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Construction complete on Mormon meeting-house in Forest Grove

Latter-day Saints prepare for a public event at the facility Sept. 17

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently completed construction of a stake center that will serve 3,000 members who live in Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks, Tillamook and surrounding communities.

Two congregations will use the facility, with two additional congregations remaining at the meetinghouse on Leon Drive.

'We have waited years for a stake center in this area,' said Brad Richardson, president of the Forest Grove Oregon Stake. 'This meetinghouse will relieve crowding in our other Forest Grove building and be a blessing to hundreds of our members who will no longer have to travel to Hillsboro for Sunday worship and midweek activities.'

Tour planned next month

To celebrate the opening, local Latter-day Saints are preparing an open house for the public, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, with tours of the stake center from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. People of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are welcome.

'We're excited to show it to our friends and neighbors and let them see how it will be used,' said Becky Cottam, president of Dairy Creek Ward's Relief Society, the church's organization for women. 'It's a beautiful building.'

The 24,000 square-foot meetinghouse is located at the north end of town at 3661 Brooke St., near Forest Grove High School. It consists of a chapel that seats approximately 300 people, a large 'cultural hall' for sports and cultural arts activities, 20 classrooms and several ward and stake offices.

The meetinghouse differs from Latter-day Saint temples such as the one in Lake Oswego, where marriages and other sacred ordinances are performed.