After more than four decades at its Mirador Drive location, the Pleasanton Presbyterian Church held its final services at that sanctuary Sunday, moving to a temporary facility until its new multi-million-dollar church complex is completed in the Ironwood community.
The special, congregation-packed services included remembrances and a celebration of the people who had been members or who had been served by the church in its 42 years at 4400 Mirador Drive. In a final act, Senior Pastor Mike Barris and others removed the large altar cross, which will be used again at the church's new facility.
"We planned a celebration of gratitude and thanksgiving for the ways God has blessed people during our time at Mirador," Barris said.
The St. Mary and St. John Egyptian Orthodox Church purchased the property last fall, but allowed the Presbyterians to continue to worship there while a new facility is built. That new church complex is under construction and already highly visible at the corner of Valley Avenue and Busch Road in the Ironwood community.
Until work is completed, the Presbyterians will hold worship services and Sunday school starting next Sunday at the Carr America conference center, 4400 Rosewood Drive. A blended worship service with a traditional influence will be held at 9 a.m. followed by a contemporary service at 10:30 a.m. that includes Sunday school for children as well as a nursery.
The Advent season services will be held in the Tassajara Room at Carr America, with a 6 p.m. Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24.
The new Ironwood campus will include a full-service pre-school and playground on a 6.2-acre campus architects designed as "a church within in a park."
"We are excited to see the first phase of our new campus taking shape," said Barris. "The Ironwood location is central to the Tri-Valley and will allow us to serve more people."
For more information, call 925-846-4426 or check online at www.pleasantonpres.org.