The original group which was the Community church and a United Church of Christ are left to use this building which we rent. If at any time services cease to exit the charter says the building will belong to Arizona State University. Though a bit dated, it is comfortable, seats 250 or so, and also hosts Friday night services for our two Jewish Congregations. Their Torah is in the closet and our Christian Symbols hang on removable clips. Odd but effective.
I love not owning a building. We give lots of money away to missions. We have an office elsewhere near the Country Club Clubhouse. That is why I am a few steps from a cafeteria, pool room, lending library, banquent facilities, swimming pool, workout rooms and a chip and putt golf course. Feeling sorry for me yet.
Someone in your family must be 50 to live here, You are asked to leave if you have a baby, and we have no youth group or Sunday School. I guess you would call it a niche market church. In a senior active community. They had five pastors they hired at 60 hoping they would stay till they were seventy, but all decided to retire at 65. They decided to try a new approach and hired me, a slighty wounded heart attack survivor at age 52, knowing I would need to work till 65. I am in my sixth year, so far so good. I will share some of the joys and sorrows of serving seniors in my next post.