November 20, 2018

Help Without Hurting

How do we help the poor and needy without hurting them? Find out below and learn more at our Missions Mixer on December 2 at 12:45 p.m. in Small Church.


The Bible teaches us time and time again that we are to love the poor, needy, and outcast. It explains both the rewards and the consequences of helping those who are in need:


Proverbs 19:17: Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward them for what they have done.


Proverbs 21:13: Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered.


Matthew 25:40: And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’


But how do we do this and do it well? Even with the best intentions, it’s easy to mistakenly do more harm than good. We don’t want to “hand out”, we want to “hand UP”. Without knowing it, we can communicate:

  • I’m better than you.
  • You can’t help yourself; I can.
  • I know how to “fix” you, therefore you are broken.
  • You will always be dependent on me, or people like me.


This is the last thing we want as Christ followers. Instead, we want to communicate:

  • We love you.
  • You are able.
  • You are worthy.
  • You are valuable.

So how do we help without hurting?


Cornerstone has partnered with some amazing organizations in our valley. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, instead of small, divided efforts, we partner with organizations who know what they’re doing, who’ve established relationships, and who need workers and funds. They are:


Dream Center Lake Elsinore

The Dream Center is called to restore and rebuild the people and property of Lake Elsinore physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. they have their Adopt-a-Block program cleaning up, playing games, and visiting seniors. By serving regularly, teams can build relationships and see transformation and restoration.


They also operate HOPE Food Pantry, providing much needed food to families going through a difficult season. Cornerstone organizes two food drives a year to fill their shelves. They also need weekly help stocking, sorting, and packing food.

Helping Hands Group

The mission of Helping Hands is to provide concerned people a pathway to serve disabled, elderly, and people in crisis in our valley. Cornerstone provides a team the second Saturday of each month to deliver food to seniors. Again, by regularly serving, we see relationships built and lives changed, just by human connection.


Project TOUCH – Together Our Unity Conquers Homelessness

Project TOUCH serves over 130 single moms, families, domestic violence victims, disabled, and seniors daily. They provide comprehensive case management including employment assistance, transportation, food, clothing, medical assistance, and more. Cornerstone provides shelter meals every Thursday, December through March.


At Cornerstone we encourage you to:

  • Come: every weekend
  • Group: to find and do life with your peeps
  • Serve: at church and in the community
  • Give: of your treasure and talents
  • Go: share your story with others


By serving in Community Missions, you can find your group, give of your time and talents, and go share your story. It’s a wonderful way to live in community, and follow Jesus’ example.


You will have the extremely rare opportunity to meet and mingle with each of the founders of these organizations, as well as our Cornerstone Community Missions Steering Team. Come to the Cornerstone Missions Mixer, December 2 at 12:45pm, after our 11:40 service. There will be savory and sweet hors d’oeuvres, you’ll hear stories of life change, and how you can get involved. Please join us!


Any questions, or want to get involved now?  Email

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