Local church is planning family life outreach center

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
L.J. Nabors, left, pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, reviews plans for a proposed family life building which will serve as an outreach center to local youth. Pictured with Nabors are Matt Marshall, trustee; Mereceree Godwin, director; and Earnest Thompson, director. ( Jill Bock, Staff)

SIKESTON -- They have the cornerstone, now they are looking for those willing to build a better future for the community.

Members of the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 127 W. Trotter St., presented their plans to construct a family life outreach center to community leaders recently. L.J. Nabors, pastor, explained he and the congregation see the center as providing a place for the town's young people to use after school and weekends.

Citing a study conducted by the Southeast Regional Support Center, Nabors said there is a correlation between the "risky behavior" by young people and lack of proper facilities to provide something to do after school. The study urged a grassroots approach to bringing about positive programs and improvements.

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