Preparing for Particularization

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you—Ephesians 1:15-16

I have good news. On Tuesday this past week at the Nashville Presbytery meeting, Cornerstone Pres. was officially approved for particularization within our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America! As you know, this is a massive step for our little congregation, and what I pray will serve to expand our witness for Christ in Franklin and beyond. This news has increased my joy this week, and I hope it has the same effect on you. May God be pleased to spark a renewed ambition in us to see the gospel take deeper root and spread throughout our parish!

Next Sunday, November 20, at 4:30pm at Christ Community Church we will gather for the particularization service. This is a special service conducted by the presbytery, devoted to renewing our vows to God and one another, as we celebrate God’s work in the church. We will have the privilege of hearing from Dr. George Grant and Scotty Smith in the course of the service, as they are serving us on behalf of the presbytery. I can hardly wait!

One of the important privileges and responsibilities you have as a congregation is the election of a pastor, elders, and deacons. During the particularization service, you will have the sober but joyful opportunity to vote for your officers. Most of these men you’ve known for years, because they have served you at both Christ Community and Parish Presbyterian. The ruling elders are Bill Iverson, Jim Smith, Cy Fenton, Greg Wilbur, Chuck Emerson, and Grant Hensley. The deacons are Joe Haworth, Scott Weeks, Dave Gould, Bob Vermilye, and Riley May. Very thankful for the leadership these brothers have exhibited through the planting phase, and I am thrilled at their willingness to serve Cornerstone in the years to come.

In addition to the brothers mentioned above, there are three men standing for election for the very first time. They are Stacy McGuire, David Steffens, and Ryan Myers. These brothers were nominated for office by you last year and were trained and examined in the areas of spiritual maturity, doctrinal orthodoxy, and shepherd leadership. After this season of testing and training, they come before you with recommendation for the office of elder and deacon respectively. If you have any questions for these men regarding their testimony, training, and service as officers at Cornerstone, they would love hearing from you. You’ll find their contact information on the back of bulletin.

Needless to say, it’s going to be quite a Thanksgiving at Cornerstone!

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