Cornerstone United Methodist Church
Friday, March 01, 2013
To Reach, To Grow, To Send

Change the World

Community Empowerment Weekend
 “There was once a child who was late being picked up from school.  The parent worked far away and wasn’t able to make it on time to pick up the child.  When it began to be a problem, the social worker called the parent to see if there was something that she could do.  The parent was having problems finding a daycare that was affordable enough to watch the child for a couple of hours.  She was a single parent and could not afford daycare and needed for someone to watch her child for only an hour or so.  The social worker told the parent about Cornerstone UMC.  She told the parent that she wasn’t sure if they could help her but to give them a call.  Cornerstone UMC was able to accommodate her child and from then on, her child was picked up on time by Cornerstone UMC and the mother was very grateful.” 
This is the story of many other families at EE Miller Elementary School where Cornerstone Church became a transforming agent of God. This is the story that inspired Cornerstone UMC to partner with its next-door neighbor EE Miller Elementary School in launching its annual “Change the World” Community Empowerment Weekend.  The “Change the World” Community Empowerment Weekend takes place during May of each year and is attended by more than 300 people from the community.
“People are losing jobs and their health insurance in Fayetteville. There are families affected by the recent tornadoes that hit our community. Many military families in Fayetteville and nearby Fort Bragg are struggling with family and marriage breakdown, domestic violence, drugs, alcoholism, post traumatic stress disorder and other dysfunctional conditions. People are looking for hope and meaning in life.”
“As people called Methodists, God calls us to roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty and be the hands and feet of Christ!” Rev. Edgar De Jesus, Lead Pastor of Cornerstone UMC, saw this event as an opportunity to be the church! “Change the World” is more than a one-time event. It is at the very core of Jesus’ mission and ministry and should be embodied in our everyday lives. And so, Cornerstone UMC celebrates “Change the World” with empowerment weekend every year.
Cornerstone UMC and EE Miller Elementary School formed a task force in early October of 2010 to plan for the “Change the World” Community Empowerment Weekend. Team members brainstormed on how they could best reach out to the community and the kinds of meaningful ways to offer healing, hope and transformation. Cornerstone UMC is a young, multicultural, mission-driven community of faith located in West Fayetteville.
In 2011, Cornerstone UMC was selected by the United Methodist Communications in the Global Live Stream for Change the World-Rethink Church. Check the Live Stream interview through the church website @
“Shared vision, partnership and a common purpose of engaging in ministry with the poor  are key components in our “Change the World” Community Empowerment Weekend”, said Pastor Edgar. “It was a simple idea from a simple story that later became a vision that is larger than what we can imagine. We found ourselves collaborating with various non-profit, faith-based and community-based organizations such as NC Conference BRAC, Army Community Services, Cumberland County Department of Social Services, Agency on Aging, Fayetteville Police Department. Fayetteville Fire Department, Military Family Liaison Consultant (MFLC), Hungry Angelz, Camp Rockfish,  Fayetteville Parks & Recreation, Partnership for Children, Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts, and others. The event provided the community basic information and awareness about access to basic social services, military family support, parenting, domestic violence awareness, community safety awareness, spiritual counseling, and many others. We also collected hundreds of non-perishable food items to help feed our hungry neighbors through the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Carolina.”
“What we have discovered through our radically, missional focus on changing the world is that people truly want to be part of something bigger than themselves . . . they just need to be asked,” said Karen Smith, director of communications and global initiatives for Ginghamsburg Church. “You throw out the challenge. Give them the opportunity. And they’re going to go for it,” she said. “And they find out in the process that their own lives are just as much or more transformed than those they are serving.”
Pastor Edgar said with excitement, “Indeed, God inspired our church with a simple story to change the world! And Cornerstone Church is already looking forward to the next annual Change the World!”
8:30 AM Set Up for Service (all are welcome!)
9:30 AM
Sunday School for Adults, youth, and children
10:30 AM
10:30 AM
Worship Team Warm-Ups
10:50 AM
Music and Song in the Sanctuary!
11:00 AM
Worship Service
 12:30 PM
Various Programs and Community vents (see The Weekly e-Bulletin)
Our Location
Cornerstone Church
1411 Rim Road
Fayetteville, NC 28314
(910) 868-5686