Cornerstone Family Worship inviting community to celebrate opening Sunday
Cornerstone Family Worship has a new home and its ready to celebrate it with the community.
The church will have a grand opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Ron Swaim invites the community to share in the church’s celebration at 205 U.S. Highway 24-40.
Cornerstone Family Worship has had quite the journey with its members.
Church officials previously had plans to build on 26 acres east of Tonganoxie near 198th Street and U.S. 24-40. But then came the opportunity to purchase 11 acres inside the city limits. The initial plan was on the south side of the road; the current site to the north.
The new home is along the U.S. 24-40 curve in Tonganoxie. A blue-roofed building with light gray walls stands out along Tonganoxie’s main thoroughfare.
Cornerstone had its offices, along with Wednesday and Thursday functions, at The Jewel building at Fourth and Main streets most recently. Sunday services have taken place at the Tonganoxie Performing Arts Center on the Tonganoxie High School campus the last several years.
The church’s previous home was on Sixth Street, but moved when the city purchased the building for repurposed police station.
The new sanctuary holds nearly 500 people. The congregation currently is about 400 strong, with the average service drawing about 200 each Sunday.
The church has access from both U.S. 24-40 and Smiley Road. A new storage building stands west of the church. There is a semicircle drop-off area at the main entrance, which is covered.
Strickland Construction is built the structure, while folks from U.S. Mission America Placement Service handling some of the inside work. MAPS is affiliated with the Assembly of God denomination. Cornerstone’s pastor, the Rev. Ron Swaim, is an ordained minister with Assemblies of God. MAPS also assisted the congregation in rebuilding its former home on Sixth Street when a 2000 tornado caused substantial damage.
He said during an August interview that five couples, two from Missouri, one from Nebraska, one from Valley Falls and another a Cornerstone couple from Kansas City, Kan., worked on the church through MAPS.
The church has a sanctuary, kitchen, coffee bar, small library area and nine classrooms.
Swaim said the configuration will be much like Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in that the main hall will be multipurpose. It will be used for worship services, meals and other events.