New LDS building coming along in Sharpsburg
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing in Coweta County.
Groundbreaking for the new LDS building in Sharpsburg took place May 14. The 18,700-square-foot building on Bob Smith Road will service the wards or congregations in the Sharpsburg area and will be called the Sharpsburg Stake Center.
The LDS Church is divided into wards and branches by members’ area of residency much like Catholic parishes. Eight or more units make up a stake.
Coweta County congregations are now part of the Fayetteville Stake. With the completion of the new building in 15 months, the Sharpsburg Stake will be organized.
Speakers for the groundbreaking ceremonies included Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn; George Parker, president of the Fayetteville Stake; and Jay Konnad, the first bishop of the Newnan Ward. Konnad spoke on the history of the LDS Church in Coweta County.
He is a member of the Blair family who were the first Latter-day Saints in the area.
A little over 20 years ago there were no LDS buildings in Coweta County. The Newnan Branch – approximately 60 members – drove to Peachtree City to attend church. They were part of the Jonesboro Stake.
As the church population grew, the first building in Coweta County was constructed on Old Atlanta Highway in Newnan and the Newnan Ward was organized. The LDS Church now has four and a half full congregations in the county – Newnan Ward, Sharpsburg Ward, Summer Grove Ward, Shenandoah Branch and Whitewater Ward.
Latter-day Saints in the Senoia area attend the Whitewater Ward with the lower end of Fayette County.
The Sharpsburg groundbreaking was attended by local church leaders, church members, local elected officials and representatives of the construction company. Taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking were Glen Almand, McMichaels Construction; David Barlow, Fayette County commissioner; Blackburn; Jon Erickson, Hill Foley Rossi & Associates; Parker; and Bob Swetnam, project manager.