Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opening new building

EVERETT — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is set to open a new building near Silver Lake in July.

The new church at 11915 29th Ave. SE will include a chapel, activities center, gymnasium and classrooms, said Kim Porterfield, president of the Everett stake, which also serves parts of Snohomish, Mill Creek and Mukilteo.

The stake serves 4,900 people in three congregations, the Seattle Hill Ward, the Mill Creek Ward, including Silver Lake, and the Thomas Lake Ward.

An open house is set for July 12.

“Anybody is welcome to come take a tour,” Porterfield said. “We’re very excited about it, because it just offers more opportunities for reaching out and embracing the members of the church and offering opportunities for them to be together.”

Construction started about a year ago. The growing congregations have been meeting in Mill Creek, and they need more space, Porterfield said.

The new building will offer Sunday services including sacrament meetings in the main chapel, which seats 200. Many of the seminary students are from Jackson High School.

The activities center includes space for basketball, volleyball and a stage. There also are rooms for programs for women and children, and youth groups.

The building will house dinners, socials and other events where visitors are welcome, said Rauna Metcalf, president of the women’s organization, Relief Society, in the Everett stake.

The Relief Society includes woman in the church who have turned 18 and graduated high school. They have Sunday classes, and a monthly meeting where they talk about homemaking, cooking, decorating, Scripture and community service projects.

They recently did a project making craft kits and baby blankets for Seattle Children’s Hospital, Metcalf said. The Seattle Hill Ward alone made 95 blankets.

The Relief Society will have displays on their projects available at the open house, Metcalf said.

“We really feel blessed that we get to have this new building, this new meetinghouse for us to gather in, and we hope it will bless other people’s lives in addition to church members,” she said.

Youth groups in the church also focus on studying Scripture, community service projects and sports.

“All kinds of activities that enrich the youth and give them worthwhile things to do and allow them to have fellowship with each other,” Porterfield said.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

These little piggies stay home

Norman, who was spotted last week in Everett, is part of a trio kept as pets by the “pig whisperer.”

Leanne Smiciklas, the friendly lady who served customers of her husband’s Old School Barbeque from a schoolbus parked in front of the Reptile Zoo east of Monroe, has died at 64. (Dan Bates / Herald file)
Without her, beloved BBQ hotspot in Monroe can’t go on

Leanne Smiciklas, who ran the now-closed Old School BBQ along Highway 2 with her husband, died.

Woman, 47, found dead in Marysville jail cell

She’d been in custody about four days after being arrested on warrants, police said.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Mill Creek’s Donna Michelson ready to retire at year’s end

The city’s longest-serving council member says she has every intention of staying involved.

Smokey Point Behavioral Hospital accepting adolescent patients

The facility is the first mental heallth unit in the county to offer in-patient services for children.

Within an hour, 2 planes crash-land at Paine Field

One simply landed hard and went off the end of a runway. Another crash involved unextended landing gear.

Ian Terry / The Herald Westbound cars merge from Highway 204 and 20th Street Southeast onto the trestle during the morning commute on Thursday, March 30 in Lake Stevens. Photo taken on 03302017
Pay a toll on U.S. 2 trestle? 10,000 say no on social media

A GOP lawmaker’s chart shows theoretical toll rates of up to $6.30 to cross the trestle one way.

Teen murder suspect captured — then escapes and is recaptured

The 16-year-old is one of at least three young suspects in the shooting death of an Everett woman.

Most Read