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Sagemont Church plans 43,000 sq. ft. youth facility

Sagemont Church has launched a campaign to construct a new building for its student ministry.

The new facility will replace the existing one, which was significantly damaged during Hurricane Harvey.

“It’s time to take our hats off to the past and our coats for the future,” said the Rev. John Morgan, senior pastor at Sagemont Church. “God has placed before us a vision.

“We have prayed. We have worked. And we’re asking God, once again, to do a mighty work.”

After much reflection, church leaders set their sights on constructing the new center to further instill the teachings of Christ to their student members.

“Through much prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, our visionary team and ministry staff have identified the next phase of our campus master plan, a facility vital to the future of our congregation,” Morgan said. “We want our students to know what a Christian is and not only be one but go out and change the world to be more like Jesus.”

Like all other Sagemont construction projects, the building will be built debt-free. The campaign to raise the necessary funds is called NVision, with the theme Impact Tomorrow Today. The church has set a goal of $12 million for the estimated cost.

The new facility will feature several student activities, such as gaga ball, video games, basketball, ping pong, a coffee shop and more. The center will also include places of serious training and discipleship.

Design features of the student building include:
• 43,600 total square feet.
• Two-story design, with stairs and elevator.
• Pre-engineered metal building with brick and stucco exterior to complement the children’s building and Worship Center building.
• Metal roof with a peak and slope to complement the other buildings on campus.
• Foundation height will be raised to resist
future flooding.
• Interior design to appeal to students, with exposed metal and industrial/modern features.
• Approximately 18-20 classrooms for Bible
study and small groups.
• Large worship space to accommodate 675 people.
• Large indoor gathering space.
• Small kitchen capable of producing food and drink items for snack bar area.
• Covered walkway on west side of the building with green gathering space.
• Limited number of parking spaces adjacent to the outdoor gathering area.

Morgan is excited about the future of the new project. “This is our moment to hear his call, to follow his instructions and experience his power, his love and his glory,” Morgan said.

“God is not asking us to do the ordinary. He’s asking us to go far beyond that and do the extraordinary,” Morgan said.

For additional information about the project and the NVision campaign, visit

Harris County Pct. 2 seizes illegal drugs

Deputies from the Special Operations Division of the Harris County Precinct 2 Constable’s office are continuing to make strides in their efforts to remove drugs from area streets, making another large bust – the second in one week.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, deputies from the special division, which investigates narcotics in the area, conducted an operation in the 8200 block of Park Place Boulevard, which yielded large amounts of both heroin and cocaine.

Deputies seized 2 kilos of heroin (4.4 pounds) and 2 kilos of cocaine (4.4 pounds) with a street value of $475,000.

The bust came just one week after the group conducted a similar operation in the 600 block of Edgebrook on Wednesday, Jan. 31. In that incident, deputies seized 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of methamphetamine, worth an estimated $600,000.

Precinct 2’s Special Operations Unit was formed approximately one and one-half years ago. The elite unit is composed of three full-time deputies and one part-time deputy. In addition to battling narcotics, the group also tackles other vices, such as gambling and prostitution.

Like most other vice units, the division’s work often involves undercover operations.

Their recent successes follow a trend begun the previous year. During the last six months of 2018, the group took more than $10 million worth of drugs off area streets.

During those six months, deputies made 67 arrests on 73 charges, including 62 felony charges. In all, 173 cases were investigated throughout the precinct.
In addition to contraband, deputies seized one house, located in Ashley Pointe, worth an estimated $375,000, and five vehicles, worth an estimated $70,600. Deputies also seized $919,149 in U.S. currency. A total of 23 firearms were also confiscated.

According to Precinct 2 Lt. Mike Kritzler, the unit’s statistics are among the highest in the Greater Houston area and are on par with divisions in the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s office.

The division was temporarily disbanded during the Christmas holidays when general crime rates are higher but regrouped shortly after the new year.
Precinct 2 Constable Chris Diaz recently took to Facebook to praise the unit.

“Our Special Ops division is continuously working on keeping our streets clean,” Diaz said. “Thank you, everyone, for your continuous support.”


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