The Segrado Corazn de Jesus congregation, which is predominantly Hispanic, moved from Whittier to Kingfield’s predominantly Anglo Incarnation Church, 3801 Pleasant Ave. S., last summer.
At the time, the mostly Anglo neighborhood’s residents were excited to welcome the new Hispanic community. However, some neighbors are now upset about church activity overflowing into the neighborhood, adding noise, parking problems and trash from food vendors and leaflets.
Steve Jevning, who lives down the block from the church on Pleasant Avenue, said he and a block club leader are trying to work with the parish to resolve livability problems and set up a neighborhood meeting to boost solidarity and understanding.
Brad Capouch, parish administrator, said the administrative staff is still moving its offices to the Kingfield church and expect to better communicate with the neighborhood once they are immersed there.
Capouch said he hopes the church and Hispanic cultural center/school across Pleasant in the former Risen Christ building will be a resource for Anglos to learn about Latino culture and issues.
Jevning and Capouch said the public meeting date has not yet been set, but Jevning said it will be sometime in October.