It's one of those cutesy little newspaper features that is what it is.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Las Vegas Valley churches take their faith — and their coffee — seriously:
If you like your ledes with plenty of cream and sugar, this will one will give you just the right jolt of "java and Jesus":
Coffee, tea and Christianity. Las Vegas Valley churches take their caffeine consumption seriously.
We're not talking about a simple pot of joe and a few cookies in a cultural hall after church. Many valley churches operate full-service coffee bars and shops with equipment and service to rival Starbucks.
From The Crossing and Central Christian to Calvary Chapel Spring Valley, coffee is a way of life before, after and even in the sanctuary during services.
At Holy Grounds, the shop inside First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jill Smith, one of the managers, said they serve more than coffee. There are juices, fresh fruits, doughnuts, bagels and "delicious quiche."
"Our coffee shop is relaxed and gives members and visitors a comfortable place to mingle and get to know each other in a casual setting," she said. "Music is playing, and laughter is always heard. It's our fastest-growing ministry."
"It goes together — java and Jesus," said Vikki Sergio, manager of the Coffee Tree at the International Church of Las Vegas' Westcliff campus.
It's a mildly interesting trend piece, even if churches with espresso bars aren't exactly breaking news.
But as I kept reading, I kept wondering: Um, what about you know who?
Clark County — where Las Vegas is located — is home to about 125,000 adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That represents four times as many Mormons as Southern Baptists in the Review Journal's readership area.
Mormons, as you may be aware, aren't big on coffee and tea, although news broke a few years ago that they can indulge Coke and Pepsi.
Godbeat pro Peggy Fletcher Stack of The Salt Lake Tribune noted in 2012:
Maybe now, reporters, bloggers, outsiders and even many Mormons will accept that the Utah-based LDS Church does not forbid cola drinking.
On Wednesday, the LDS Church posted a statement on its website saying that "the church does not prohibit the use of caffeine" and that the faith's health-code reference to "hot drinks" "does not go beyond [tea and coffee]."
A day later, the website wording was slightly softened, saying only that "the church revelation spelling out health practices ... does not mention the use of caffeine."
Same goes for the church's two-volume handbook, which stake presidents, bishops and other LDS leaders use to guide their congregations. It says plainly that "the only official interpretation of 'hot drinks' (D&C 89:9) in the Word of Wisdom is the statement made by early church leaders that the term 'hot drinks' means tea and coffee."
Certainly sounds like the LDS church — like other churches in Las Vegas — takes its coffee seriously, too.
Seriously enough, in the case of the Mormons, not to drink it.
That might be worthy of mention in a Las Vegas newspaper — even in a cutesy little feature.