SUNNYSIDE, Wash.-- The United
Methodist Church in Sunnyside is no longer receiving criticism from neighboring
dentist Jim Stevens.
works next door to the church, and after months of complaints, a noise
citation, and moving a congregation, there is peace in the community again.
church that was full of music is now a little more quite.
was told to quiet down after a neighboring dentist made a complaint saying the
music during their service was too loud, and it was making his patients
Patricia Beeman said the music is part of a Hispanic congregational service
invited to use the church as a place of worship
said he did not want to penalize the church as a whole, he just wanted the
right thing to be done.
didn't think the church and the members we have here for so long should be
penalized for something it appears their pastor should have been taking care
of," Stevens said.
this month a judge dismissed the case, and the church moved their congregation
to the other side of the building to cut down on the noise after Beeman was
served a noise citation for $1,000.
expect the problem is resolved because the music is on the side of the church, I
don't think there will be a future problem," Beeman said.
also said even though this has put a hardship on the congregation, the church
is doing what it can to accommodate the community.
church is about reconciliation, and I think that's what we've achieved," Beeman
said the new space for the congregation is not the best because they can't live
stream their service around the world like they could before the move, but
complaints have stopped coming from Stevens' office.