CORNERSTONE'S SPRING NEWSLETTER 2012
A Communiqué of
CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
& Cornerstone Community Development Corp., Inc.
1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. * Dallas, TX 75215
Post Office Box 152551, Dallas, TX 75315
Phone (214) 426-5468 / Fax (214) 426-0512
www.cornerstonedallas.org / email@example.com
We want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continued support of Cornerstone's outreach in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood. As the winter comes to a close, we are already in full swing over a three week period hosting eight mission teams on their Spring break from Wyoming, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. Some are collegiate teams and others are youth groups but both have a heart and passion to work alongside of Cornerstone to make an impact in the community.
During the weeks in which the Dallas Public Schools are in session, the teams spend the morning assisting in the renovation of the Colonial mansion, a 28 unit former drug infested apartment complex that Cornerstone is rehabilitating to assist families in need. With the project about 45% complete, there remains much work to be done. One of the apartments was made ready for a mother who was living in her car with her children. Over the next couple of weeks, mission teams will be helping to lay tile, replace and repair sheet rock, hang cabinets, and other tasks to make these once dilapidated units habitable for families in crisis.
In the afternoons, teams take off to local parks to do afterschool Bible Clubs and build relations with neighborhood children and youth. Over the years, we have found that although teams may serve with us for only a week, the impact of the children they meet can last for many years to come. Ed and Rebecca Tharp are leaders for the Casper (Wyoming) Baptist Collegiate Ministry and have led several teams to Dallas to work in partnership with us. Several years ago, they met "James" while leading one of clubs in a local neighborhood park and over the years have maintained communication and a relationship with him as he finished middle and high school and even as he was in college on a football scholarship. This past week, James was able to serve as one of the leaders with the Tharps and the students from Casper.
During the week of Dallas Public School are on Spring Break, camps are held at local parks and the church. For several years, the members of Valley Ranch Baptist Church have graciously provided lunch to the children who attend these camps. Various youth-led missions' teams provide Bible lessons, crafts, recreation, and lots of fun. This year at one of the camps, the youth from St. John's Missionary Baptist Church of Grand Prairie and Southlake lead the Bible theme, "Jesus: Our Hip Hop Hope." An example of relating Jesus to the "Hip Hop" culture was a rap that was written by the youth class entitled, "I Like Toast" based on John 6:35. Again, we thank the number of mission teams who serve with us at Cornerstone making the Spring Break Bible Clubs possible.
Cornerstone's commitment is impacting the lives of young children at an early age. Several ministries are geared with that purpose in mind. Teaching not only Bible truths in also teaching skills that builds relationships with volunteers. This past week, with the help of Stonebrier Community Church, the children in the Saturday's Cornerstone Kids program were able to race their derby cars that they built with the help faithful volunteers.
Along with the children's program that meets every Saturday from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, the C-Kids Homework Center provides a safe, friendly haven for children and youth from the community to come after school to receive help with their homework and projects along with a hearty meal, school supplies, basic necessities and love to equip the children with tools and life principles to lead successful, blessed lives.
Knowing that literacy skills are so important for children in the community, the Cornerstone Community Development Corporation, along with the Dallas public school trustee Bernadette Nutall, and the leadership from the Children's Department at Cornerstone Baptist Church promoted revived version of the African American Read-In. The purpose of the read ins is to promote increase youths' interest in reading, highlight great authors and the classics, and improve literacy. During this year's event at Cornerstone, one of the School Board Trustees, Carla Ranger, highlighted Dallas hero George Dawson, who learned to read at age 98, Dawson published his autobiography, Life Is So Good, co-written by Richard Glaubman. Dawson died in 2001 at age 103.
If you have desire to know more about how you can assist us at Cornerstone in impacting the lives of children in the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE
The Annual Elite News Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and Festival is a 27 year old historical community celebration founded on tradition, heritage and commitment. This year with more than 250,000+ annual attendees, the parade ranks as one of the Top 5 celebrations commemorating Dr. King in the country.
As an outreach of the church and since the parade passes in front of the church's main location at 1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Cornerstone has for year's provided a hot chili lunch to the spectators. Once again this year, the money provided by the Dallas Baptist Association Hunger Relief Fund (www.dba.net) provided the food and pastors from the Association's churches to assist in serving the meal. For the first time this year, Cornerstone was able to enter a float that was designed by the children and youth of the church and constructed by volunteers.
CORNERSTONE'S MEDICAL OUTREACHES
Dr. Joe Nawrocki (www.rmo.org) has partnered with Cornerstone for over 11 years. Every Tuesday, he provides free medical care and medicines to the uninsured who would otherwise not be able to affordable to see a doctor. Within an environment of love, compassion, and hope many in the community have been helped during some of the most painful times of their lives.
As Cornerstone has continued to identify needs in the neighborhood as a way to continues to show love and concern for their neighborhood, it became obvious that many of the homeless and those in need were requesting dental and optical care. Thanks to the generosity of the members of Lake Pointe Church, Rockwall (www.lakepointe.org), two apartments at the Cornerstone Care Center have been transformed to the new Dental and Optical Clinics. Because of the high demand for services, both clinics are often at capacity when open on for the community. A second dental clinic in being installed in order to double the capacity of patients served on Fridays. Volunteers are also being recruited to increase the number of days the optical clinic is open. If you have an interest in serving in one of Cornerstone's medical outreaches, please contact Larry Bickel at email@example.com.
OVERCOMING TO HELP OTHERS OVERCOME
Cathy Currie-Smith (left) has been connected to the ministry at Cornerstone over four years. She was one of the first ladies to come through the women's re-entry program housed at the Cornerstone Care Center to assist women coming to the community after prison. Her mentor, Bobbi Stone (right), a member of Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, who she became acquainted with when she enrolled in the Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps (www.dallascwjc.org) has been a source of inspiration and encouragement. As others like Bobbi have walked with Cathy as she has overcome and is overcoming many life controlling issues, Cathy is now the lead teacher of Overcomers, A 12-Step Biblically-based Recovery Support Program. Every Wednesday night, she leads a support group to show other women how they might, through God's Word, address any life-controlling problem they may have.
The final construction plans are prepare prepared for the new Cornerstone Kitchen, prayerfully; they will go to the City of Dallas for approval in early April with construction starting soon thereafter. In the meantime, Cornerstone remains thankful and appreciative for the number of churches and individual of give of their time and resources in order to make the Kitchen available to serve over 7,000 meals each month. Recently more organization such as the Baylor School of Nursing and corporations such as Aramark, Baylor Hospital, The Geek Squad and Atmos Energy have provided volunteers to assist in providing as many as tenmeals each week. If you are interested in scheduling a time to bring a team to serve at the Cornerstone Kitchen, please contact Rachel Kelton (Rachel@cornerstonedallas.org) .
VOLLEYBALL TEAMS HELPING THE HOMELESS
The North Texas Invitational Tournament ( wwwskylinejuniors.com) joined forces with Cornerstone Ministries to assist the homeless living near the downtown Dallas area. Most individuals must carry all important papers, pictures and personal items with them, much of the time in a plastic bag. They collected used backpacks, duffle bags and travel bags that are helping the homeless carry their load and keep their belongings. Since most volleyball players get some sort of backpack or duffle almost every year, they were encouraged to donate their used ones along with toiletries items.
If you desire to find out additional ways in which you might support Cornerstone's efforts, please visit us on the web at www.cornerstonedallas.org. You may also make send a deductible contribution to:
CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH
POST OFFICE BOX 152551
DALLAS, TEXAS 75315-2551
Thanks again for your support,
Chris L. Simmons