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Pender Correctional Institute - Chapel

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The Religious Services Department at Pender Correctional Institution plans and conducts from 30 to 45 religious programs each week.  In 2007 inmate attendance at the programs of the Religious Services Department totaled 15,660.    These programs may be worship services, study programs, fellowship activities, concerts or programs aimed at helping the men be better fathers. 

Approximately 145 religious volunteers assist with the ministry contributing 6,000 hours per year.  At the present time many programs must meet in borrowed spaces when and where available.  Scheduling is very difficult and not conducive to the quality of ministry needed.  Religious programming provides each inmate with a positive influence better equipping him to have a change of heart, leading him to put away a life of crime and become a productive citizen upon release.  Unfortunately, inmates have had to be turned away on occasion from programming that they wished to attend due to lack of space.

The new chapel will allow for the expansion of the ministry options in the prison, providing adequate space for all the functions.

There is a real need for an adequate Religious Services Center at Pender Correctional Institution (PCI) in Burgaw, NC.  Pender CI is a 765 bed medium security state prison located in Burgaw, NC.  Currently, there is a 20’ X 24’ room designated as the chapel.  This room is large enough to hold a group of up to about 22 people, but must also serve as the chapel library and storage space for equipment used in the various religious services.  It is totally inadequate for the majority of the worship services and many of the other activities that the Religious Services Department promotes.  When a larger crowd is anticipated, other space must be arranged to accommodate the program.

The structure will have an auditorium that will accommodate 200+ inmates, two classrooms which would accommodate 20 people for small group worship or study programs, office space, equipment storage area and restrooms.  More importantly, perhaps, the building will be designed for religious services.  The other spaces in the prison are mostly utilitarian, concrete blocks painted gray.  The chapel will be bright, open with a large stained glass window in the worship area.  It will have a feel that is entirely different than any other space in the prison.  When an inmate enters that Religious Services Center, he will immediately know that this is a place where he can sense the presence of God.

In a typical week at PCI, the Religious Services Department will sponsor between 25 to 40 different worship services, study groups or fellowship meetings attracting anywhere from 5 to 200+ inmates.  At present, all of these meet in spaces that were not designed for religious use.  Inmates who are trying to get their lives straightened out deserve facilities that will promote that type of transformation.

The proposed RSC will allow three events to take place simultaneously under one roof, enormously easing the scheduling problems that currently exist.  It will allow the chaplains to spend more of their time in providing services to inmates and less on administration.

In Hebrews 13:3 the author admonishes the believers to “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners”.  The inmates at PCI do not have any choices about where to worship.  They can only use what is provided for them.  Chuck Colson has said If you only educate a criminal, all you will have is a smarter criminal.  You have to change his heart.”  Much is made of ‘rehabilitation programs’ in prison, but the reality is that the only programs that attempt to change the hearts of inmates are the religious programs.  The Religious Services Center at PCI is a very great need that the faith communities of southeastern North Carolina can help to provide so that God can use it to change the hearts of inmates.
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The right side of the building holds a mosaic stained glass window which faces east to catch the morning sun.  This window follows the shape of the cathedral ceiling in the worship area and will be the focal point of the building.

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AC14-001a Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001b Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001c Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001d Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001e Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001f Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001g Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001i Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001j Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-001k Home Repair/Children's Ministry/Needs Distribution Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Williamsburg, KY
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AC14-002a Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
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AC14-002b Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
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AC14-002c Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
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AC14-002d Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
United States
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AC14-002e Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
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AC14-002f Community Outreach/Servant Evangelism/Prayerwalking Construction, Evangelism, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 1/1/201412/30/2014 Whitley City, KY
United States
AC14-014 Install Drop Ceiling Construction, Evangelism 1/1/201410/15/2014 Richwood , WV
United States
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AC14-016 Construction Projects Construction 4/1/201412/20/2014 War, WV
United States
AC14-019 Church Repairs Construction 5/1/201411/30/2014 Manchester, KY
United States
AC14-020 House Construction Construction 3/1/201411/30/2014 West Liberty, KY
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AC14-021 Church Renovation Construction 5/1/201411/30/2014 Strunk, KY
United States
AC14-022 Church Renovation Construction 3/1/201411/30/2014 Pineville, KY
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AC14-023 New House Construction Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Fayetteville, WV
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AC14-030a New Construction Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Mathias, WV
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AC14-030b New Construction Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Mathias, WV
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AC14-030c New Construction Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Mathias, WV
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AC14-035 Church Strengthening Partnership Construction, Evangelism 10/11/201410/19/2014 Meadow Bridge, WV
United States
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AC14-036 Church Remodel Construction 5/1/201410/1/2014 Wierton, WV
United States
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CU14-22 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 10/23/201410/31/2014 Santiago, Santiago
Cuba
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CU14-23 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 11/6/201411/14/2014 Santiago, Santiago
Cuba
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CU14-25 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 11/20/201411/28/2014 Santiago, Santiago
Cuba
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CU14-26 Agriculture, Camps / Retreats, Church Planting, Construction, Disaster Relief, Educational, Evangelism, Music / Drama, Prayer, Sports, Training, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/4/201412/12/2014 Santiago, Santiago
Cuba
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GU14-134 Guatemala Mission Construction 9/6/20149/13/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
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GU14-135 Guatemala Mission Construction 9/20/20149/27/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
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GU14-136 Guatemala Mission Construction 9/27/201410/4/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-137 Guatemala Mission Construction 10/4/201410/11/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-138 Guatemala Mission Construction 10/11/201410/18/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-140 Guatemala Mission Construction 10/25/201411/1/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
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GU14-141 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/1/201411/8/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-142 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/8/201411/15/2014 Xela, Guatemala
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GU14-143 Guatemala Mission Construction 11/15/201411/22/2014 Xela, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU14-202 Children's Home Assistants Construction 4/5/20144/5/2014 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU14-203 Children's Home Assistants Construction 4/5/20144/5/2014 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala
GU14-204 Children's Home Assistants Construction 4/5/20144/5/2014 Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Guatemala
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HN14-124 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 9/17/20149/25/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN14-125 Ministry Center Construction Team Construction, Evangelism 9/29/201410/7/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN14-126 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 10/8/201410/16/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN14-127 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 10/20/201410/28/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN14-128 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 10/29/201411/6/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HN14-130 Honduras Construction, Evangelism 11/17/201411/25/2014 Southern Honduras, ---
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HW14-001b Maintenance/Light Construction/Landscaping Construction 1/1/201412/31/2014 Waianae, HI
United States
HW14-002a Camp Maintenance Workers Camps / Retreats, Construction 1/1/201412/31/2014 Oahu, HI
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HW14-008 Pressure Washing and Painting Construction 10/1/201312/31/2014 Waianae, HI
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HW15-001a Construction Construction 2/1/20152/28/2015 Kihei, HI
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HW15-001b Construction Construction 2/1/20152/28/2015 Kihei, HI
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IN14-101 Thresher Factory Construction Construction 10/12/201410/25/2014 Dimapur, Nagaland
India
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IN15-101 Thresher Factory Construction Construction 1/18/20151/31/2015 Dimapur, Nagaland
India
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KY14-007 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 8/26/20149/5/2014 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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KY14-008 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 11/4/201411/14/2014 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-002 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 1/20/20151/30/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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KY15-003 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 2/3/20152/13/2015 Kisumu, None
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KY15-004 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 2/17/20152/27/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
KY15-007 - Kenya Houses of Hope Construction, Evangelism 6/16/20156/26/2015 Kisumu, None
Kenya
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PA14-017 Church Renovation Projects Construction 7/1/20148/31/2014 Middletown, PA
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PA14-019 Plumbing Repairs for Ministry Center Construction 1/1/201411/30/2014 Pittsburgh, PA
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PA14-023 Bathroom Repair Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Harrisburg, PA
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PA14-024 Carpet Installation Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Harrisburg, PA
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PA14-031 Construction/Servant Evangelism Construction 1/1/201411/30/2014 Philadelphia, PA
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PA15-005 Siding for Church Foyer Construction 6/1/20158/31/2015 Altoona, PA
United States
PA15-006 Re-pointing of Brick Façade at Church Construction 6/1/20158/31/2015 Altoona, PA
United States
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RM14-044 Church Construction Coordinators Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Casper, WY
United States
SA - 14 Cape Town Camps / Retreats, Construction, Music / Drama, Prayer, VBS / Backyard Bible Club 12/26/20141/4/2015 Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa
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SA14-Cape Town Construction, Evangelism, Prayer, Sports 12/26/20141/5/2015 Cape Town, Cape Town
South Africa
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VT14-003 Interior Painting of Church Fellowship Hall Construction 1/1/201410/30/2014 Washington, VT
United States
VT14-004 Interior Painting of Church Sanctuary Construction 1/1/201410/30/2014 Washington, VT
United States
VT14-005 Landscaping of Church and Parsonage Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Washington, VT
United States
VT14-006 Siding Replacement of Church Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Washington, VT
United States
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VT14-007 Vinyl Soffit Replacement of Retreat Center Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Washington, VT
United States
VT14-010 Church Repairs Construction 6/1/20149/30/2014 Peacham, VT
United States
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VT14-012a Construction/Parsonage Construction 3/1/201411/30/2014 East Hubbardton, VT
United States
VT14-012b Construction/Parsonage Construction 3/1/201411/30/2014 East Hubbardton, VT
United States
VT14-012c Construction/Parsonage Construction 3/1/201410/30/2014 East Hubbardton, VT
United States
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VT14-017 Construction of NE Bible College Construction 3/1/20149/30/2014 Bennington, VT
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VT14-019 Roof Replacement Construction 4/1/201410/31/2014 St. Johnsbury, VT
United States
VT14-022 Home Repair Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Shaftsbury, VT
United States
VT14-024 Repairs to Pastor's Home Construction 6/1/201410/31/2014 Hoosic Falls , NY
United States
VT14-027 Painting/Light Construction Construction 4/1/201410/31/2014 Barre, VT
United States
VT14-028 Replace Roof on Parsonage Construction 4/1/201410/31/2014 Barre , VT
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VT14-029 Construction Construction 4/1/201410/31/2014 Pownal , VT
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VT14-034 Repairs on Church Apartment Construction 4/1/20149/30/2014 South Burlington, VT
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VT14-035 Replace Roof of Church Apartment Construction 4/1/20149/30/2014 South Burlington, VT
United States
VT14-037 Construction/Painting Construction 4/1/20149/30/2014 North Benningtion, VT
United States
VT14-039 Renovation for Elderly and Disabled Construction 5/1/20149/30/2014 Montpelier, VT
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VT14-042 Church Renovations Construction 2/1/201410/30/2014 Clarendon, VT
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VT14-045 Painting and Carpet Replacement Construction 5/1/201410/31/2014 Newbury, VT
United States
VT14-047 Renovation of Meeting Space Construction 4/1/20149/30/2014 Northfield, VT
United States
VT14-049 Construction Construction 9/1/201410/31/2014 Northfield, VT
United States