The city’s brand new church – Cornerstone Church – will host its first community event on Sunday.
Senior Pastor Steve Bensema said it will be the first large-scale event for the whole family and is named Sunday Funday at the YMCA Cultural Center.
“We will have outdoor service, weather permitting, from our usual time – 10:00 am” he said. “After that we will have food trucks, inflatables and garden games. Appleberry Farm will be there with their Apple Wagon and one of my favorite food trucks will be there – Kona Ice. My family owned this truck when we lived in Ames.
Food trucks, inflatables and garden games will be available until 1:30 p.m.
“This is an opportunity to celebrate what God is doing in Marshalltown and bring families together as school reclaims its rights” said Bensema. “The goal is for people to be able to come spend time with people from the community and have fun doing it. “
Church leaders are also planning a wedding night on September 24. Bensema said it will be a simulcast event with guest speakers.
Since the doors opened, he said the community of Marshalltown has been very well received as church members have tried to actively engage with residents.
“We believe that ministry doesn’t just take place within the walls of our church – which we praise at the Y anyway – but rather that life takes place in everyday situations,” said Bensema. “Our grand vision is to be a church that welcomes people in the midst of their shattering. On this front, it has been incredible. We had some great people come forward, some of whom didn’t feel comfortable in a church setting before. “
As Cornerstone continues to lease space from the Y, executives continue to keep an eye out for a place to settle permanently. Bensema said there was a possibility, but the timing and size turned out to be wrong.
“We will continue to pray and see what God puts before us” he said.