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Saemoonan, Eyewitness to Korean Church History
>> History Before Saemoonan Church (1832~1886)
1832. 7.
Protestant Missionary Karl Gutzlaff first visited Korea
1866. 7.
Reverend Thomas died a martyr at the riverside of Dae-dong River
1874.
Reverend John Ross met a Korean at Goryeomoon
1877.
The first Korea grammar book《A Corean Primer》was published
1879.
Four members including Lee Eungchan and Baek Hongjun were baptized in Shenyang, China
1882.
The first Korean Bible 《Yeosu Syunggyong Nuga Bogeum Jeounseo》(The Gospel of Luke) was published and brought into Korea by Seo Sangryun, and it triggered the mission work
1884.
Sorae Church was established in Hwanghaedo and H.N. Allen, the medical missionary entered Korea
1885. 2.
Lee Sujeong published《Shinyak Maga Bogeum Syeonhei》(New Testament, The Gospel of Mark)
1885. 4. 5
Reverend Underwood entered Korea and started the mission work
1885. 4.10
Gwanghyewon, the Korea's first modern hospital was established
1885. 7. 2
The Sunday service began at Underwood's private residence in Jeongdong, Seoul
1887. 7.
Reverend Ross and other Koreans made a complete translation of the New Testament and introduced the [Yeosu Syunggyong Jeounseo] (all New Testament Books)
>> Reverend Underwood establishing Saemoonan Church and planted its root in Korea(1887~1916)

The first reverend, H.G. Underwood(1859~1916)

1884
Graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary
1885
Entered Korea as the first missionary
1886
Established Korea's first orphanage
1887.9.27
Established Saemoonan Church and served as the first reverend(~1916)
1887. 9.27
Reverend Underwood established Korea's first organized church with 14 members at Jeong-dong residence
           10. 2
Conducted first baptism
           10.
Underwood organized a board of Bible translators along with Henry G. Appenzeller
1888. 4.
Seo Byeongho was the first Korean to receive infant Baptism
           10.
Four female members were baptized for the first time
1889.
Reverend Underwood published [Korean-English Dictionary] and [Korean-English Grammar]
1891.9.
Sunday school was opened with 100 members and 43 students
1893.
Established a church in Gondanggol(current Seungdong Church), and opened Namdaemoon Mission Center Underwood published [Chanyangga] (Korean hymnal)
1894.
Established a church in Yeonmotgol(current Yeondong Church)
1895.
Constructed a new church building with 12 rooms(70㎡)across from Gyeonghuigung Palace with the offering
1896.8.
Established Jandari Church (current Seogyodong Church)
1898.
Organized the deacon board, youth group, and Women's Christian association (531 members and 215 students)
>> Saemoonan Church rising over the period of Japanese colonial rule with Reverencd Cha Jaemyeong
     (1920~1941)

The second reverend, Cha Jaemyeong(1881~1947)

1911
Served Saemoonan Church as the evangelist(until 1916)
1912
Appointed as elder
1916
Graduated from Pyeongyang Theological Seminary
1920
Appointed as the second reverend of Saemoonan Church(~1941)
1920.12.26
Reverend Cha Jaemyeong was appointed as the second reverend
1921.
English Bible study group was opened
1923.
The Christian Student Endeavor and the Christian Youth Endeavor was reorganized
1926. 8. 4
The first summer Bible school was opened(4 weeks)
1927.
Celebrated the unveiling of Underwood monument
1928.
Supported the China-Manchuria mission and the establishment of Korean church in Bongcheon Cha Jaemyeong published [The History of Chosun Presbyterian I] at Saemoonan
1929.
Sinmunnae(Saemoonan) Kindergarten was opened
1931.   
Saemoonan Church hosted the ceremony of the 30th anniversary of the foundation of Korean Youth Christian Fellowship
1932.10.13
Gyeongseong Presbytery was established at Saemoonan Church
10.30
The first issue of bulletin was published
1934. 6. 10
The first Sunday of June and Child's Sunday commemorative service was held(today's Children's Sunday)
1935. 4.
The 50th anniversary commemorative service of Rev. Underwood's mission to Chosun was held
1937. 9. 26
The 50th anniversary commemorative service of church establishment was held
1938~44.
The congregation was drastically reduced due to Japanese oppression
1940.
Anno Domini(A.D.) was forbidden in the church document, and Japanese era name(Sohwa) was used instead
1941.
Reverend Cha Jaemyeong resigned due to Japanese oppression
1942. 1.18
Reverend Park Hwaseon was temporarily appointed (served until 1943)

>> Saemoonan Church reorganizing with Kim Yeongju upon the independence of Korean from Japanese rule(1944~1950)

The third reverend, Kim Yeongju(1896~ ? )

1932
Graduated from the Theology College of Gansai University in Japan
1933
Served Namdamun church as evangelist
1944
Appointed as the third reverend of Saemoonan Church (~1950)
2008
Unveiled the monument in commemoration of martyrdom of Rev. Kim Yeongju
1944. 2. 6
Reverend Kim Yeongju was appointed
1945. 11. 30
Welcoming ceremony for the key figures of the provisional government and Elder Kim Gyusik who served Saemoonan Church
1946.
Construction of the church building was decided at the session
1948.
First four deaconesses were appointed (Kim Sunae, Kim Seongmu, Lee Seongsin, Park Youngsun) The rural enlightenment campaign and medical services was started (at Hangju Church located in Jido-myeong, Goyang-gun)
1949. 9.31
Extention of belfry church was started (space of 992㎡)
1950.
Reverend Kim Yeongju(martyr) and Elder Kim Gyusik were abducted by North Korea during the Korean War (1950.12. Passed away at Manpojin)
1951.
The church took refuge in Busan during the Korean War
12. 2
Reverend Kang Taeguk temporarily served the church (until 1955)
1953.10.
Commemoration service was held for the returning to the capital, Seoul
1954.
The underground church was established in Seungsanpo, Jeonnam
10.16
Reverend Choi Hwajeong was apoointed
>> Saemoonan Church opening a new chapter - Reverend Kang Sinmyeong (1955~1981)

 

The 4th Reverend Kang Sinmyeong (1909~1985)

1938
Graduated from Pyeongyang Theological Seminary / Was ordained as a minister
1949
Served Youngnak Church as a minister
1953
Received Honorary Doctor of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary
1955
Was appointed as the 4th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church (~1981) Christian books written by Reverend Kang Sinmyeong
1955.12. 1
Reverend Kang Sinmyeong was appointed Ordainment ceremony of Reverend Kang Sinmyeong
1957. 9. 27
Event was held in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the church's establishment

Bell of Saemoonan (1953~1973)

The "Bell of Saemoonan" was first placed at the belfry church which was extended in 1953, and was moved to the current site in 2003. This bell was purchased from a church in New York by Rev. James H. Underwood upon the request of Dr. Horce H. Underwood, and was sent to Korea by ship in the springtime of 1950, but was lost during the Korean War. It was then found in a storehouse in Busan in 1953. This bell was produced by Buckeye Bell Foundry in the US in 1893.
1957. 9. 30
The 1st Underwood Symposium was held
1958. 11
70 Years of Saemoonan> was published
1960. 2. 17
The 1st edition of <Saemoonan> was issued The cover of the 1st Underwood Symposium booklet (1957) / <70 Years of Saemoonan> / The 1st edition of <Saemoonan>
1962.  
Saemoonan Church children's choir (directed by An Iktae) participated in Seoul International Music Festival The 1st mission work briefing session (1960. 3. 27) / Seoul International Music Festival
1966. 2  
Saemoonan graveyard was acquired (30,000㎡, located in Goyang) 7 Reverend Woo Sangbeom was sent to Mexico as Saemoonan's 1st missionary dispatched overseas Reverend Woo Sangbeom with Mexican church members (man with a tie in the front row)
1967
University Students' Association was founded
          9.27    
Underwood Memorial Building (Education Center back then) was built (floor space of 1,157㎡) Members of Women's Mission Group attending the service in commemoration of groudbreaking of Underwood Memorial Building (1967.)
1968. 6.
Reverend Kim Eungsam provided support for the missionary sent to Taiwan
1972.11.26  
The current church building was constructed (in modernism style, floor space of 2,575㎡)
1973. 4.
<85 years of Saemoonan> was published The current church building (1972) / Consecration service / <85 years of Saemoonan>
1977.              
Saemoonan Dongsan Church was constructed
1979.              
Special offerings were made for the foundation of Mirueng Church in Saudi Arabia
            11. 3
Reverend Kang Sinmyeong prayed, representing the Christian community, at the state funeral of President Park Chunghee Prayer handwritten by Reverend Kang Sinmyeong
1980. 6. 1
Reverend Hwang Inki was temporarily appointed
            6.           
Reverend Kang Sinmyeong was inducted as Reverend Emeritus
            9.           
Gunsan Saemoonan Church was established in Gunsan, Jeongbuk

 

새서방 새색시

놀려주듯이 최수복 요, 강신명 곡

- 1절 -

()갓닥갓닥 상투끝 애기새서방

왈낭절낭 말타고 장가가누나

()우리우리 다같이 놀니워줄가

()그래그래 그러자 놀니워주자

새서방망태 꼴망태 의주벙거지 날나리

새서방망태 꼴망태 의주벙거지 날나리

- 2절 -

()장독같은 시악씨 늙은시악시

가마타고 눈감고 시집가누나

()우리우리 다같이 놀이워줄가

()그래그래 그러자 놀이워주자

시악시맥시 맹맥시 언덕아래 구럭시

시악시맥시 맹맥시 언덕아래 구럭시

 

◎ This song is included in 『兒童歌謠曲選三百曲 (300 Songs for Children)』 (edited by Kang Sinmyeong, published by 尹山溫 (American), Life History of Farmers, 1936, 208-page octavo volume). This book includes children's songs introduced in the 1920s, many of which were composed by Kang Sinmyeong. (In Korea, many children's songs were written in the 1920~30s.) The book contains 333 songs in total, including 90 songs for Sunday school, 46 songs about spring, 47 songs about summer, 44 songs about autumn, and 78 songs about winter and others.

 

Saemoonan Church reviving and rising in the centenary year of its establishment - Reverend Kim Dongik (1981~1998)

The 5th Reverend Kim Dongik (1942~1998)

1970
Graduated from Graduate School of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary
1971
Was ordained as a minister at Seoul Presbytery
1976
Received Doctor of Divinity at Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, US
1981
Was appointed as the 5th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church (~1998) Books written by Reverend Kim Dongik
1981. 4.25
Reverend Kim Dongik was appointed Ordainment ceremony of Reverend Kim Dongik
            8.          
Christian broadcasting was started
1986. 4.
Saemoonan Training Center (68,436㎡) was acquired and started to be used in July
          12. 19    
Saejindo Church was established and the service in commemoration of groundbreaking of the church building was held (the 100th anniversary project) The worship service in commemoration of groundbreaking of Saejindo Church building / In front of the signboard of Saemoonan Training Center (Reverend Kim Dongik on the left)
1987.
Missionaries Jo Junhyung and Lee Myeonghwa were sent to Thailand (~2013.12.22.) Saemoonan Presbyterian Church Historical Records was published / Women's Mission Group hosted the women seminar Saemoonan Presbyterian Church Historical Records Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary adopted the chair-professor system (in commemoration of Reverend Kang Sinmyeong)
9. 27     
The 100th anniversary commemorative concert - Mendelssohn's <Saint Paul> - was held in the assembly hall of (in the assembly hall of Ewha Womans University The 100th anniversary commemorative concert (in the assembly hall of Ewha Womans University)/ The 100th anniversary of the church's establishment
1991. 7.    
Constructed <Saemoonan Ark> and donated it to Seomseon Church
1992. 1.
Saemoonan Church provided support for the construction of a theological school building in Thailand Saemoonan Church Welfare Center (currently known as Saemoonan Church Social Welfare Foundation) was established
1994. 7. 3
Missionaries Jeong Gyuno and Yeon Seongsuk were sent to Russia
10. 9
The Second Education Center was opened
11. 27     
Thanksgiving worship service, inviting Vietnamese, was held (Vietnamese worship service started) Thanksgiving worship service with Vietnamese / 100 years of Saemoonan
1995. 2.16
Missionaries Lee Taehong and Kim Sukyeong were sent to Northeast Asia
10.   
<100 years of Saemoonan> was published
1996. 5. 7      
Lamphun Church in Thailand was founded
9.
Vladivostok Theological Seminary, Russia (Nahutka), was opened< Vladivostok Theological Seminary
1997. 5. 5
The new building of Saemoonan Training Center was constructed Saemoonan Training Center
9. 9
Saemoonan Nursery was opened
11. 16     
The first female elder of Saemoonan Church was appointed (Elder Hwang Gyeongwun)
1998. 2. 2  
Saemoonan Underwood Memorial Korean Church Music Educational Institute was opened
4. 5
Reverend Kim Jonghui was appointed as the interim officiant (served until 2000)
5. 15
Korea-Thailand Mission Center (Lamphun, Chiang Mai in Thailand) was consecrated
1999. 7. 23    
Missionaries Kim Jangwon and Ahn Imsuk were sent to Thailand
8. 25
Consecrated Vladivostok Theologidal Seminary, Russia, was consecrated
2000. 1. 1    
Saemoonan Church officially adopted the revised version of the Bible
>> Saemoonan Church establishing a tradition and reaching out to the world - Reverend Lee Sou-Young (2000~)

The 6th Reverend Lee Sou-Young (1946~)

1975
Graduated from Graduate School of Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary
1984
Received Doctor of Theology at University De Strasbourg, France / Served as professor at Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary
1998
Served as a permanent member of International Congress on Calvin Research
2000
Was appointed as the 6th senior reverend of Saemoonan Church (~present)
2000. 9. 17
Reverend Lee Sou-Young was appointed Ordainment ceremony of Reverend Lee Sou-Young
2001. 11. 4
The new church building (3 stories above, floor space of 1,365㎡) was constructed
12. 4
Korea-Thailand Christian Education Center (Saean Church, the house of peace) in MaeSuay, Thailand was consecrated Worship service in commemoration of construction of the new church building / Consecration of Saean Church / Foreign members listening to simultaneous interpretation during the service
2002. 6. 2
A Vietnamese reverend was invited to be in charge of the Vietnamese-language worship service / Korean-Vietnamese simultaneous interpretation started at the 5th main-service
8. 26
Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary adopted the chair-professor system (in commemoration of Minister Underwood, in commemoration of Saemoonan Church) Medical mission work in Thailand (2002.9.20.~24) / Medical mission work in commemoration of the 10th anniversary  of establishment of Vladivostok Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Russia (2006.10.3~7)
2003. 2. 9
The 1st female reverend of Saemoonan Church was appointed (Reverend Yang Haeran)
            4. 6
Saemoonan Presbyterian Church Historical Archives was opened (1st basement of Underwood Memorial Building) A special set of stamps was issued to mark the 116th anniversary of establishment of Saemoonan Church
2004. 2. 10
Missionaries Park Chul-Beom and Park Mi-Sun were sent to Thailand (returned on 2010.9.5.)
             5. 2
"Sunday Manna" worship service for the homeless people was started Started the homeless people welcome worship service
             5. 30
"Prayer for the country" was started
          10. 10      
The international mission conference (theme: Testify the Gospel to the ends of the earth) was held Saemoonan Presbyterian Church Historical Archives re-opened in 2006 (3rd floor of Underwood Memorial Building)
2005. 2. 5         
Missionaries Tae Won-Sik and Jeon Hyun-Ja were sent to Vladivostok, Russia (returned on 2009.3.29.) Reverend Kim Yeongju was acknowledged to be the martyr at the general assembly (memorial stone unveiled on 2008. 6. 8.)
            9. 4         
Exchange service was held between Chungdon First Methodist Church and Seoul Anglican Cathedral (10.16, 12.4) Reverend Lee Sou-Young during the exchange service at Seoul Anglican Cathedral / Underwood Education Center (consecrated on 2005. 10. 30.)
            9. 12       
Northeast Asia Immanuel Church was consecrated
          10. 30
Underwood Education Center was consecrated (5 stores above and 5 below, floor space of 4,192㎡)
2006. 9. 7
The worship service was held in celebration for Volgograd Culture Center, Russia Volgograd Culture Center / (Photo) Photos taken during the homecoming event and the service held in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of establishment of Vladivostok Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2006.10.3.~7)
            9. 24
The 91th general assembly adopted the re-translated Lord's Prayer
2007. 1. 29
Saemoonan Teachers Training Institute was established
            9. 23       
The worship service and events were held in commemoration of the 120th anniversary of the church's establishment Commemoration service / Event held in the church's front yard
           11.26       
Saemoonan Volunteer Training Center was established
2008. 3.30-31  
The first Underwood International Symposium (hosted by the Underwood Memorial Association) was held
          10. 1          
Saemoonan Church decided to save 1% of the church budget for North Korea mission
        10. 11~12  
Saemoonan Church co-hosted Saemoongil Festival (an event jointly hosted by cultural organizations in Shinmunno, organized by Seoul Museum of History)
2009. 3. 2
Saemoonan Church decided to promote Saemoonan New Life Campaign following the 3million Disciples of Christ movement of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church
           5. 27          
Saemoonan Church decided to support the chair professor at New Brunswick Theological School
           5. 27
Saemoonan Church decided to establish Saemoonan Academy
2010. 12.
The Korean version of Saemoonan Church deacon meeting report (1914~28) was published
2011. 1. 1
Sunday Schools (Elementary Ministry 1st~3rd/4th~6th, Middle School Ministry, High School Ministry) introduced and implemented an education system designed to bridge the generation gap
2012. 12. 27
Saemoonan Church finalized the basic construction drawing of the new church building and acquired the construction site
2013. 6. 1.
The commemorative concert was held, celebrating the 100th anniversary of establishment of Saemoonan Choir
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