Dear Church Family & Friends,
This Sunday, July 21st we will be gathering following the meeting the service to discuss the next steps for our congregation. Beginning September 1st, we will not be meeting in our present location but will be meeting as a house church or perhaps as a group of house churches in the Crozet and Charlottesville area. At this meeting on Sunday we will spend some time in prayer and then we will meet for an hour (from about noon to 1:30 pm) to discuss and discern the next steps for our church family.
As a part of this discernment process we will be looking at the discernments that we received during our 3 periods of prayer and fasting last year. If you would like to review these discernments before Sunday click on this link: RCC Discernments
During June, when I was giving my attention to prayer and seeking the Lord about the future, I feel that I received some insights that I would like to share on Sunday. I believe that God has wonderful plans for us. I have some encouraging information to share with you on Sunday. Please come with all the faith that you possess!
Closing the doors of the building is truly a loss. The vision that we once had as the Cornerstone Church of Albemarle is no longer. This past week, I spent some time walking around the building. Many wonderful memories came to mind. I cried a lot. This week I finally felt the weight of the loss. There is no way to get around it. The Cornerstone Church of Albemarle/ RCC existed as local church in Crozet for 18 years. God has been so faithful; We have seen the sick receive healing. We have seen many come to know Jesus and many have matured in their faith. Of course, there is pain and loss too, but God has revealed His power and purposes in so many ways here. For that I am extremely thankful.
I believe that it is healthy to acknowledge and mourn this loss. Especially because Jesus promised: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Mat 5:4) When we truly mourn then we can receive the comfort God provides for us. During this process there may be much to talk about. Please, feel free to share and process anything with me. I want this transition to be done in a spirit of love and with full transparency.
In this time of loss and transition it is my desire that we would continue to do first things first. As the Body of Christ, we are called to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love our neighbor as we love ourself! As we keep first things first, we can trust that God will direct us and empower us to walk the fullness of His plan.
See you on Sunday,