Cornerstone’s biggest praise meeting of the year is coming Thursday, June 25 at 7PM. At this annual business meeting the membership elects new elders, considers the 2021 annual budget and hears the reports of our ministry leaders. In many ways, 2019-2020 has been Cornerstone’s greatest year in ministry.
Given the special circumstances, there are two ways for attendees and members to attend this year. You can come to the church campus or you can watch it by livestream at cclb.org/live. Voting will be available both on campus and online for members only.
Our theme this year is: Great is Thy Faithfulness taken from the book of Lamentations chapter three. During a time of great suffering and uncertainty, God revealed Himself to Jeremiah as the God whose love is steadfast and whose mercies never come to an end. God’s great work though Cornerstone is testimony to our faithful God and His faithful people.
Let’s give Him all the glory and praise!
Pastor Jerry Rueb
Regathering weekend is fast approaching and we want to keep you informed about the latest details of our plan to worship God together as one family in many locations. It is good to be reminded that Cornerstone is a family and like any family with many members, there are varying opinions about the best way forward. With that in mind, we must all seek the Lord’s grace to move with patience and love as we make hard decisions about these matters of conscience and methodology.
No one has all the right answers, so out of consideration for others and for your peace of mind, if you are not ready to meet, not feeling well, or are immune-compromised, we strongly request that you stay home and enjoy worshipping by Livestream at www.cclb.org/live. We honor your decision and respect your right to prayerfully take responsibility for your health and wellbeing. Cornerstone is one family in Christ wherever we meet.
1. The online Hub with on-line ministries will continue and pastors will be available for prayer and counsel.
2. Livestream enhancements are being planned for our growing broadcast viewers. Watch for these changes beginning the weekend of June 28!
1. All worship services will be held at regular times. Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 9 AM, 11 AM and 6 PM. Common surfaces and bathrooms will be disinfected between services.
2. Worship center seating is being rearranged to allow for easy social distancing. We ask that you keep at least two empty seats between different family units. This will decrease our capacity, but we feel it will be sufficient. The number attending each worship service will be based solely on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
3. If you are concerned about capacity, our Saturday or Sunday evening services traditionally have fewer worshipers and are less crowded.
4. For the sake of other’s safety, we discourage:
a. Shaking hands, hugs, and touching.
b. Gathering in the courtyard or common areas.
5. Children are welcome, but they are to stay with their family units. The Junior High and High School Ministries will be meeting together in MP1 at 11:00 AM.
6. We encourage wearing masks, but masks are not required to enter. Masks will be available at the door.
7. Offering boxes will be placed at the exits. We will not pass collection plates.
8. Surfaces in common areas and bathrooms will be disinfected between services
9. Parking lots surrounding Cornerstone and across the street at the Retirement Housing Foundation will be open and available. Sato School parking lot is closed.
10. A professional security guard will be on duty for your protection and safety.
God placed us in His church with diverse gifts and callings, but He intends us to be one in Christ. He calls us to value our differences by modeling a “unity in diversity” that becomes real as we honor one another in the choices we make. It is our prayer that we will continue to move in Christ-centered community, bound by His love so that we might witness powerfully to those who are far from God.
Looking to Jesus,
Dr. Jerry Rueb Ron Krieger
Lead Pastor Elder Chairman
It is a blessing to provide you with this exciting update. The desire of Cornerstone’s leaders has been to seek the Lord’s direction at every turn. As you know, after three months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cornerstone officially reopened as a prayer meeting on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020. Since then, we’ve met each Sunday as a prayer gathering.
At a special Elder Board meeting on Tuesday night, June 9, 2020, and believing that God was leading us, your elders, decided that we will resume our normal service schedule, beginning the weekend of June 20/21.
Here is what you need to know before attending one of our regularly scheduled weekend services:
The church office will reopen on Monday, June 15 for regular office hours with church staff working on site. Additionally, beginning Monday, June 15, the building will be available for other normally scheduled weekday ministries and services.
Getting back into the normal routines that have made Cornerstone a blessing will take some time and some necessary adjustments. So please pray for the success of this reopening plan and be patient as we reorient to life regathered as God’s family.
Finally, we want to thank you, the Cornerstone family for your prayers, your patience, your giving and your loyalty to the cause of Christ during this time of testing. By the grace God gives, we will come back more grateful, more faithful, more prayerful, and more committed to our mission than ever before.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man (church) who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
Trusting God for a new season of blessing,
Pastor Jerry Rueb & Ron Krieger
Lead Pastor Elder Chairman
Dear Cornerstone Family,
The Elder Board has been working steadily over recent weeks to assess the rapidly changing situation and to determine our best way forward as a faith community. The recurring question is, “When will we regather in large group worship?”
While we have a strong bias to return to large group worship as soon as possible, the elder board has decided to continue our Sunday afternoon Prayer Gathering through Sunday, June 14th. This decision was made based on the safety of the church family, current limitations on group gatherings and the desire to maintain a strong livestream experience for those worshipping from home. The Elder Board will meet this coming week to determine our course of action post-June 14th.
This time apart has been difficult and we hope to announce good news about plans to re-gather in the near future In the meantime, please continue to seek God’s face and pray for our church, our city and our nation.
Cornerstone Church Elder Board
Dear Cornerstone Family,
The tragedy of George Floyd’s death is shaking America. This kind of unbelievable treatment of George Floyd by police is now a stain on our society. The sad outcome of tragic incidents like this divides America by race, turns neighborhoods into war zones and erodes trust in civil authorities. These things ought not to be! I pray that justice will be done. Or like the prophet Amos said: let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Most of the media will not take the time to look into Floyd’s life because the message of his life was one of Jesus. George Floyd was our brother in Christ with a heart to mend the broken young men within urban America.
Now it is up to us to lead others in charting a new course that is based on the commitment that our Lord Jesus Christ came to make His church one, so that the world would believe. I am asking everyone who calls Cornerstone their church family to do these five things.
First, repent of any and all racism because it is a sin. "God...made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth” (Acts 17:26) “If you show partiality, you are committing sin” (James 2:9) God places infinite value on every life. Racism has no place in our church and will be confronted as the evil it is.
Second, work to be a peacemaker in our surrounding community. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). Careless words and insensitive actions create tension but God called us to peace.
Third, if you have been hurt by racism, forgive as Jesus forgave you. "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15).
Fourth, walk in love as Christ loved you because God is love and love covers a multitude of sins. (Ephesians 5:2: 1 John 4:7-8; 1 Peter 4:8)
Finally, it is time for the church on earth to see what John saw as he looked into heaven. "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9). God does not erase ethnic distinctions in heaven; He celebrates them! He loves every expression of humanity and He glorifies His church of all peoples as His new creation in Christ Jesus. Let’s embrace our differences and get in line with God’s glorious plan for our eternal destiny. Let us pray that this sad chapter in America’s history can become a catalyst to a better future.
With a heavy but hopeful heart,
Dear Cornerstone Family,
As I write you today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for you. When the Lord gave birth to Cornerstone more than 18 years ago, He raised up a church with vision, heart and perseverance. During these traumatic weeks of international pandemic, our church staff and church family have stepped up with extraordinary grace and grit in the face of big changes. I praise God for you all like Paul when he wrote the Philippians and said, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:4)
Each and every day I pray for God’s protection over you from this dangerous virus. I encourage you to stay vigilant in using practical precautions set by the C.D.C. to protect yourself and those you love. Medical experts tell us that we are in for some difficult weeks of losses ahead to Covid-19.
Special Note: Tuesday night, March 31, the Cornerstone Elder board wisely extended the closure of Cornerstone’s regular ministries and church office until April 30, 2020. Please know that the elders monitor the latest developments, keep their eye on the future and pray over each decision.
This means that Holy Week starting with Palm Sunday and continuing through Good Friday and Resurrection Day worship services will not be held at the church building.
Special Livestream services are being prepared for broadcast for each of these regular Holy Week worship events. Our media team, worship leaders and pastoral team are working hard to bring you life-changing broadcasts that you can enjoy in the safety of your own home.
Here are the Holy Week online service times:
Palm Sunday: Saturday 6pm; Sunday 9 & 11am.
Good Friday: 12 noon & 7pm.
Resurrection Celebration: Saturday 5 & 7pm and Sunday 9 & 11am.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak, our livestream audience has ballooned, and our circle of viewers has widened to include many more states and even countries. Please invite your family and friends both near and far to join us at www.cclb.org/online. Let’s persevere in the hope that God uses this crisis for His greater plan and purposes. We look forward to meeting as one church in many living rooms.
Dear Cornerstone Family,
In its wake, Covid-19 is creating unwelcome and unthinkable changes in America and around the world. When change comes, it can be seen as either a threat or a welcomed opportunity to adapt. From the birth of the church at Pentecost, believers have adapted to abrupt social, political and situational changes. Soon after the ascension of Jesus, the early church was scattered due to the onslaught of persecution. Their normal patterns of life and gathering for worship were rudely disturbed.
In the past few weeks, Cornerstone has adapted and innovated to keep our church family together and to take advantage of some exciting new opportunitiesto minister the gospel of Jesus. Through this crisis, the Cornerstone family is gathering together via Livestream events. Reports are pouring in of how Cornerstone's Livestream broadcasts are reaching thousands of new people each week. God continues to fulfill what Jesus promised, "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16: 18) So let's keep looking to Jesus, the Head of the Body, and stay together as one church with many living rooms.
In time we will all be together again.
Dear Cornerstone Family,
My normal routines have been disrupted by the threat of this virus...stores closed, scheduled events canceled, schools silent, freeways clear, planned tours on hold and church ministries delivered by new digital means. Wow! That's a mountain of change in a short span of time. Is your household reeling from the new pace of life? Mine is. Within the span of a few days my regular ruts gave way to some new grooves. Is God allowing this disruption to accomplish His higher purposes? I think so. God is not the author of evil, however, He does creatively use all things including a dreaded virus to fulfill His will in my life. How about you? Has your schedule been disrupted? Are you moving at a different pace?
One blessing of a disrupted schedule is that it gives us a chance to reallocate what we do with our time. God's Word advises us to use our time wisely because He knows that there are many things in life that can distract us from what truly matters. In our recent study through Ephesians we find this gem:
"Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."(Ephesians 5:15-17)
Living carefully and wisely buys up opportunities to do the best things not just good things. So, while the church office is closed and I am working from home, I am taking time to think creatively, read my Bible carefully, pray more fervently, and love those around me more completely. Sue and I have a routine we call "coffee talk" each morning. It's our time to talk, think out loud, pray together and laugh. If your routine has been changed, try to use your time for important priorities and personal growth. Take time for activities like cooking a new recipe, walking around the neighborhood (keeping the proper social distance), beginning an art project, cleaning the garage, sorting old pictures, writing letters to family and talking more deeply with your spouse or children.
During this virus interruption, do not waste your time so that you look back with regret - you do not know what tomorrow holds! Read and study these Bible verses about time to better understand how important every moment is in light of eternity. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; 1 John 2:17; John 9:4; Proverbs 21:5; Colossians 3:1-2.
In time we will all be together again.
Dear Cornerstone Family,
The fast-moving outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through nations disrupting the daily lives of millions. Public health officials are scrambling to get a grip on how to mitigate the spread with every means possible. Last week, President Trump and his team asked Americans to not gather in groups of over 250. On the weekend, we were instructed to not gather in groups of more than 50. Then last night, the President suggested that people should not gather in groups of more than 10 and that, if possible, people work from home.
Yesterday I met with the Cornerstone staff and elders to pray and ask God for wisdom in how to lead our church family. From my last emails, you know that I want you to trust God and not be afraid while still taking prudent measures to protect yourself. I strongly urged those of our Cornerstone family whose health is compromised to stay home. Please know your health and welfare are at the top of my list and the elders and staff are working to provide the wisest path forward. As we absorb the latest information available, I want to relay Cornerstone's plan to stay connected and still fulfill our God-given mission.
On Monday evening March 16, in an emergency meeting, Cornerstone elders adopted this motion: "That we (Cornerstone Church) suspend all onsite church gatherings as well as home Life Group meetings and Bible studies in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19." During the next two week period, March 16-31, there will be no church gatherings either onsite or offsite. Cornerstone is suspending all in-person gatherings for the next two weeks. This includes the church office. We will still be conducting business and answering phones but we will not be in the church building. On March 31 the elders will reconvene to reevaluate the situation.
This change provides an opportunity for us to adapt the way Cornerstone worships and ministers during the week. The pastors and ministry staff are working hard to help you continue to worship, receive inspiring guidance and practical help during this time of national crisis. Starting today and for the next two weeks, Cornerstone will shift to become an online church.
The Online Plan:
1. Worship by Livestream will be available at all regular times. Saturday 6 pm; Sunday 9 am, 11 am, 6 pm. Worship as a family or invite a neighbor in your home to worship using this link (www.cclb.org/online). Each week Pastor Jerry will give a Spirit-empowered message geared for these troubled times.
2. Legacy will minister every Wednesday evening to families through a livestream format at cclb.org/online.This new approach will empower families to worship and learn with a special focus on youth and children.
3. Daily devotions will be emailed to you. Every day our Cornerstone pastors and ministers will record a short video and an encouraging and uplifting written devotion from the Bible. Now you can awaken each day to the "good news" from God's Word. Watch your email for these exciting new resources for your growth in Christ.
4. Ministry-focused emails and social media formats will connect men, women, young adults, youth and children.The logistical and technical details of these laser-focused ministries are still being formulated. Please stay tuned! Go to this link (www.cclb.org/updates) to get regular updates.
During this period of change, I encourage you to give to Cornerstone. Our local ministries and international missions rely on our combined generosity. I praise God that since our beginning, Cornerstone has practiced careful management of every gift. Cornerstone is financially solid and without the burden of crushing debt. However, to continue to minister effectively and without interruption, I must ask you to be faithful in your giving. Please consider either mailing in your tithe or using this Cornerstone giving link: www.cclb.org/giving to make your donations.
In closing, I want you to know that I and the Cornerstone team are standing with you and we are standing together in Christ. Our Mission: Love God, Equip Believers, Answer God's Call and Declare the Good News (LEAD) will not stop.
If you have a question, a care need or would like a pastor to pray over the phone or counsel you, the church staff is available by phone and email. See our webpage www.cclb.org/staff or an individual pastor or minister's contact information.
Your Lead Shepherd under Jesus the Great Shepherd,
Pastor Jerry Rueb
P. S. Now please read Psalm 46 slowly and be still and know that God is there for you.
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7The LORDof hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10"Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
11The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Dear Church Family,
We are assuming that everyone has heard President Trumps recent address to the nation. Pastor Jerry is in Seattle, Washington this weekend officiating his brother-in-laws funeral and David Talley will be preaching at Saturday evenings service and the Sunday morning services. Pastor Ryan will be preaching at the Sunday evening service. The leadership of Cornerstone feels strongly that we need to keep our doors open this weekend, however, we are also desiring to be in compliance with our governor’s directive and the LA Board of Health’s mandate which restricts public gatherings to 250 or less. Our desire is to allow those that wish to attend, the ability to come and worship and at the same time, be good stewards and to be protective of our church family.
With that being said, we will be holding all scheduled services, but will be limiting the number of people in the building to 250. This includes children through adults, the volunteers, as well as ministry staff. We are cancelling our children’s, youth services and adult Sunday School classes this weekend. We will be communicating with you further next week.
Unfortunately, we are forced to treat this weekend on a first come, first serve basis so there will be the chance that you are turned away at the door if and when we reach our limit.
We encourage our church family to watch the service via livestream from your home during the 11AM service (cclb.org/online). If you are scheduled to serve this weekend, please contact your team leader for further direction.
It is our prayer to continue to help shepherd your Sunday worship life and continue to seek out alternative ways of continuing a practice of Sunday worship and discipleship in the coming weeks. We will be sending out updates as things continue to evolve and we seek His will as we navigate through this together. We are taking the appropriate precautions, but we are not giving into fear. Please be in continual prayer for our church body as well as the churches worldwide that are affected by this.
For continuing information please see the link: cclb.org/updates
In His service,
The Cornerstone Elder Board and Pastoral Staff
Amid fears of Coronavirus, today Cornerstone received a directive from the Long Beach Unified School District canceling all permits between the school district and all outside user groups. Our parking permit at Sato was canceled.
This policy is most distressing for small churches in Long Beach who hold worship services in school facilities as Cornerstone Church did in its early history.
So until further notice, the Sato parking lot is not available to us. On Sundays, we still have the two overflow lots on either side of the Foundation Building directly across the street. Please overflow park at the Foundation Building across the street and use the bus or walk across the street at the intersection to the church.
Thanks so much, church family, for your understanding and cooperation as we monitor this situation and keep you informed. And all the while, trusting in our sovereign Lord for His leading in our church and our lives.
Pastor Randy Jones
Dear Cornerstone Family,
The worldwide spread of the Coronavirus is dramatically impacting the movement, gathering and normal routines of everyone. So here at Cornerstone, we are taking extra precautions to ensure your health and safety. With any emergency, there is a need for accurate and actionable information. The Center for Disease Control gives these practical steps to protect yourself on this webpage.
1. Wash your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds.
2. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.
5. Stay at home if you are sick and seek medical help.
6. Cover any coughs or sneezes using the inside of your elbow, discard used tissue and wash your hands.
7. Wear a face mask if you are sick.
8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Here are practical suggestions and extra steps that Cornerstone is taking to protect you.
1. Make use of the hand sanitizer stations located throughout the building.
2. Cornerstone building staff are regularly sanitizing the church’s door knobs and handles.
3. Our custodial service is taking extra steps to sanitize our bathrooms.
4. If you are sick, stay home until you are well and worship with Cornerstone on Livestream. Click here to go to Cornerstone’s Livestream.
5. Avoid shaking hands or hugging. Rather bump a fist or elbow.
6. If you have a compromised immune system, consider staying away from large gatherings until this flu passes.
7. A new methodology of serving communion will be enacted to protect everyone’s health and safety.
8. Pray for yourself, your family, your church and those who are affected by the Coronavirus.
Panic does not rule Cornerstone, neither will we give into fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 So let us approach this medical emergency with confidence in the Lord combined with practical precautions for personal health.
In Christ alone,
The Cornerstone Elder Team is responsible for deciding when the church will resume meeting in-person. This decision is influenced by a number of factors including the ability to accomplish our mission, the safety of our church family, maintaining good relationships within the community of Long Beach, and minimizing unnecessary risk to the church. The Elder Team is meeting frequently to seek the Lord, evaluate new information and make a wise decision. As of yet, there is no fixed date for re-gathering for large group worship. As soon as such a date is established, it will be communicated to the church family via all available communication channels.
You can mail it to Cornerstone Church 1000 N Studebaker Rd Long Beach, CA 90815. The post office is holding our mail, which we pick up every few days.
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Under "Caring for You" there is a section that says, "I Need Prayer". Click on "Send Request". Type your request there. If these options do not work for you, call the church office at 562-296-6490.
The ministries at Cornerstone are working diligently to keep our Church family connected. This is happening through online services each weekend, Life Groups, and through our social media. Visit us at https://hub.cclb.org/ to see all that is going on while online and follow us on Facebook or Instagram @CornerstoneChurchLB. Also, subscribe at the bottom of the page to receive our daily devotionals and other important information about what is going on with Cornerstone Church via email.
Cornerstone is actively serving vulnerable communities both inside and outside the church. Through our Care Ministries, Cornerstone offers support for those who are facing divorce, struggling with mental illness, dealing with grief and a number of other challenges (www.cclb.org/care). Most of these meetings take place via Zoom or phone. Outside of the church, Cornerstone members have provided meals to homeless and at-risk individuals in Long Beach through our partnership with Christian Outreach in Action. The church has also provided food and technology support to the Long Beach Rescue Mission so that guests can participate in worship services and Bible studies. Recently, Cornerstone provided funding for emergency food supplies for Long Beach residents through two partner churches in the downtown area. Internationally, Cornerstone has stood with our mission partners providing funding for Covid-19 relief and prevention.