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Church to take shape in day

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By John D. Harden / Staff Writer

Pastor prepares for 24-hour construction of Justin house of worship

JUSTIN — Pastor Shane LeJeune spent Wednesday afternoon preparing for the construction of his new church building, which is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. Friday.

With a load of church pews packed into the back of his pickup, LeJeune said he’s doing all he can to ensure that construction goes as smoothly as possible.

“We’re ready to go,” he said. “It’s going to be overwhelming and awesome.”

What’s unique about the church, LeJeune said, is that it will take 24 hours to build. On Sunday, church members will hold their two morning services in their new church home.

“Until you see it with your own eyes, you’ll never see anything like this,” he said. “It will be an unbelievable experience. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

The slab of concrete already has been poured. On Friday and Saturday, work crews will erect the building’s frame, perform landscaping and install sound equipment.

“We’ll be up and ready for our first service at 10 a.m. [Sunday],” LeJeune said.

The church is being built with the help of Church in a Day, a program of the United Pentecostal Church International, which has helped build more than 85 churches across the United States.

The church in Justin will be the 18th Church in a Day project in Texas.

Hundreds of volunteers from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana will help construct the 4,100-square-foot building, church officials said.

The Rock Church first started services in Mom’s Cafe about 4 1/2 years ago. It moved to the city’s community center, and after a few months, the church began renting space at Lucus Funeral Home.

“Now you can see why we’re excited to get our own space,” said Emily Gregg, the wife of assistant pastor Andy Gregg. “It will give us a home and allow us to do the work we want to do for the community.”

The church has received a lot of support from the community and local businesses. Cleburne Sheet Metal in Fort Worth donated the roof and agreed to install it for free.

“I really want to thank them,” LeJeune said. “That’s a big donation and it truly is a blessing. And we’ve just gotten donations of food, material and money. This was bigger than what I could have imagined.”

The new church will be built at 411 Leuty Ave. on 8.2 acres of land that church leaders purchased in 2012.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.