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Those who love Gospel music refer to it as “joyful noise” and it is anything but quiet.

“The music of the church reveals the life of the church, the enthusiasm of the church,” said Michael Wright, pastor at Solid Rock Baptist Church.

But the City of Oakland has a different description of it, they’re calling it a “nuisance.” Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in West Oakland recently received a letter from the city threatening a $3,500 nuisance fee and a $500 a day fine unless it toned down its choir practice.

The letter states in part, “…this activity may constitute a public nuisance due to its impact to the use and quiet enjoyment of the surrounding community’s property.”

“Kind of hard to believe because we’ve been here about 65 years in the community and all of a sudden we get some concerns about the noise,” said Thomas A Harris III, the pastor at Pleasant Grove

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source: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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