Greetings and more from Pastor Tom
On behalf of my wife Cheryl it is my pleasure to say hello as your new pastor. I am thrilled humbled and very excited at what God has done in Cornerstone the past five years and am looking forward to being allowed the privilege to be a part of what He is going to do in the coming years. I know, that all of you are very aware of the debt of gratitude owed the Lord for the faithful service of Pastor Russ and his wife Miranda since the planting of this church. I would ask that we as a church continue to pray for them in this time of transition.
It is not easy leaving our church where I have served as Senior Pastor for the last twenty ones years, but I hope that says a few things to you our new church. First we are truly convinced this is Gods will as seen in many ways over the last six months and verified by your vote. This decision was not come to lightly or without significant prayer. Second I hope you see our philosophy as one of long term ministry. I do not believe in ministry as a career where you look to advance on the backs and souls of Gods people. I believe that to be truly effective is to stay somewhere and not be looking to leave if a better situation arises. I was at my last church for twenty one years and believe that by Gods grace I can serve another twenty one here. I want you all to know that I am convinced that great days are ahead of us. We are a church of young vibrant believers who have great theology and a desire to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And as that happens, and our affections for the Lord grow, it will become infectious to others and they will want to know more about this God we serve , the church we go to, this life we lead, and that becomes a very sweet thing to behold and be a part of.
Finally let me share what this transition looks like for us. I will be coming to the church the first week of January, arriving some time around January eighth or ninth. The eleventh will be my first Sunday with you . Cheryl is going to be staying back in Massachusetts with my father, who lives with us, until our house sells, as we cannot afford to pay for two houses. Which brings me to thank God that my mother-in-law lives in Longs about thirty minutes from the church. I will be looking to preach three Sundays in a row and then go back to Massachusetts for a few days and then return to South Carolina, with that being the schedule I intend to maintain. I tell you all of this primarily so that you will keep us in prayer during the transition. Please pray that we be content and patient as we wait on the Lord for the sale of our house. As I write this I found out yesterday that our Title 5 inspection failed so we are going to need to have a new septic system put in as well. Not the end of the world, just less money for us, but more opportunity to glorify the Lord and to make sure our joy is in Him and not the things of this world.
Any way I should wrap this first blog up, but I do intend to blog regularly so I pray that you will begin to check in to this site and invite your friends to do the same. I cannot wait to be with you all on the eleventh. Cheryl sends her love.
For His Glory,