Glory be to God!
The Lord has blessed me abundantly and it looks like I will likely be moving to Albuquerque, NM later in the year to continue my education. I have never been to Albuquerque specifically, only passed through en route to other places. So I searched for a Coptic church in the city on the Southern U.S. diocese website
and found instead a "Coptic community" in Albuquerque, St. Pishoy Coptic Orthodox Church.
I understand that these communities are something less than churches, as there are also states that have both communities and
churches (Louisiana has 1 church and 2 communities, for instance). But what exactly is a community? Is it just a group of Copts who don't have a specific church to worship in? I am curious, because the information on the website for St. Pishoy says "Services usually
held every 2 weeks". I wonder if it's a specific place every time, or if you have to constantly call someone to find out, or...
Are any of you here on Tasbeha members of such a community, or have you visited/worshiped in one? I just want to know what to expect ahead of time, so that I'm not just wandering around Albuquerque, hassling anyone who looks Egyptian for information... :P
Thank you in advance for any help or encouragement. I am very excited at the idea of having Coptic Orthodox anything
in my general area, after going so long without. Community, church, Bible study...it is all wonderful!