They made a joyful noise in Crown Point, but they got carried away a little on the "noise" part:
Neighbors complained about the loud music emanating from the revival tent in the church's parking lot. City officials, who had issued a permit for the tent, intervened at a Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Monday night.
The events must take place inside the church building Mondays through Thursdays, and noise must not exceed 40 decibels during outdoor events. Police registered noise at 85 decibels prior to Monday.
Crown Point resident Patsy Staub, who attended Monday's meeting, said she was kind of disappointed with the decision, but it was understandable.
"We want to be at peace with the community," Staub said. "It kind of feels like we're being told how to worship."
No, just how loudly. If I can't get to sleep, it doesn't matter much whether it's because of fireworks, motorcycles, booming rap music or a raucous church service. And I'm pretty sure God will be able to hear the service, even if it's below 40 decibels. If he can't, maybe there's some rethinking to do.