Being part of a church that is passionate about reaching the lost in our community is a tremendous blessing to our family. Typically, I write about my family or my decorating endeavors, but I wanted to share EXCEL youth group’s building renovation. I know that many of my readers are looking to make a difference in their church and community, so I thought you would enjoy this. Word of Life Church (www.wordoflifemarionville.tv) recently expanded to include a youth facility. A team of hard-working volunteers completely remodeled an empty building in just fourteen days! Those fourteen days were a complete whirl-wind, but the result is fabulous and is already making a difference in our small town. Roughly fifteen volunteers spent incredibly long hours laying carpet, painting, wiring the sound system, decorating, scrubbing, cleaning, constructing, etc. Can we say, “tons of fast food” and “what is a bed?”. Joking aside, the entire endeavor has made a difference for the teens in our community. Being a store-front church (we are located in a shopping center with the ONLY grocery store in town), this beautiful new youth center is visible to every person who lives in this town, every time they go to buy groceries. EXCEL youth group celebrated the grand opening of their new facility with a local band, Seeds of Agape. The grand opening night was a huge success, and the building was full! We were able to create over-sized art by painting over old church signage and banners. It was a great way to create relevant art for a fraction of the typical cost. The back wall of the stage is actually galvanized metal panels-a very easy find at any home-improvement store.
The church was very supportive of EXCEL youth group, and many items were donated to this project. The donated items include: the carpet, computer, game systems,the cost of the chairs and the sound system (donated by a church).
This is my favorite view-the view from the outside. Every car that pulls up to the local grocery store, everyone who walks by on their way to the neighboring apartment complex, is able to see this fun and safe place for local youth to gather. Far more than fun and games will be happening in this building-the truth of God’s Word will penetrate hearts and shape futures! Thanks Word of Life Church for believing in the youth of our community!