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MonAug16

A New Look For a New Purpose

Chapel Updates!

We're thrilled to show off our chapel updates as we move from a transactional to a relational ministry model. Your support made this possible!

The photos above show our recently renovated chapel at our Downtown Men’s Facility. And while the pictures do a pretty good job capturing the new look and feel of the chapel, I want to invite you to stop in and see it personally. Our evening Chapel Services (7:30 pm) are open to anyone or feel free to stop in and ask to see it anytime.

The renovation includes new flooring, paint, furniture, and new technology, featuring high-quality video and sound capabilities. You might also notice our pallet feature wall and the pallet canvases upon which we have painted our scripture verses. The pallet wood comes from our Victory Acres Enterprise Program, where we partner with Caterpillar to recycle wood waste and rebuild pallets for them. Of course, one thing that hasn’t changed is the centrality of the cross and the gospel.

But we didn’t just renovate the chapel because it needed to be updated (which it did, by the way). We renovated and modernized it for a specific purpose. You have heard us talk of wanting to continually move from a “transactional” approach to a more “relational” approach, and the chapel renovation is another step in that direction. A transactional approach might be understood as doing something to or for someone, whereas a relational approach is doing something with someone. Jesus came to be with us. That’s why one of his names is Emmanuel – God with us. It is by being with us, being in relationship with us, that Jesus saves us.

The cross at center stage was given to PRM decades ago and is a constant reminder that Jesus is the only way for any of us to move from poverty to flourishing. The photos on the next page show our recently renovated chapel at our Downtown Men’s Facility. And while the pictures do a pretty good job capturing the new look and feel of the chapel, I want to invite you to stop in and see it personally. Our evening Chapel Services (7:30 pm) are open to anyone or feel free to stop in and ask to see it anytime.

We wanted our chapel and the gospel-centered services we hold there to be more relational as well, and these changes help us to that. We are now able to invite Churches and groups to come and share not only gospel-centered preaching but also gospel-centered worship and fellowship. The new sound and video technology allow us to have live worship bands leading us in praising and worshiping Jesus together. The new (cleanable) floor will enable us to share dessert or refreshments to spend time together and build relationships that can truly transform lives. If your Church or even your Small Group would like to learn more about how you can join us in sharing gospel-centered worship, preaching, and fellowship WITH us – please give Lee Burnham a call at 309-676-6416.

Finally, thank you. Without your gracious gifts of support, this renovation wouldn’t have happened, and we couldn’t continue to invest in a more relational, life on life approach that is “creating pathways out of poverty through Jesus with our neighbors in need.

Jon Rocke
Executive Director


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