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Christ's Church making more room

By PAT JENKINS

The Mirror

Christ’s Church in Federal Way has given its members more elbow room with a new, $4.6 million worship center.

The 16,000-square-feet building on South Dash Point Road officially opened Oct. 24, providing auditorium-style accommodations for the approximately 1,200 people who regularly attend two-a-day Sunday services.

A growing membership, plus ambitious plans “to serve Jesus Christ,” led to the start in 1999 of a two-phase construction plan, said pastor Jeff Moorehead.

The first part was the worship center, a one-story building that includes a nursery wing and, in the 12,000-square-feet auditorium, a seating capacity of 600 that can be expanded in the future to 750. An unfinished basement can eventually be used for classrooms, and a new parking area built on Federal Way Public Schools property will be shared with nearby Sacajawea Middle School.

Construction began July 25. Money for it came from donations.

A 24-year-old multi-purpose building that housed worship services will be remodeled into a gymnasium and fellowship hall. A commercial kitchen also is included in long-range plans.

An existing two-story classroom wing will continue to be used for children’s programs.

Moorehead, pastor for eight years, said Christ’s Church is a non-affiliated, independent Bible congregation devoted to building “Christ-exalting” lives. It was originally founded in 1972.

Church programs include Biblical counseling (“We all need help at times,” the church Web site notes), a women’s ministry and a men’s monthly breakfast (the next one is Nov. 13 at 7:30 a.m.).

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565, editor@fedwaymirror.com

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