The church also will continue Cornerstone's other outreach programs — the Back to School Bash which provides school supplies to area children, Toys for Tots at Christmas and Cinderella's Closet, where local teens can borrow a donated prom dress.
“Cornerstone Worship Center has been in our community being involved in several things. Now we have the assets and tools to become a greater extension of God's hand extended,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said.
For the Malones, merging with Palestine New Life Church of God is like “coming home” because that is where they met 18 years ago.
“I grew up in that church,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said, noting the church was called Westwood Church of God at that time. “My husband David Malone came to the church when I was 19. We met there and shortly after became engaged.”
After being gone several years, the Malones have come full circle now that the churches have merged.
“About two years ago our churches — New life and Cornerstone — began to assemble together for revivals and different church activities. We have always loved the people of New Life, way before this merger ever happened,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said. “Everything has fallen into place and seems like we have been family for years — one church, one body, one purpose.”
For Easter Sunday, the services will be held at Campus 1 where the Rev. David Malone will be preaching.
“The drama team will be performing and we will take our first communion as one church family,” the Rev. Amanda Malone said. “A covered dish dinner will be held at Campus 2 with an Easter egg hunt for the kids. We encourage you to bring a covered dish and come home with us.”
For more information about the church, visit cwcpalestine.com or call the church at 903-729-6896.