November Pastor Column

Hi Everyone and Happy November!

It seems like time is flying by. Just to think that it has already been four months since we bought a house in Covington so that we could be here among you and with you–making your community, our community, what matters to you, matter to us, and being willing to be totally committed to the work that God is calling us to, together, at Cornerstone, in the Covington area and beyond. I have truly enjoyed our first four months together and am looking forward to our first Advent/Christmas Seasons together. 


As we move through the month of November, the leadership team will be working to prepare us for our Annual All Church Meeting regarding Charge Conference on Saturday, December 11th at 11am on Zoom. As we come together for that meeting, to discuss the last year and make decisions regarding leadership, finances and other church business for the coming year we will have the opportunity to reflect on God’s incredible faithfulness to us. This has certainly been an unusual year filled with unexpected twists and turns, but as we consider all that we have been through we will see two things for sure, that God has helped us to adapt to changing times, through our willingness to make some drastic changes that we have been able to stay connected to Him and one another, and that He will never fail us, but continuously lead us and guide us in right paths for His name’s sake. I want to thank everyone for stepping out in faith to make these changes and adapt to the new times we are in. Thank you for all that you have done to keep the faith and stay on the journey with God with us. I also want to give a great big thank you to the leadership team and  everyone who has helped us to expand the church’s online presence, and for the ways that you have helped us to continue to offer safe opportunities to build our lives upon Jesus. Our Teams have been awesome. Believe Team, you have helped us to gather safely through drive up worship, outdoor worship on the lawn and now back in the building; and the leaders of our Connect, Share and Serve ministries have all done an amazing job. Thank you!  We appreciate you so much for the ways that you have and continue to serve us. So many have done incredible things in response to our changing needs, even showing up to participate in our community of faith on Sundays or throughout the week is an act of faith and commitment; so I just want to say thank you for not giving up on Christ, or our fellowship and our ministry. To God be the glory; and truly  “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love him.” Isaiah 64:4 To learn more about all that has happened during the past year with the church’s ministry and more, mark your calendars for our All Church Charge Conference meeting on Saturday, December 11th at 11am.and I’ll meet you there on Zoom. Zoom information will be out in advance through the Church Office.


If you attended our Ministry Fair service back in September, you will know that we have many places for you to serve within the church and we need you to make this wonderful work that we are doing as God’s Church to happen as only we can. Maybe you didn’t know, but God has gifted each of us uniquely; and with your help, we can do all that God is calling us to do. Are you grounded in God’s word,\ and feel called to teach or facilitate a Bible Study? Let us know. Can you help out with coordinating events? There is a place for you. Do you have compassion for others, we can connect you with the right ministry. Do you have administrative gifts? There is always a need for this. Let us know that you will help. Do you love praying and interceding for others? There are growing opportunities for what we can do together in prayer. Would you be willing to help us to get more small groups going, or lead a small group for fellowship and study or accountability and devotions? Please don’t hesitate to let us know. If you can cook or if some other way of serving is your passion, there are definitely opportunities for you to serve. Whether it is in the area of helping us to Believe, Connect with others, Share or Serve, there is a place for you. Please contact me at cornerstonepastor21@gmail.com or the church office so that the Nominations Team and I can get you connected to the right opportunities for service.


May our hearts be filled with thanksgiving each day, especially as we enter into this new month; and I pray that you will have many opportunities to connect safely and with much care and love with others during this season. This is a wonderful time of year, even in the midst of Covid, to remember how blessed we are and how the smallest act of kindness can make a big difference in the life of another.


God bless you and have a wonderful November!
Pastor Comer

Pastor’s Column October 7, 2021

Happy October!


It is my joy to be able to greet you this month. The Lord has been so good. We celebrate that we are back in the building together and able to enjoy one another’s fellowship. We celebrated Chuck’s 29th year being a leader with our Music Ministry and we are so grateful for him and his ministry among us. Thank you again Chuck for allowing God to use you, for the ways that you bless us and empower us to worship and for your leadership with the Praise Team.

I want to encourage everyone to begin making your way back to church if you have not joined us back in the building yet. I would love to see your masked face and have the pleasure of meeting and greeting you. I want you to know that the leadership team has taken great care to try to make things safe and comfortable for everyone as much as we can. Chairs are grouped and spread out so that each family can sit comfortably with each other. The ark shape helps us to be able to see one another. Everyone who attends is masked including the singers and speakers so we are keeping our germs to ourselves as much as possible; and we are creating a culture of keeping a physical distance of at least 4 feet so that everyone can be as safe as possible, especially those who are immune compromised or unvaccinated. Everyone is welcome and wanted. Including you. We want you and your family to join us and help our Church Family to reassemble and be Cornerstone-strong in Christ Jesus.

So, this week, I’m inviting you to make it a point to plan on attending either the 9am or the 10:45am service; and call and invite another person or family to meet you here. It will be so good to see you! If you’d like to know all that we are doing to bring us together safely and help everyone stay safe, you can read our current Covid-19 Response Policies. They are posted on our website.

COVID Policies – Cornerstone (buildingonjesus.org)

I do want to let you know that the new state mandate for vaccination or negative covid test proof in social contexts will be in full effect beginning October 25th. I have included a copy of the Order below. Please know that our Response Team and Leadership Team will be discussing this next week to determine our next steps in light of this, if any. Here is the actual order from the State of Washington:

Local Health Officer Verification of Vaccination Order (kingcounty.gov)

Let us thank God for being our God and our guide through all of this. We can be grateful that we are not alone. God is with us; and we have an awesome Church Family to journey through life. May we avail ourselves of both so that we can be witnesses to Christ’s more than sufficiency now and always.

With love and appreciation for you,
Pastor Cecilia Comer.

Pastors Column Aug 4 2021

Hello Everyone, and Greetings to you in the name of Christ our Savior!

It is my joy to greet you for this August Newsletter. My family and I are so glad to be here with you and to be a part of the Cornerstone Family. You have helped us to feel so warmly welcomed so thank you so much. I want to thank you for the wonderful reception on my first Sunday and for the lovely gift basket. We have already begun using gift cards (which have been a real help since it is still hard for me to cook as I recover from my car accident), and we’ve used the Home Depot card to get keys made, and so much more.

In August I look forward to meeting with the Reopening Team to talk about our way forward as we continue through this season of COVID Pandemic. We want to make sure that we stay connected and enjoy each other’s fellowship while keeping everyone safe.

Thank you for being willing to reschedule our “meet and greets” and I look forward to meeting more of you in the days ahead.

Here is my heart scripture, the one that keeps me anchored in my life, I share it with you because I believe that it is “our” scripture as well:

“I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a bright hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)

So as we move through this new season together, I ask that you keep this in mind, no matter what challenge comes–it will be temporary. The Plans that the Lord has for us will always prevail and we will again and again prosper because we trust in Him.

God bless you, and I look forward to our August together.

With Love,
Pastor Comer

Meet Pastor Comer

From the Pastor’s Pen & Heart

To My New Cornerstone Family,

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

It is so good to be able to greet you in His precious name!

It is July 1st and the first official day of my being with you as your new Pastor. I just want to publicly thank Pastor Ashley again for doing such a wonderful job as the Congregation’s Interim Pastor and her husband for his worship leading ministry. I really enjoyed worshipping with the both of them, and you, when we came to visit in May.

As we begin our time together, I just want to say that I am really looking forward to meeting everyone. I know that it will be a little strange to meet and build relationships while navigating Church reopening, but I know that we can, and hopefully have a lot of fun while we are doing it. For those who like to email, you can think of me as a pen pal and write to me. Contact the church office to get Pastor Comer’s email address.  For those who like Zoom (or at least are willing to use it as a tool during this time) we can meet and talk over Zoom. For those who are willing to meet in person using social distancing and masks, we can do that outside or inside, as appropriate and people are comfortable; and for those who like to talk by phone we can make that happen too. Contact the church office for Pastor Comer’s phone number.

My hope and prayer for these first few months is to focus on meeting as many of you as I can and beginning to grow our relationship as Christian friends and as Pastor and People. I am asking that you would help me to do this by reaching out to me to say hello and introduce yourselves. If you would be willing, I would appreciate it if you would set up a time when I can meet with you individually and as small groups of people from the church for a “meet and greet.” You can also respond to invitations to “meet the Pastor” that will be publicized, and certainly we can begin our journey as a community by you coming out for Sunday morning worship.

My family and I are very excited about moving to Covington and being able to find our spiritual home with you. I look forward to our first Sunday together and pray that you will all join me in trusting God that our best is yet to come. One of my favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a bright hope and a future.” I hold this in my heart as I come to you as God’s promise for us all.

God bless you, I’m praying for you, and we’ll see you soon!

Because of His Grace,

Pastor Cecilia L. Comer