I called the church on Friday and left a message for Brother Ed Johnson that Denise and I would be visiting Cornerstone on Sunday morning. We arrived shortly before 9:00 am and the first folks we encountered were very helpful in directing us to Sunday School. They not only asked what kind of class we were looking for, but someone personally escorted us to our respective classes.
When a church has a class taught by the Pastor, I generally avoid it so as to get a broader picture of the church. Typically, for one of the same reasons, my wife and I prefer to go to different classes as well. On this morning I was in Mark Bell's class were I was greeted by everyone in the class. Mark did a fine job with the lesson coming from the Romans 4. The men in the class were very friendly with one another and seemed to know each other very well, they also made me feel comfortable as well. One of them told me that they had been a church for 8 years, 3 in the building where they currently meet. Denise had initially headed to the ladies' class, but because both teachers were unexepectantly out, her class joined another class. Brother Ed led that class and was teaching out of the book of Ruth. It was good, solid teaching and everyone seemed to enjoy both the teaching and participating.
Brother Ed brought a very penetrating message about proper worship from Hebrews and Genesis, no sugar coating here. They had a pretty good crowd and folks seemed to be unified in the direction there. In fact, I was told that plans are being drawn up to increase their educational space, which is always a good sign to me!