Atascocita United Methodist Church is moving forward with its plans for expansion after the recent completion of a successful “Field of Dreams” campaign that will fund the project. On July 1, AUMC members voted unanimously to move forward with the expansion of the church. The plans include the construction of a new 550-seat sanctuary, additional classrooms, a music/fine arts room and a large gathering space. “More square footage and innovative new worship space is going to allow us to initiate new ministries and better meet the needs of our community,” said senior pastor Andy Noel. The goal of the expansion is to keep pace with growth in the community and church. Feasibility studies conducted by the church over the past two years have revealed the need for the expansion. “ We’re at capacity,” said Noel. “This is a building project that’s allowing us to expand our ministry … and allowing us to grow.” Ziegler Cooper, a company that specializes in designing places of worship, has been named the architect for the expansion. “We really appreciate the professionalism, attentiveness and flexibility that this firm has extended to us as we have worked toward the final design of our additional space,” said Noel. Fretz Construction, which is also known for its construction of churches, will be the general contractor. “We are pleased to be working with Fretz Construction as our general contractor,” said Brett Eldred, co-chair of the building committee. “Managing an expansion such as this on a thriving, busy church campus is a big job and we are confident that Fretz Construction is going to be a great partner for us in this endeavor.” Construction is expected to begin in November 2012 with hopes of completion by Christmas 2013. Atascocita United Methodist Church is located in Atascocita at 19325 Pinehurst Trail Drive. To find out more about the church and the campus expansion, visit Photo: (1) Jim Mastin, Co-chair of Atascocita United Methodist Church’s “Field of Dreams” building campaign, discusses the architectural plans for the church’s expansion with church member Ray Cox. (2) The exterior of the proposed expanded Atascocita United Methodist Church. (3) The 550-seat sanctuary interior of the proposed expanded Atascocita United Methodist Church.

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