Tim Burgan and Lisa Lyons have one thing brewing – and it’s not simply cups of Joe. They’re serving hope and unity as effectively.
Three weeks in the past, they launched an upscale espresso store in downtown Monessen referred to as His Place – Espresso, Group and Extra. Their goal, based on the His Place Fb web page, is “to convey hope to the neighborhood by working with different church buildings and organizations within the space by means of our tutoring program, studying camp, Rejoice Restoration, Single Mother Packages, Mentoring and a lot extra.”
Burgan is the lead pastor of Christian Heart Church, on Route 51 in Rostraver Township.
“That is the place we started all of our applications, which have been very efficient,” he stated.
Now these applications are being provided in Monessen, in a Third Road constructing that was as soon as a fireplace station. Lyons, the outreach director, stated Heart Christian Church “raised the entire cash” to buy the construction and renovate it “so we’re in a position to prolong our applications to the opposite facet of the constructing.”
Over time, they are going to be including applications as effectively.
It’s a trendy renovation, to make certain, particularly in a metropolis that has been experiencing powerful occasions. His Place has a cheery, interesting facade.
“A portion of the constructing seems prefer it’s in Shadyside or South Facet or Lawrenceville,” Burgan stated, proudly evaluating His Place with these stylish neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.
The store is called for the Nice Almighty and was impressed by a domestically produced TV present referred to as “His Place,” Burgan stated. He’s the communications director for Cornerstone Tv Community, a non-commercial Christian broadcast and satellite tv for pc tv community that airs the present. It’s based mostly in Wall, Allegheny County.
The Monessen location opened for enterprise Sept. 13, following a ribbon reducing that morning. It’s open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily besides Sunday.
Cooperating with different native church buildings is a key ingredient of this endeavor, Burgan and Lyons stated.
“It’s good to produce other church buildings working with us,” she stated.
“There are such a lot of church buildings in Monessen that need to present assist,” Burgan added. “We need to assist in a method that’s not a menace to them.
“We’ve additionally discovered not everybody involves church, so we would have liked to discover a place locally the place we will do that. What higher technique to do it than by means of espresso.”
The pastor stated he envisions the store additionally turning into “a hub of communication. There are lots of nice issues which can be taking place within the metropolis, and we’re hoping by means of the espresso store, we could be a place the place folks need to come.”
That is the primary such store that the 2 have launched, however they’re planning so as to add extra. They favor the Mon Valley, the place Burgan grew up.
“It’s our hearts’ want to essentially convey hope again to the Mon Valley,” he stated. “We plan to enter communities there, however gained’t go into cities which have espresso outlets.
“There may be nothing extra devastating to a mother or father than to see youngsters strike out at school. Children want slightly additional assist. We consider hope can change a neighborhood.”
Monessen was a logical first location.
“We (Christian Heart Church) have been volunteering in Monessen with the libraries for the previous 10 or 11 years,” Lyons stated. “It was a simple match working with connections we already had.”
Though the pair work effectively collectively, Burgan gave the lion’s share of credit score to Lyons.
“She’s actually operating this store. She is de facto the heartbeat,” the pastor stated.
Lyons stated His Place was a proverbial beehive the primary week it was working, then slowed a bit. However as extra folks develop into conscious of the store’s presence, enterprise ought to speed up.
The menu options espresso, after all, plus espresso drinks, frozen drinks, chilly drinks, iced drinks, tea and sizzling chocolate. Breakfast sandwiches can be found.
New patrons will doubtless embody college students from Douglas Schooling Heart, which is able to start a brand new semester Monday. College students who show their Douglas ID will get a free cookie.
She supervises six workers on the store, together with three baristas: her son Alex, plus Ashley Cox and Sianna Selciano. However Lyons helps to supervise far more.
“Above all,” she stated, “we wish the neighborhood to really feel cherished, and notice that hope exists even within the occasions we’re dwelling in.”