By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
The life of Abraham is the story of all of our lives…a journey of faith, trusting in God’s sovereign hand who leads and guides. When we read of it in Genesis, we may be enamored of Abraham’s trust of God’s call, wondering if that can be true of us. Yet, we have no other choice, but to trust.
At Cornerstone’s first public service on September 13, 1992, Chris’ sermon was from Genesis 12, explaining Cornerstone’s new journey as a church. This September 3rd, when Chris returns from vacation, we will open to that passage once again as we roll out our vision, beginning a dialogue as to Cornerstone’s next chapter of her journey.
Unlike Abraham, our journey is one in which we have the benefit of further revelation, of a greater degree of certainty about our lives. Nevertheless, as we are but limited creatures, lacking the omnipotence of our gracious God, there is a mix of what we know and do not know. What do we know that God is doing in Cornerstone?
Andrew Whitaker, after 2 ½ years of faithful ministry is seeking a new call. Andrew came to us from seminary, was ordained here, and served us well, not only in worship, but as he invested himself in our lives. He will be missed, but we send him out on the journey God is calling Christiana and him to follow.
- His last Sunday here will be September 24th.
- There will be a gathering on the 24th to say goodbye. The time and place TBD.
- The session is now discerning what our next step will be as we seek to fill that role. Please pray for us.
Chris Vogel, after more than 25 years of service is beginning his transition to his next work in Wisconsin. We hear and see Chris’ passion for training the next generation of leaders. As momentum has mounted, Chris is following God’s guidance and his heart on this new journey.
- While Chris’ transition begins, his work at Cornerstone has not now ended. He remains Cornerstone’s Senior Pastor and is her primary preacher at this time.
- There is much we do not know about this transition
- We do not yet know the length of this transition or who will be at the helm of this Body in the future.
- We do know God calls us on a journey and guides our steps even if we do not know where they lead. Change is hard, but God is good.
- Please pray for God to guides us all, especially the Session, to make wise and healthy choices, as He has through our 25 years.
- We, your Session, are committed to communicate with you in a timely and clear fashion. We are crafting a plan for healthy communication. Likewise, please communicate with us. Remember, we don’t have all the answers, but our God does.
- Ask your elders and pastors questions. We are here to listen and talk, but please refrain from empty speculation or gossip.
- What we do know is that, just as Chris was called to plant Cornerstone, he is now called to have a hand in the formation of the next generation of planters here in Wisconsin. Please pray for him…and us, as we participate and benefit from his work with us in the past and moving forward into the future.
Ben Sinnard has transitioned from Assistant to Associate Pastor. He has been and will continue to be a godly guide for all of us. He, with Chris, will have a voice in the transition as Cornerstone seeks her next Senior Pastor.
- Pray for Ben as he assumes more of the responsibilities as Andrew journeys on and in light of Chris’ path of transition.
- Encourage Ben as he seeks God’s guidance along this journey.
Depending on how one is wired, a journey may be exhilarating or frightening. For many of us, it is a combination of both. We have a firm and certain hope that, in Christ, this journey is one God designed for our good and not harm. Again, we kindly request that you pray for us, your elders, that we, fallen creatures, redeemed by God’s grace, will know the direction God has for us in His Word and by His Spirit.
We know these transitions may create a number of different emotions in each of you. They have in us. We want you to know that you can always reach out to us, grab coffee with one of us or chat on the phone. Please let us know if we can help you as we walk though this together.
Let us all continue to look to Him as we take these next steps of faith, for we are all looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Until that time, our new vision remains clear, that, by God’s grace, Cornerstone is:
Renewed by the Gospel
To serve one another
To love Waukesha County
Like Abraham, we are blessed by God to be a blessing. Let us join in prayer to that end, for His glory and the expanse of His kingdom. To God alone be all praise.
In the Hands of our Risen Savior,
The Session of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church