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The sermon on the morning of April 30 at National Community Church was on speaking in tongues (Acts 2:1–4). And there is much to talk about at the church these days, including the Pentecostal congregation’s plan to add barista to their list of spiritual services. The 850-member church, which meets in the movie theater at Union Station and at a satellite location at Ballston Common Mall, is currently revitalizing a long-vacant eyesore at the corner of 2nd and F Streets NE. The 6,150-square-foot development will include church administrative offices, a basement-level community center, and the 90-seat Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse, which will be open to the public. “We are looking to create a place where church and community can intersect,” says Pastor of Media Dave Clark. Also in attendance Sunday morning was former Attorney General John Ashcroft. When asked what he thought about the church’s latest project, Ashcroft said, “I’m glad to see it.”—Ryan Velasco