The Debre Metemaqe St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Phoenix, Arizona is a thriving and growing Ethiopian church serving followers of the Ethiopian Orthodox community in the Phoenix metropolitan areas. St. Mary is located in south Phoenix at the North West corner of 17th Avenue and Sunland Road. The church of St. Mary was brought in January 2003 and started serving its community on March 3rd, 2003. The current facility of St. Mary has a large prayer hall with a sitting capacity of approximately 200 people, a smaller hall equipped with a kitchen, a mobile storage room, and a classroom setup for teaching children. In addition, it has a small parking lot that has enough space for about 20 cars. Before St. Mary moved to its current location, the church did not have a facility of its own. For a period of 4 years, a weekly mass was done at either rented facilities, or at other churches such as the Coptic Orthodox Church who were kind enough to let us use their halls for free. To date, St. Mary’s has gone on to grow in the size of membership, services provided, and buildings/square footage of the entire church property. Over the years, Church attendance has shown a steady rise. A general assembly of the members set up and elected a Board of Trustees and entrusted them with the overall management of the Church. The Church is, therefore, a people's Church managed by board members who are elected for an initial term of two years. In 2009, an adjacent vacant lot, on the 17th Ave side of the Church, was purchased to accommodate future development plans. The lot is now serving as a parking space for parishioners.  St Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church strives to fulfill the spiritual needs of its members by providing church and related services in a manner consistent with the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo church’s faith, values and tradition. 

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