We have had the privilege for the last fifteen years of serving our community by helping families in need of toys for their kids at Christmastime. It is a great opportunity for all of our church volunteers to show the love of Christ to many families. It is also an opportunity to share with them the greatest gift of all–Jesus Christ. John 3:16 tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus left His home in Heaven some two thousand years ago and became a man by being born of a virgin. He lived a perfect, sinless life for 33 years and went to the cross of Calvary to bleed and die for the sins of us all. He did it so that we might be saved from our sins. If we will believe on Him and trust Him to save us, we can receive the gift of everlasting life. What a gift! To us it is free, but to God, it was the most expensive gift to be given–His only begotten Son!
Each year Cornerstone Baptist Church is proud to be a part of the Goffstown Main Street Pumpkin Regatta where we have an opportunity to minister to our community. We love ministering to the children by setting up a booth with six to eight carnival games that they can go around and play. This year’s hit was the skee ball game, but the year to year favorite is the fishing game. We have a table set up so that every child gets to go and pick a prize when they are done. All this is done for free so that there is no cost to the family. It is such a joy to see the kids have lots of fun and walk away with a great big smile after picking a prize. All of the games are manned by volunteers from our church with the help of the missionary families that are with us for our missions conference that week. It is also a great opportunity for us to give out invitations to our church and tell of the wonderful Saviour whom we serve. Jesus makes a difference in people’s lives! We had another great year this year! Praise the Lord!
The theme for our missions conference this year was “Give the Light,” taken from 2 Corinthians 4:6. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We were blessed to have two wonderful missionary families that have surrendered their lives to serve the Lord. The Raleigh Hill family is going to bring the Gospel to Argentina, and the Taylor Norris family is going to Mozambique to bring the Gospel there. Jesus gave the local, New Testament church the command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Every nation needs a gospel witness! Cornerstone Baptist Church is endeavoring to keep the Lord’s command by doing our best to reach our community, and through our missions giving we are sending missionaries to other countries on our behalf to tell the good news that Jesus saves!
We had tremendous meetings each night as we sang, worshiped, and heard great preaching from the Word of God. Saturday, we ran a booth at the Goffstown Pumpkin Regatta in the center of town. What an opportunity to get out into our community and minister to people. We gave out hundreds of gospel tracts. We finished the conference on Sunday with great services and our International Banquet featuring food from around the world. When all was said and done, Cornerstone took on both missionary families for support both financially and prayerfully. May many souls come to Christ in Argentina and Mozambique! To God be the glory!
This year Cornerstone Baptist Church hosted a one day event that we call Vacation Bible Club on July 26th from 11am until 2pm. Our theme this year was Rescue Zone–Saved by God’s Power.
The kids had a great time! We played some games outdoors, and during our craft time they made a stuffed Dalmatian dogs out of white socks. These went perfectly with our visit across the street to the Goffstown Fire Department. The firemen at the station gave us a great tour and signed the kids’ stuffed dog. When we got back, everyone had hot dogs and chips for lunch and we had a great puppet skit about Nebuchadnezzer and the children saved by God’s power from the fiery furnace. Mrs. Prescott gave a great Bible story lesson and we finished up with prizes for all the kids to take home.
Luke 18:16– “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer the little childrento come unto me,and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
We had a tremendous time at our Men’s Fellowship on June 14th. We had a great turnout of men and boys on the day before Father’s Day. Mark Austin organized the event for us at a 500+ acre working farm in Lyndeborough, NH. It was a dude’s day out at the farm where we were able to fish and take aim during target practice. Of course as Baptists, we had all the hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and fixins that we could eat. Before we finished up, Pastor Prescott gave a devotion from the Word of God to challenge the men and boys to be the best they could be for the cause of Christ. Looking forward to next year!
We had a great revival services this week! The Bible says to draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. That was the goal of this week. Four days of services with four guest pastors preaching the Word of God. The really neat thing about having four different preachers is that the only one who knows what is going to be preached is the Holy Spirit. As you look back on the messages, you can see what the Spirit was working on in our church. On Sunday, Pastor Cal Fuller, former pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Londonderry, NH, and now of Winning New England for Eternity, preached about cutting some things out of our lives that are hindering us from serving the Lord as we should. On Monday night, Pastor Dave Carlson of Gospel Baptist Church in Manchester, NH, preached on meeting with God and having a strong devotional life in order to nurture revival. On Tuesday, Pastor Tom Faulk of First Baptist Church of Groton, MA, preached on the fields already white unto harvest, and how the Lord sees people. He challenged us to see others as Jesus sees them. Wednesday night was the grand finale, and Pastor Peter Chamberland of Granite State Baptist Church in Concord, NH, preached on desiring the fire. He preached a great message about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego in Daniel Chapter 3. They were bound as they entered the fire, but were set free by the fire. God loves us and uses trials to free us from the things that hold us back from revival.
We had spirited congregational singing followed by excellent special music! Our song leader, Michael Prescott, played the guitar and sang “Jesus Pilots My Ship,” and “I’ve Been To Calvary.” A trio sang “My Life Is Yours To Control” and Michael sang “The Refiner’s Fire” with Ben Prescott at the piano. Lastly, the trio sang “Desire the Fire” on Wednesday night. The music prepared hearts for the great preaching to follow! We also had refreshments each night with lots of fellowship. I am grateful for the good attendance in each of the services. May it be that revival fires were kindled in our hearts, and we go into the summer months on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ, with a desire to serve Him with all of our hearts!
Last night we began Sunday Night Fellowship that we will have the last Sunday of every month after the evening service. We had a tremendous response and folks made some unbelievably good dips! Of course, we had the usual veggies and dip, fruit and dip, and chips and salsa. We also had other dips such as a spinach dip, a dip made with tomato soup and cream cheese (it was awesome!), some Mexican dips, and even a lobster/crab meat dip(which was especially awesome!). We had a wonderful time together as a church family. Everyone should be a part of a good Bible-believing church. There has been so much in the news this past week about becoming saints that the Lord led me to teach what the Bible says on the subject. Not only did we have great physical food, we had some great spiritual food as well!
Wow, what a great finish to we had to our Fishers of Men Missions Conference 2012! On Saturday, October 13th, Goffstown had its annual Pumpkin Regatta. For the last couple of years, Cornerstone Baptist Church has hosted a booth at the Regatta. To us, worldwide missions includes reaching out to our own community. We had a great location on the town common for our booth this year. We set up several carnival-like games for children to play complete with toy prizes to give away. The parents and grandparents were thrilled to have something for their kids to do that was free! It afforded us the opportunity to get our name out there and give away hundreds of church invitations. Our missionaries had lots of fun working the booth, handing out tracts, and then just spending time enjoying the giant pumpkins and the Regatta. We met many wonderful folks not only from Goffstown, but also the greater Manchester area. It was a great way to get the Gospel out and to let people know there is a church in their community that cares!
When the Regatta was done and the booth packed up, we headed over to the church for our Missions Banquet, where our theme was International Soup and Sandwich Night! Church folks prepared delicious soups and sandwiches from around the world. Everything was absolutely delicious! After we ate, Josh Foote brought us a brief message from God’s Word to encourage us. It was a great way to finish the day!
What a great missions conference we are having this year. Our theme is a great reminder of what the mission of Cornerstone Baptist Church is–fishing for men! “And he (Jesus) saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Our Missions Conference is all about reaching our community, our country, and all the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having this conference in the middle of October affords us a well-rounded opportunity to emphasize the mission of our church because we are able to tie it in with our community outreach at the Goffstown Pumpkin Regatta. I will update this in a future post.
We have two wonderful missionary families with us. Joshua and Heather Foote and their two children are missionaries to the country of South Africa. You can read all about their ministry at thefootesinafrica.com. Brooks and Tricia Suttle and their five boys (yes I said 5 boys!) are church planting missionaries to the Yarmouth area of Maine, USA. You can read all about their ministry at maine4christ.com.
We are thankful for the vision God has given to these men of God and for the opportunity they give to our church to be a part of reaching beyond our community with the Gospel. Pastor David Smith is our keynote speaker. He and his wife, Sharon, are ministering to churches around New England, encouraging them to get involve in worldwide missions. They have been a great blessing to us every time they have been in our church! To be involve, we can pray, we can go, and we can give. Every Christian should be involve in helping others know Jesus! It IS the mission of the local, New Testament church!
We are moving forward as a church as we seek to move to a new building. The Lord has been opening doors for us as we have been praying for Him to lead us. God has helped us to work out an agreement with the landlord. After meeting with town officials, we hired a company to help us with a site plan for the property. We had our first meeting with the town planning board to present our vision for a church at this location. Because we are changing the use of the property from retail space to a church, we are going to have to make many changes to bring everything up to code. Although we have a monumental task ahead of us, we are grateful that they are willing to work with us to see the project through. We have a great God who is able to do all things. “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).
10:00AM Sunday School
11:00AM Morning Worship
6:00PM Evening Worship
7:00PM Prayer & Bible Study
*Nursery is available during all services!
Cornerstone Baptist Church
651 Mast Rd.
Manchester, NH 03102