Woodlands Church East, a new building for the congregation that currently meets at Atascocita High School, is nearing completion. “Due to the rapid growth of the Lake Houston area congregation, the ministry’s needs have grown well beyond what we can fulfill through our one-day-per-week lease of AHS,” said Woodlands Church Pastor Randy Reeves. “We are profoundly grateful for the privilege of utilizing AHS the past few years, as Woodlands Church East has expanded and developed the membership base necessary to invest in a location of our own.” The construction site for the new church stands on the corner of West Lake Houston Parkway and Will Clayton Parkway. Woodlands Church Pastor Cameron Whitley said at the Aug. 1 Atascocita Bizcom meeting the main auditorium of the building will seat 800 churchgoers, a change from AHS’s 2,000-seat auditorium. Whitley said that this is because the new building aims for a smaller, more intimate atmosphere to better allow the church to connect with the community. “By constructing our own facility, we will have the base necessary to better meet the needs of the Lake Houston community on a daily basis and to provide even more opportunities for our members and attendees to serve locally as well as globally,” said Reeves. Construction on the new building began in August 2012. Designed by Houston’s Studio Red Architects, the building measures 34,000 square feet and sits on an 11.5 acre plot of land. The church is set to open for its first public service on Christmas Eve of this year. For more information, visit fotw.org.

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