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New Mormon Stake Center opens on Sunset Road


New Mormon Stake Center opens on Sunset Road

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints this weekend will dedicate its new, $7 million Stake Center complex on Sunset Road.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold an open house and dedication this weekend of its new Nashville Stake Center at 1646 Sunset Road, close to the Brentwood / Nolensville border, according to an announcement from the church.

The Open House will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and include complimentary guided tours, music, and light refreshments. All are welcome to attend.

The dedication will be held beginning at noon Sunday, Aug. 30, and feature a ribbon-cutting, music by The Nashville Community Choir, and remarks by Nashville Stake President David R. Watson, Nolensville Mayor Jimmy Alexander, and other church leaders. All are invited to attend this program and worship service.

Work on the new stake center began with the purchase of the 6.5-acre site in 2009. A steeple was place on the 27,000 square foot complex this past winter.

“This new Stake Center is a long-desired blessing for our members, and will be a blessing for the area as well as we want to be involved in the community, serve our neighbors, and strive to emulate what Christ would do,” Watson said in a press release announcing the events. “In this area of town, we have experienced about six percent growth in recent years yet haven’t had a building here. We are excited that this new facility provides space for additional congregations in Williamson County.”

The Nashville Stake Center also will provide offices for the Tennessee Nashville Mission, which supervises more than 200 full-time missionaries who serve all of Middle Tennessee. The Mission offices were previously located in rented office space in Brentwood’s Maryland Farms.

The Nashville Stake, an organizational unit of the church similar to a diocese, includes 8 different congregations, called wards, including one that is exclusively Spanish speaking. The Stake maintains three other church buildings: in Green Hills on Hillsboro Pike, on Haywood Lane, and off McGavock Pike. This new $7 million facility, the largest in the Stake, has capacity for 1,500 people and will house worship and administrative space for two congregations: the Old Hickory Ward and the newly created Sunset Ward, that meet at different times on Sundays, in additional to office growth space for a future third congregation. The Nashville Stake has 3,200 members, and brings the total number of stakes to six in the Middle Tennessee area including those existing in Franklin, Murfreesboro, McMinville, Madison, and Hopkinsville, KY.

The building features: a chapel/sanctuary; baptismal font; full gymnasium; stage; 16 classrooms; library; open-air atrium; administrative offices for three congregations; and administrative offices for the Nashville Stake and its High Council; also includes an outdoor pavilion for gatherings

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