Members, friends, neighbors, dignitaries, and people from our denominations gathered on Sunday, May 17, for celebration and a festive service of dedication of the Niles Discovery Church facilities. Guestimates run as high as a couple hundred people came to the facilities during the Open House from 1:00 to 3:00.
Over 100 people attended the dedication service at which the Rev. Dr. LaTaunya Bynum, Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada Regional Minister preached. Greetings and blessings were received from the national settings of the United Church of Christ via the Rev. Stephen Boyd, a minister with Local Church Ministries (one of the national settings of the UCC). Our Regional Elder Ann Willard read a letter from the Disciples of Christ’s General Minister and President, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins and sharing blessings from the Region. The Rev. Drew Nettinga brought blessings from the UCC Conference.
Greetings were also shared by Fremont City Council Member Rick Jones, Fremont Bank Foundation President Hattie Hughes, Tri-City Volunteers Board President Doug Swint, and Abode Services Executive Director Louis Chicoine.
The facilities at 36600 Niles Blvd. have undergone a major renovation. The sanctuary (worship space) underwent a complete remodel; classrooms, office space, and a fellowship hall were added; and the restrooms and kitchen were remodeled. State-of-the-art audio-visual systems were installed, including a “loop system” to assist people with hearing deficits.
Our Construction Team was honored during the service as were all the people who put “sweat equity” into the construction of our new facilities.