150-Year-Old Church Opens Coffee Cafe


Coffee cafes aren’t just for the newly built suburban megachurches – even though that’s where they’re seen the most. Salem Bible Church in Salem, Mich., recently completed and opened a café in the basement of its 150-year-old church.

Church member Steve Betts said the Koinonia Café (“Koinonia” is Greek for “friendship”) opened Nov. 23 after a year and a half of planning and building. A church member who is a student at Eastern Michigan University designed the café.

Pastor Lance Rubringer thinks the café will combat the stuffiness associated with church and make the building atmosphere more visitor-friendly and relaxed.


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