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Rancho Murieta Community Church will move to a new location next month and be replaced by Calvary Fellowship.  (Click photo for larger image.)

Everybody still calls it the FAA Building, but the Federal Aviation Administration has left the building and the new tenants aren’t looking to the heavens for flight information.

Every Sunday, the community’s newest church, Calvary Fellowship Rancho Murieta, holds services for a small congregation at the Cantova Way building where an FAA flight service for general aviation used to be located. Next month, Rancho Murieta Community Church will relocate to the office building, and Calvary Fellowship will move into the church’s old home at the fire station on Murieta Drive.

Calvary Fellowship is an outreach of Calvary Chapel Laguna Creek.

The FAA facility was closed as part of the consolidation Lockheed Martin Corporation undertook after receiving a contract to operate the service from the FAA in 2005. The multi-story building is located next to Rancho Murieta Airport and across the street from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

The Community Church plans to hold its first service in the new location June 7, according to Loretta Cunneen, the church’s office manager and classic worship leader. On that day, the traditional and contemporary services will be combined, and a celebration lunch will follow the joint service.

Calvary Church

Calvary Fellowship has been meeting in what's called the FAA Building.  (Click photo for larger image.)

The relocation has been “a fairly lengthy process,” Cunneen said last week. Updates on the church’s web site tell of submitting plans to the fire marshal and Sacramento County planning authorities, making changes and getting approvals. A change in occupancy status was needed to accommodate large assemblies.

The new space can hold 250-300 people, and the move will place all aspects of the church under one roof, Cunneen said. The pastors’ and administrative offices are now located at the opposite end of the Plaza from the church. There will be enough Sunday school classrooms for all ages, and everything will be on ground level for easy access.

“We are very blessed,” said Cunneen.

She added that the church is still on track to build a church on 20 acres of land donated by the Frank family in 2005. Plans were submitted to the county last year, and the project is undergoing environmental review, according to the church web site.

The church is also conducting a search for a senior pastor that began last year. Pastor Rick Pitcher was appointed to fill the position on an interim basis.

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