It takes learning to be unselfish – and learning to love.

Join Pastor Tim in September for this study on topics such as...

· Why marriage matters and how God designed it to make you holy

· The 4 traits of awesome families

· The 6 golden rules of awesome friendships

· How to build a friendship with God and make him your priority

 

Costa Rica Mission Team Returns

The team returned on July 21st from Costa Rica!  The team offered VBS, a   feeding ministry, installed stoves, and shared the love of Jesus.  We are so proud of these team members making the trip!

Richard Stugeon           Chad Galloway                       Fox Hunt

Christine Killian             Bev Bell                                  Ray Talbott

Janet Talbott                 Linda Toleman                      Steve Keys

Beth Rice                       Morgan Castle                     Jim Todd   

Missy Burgess              Jennifer Morgan

Cornerstone worked with the Envia foundation.   Envia Foundation is a mission organization dedicated to helping sustain and execute the mission of the local church for the transformation of lives, by equipping leaders, empowering people and engaging the needs of the community. Envia seeks to partner with under-resourced local churches who are reaching under-served communities. Currently their focus is on a small Methodist church in Nicoya, Costa Rica. Envia is excited to be working with Cornerstone UMC. If you would like to follow the Cornerstone/Envia group on their journey in July, “like” Envia on Facebook. You can find out more about Envia on our     website: www.enviafoundation.org

 

Leadership Team Update

Cornerstone uses a Leadership Team comprised of twelve people to guide and lead the church.  

This biblical model is more effective for several reasons.

1) We are wiser together.

Proverbs 15:22     Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.

2) Accountability- Public leaders need peers who can speak into their lives and hold them accountable to the mission and ministry of the church.

3) Our gifts and talents are rounded out- Leaders have various strengths, weaknesses, gifts, and talents.  When pooled together the ministry of the church is done more effectively.

4) The Workload is divided up- When leading together the heavy workload of leading the church is divided among many instead of on one or two people.

5) Encouragement-Leaders exist in a fallen world where there will be challenges and difficulties.  When leadership trials occur we can strengthen and encourage each other for the road ahead.

This month we added Becky Nichols and Bruce Kalb to the team.  They replaced Carolyn Pettit and Beth Rice.  We are deeply appreciative of the leadership that Beth and Carolyn offered during the past several years!

 

 

Pastor Tim Receives the Harry Denman Evangelism Award

On June 8th Pastor Tim was presented with the Harry Denman Evangelism Award at Lakeside where the West Ohio Annual Conference occurs.  This award is given each year to a Pastor in the West Ohio Conference who exemplifies exceptional ministry in the area of evangelism.  What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ.   Congratulate Pastor Tim when you see him.

 

Costa Rica Mission Trip

The 14 members of the Costa Rica mission's team continues to prepare for their July trip to Nicoya.  Part of the team is preparing materials for VBS with the Nicoya neighborhood children.  Through your generous Easter offerings, we are sending finances ahead of time for the Nicoya church to purchase food for meals that we will prepare and serve to those the church is seeking to minister to. Jennifer and Luis Palomo have created the Envia Foundation to support the Nicoya area. They minister out of Chapelwood UMC in Houston, Texas where our Pastor Tim and Jenn formerly worked and attended. Jennifer Palomo will be here in Portsmouth the weekend of June 25/26 to meet with our team and share with you at both services that Sunday.

Please pray as our team meets at various times over these next several weeks to team build, pray, and seek God's face. We know God has already gone ahead to prepare our way!

Southern Ohio Chrysalis -- Summer Flights Coming To Cornerstone In July

Cornerstone will once again have the blessing of hosting two Chrysalis Flights in July.  The Girls’ Flight is scheduled for Saturday, July 9 through Monday, July 11. The Boys’ Flight is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 through Monday, July 18. These flights are designed to bring participants closer to Jesus Christ and to give them a vision as to how God will use their gifts and graces to make our world a better place. Although Chrysalis is designed for high school youth, we madespecial arrangements for college students to attend our Chrysalis Flights. For many college students, summer flights are the only opportunity they will have to attend Chrysalis. 

 Every Chrysalis weekend consists of unique worship opportunities, prayer, fellowship, speakers, small group discussions, singing, great food, and just plain fun. The weekend leadership team   consists of both youth and adults who have been well trained for the Chrysalis weekend. It has been a joy for the past nineteen years to observe both participants and team volunteers grow as Christian leaders serving their churches, local communities and overseas mission fields.

 If you would like to learn more about the Chrysalis experience, please contact Joanne Charles, Community Lay Director for the Southern Ohio Chrysalis community, or Pastor Tom. Contact     information is as follows:

Joanne Charles, 740-354-4494, jcharles@shawnee.edu

Pastor Tom Charles, 740-285-4494, charlest@mymail.shawnee.edu