Community Church Relocating to Smart Space
By Ann Mauze
The Community Church is celebrating its new location. Everyone is invited. There is plenty of parking on the adjacent streets alongside and behind the facility. Local buses stop in front of Smart Space and across the Salida near the Ford dealership.
New Location Celebration
Sun, Sep 6, 9:30 and 11am
Salida a Celaya 34
The first service, at Salida a Celaya 34 in the Smart Space compound, begins on Sunday, September 6, with worship services at 9:30 and 11am. It is wisdom-seeking through meditation, music, readings of sacred texts, and thoughtful responses to the worship leader’s presentation. The second service, from 11am to noon, follows traditional Protestant order of worship that includes readings from scripture, a sermon, and communion. It will be led by the Community Church’s current minister-in-residence, the Reverend David Ray, who with his wife, Marianne, has returned to the congregation for the second consecutive year.
Following each of the services, there will be an informal reception to welcome San Miguel residents and visitors to the new site. After the second service reception, there will be a luncheon at Lolita on Salida a Celaya for all who would like to attend.
The Reverend David Ray is a leading authority on small churches and believes any one of them is large enough to live and be and do everything God expects a church to be and do. He has written several books and articles on the topic and has served as program leader and consultant for more than a dozen denominations throughout the US and Canada.
In keeping with the Community Church’s mission to donate at least 50 percent of its funds to charitable causes in San Miguel, Rev. Ray has a strong commitment to help needy families in southern Mexico. He co-founded a program that has provided over 1,500,000 free school lunches for very poor children in that area and has led several groups on third world retreat and mission trips.
Most recently pastor of the Congregational Church of Bristol, ME, David Ray has also served churches in San Rafael, CA; Emmetsburg, IA; Shrewsbury, VT; and Warwick, ME. He taught at Bangor (ME) Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, and Claremont School of Theology.
The Community Church has had a minister-in-residence program for over five years in which outstanding ministers are invited to come to San Miguel de Allende for a few months to preach, teach, and share. While all are associated with mainstream Protestant denominations, they bring a diversity of experiences, interests, and viewpoints. The interdenominational Protestant Community Church believes strongly in the value of outreach, and through its donations and personal efforts supports several local non-profit organizations to help the less fortunate. This is a welcoming and inclusive congregation, extending an open invitation to all to join them in worship on Sunday mornings.
For more information, go to www.communitychurchofsanmiguel.org