The Church of Saint John Coltrane may not be spared completely, but its potentially final service on February 22nd which SFist documented was not, mercifully, to be its last.
Fighting for months to stay in the historic Fillmore District where the church has called home since 1971, the congregation shared with the Examiner news last week that it had received a 60-day reprieve. That window will allow time for possible relocation and fundraising.
“Instead of the police telling us when to leave," the paper quotes Archbishop Franzo King, "God is telling us when to leave.” April 30 will be the new final date for the church, and in the meantime, parishioners can expect more services like the one below, filmed yesterday.
The Church of Coltrane's landlord, the private nonprofit West Bay Center, has cited failure to pay rent in its eviction proceedings. Two months rent will be required during the added 60 days.
As far as a new home, “With God, all things are possible,” King said to the Examiner. “But we don’t know if something is available [in the Fillmore].”