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.
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:
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.
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.
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!