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The Church at Argenta has begun work to put a coffee shop, Mugs Cafe, at 515 Main St., next door to the Argenta Market and is having a drop-in from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, for coffee and menu samples. Among the offerings: “Thanksgiving on a roll,” a turkey and cranberry slider; and a smoked salmon and avocado club sandwich.

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The full cafe menu — described as tentative on the website — includes coffee in all its iterations as well as frappucinos, breakfast foods, gelato, wraps, smoothies and more. A July opening is planned. The cafe has a Facebook page to check for updates.

Also on the menu: Church. The Church at Argenta, which is Southern Baptist with a twist, since all denominations are welcome, will eventually meet at the coffee shop. Michael Carpenter, “church planter,” said “we’re not going to be overt … but we’re not going to be covert, either.”

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A statement on the cafe from the church webpage:

It is so easy for us to withdraw to the comfortable confines of our Christian sub-culture. But that is not the example Jesus set. He crossed every conceivable demographic and line. By building a coffeehouse, we will be able to create a place where connections will happen week in and week out. We can only image how many people will walk into Mugs Café to get a cup of coffee and end up finding a church.

For more information, call 615-477-8854. Carpenter also sends this link to the food blog Fancy Pants Foodie on the cafe.

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