Open Mic Night Was a Party

by Phil Quinn

Last Friday, the Uptownies held an Open Mic Night – an evening where anyone could come and showcase their talents. The idea behind the event was to initiate our new venue as a place in which we can relax and have fun and be a source of life in our community.

So we declared the mic open and sat back to enjoy what would come of it. It was wonderful to see so many budding artists and performers looking for an opportunity to express themselves and it was great fun to cheer them on: poets, dancers, saxophonists, singers and rappers.  Our venue was packed out with Uptowners, visiting Bedfordviewers and students from the Braamfontein community.

The Life Team put on a dance best described as “mixtape”; Liziwe Fihlani from the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra performed a sax solo; and a young performer known as Kooch, hailing all the way from Cape Town, also put in an appearance. And these were just some of the highlights.

Draco, a rapper that used to work with Andy Sherman and who enjoys radio play was our guest performer. He was supplemented by our own Jonno Warmington and the Christ Revolution Dance Crew.

We finished off a highly successful evening with Jon Hing performing his famous MJ impersonation. It was a super event and we’ll certainly be doing it again!

The Exchange – 12 October

 

with guest speaker Jedd Schroy from Paradigm Shift

A handout might enable the poor to survive one more day, but can they be given tools to escape poverty for good? Paradigm Shift is a ministry equipping South African churches by training them to provide business training, micro loans, mentoring and discipleship to the urban poor as an ongoing church-based outreach. By empowering South African churches to provide the poor in their communities with economic development and discipleship, the Paradigm Shift programme equips South African church volunteers to provide long-term solutions to the poverty around them.

Jedd Schroy is the Executive Director and co-founder of Paradigm Shift. Before Paradigm Shift, Jedd was a branch manager for a US-based Fortune 500 financial services company, served as the Director of Development for the National Association of Evangelicals and worked at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington DC. Jedd is an entrepreneur, having started and managed his own business. He is also an author and has been a guest speaker for the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business’ MBA programme. Jedd has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries.

The Exchange
Friday, 12 October
At Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
6:00am: Coffee
6:30am: Prompt Start
Followed by a delicious breakfast

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Saved by the Gospel, for the Gospel

TITLE: Saved by the Gospel, for the Gospel
PREACHER: Waldo Kruger
DATE: 26 AUGUST 2012 – Sunday PM

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Priesthood of All Believers

TITLE: Priesthood of All Believers
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 26 AUGUST 2012 – Sunday AM

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Life Groups: Qualifications and Functions of a Deacon

TITLE: Life Groups: Qualifications and Functions of a Deacon
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 22 AUGUST 2012 – Wednesday PM

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In Part 3 we discussed why Life Groups are important for us today and how they are practically worked out in the life of a church, using Cornerstone as an example.

Now the course splits into two – for those who are involved in leadership or would like to be and for those who aren’t. We’ve called these two parts “Leadership” and “Priesthood” for ease-of-use, knowing that, of course, all of us are the priesthood.

You are currently reading the first part for leaders and potential leaders, which is the fourth part of the course overall. In this part we will talk about the qualifications and functions of a deacon.

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Key Women – 11 October

 

Note that because of Equip we will be meeting on the second Thursday of October.

Join us for Key Women on Thursday, 11 October for next part of our Remarkable Women of Scripture series. Avril will be speaking on the Proverbs 31 Woman.

Key Women
Thursday, 11 October
The Lounge at Cornerstone Church Bedfordview
9:00am & 3:00pm

Life Groups: Priesthood of All Believers

TITLE: Life Groups: Priesthood of All Believers
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 22 AUGUST 2012 – Wednesday PM

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In Part 3 we looked at how Life Groups function in the life of a church, using Cornerstone Bedfordview as an example. Now, this aspect of our Life Groups course focuses on the “Priesthood of all Believers” and their role in the church.

Priesthood of all believers?

The term “priesthood” can sound very religious and that often makes us lose the essence of what it means. And what it means is that God has got a calling and ministry for every believer in the church that lines up with what He has called the church to do – not just pastors/elders or deacons, but everyone. In the Bible, all Christians are called saints and ‘priests’. It’s the priests that cause the church to live in its fullness.

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Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Comes to an End

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage

The Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage course came to its end last night at Bedfordview and we’ve had a fantastic time with the series living up to its name!

Last night was about staying married without killing your spouse. Some of the main points revolved around forgiveness (always a difficult one!) and how men and women have different ways of encouraging each other or giving credit to each other.

Generally, men tend to think that a big favour or ‘surprise’ earns them more points with their wives, but wives don’t count it that way. Random, regular acts of kindness work better than big, sporadic acts of kindness. Women, in general, don’t like everything to be a surprise – most of the time it’s better to tell them what you’re planning and when. Think about a ‘surprise date’ and how often that doesn’t work! She would have wanted to know so she could get a haircut and so on.

Humourously enough, the bonus about telling your wife about some big date event is that as she tells her friends about it, her friends’ husbands automatically get minus points!

The differences between men and women and the way each of us think has really been a fantastic help throughout this course.  Check out feedback on all the evenings at the links below:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Thanks to all those involved in making these special evenings – the food was outstanding and we had a really lovely time.

Cultivating Community in a Growing Church

TITLE: Cultivating Community in a Growing Church
PREACHER: Mark Meeske
DATE: 19 AUGUST 2012 – Sunday AM

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Life Groups: Life Groups in Cornerstone

TITLE: Lifegroups in Cornerstone
PREACHER: Marcus Herbert
DATE: 15 AUGUST 2012 – Wednesday PM

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Life Groups

Part 3: Life Groups in Cornerstone

The audio version of this teaching can be downloaded at https://cornerstonechurch.co.za/lifegroups-in-cornerstone/

In Part 2 we looked at the emphasis the Scriptures place on meeting in homes, starting from the ministry of Jesus to the life of the early church, including the letters, which give us more clues to God’s heart for church life.

Now we’ll look more closely at why Life Groups are important for us today and how Life Groups are practically worked out in the life of a church, using Cornerstone Bedfordview as an example.

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