By Anitra Kitts, PNS
The fact that there is a coffee house in the bell tower is not what is unusual at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church. Nor is the fact that it’s run on volunteers and donations. What might be the most unusual element at Mt. Tabor is the leadership’s willingness to not start out with a carefully defined goal but to instead let the mission find them.
“We deliberately said among ourselves, ‘We’ll open the door and see what comes and we’re going to help people do what they want to do here,’” said the Rev. Carley Friesen, pastor. “And that was a very deliberate and intentional way to do it. This is not the church doing something for the community but the church and the community working together and that is a huge part of this.”
That this, known as TaborSpace, is now a thriving community center hosting everything from musical performances and child-focused storytelling to documentaries on the environment and Sunday morning worship. In a beautiful hospitality room that was once abandoned by even the congregation, TaborSpace is now a vibrant and light-filled place where volunteer barristas get to “love up on people like Jesus did,” as one recently reported to Mt. Tabor’s session.
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