LAS VEGAS (FOX5)--When Amistad Cristiana Church moved in to the corner of Ninth Street and Stewart Avenue back in 1941, they were on the outskirts of town.
Pastor Joel Menchaca said it’s still a relatively quiet area, until a big festival comes to town.
"This weekend our neighborhood is our biggest concern. We have a lot of elderly people in this area," the longtime pastor said.
In previous Life is Beautiful weekends, the church has had windows smashed and worries about the kids in the parish as festival attendees come and go.
"The main concern is at night," Menchaca said.
On Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the church is holding a youth church event, and then there’s an early evening service Sunday. Menchaca said they move up the times to make sure they’re gone by the time the festival wraps up.
On the eve of the event, there was lots of bustle around the church with golf carts constantly flying by.
Menchaca said traffic and parking is another major issue. It often leaves no spots for the parishioners.
However, things have actually improved in recent years. In 2015 the church filed suit against the festival. Menchaca said the first year of Life is Beautiful they were blocked from the church so they had to cancel their weekend service.
Since then the festival moved the perimeter.
"We are aware this brings money to our city and that is good,” the pastor said. "But we need to find out how can we improve something like this so that the neighborhood can be a neighborhood and the area can still be secure.”
He said that should include adding more police on patrol.
After decades in the building, Menchaca said they are looking to sell the church in large part because of the downtown events.
Late Thursday, FOX5 reached out to Life is Beautiful about the security measures on the perimeter of the festival, but are still awaiting their response.