Cornerstone United Methodist Church will hold a Coming Home concert on Sunday featuring the congregation’s own Southern gospel group, the Men of Cornerstone.
The concert will start at 6 p.m. “Cornerstone UMC is excited to host this event for members and the community alike. The group has performed all over the Southeast but has never performed a concert at their home church” stated Dr. Scott Pickering, senior pastor.
“We hear great things about their music ministry and wanted for them to bring their ministry back home,” Pickering added.
The current quintet consists of Mike Adcock, Mike Ferrante, Paul Griffin, Dick Shaffer and Robert Thompson. Ferrante, lead and tenor, is a founding member of this group, which began as a church ensemble more than 20 years ago.
Shaffer joined in 2006 and sings baritone. Griffin sings bass and joined in 2010. He also mans the sound system.
Thompson sings top tenor and lead and has been with the group since 2012. Adcock was added this past year and doubles on the baritone part. The group’s brand of Southern gospel features full four-part harmony in their more than 50 song repertoire – and many more holiday specific songs.
The Men of Cornerstone have performed at the Newnan Rotary Club-sponsored July 4 fireworks and many Veterans of Foreign Wars events featuring their patriotic selections.
Ferrante said the group is charged with maintaining the old Southern gospel favorites and keeping the old hymns aliv,e as well. The Men of Cornerstone will be releasing their second CD, “His Hymns,” at the concert.
“We look forward to seeing many old friends of gospel music and meeting many new ones,” Ferrante said.
Admission is free, and a love offering will be received. Cornerstone UMC is located at Thomas Crossroads at 2956 Hwy. 154.