Niles Discovery Church will celebrate the completion of its new home at the corner of Niles Blvd. and Nursery Ave. with a community open house, 1 to 3 pm, and a service of dedication at 3 pm on Sun., May 17. The public is invited for refreshments, crafts and balloons for children, live music including the Montecito Brass Band, and building tours.
The Rev. Dr. LaTaunya M. Bynum, Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada, will be guest preacher at the dedication service, which is also open to the public.
The 36600 Niles Blvd. building has been completely renovated and expanded over the course of two years, but had been built as a church in the 1960’s and used most recently for the First Christian Church of Niles. Niles Congregational Church (founded in 1889) and First Christian Church of Fremont (founded in 1960) merged in 2012 to become Niles Discovery Church. The progressive Christian congregation worshipped at 255 H Street while the building process was underway.
The new building includes a bright, high-tech sanctuary that provides closed loop sound enhancement for the hearing-impaired and large screens to help those with vision problems read text, both thanks to a grant from the Fremont Bank Foundation. The Second Saturday Documentary Film Series will put these technologies to good use when it starts a new season in the sanctuary at 1:30 pm on Sat., May 16 (although this date is the third Saturday) with two short films on fracking.
“During the very first service in the new building, a church member spontaneously got up in front of the congregation in tears. A veteran, he had lost much of his hearing while serving in the Air Force. For the first time in many years, he could actually hear the sermon and the music,” the Reverend Jeffrey Spencer recalled. “There were very few dry eyes after that.”
The building also houses classrooms, a kitchen and a large, bright Fellowship Hall.
“We hope to get the word out to the community that this space is available for scout groups, celebrations or nutrition programs,” Mark Twist, chairman of the Building Committee said.
For more information about Niles Discovery Church, visit www.NilesDiscoveryChurch.org.
[updated: 30 April 2015]