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Cumberland Presbyterian Church to expand

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Lebanon Cumberland Presbyterian Church is fulfilling part of a long-term vision with the groundbreaking of a new addition this weekend.

Pastor Kevin Medlin said the space will be used for Christian education and will include a new commercial kitchen.

"It will include a new youth room and rooms where we can have Sunday School and community group space."

Community groups meet during the week and many are currently meeting in members' homes. Medlin said this addition is part of a vision that began even before he became the church's pastor.

"We've had a long term vision for expansion, probably even before I've been here. And I have been here 10 years this past Sunday."

The church began its plan to enlarge by purchasing the properties adjacent to the church.

"We've now purchased every house on the block except two," Medlin said. "Presently we are not going to have to use that but it is available for the future."

Those homes are currently being rented out since the area is not needed for the current project.

Medlin said the addition was close to being started a number of years ago.

"We were getting real close to making the leap a few years ago, then the economy fell out and so we waited. We tried to be sensitive to God's timing. It may seem like all these years nothing been happening but God's been working."

The church's vision for the future has been divided into three segments. Medlin said the next segment will most likely be joining the church's existing buildings together.

The current expansion should be completed in approximately eight months, said Medlin.

An official groundbreaking will take place Sunday. The church will have its normal two services, followed by a fellowship lunch and the groundbreaking will be at 1 p.m.

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