A letter from Pastor Paul
On March 4th, 1990, Cornerstone Church officially began with a celebration service at Hodgson Vo Tech School. About a year and a half later, the congregation moved to our current six acre campus on Route 896 and into our first worship center. For the past twenty years we have witnessed many lives changed by the transforming power of Jesus; and by the grace of God, the congregation has multiplied... the campus has been fully developed... and our confidence in Jesus as Lord, as our Forgiver and Leader strongly remains the cornerstone of our faith!
While we could just look at our past and remember the great things God has done, we also know God is calling us to look to the future and anticipate the great things that he desires to do through the people of Cornerstone Church. As part of this process, the church voted this past August to purchase a 25 acre parcel of land, next to the current campus, for 1.5 million dollars.
In light of this unique opportunity that we believe God has placed before us, we are embarking on a capital funds campaign. The name chosen for our campaign after much input from the congregation is “Touching Tomorrow Today.” The first priority of the campaign is to pay the purchase price of the 25 acres (our Book of Discipline stipulates that before any property is developed, the property must be clear of any liens).
The second priority of the campaign is to use any gifts received beyond the payment for the 25 acres to conduct a “phase one site study” that would allow us access to the 25 acres and create playing fields for our children and youth of the church and community. Cost of the phase one study and implementation is estimated at two hundred and fifty thousand dollars.
The third priority of the campaign is to use any additional gifts received beyond the payment for the 25 acres and the phase one study to reduce the current church building mortgage of 2.4 million dollars.
These are very large amounts of money, but we serve a big God who is in the business of parting Red Seas and multiplying a few loaves of bread and fish to feed thousands. Again, during this capital funds campaign, this is a time to look beyond our own strength and resources and look to our God. On our own we can’t meet these challenges, but with God all things are possible. “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”
Together in Christ,