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SHEPHERDSVILLE - They came from miles away as part of a mission.
Their mission was to construct a new place of worship.
The Shepherdsville congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had outgrown their space on Highway 44 East and needed a new place to worship.
Once the location on the Charles Hamilton Highway was found, it was time to build.
Over the course of several weeks, over 1,000 volunteers worked to build the new kingdom hall.
“It is wonderful,” said Joe Hurst, who coordinated the effort.
The new facility can seat 170 people in its main worship hall and there are classrooms and storage space the congregation never had before.
Parking is no longer a problem.
Hurst said it is phenomenal to see so many people volunteer their time and talent from so many miles away to make it all possible. Without such assistance, he said it would be difficult due to the high cost of hiring contractors.
“Construction went very well,” said Hurst. “The project was blessed.”
He thanked the neighbors who helped and the local officials who helped the church through the entire zoning and construction process.
As church attendance is already averaging 150, Hurst said the desire of the Jehovah’s Witness is not to have large congregations. Once it reaches a certain size, it is time to begin new congregations.
Hurst didn’t believe that would be an immediate problem but he said the congregation is growing and there are many younger people attending.
Sunday service is at 10 a.m. with Bible Study at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday night meetings are at 7:30 p.m.