Korean Church breaks ground, continues to grow


      On Easter Sunday 2006, a handful of people, along with two families from the Korean Church of Atlanta, began worshiping God in a small Sunday school room at Cornerstone UMC in Newnan.  The Korean Church of Newnan was born from a partnership with Cornerstone UMC, the Korean Church of Atlanta, Korean National Plan, and the Office of New Church Development. 
     Sunday afternoon of August 21, 2011, a group of people, Koreans along with some special guests that included LaGrange District Superintendent Carol Cook, gathered under a tent pitched in an area surrounded by bushes and trees to break ground for the beginning of a new miracle.  The afternoon was hot and the rain clouds were hovering nearby, but you could see the enthusiasm, joy, and excitement on the faces of people. 
     As one of the congratulatory speakers at the groundbreaking service mentioned, this church was indeed a miracle maker—making the miracle of shrinking the worship gathering space.  Quickly, the new church moved to a choir practice room twice the size of the Sunday school room where they first had their Sunday worship.  Even this room, though, became too small. As a result the new Korean church built a 3,000-square-foot modular building. 
     Cornerstone UMC graciously granted the new Korean church permission to build this modular building as a place of worship on its property.  One thing should not be overlooked.  Cornerstone UMC was itself growing, so the church was in constant need of spaces for its ministries and education programs as well.  
     At a recent groundbreaking service, church representatives - including a few children and youth - took turns digging to signal the beginning of the new place of worship on a little less than five acres near Cornerstone UMC. The Korean Church of Newnan UMC continues on the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world in Newnan.