From the Readers: Choosing a Church
Guest post from Madrigal resident Mario Sengco
Another reason why Mount Vernon Triangle is a great place to live is the great diversity of places to worship just steps away for those who are inclined.
Just looking at the cityscape, one can see an array of beautiful and historic steeples, spires and domes. From the historic synagogue at 6th and I Streets, the historic Mount Carmel and Second Baptist Churches on 3rd Street, the Chinese Community Church on I Street, to Holy Rosary Church on 3rd Street serving a vibrant Italian-American community, residents have many choices for worship and to participate in volunteer activities in the community.
About a year ago my partner and I bought our place in the Madrigal Lofts. After settling in, we decided to look for a place of worship in our neighborhood. We come from different backgrounds, but we would characterize ourselves as being more spiritual than religious. So, we were excited to find many choices in the area. We visited a number of churches of different denominations, all of whom welcomed us very warmly. We enjoyed each service, the sermons, the music and the fellowship. We knew the choice wasn’t going to be easy.
After about a month of searching and a few repeat visits, we finally decided to join Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church - the white marble church tucked between K Street, Massachusetts Avenue, and 9th Street at Mount Vernon Square. Aside from a beautiful facade and a rich (but sometimes difficult) history, we were attracted by the welcoming spirit of the people there, its dynamic young pastor, the diversity, and the genuine desire of its members – many of whom were in theirs 20’s and 30’s like us - to serve and volunteer in their community. It was a good fit for us because we also believed in volunteering.
If you’re considering a move to Mount Vernon Triangle, or come from the surrounding neighborhoods, I’m sure you will find the wide variety of places of worship an attractive aspect of the area. If you’re looking for a “spiritual” home, perhaps you’ll also find it here.
Image Credit: M.V. Jantzen
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