By CHERIL VERNON
Cornerstone Worship Center has moved to a new location in Palestine and will hold its Sunday services there for the first time this weekend.
The church, formerly located at 1605 N. Missouri St., is now located at the former Be Fruitful and Multiple Ministry’s church building at 1100 Salt Works Road.
The non-denominational Cornerstone Worship Center was established eight years ago by pastors David and Amanda Malone and has a membership of about 100 members.
“We want to be better stewards of the Lord’s income and have a place to call our own where we can build on in the future,” Amanda said. “We were renting before, but we felt like if we purchased a building it would allow us to better serve the community. We want to be God’s hand extended in everything we do.”
No Sunday school will be held this week due to the move, but generally it is held at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays.
“We’ve been moving all week,” Amanda said. “This was such a great move for us and we walked right into it. Be Fruitful and Multiple Ministry really blessed us.”
Services are held at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sunday evening services are held at 6 p.m. on the second through the fourth Sundays. On the first Sunday of each month, the ladies monthly meeting starts at 5 p.m.
“It’s definitely a smaller facility, we don’t have the classrooms like we did, but we have acreage to build upon and the sanctuary is a little bigger,” Amanda said. “It’s a good starting point after eight years. We have a building in the back for the kids and will purchase a large portable building to be our youth center.”
Over the years, the church has held food drives, Christmas toy drives and other fund-raisers for the community, as well as a back-to-school event featuring free school supplies and haircuts.
The congregation is hoping to start a “Feed the Hungry” program in its new location.
Cornerstone Worship Center also features Cinderella’s Closet, providing free prom dresses that can be borrowed for free and then returned.
“We are the only Cinderella’s Closet we know of in East Texas. We fund it ourselves. We have provided five dresses so far this year for girls who can’t afford prom. We also offer to have their hair and makeup done,” Amanda said. “It’s another way to be God’s hand extended.”
For more information about the church, visit www.cwcpalestine.com or call 903-729-6896. The church also has a Facebook page.