Mora County Notebook - New sanctuary under construction

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By Ruth Fort

The Mount Calvary Assembly of God Church in Mora is building a new sanctuary. It is located beside their old sanctuary and community rooms.

The congregation saw the need for a larger sanctuary to accommodate their growing congregation and for their use when they have special occasions such as funerals and weddings.

The church’s pastor Daniel Enriquez stated that the sanctuary will be 76 feet long and 38 feet wide.

Benavidez Construction is the contractor for the building working in conjunction with Sofia’s Plumbing. Members of the congregation are volunteering their skill and time when they are needed. They are building the building piece by piece as the money comes in for materials.

They hope to have the building finished within the year. It all depends on how the money comes in for materials and work days are given along with the contractor’s time. The congregation is doing all they can to make this building a reality.

The old church was dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 2, 1961. It was started by a couple in Chacon who met for Bible study with a group in their home in 1951. When the group was large enough they decided to start a church in Mora and built the first church which was dedicated on the special Easter Sunday.

Years later a local son, the Rev. Herman Medina, took classes and became the pastor. He and his wife Margaret served in Mora for 20 years.

In 1994, he started a school named Calvary Christian Academy, with classes from pre-school through high school. It was closed after he left in 2001.When they left Mora they moved to Colorado and he is now serving at Brighton, Colo., where he also started a school.

During the time Pastor Medina served the church building was enlarged and two trailers had been moved in to accommodate the classes.

Lay persons, Meril Mehring and Frank Chavez, were in charge of the church until Pastor Enriquez and his family came to Mora. They have been in Mora 10 years. They relocated to Mora from Taos. Pastor Enriquez was a teacher before he became a minister of the Assembly of God. He has served in Illinois, Utah and Taos. He was an assistant pastor until he came to Mora as a senior pastor. He helps with the athletic department in the public school besides his duties as a pastor of the church.

He and his wife, Irene have two children who attended the Mora Schools. Their son, Daniel Jr., graduated from Mora High School in 2012 and is a student at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla. Their daughter, Lorena, is a senior at Mora High School.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com.