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Peru Mission Trip Report

Posted on: June 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s 2017 high school mission team traveled to Huanta, Peru this spring to serve with the El Carpintero church and Johannes Gutenburg de Huanta School. The team members included Cornerstone high school teacher, Mrs. Kathy Kuschman, and high school students Gracie Fischer, Johnathan Gavin, Sabrina Groce, Audrey Guio, Mikayla Torres, and Noah Whitfield.

While in Peru, the team stayed in the home of missionaries Jimmy and Nadia Dukes. The team was very grateful for the hospitality that the Dukes family showed them. The team’s mission work included hosting and working at a Vacation Bible School for children ages four to eighteen, being a part of the women’s ministry at the church, and teaching and assisting at a private Christian school, Johannes Gutenberg de Huanta School. Cornerstone families helped the team raise the funds for a playground for the preschool students of the school, which was a great blessing to the children as they did not have previously have a playground. Cornerstone students and families also raised four hundred dollars for books to gift to the school. The books were purchased from Scholastic by Cornerstone librarian, Mrs. Donna High, and the team joyfully delivered them to the school when they arrived.

The Johannes Gutenberg de Huanta School was where our Cornerstone mission team spent most of their time working. The team was given the opportunity to teach English classes, and assist in preschool, primary, junior high, and high school classrooms. They were also immersed in the school culture, eating lunch and playing sports with the students during recess time. The team also planned to assist in building the preschool playground for the school but when they arrived they found that the school had already assembled the equipment. The school held a special ceremony for the team to express their gratitude for the new playground.

Cornerstone’s high school mission team extends a heartfelt thank you to all of the friends and families that supported them with prayer and financial gifts. The team agrees that this trip was an amazing opportunity to serve God’s people, and that their time in Peru stretched and challenged them to do many new things!

Spiritual Emphasis Day 2017

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 by Admin

Each school year, Cornerstone junior high and high school students enjoy an entire day to be refreshed spiritually on Spiritual Emphasis Day. On Wednesday, April 26th, students enjoyed extended times of worshiping God together, main and breakout sessions with dynamic speakers, along with times of prayer.

Cornerstone’s main speaker at this year’s Spiritual Emphasis Day was Matthew Hanolon. Matthew is a former Pastor who is now a Christian Psychologist, and he spoke to the students about their identity in Christ. Breakout session speakers included ministry leaders from the DeKalb/Sycamore community.

Celebrating Christmas at Cornerstone Christian Academy

Posted on: December 15th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone is delighted to have our preschool, elementary, and secondary students celebrate Christmas with special holiday events!

Preschool students and families enjoyed a beautiful Christmas program all aboard “The Christmas Express,” on Friday, December 2nd. High school students enjoyed a winter formal dance with the theme, “The Enchanted Forest” on Saturday, December 3rd. Kindergarten through 5th grade students sang Christmas songs that glorified God, along with performing a Christmas drama from 4th and 5th grade students, at our elementary Christmas musical on Friday, December 9th. Check out pictures from all three of these wonderful events!

During a time of change in our culture, nation, and world, Cornerstone is thankful to keep the joy of the Christmas season in the lives of our students during the school day and at special events. Classroom Christmas parties will be held this week with plenty of treats to be enjoyed!

Cornerstone’s community is honored and grateful to be able to celebrate and lift high the name of Jesus Christ! Merry Christmas from Cornerstone Christian Academy to you and your family!

Spiritual Emphasis Day Impacts Cornerstone Students

Posted on: May 6th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone junior high and high school students soaked up Biblical teaching and spiritual renewal at Spiritual Emphasis Day on April 27, 2016. The theme of this year’s Spiritual Emphasis Day was “Made New” from 2 Corinthians 5:17:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Spiritual Emphasis Day is a full school day for our junior high and high school students to focus on their relationship with God through worship, main and breakout sessions with special speakers, and giving students the opportunity to pray with teachers and staff. Miss Sarah Mikan, Cornerstone art teacher and secondary chapel coordinator, oversaw the planning of the day. She says that her vision for the day was for God to impact each student with the words of 2 Corinthians 5:17. “The goal was for students to be renewed through Christ and in Christ to put off the old ways and walk in newness of life.”

Students attended main sessions with speaker Joshi Yesudasan, Worship Leader at Harvest Bible Chapel in DeKalb, and then chose breakout sessions to attend throughout the day. Breakout session themes were “Christ in Sports”, “Living through Loss, and “Self-Image and Identity in Christ.” Other sessions focused on continuous worship, teaching students to live out their faith, and also how to share their testimony.

Breakout session speakers included Chandler Harnish, former Northern Illinois University and NFL football player, Pastor Dan Gregory and his wife Jody from Fox Valley Reformed Church in Crystal Lake, Children’s Pastor Cory Whitford from Riverside Community Church in Machesney Park, Youth Pastor Kyle White from Crossview Church in Sycamore, Zac Whitfield, Founder and Director of Foundation Skate Ministry, Dave and Rennie Garda from Cadre Ministries in Sycamore, John Withum, Minister of Education from First Baptist Church of Aurora, along with Cornerstone’s junior high and high school principal, Drew Whitfield. Worship was led by Brendan Nelson from Christ Community Church in DeKalb, and also Nate Miller the Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Sycamore, along with Aaron Andries from the band Graveyards and Gardens, and Chance Hoffman a minister at River of Life Church in DeKalb.

Miss Mikan says that she found that students were positively affected by the Christ focused teaching and worship of the day. She wishes to thank Miss Rachel Schrank, Cornerstone Fourth Grade Teacher and Fine Arts Director, who started Spiritual Emphasis Day and trained Miss Mikan on how to plan this special event. Miss Mikan also sends a shout out to Cornerstone’s Worship Ensemble for all of their help with set up.

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