St. John's Congregational Church held its ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday morning, which marked the opening of the newest building in the church's long history.
The church first opened in 1848.
Since its founding, the attendance of the church has continued to grow.
Approximately 750 people attended Sunday's first Mass in the new multimillion dollar building.
With more than 3,000 members, the need for a new church was stronger than ever.
"It is important because we feel it adds value to the community," said Dr. Calvin J. McFadden, the church's senior pastor. "It is a beacon of hope for people who pass by. We hope that people that when they do pass by, they will stop by to try and see what is going on and hope they come and join us."
St. John's offers two Sunday worship sessions, two weekly Bible study classes and free meals to the hungry.
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