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Church Moves Congregation After Complaints

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash.-- The United Methodist Church in Sunnyside is no longer receiving criticism from neighboring dentist Jim Stevens.

He 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.

A church that was full of music is now a little more quite.

The church 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 nervous.

Reverend Patricia Beeman said the music is part of a Hispanic congregational service invited to use the church as a place of worship

Stevens said he did not want to penalize the church as a whole, he just wanted the right thing to be done.

"We 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.

Earlier 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.

"I 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.

Beeman also said even though this has put a hardship on the congregation, the church is doing what it can to accommodate the community.

"The church is about reconciliation, and I think that's what we've achieved," Beeman said

She 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.