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Going to Church- in Walmart?

Posted by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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Illinois church finds new home in old Walmart

Published August 26, 2012 

Associated Press

MARION, Ill. - A church in southern Illinois has grown so large that it's moving into a former Walmart.

The Cornerstone Church's new digs in Marion will be a whopping 120,000 square feet. That's enough room to put in a 1,000-seat auditorium -- and have plenty of space leftover.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reported Saturday that the 13-year-old Cornerstone Church has about 700 members. It has outgrown its current location in the Samples' Plumbing Supply building.

The church paid $2.5 million for the old Walmart. To keep costs down, it will rely heavily on volunteer labor from its congregation for the renovations.

Lead pastor Michael Nave says the former Walmart building might not make for conventional worship space. But, he adds, "a church is not a building; it is people."



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/26/illinois-church-finds-new-home-in-walmart/?test=latestnews#ixzz24fTomUSv

by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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CoeyG
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
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There is a church here that took over an empty cineplex, it was housed in a clothing store prior.  

EsmeVincent
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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Gotta do what ya gotta do...good thing they found a space big enough
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rebeccasmly
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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There's a church here that uses a movie theater. Whatever works!
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mhmomma
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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Whatever works
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Charizma77
by Carissa on Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:07 PM
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Cool!
maciymommieof3
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

good 

Quoting rebeccasmly:

There's a church here that uses a movie theater. Whatever works!

 

maciymommieof3
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:23 PM
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 I love this story....instead of leaving yet another empty building to build something new....I am glad they utilized their resources!!!

CoeyG
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Didn't Yesua teach on moutainsides, fields and marketplaces...why then do churches need to be elaborate show pieces?  

VintageWife
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I think it's great to use spaces that are available.

snuggiewoogie
by on Aug. 26, 2012 at 2:45 PM

 Pretty cool....

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