Why Cornerstone?

by Gary P. Lessmann
Past President, Board of Directors
  8/23/99

Since 1988 Cornerstone programs have been presented to encourage people to make a difference in our society. Through a uniquely crafted presentation of narration and song, developed by its founder and conductor Dr. Bruce Vantine, Cornerstone cuts through to the bone to what is most needed in our nation and world today: LOVE.

With themes ranging from the aging process to the needs of the homeless, children and the poor, we are challenged to become involved.

Dr. Vantine has richly caught the essence of the teachings of the Apostle Paul who wrote of faith, hope and love - the greatest being love. Love is the first mark of the true and living church: of a living, caring community.

On several occasions I have had the opportunity to sing with Cornerstone. Caught up with the theme, I have been empowered to attempt what had not seemed possible before in reaching out to others. Be unafraid and get involved with service to other people and your own life will be richer. That is the message that Cornerstone presents so effectively.

Cornerstone performances traditionally end with this quotation from Edward Everett Hale:

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
but still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I must not refuse to do something I can do.

It has given me enormous pleasure over the last decade to have been associated with Dr. Vantine and The Cornerstone Chorale & Brass. Don't miss any opportunity to hear the music, capture the Word, and accept the challenge.

Gary P. Lessmann, MD

President