The First Assembly of God has broken ground on its new educational facility.

Pastor Bruce Frazier and congregation are excited to start rebuilding what they lost to Hurricane Harvey. The church has functioned with only a one-room sanctuary and two bathrooms since the storm.

Harvey destroyed the church’s nursery, kitchen, youth and children’s area, offices and one of the parsonages.

The new 6,600-square-foot facility will double the current lobby space, and include a coffee reception center. There will be a new nursery, larger bathrooms, two offices, kitchen, youth room, several classrooms, and a children’s church area. The exterior will be HardiePlank siding.

First Assembly of God was one of three churches in Texas that sued FEMA for excluding churches from non-profit organizations that were able to seek federal funds. The suit resulted in FEMA changing its policy to include churches in disaster relief consideration.

While this new change helped many churches across the nation, First Assembly of God was not able to participate in the program due to FEMA’s many restrictions and payment policy.

The National Assemblies of God have a volunteer construction program made up primarily of retirees, and they will be doing much of the work.

Pastor Frazier hopes to project is completed by Easter.

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