April 02, 2020

Chapel forced to close bestows gifts on needy

LEWISTON – Forced to close because of declining membership, members of the Good News Chapel of Lewiston made a group decision to give the profits from the sale of their building to people in need.

On Sunday, the chapel disbursed its financial good news. It gave away $105,000 to local nonprofits.

Dolly Poisson, a deaconess with the chapel, was sad about the closing of the church but said, “It is so good to see these people receiving this gift because now they can go out and do more.”

The chapel decided to close its doors last month because there were not enough attendees to help with electricity, insurance and fuel costs.

Among the beneficiaries Sunday were Central Maine Christian Academy, The Salvation Army and Hope House Network.

Dan and Carol Hatch accepted a $20,500 donation for Straight Ahead Ministries, a nonprofit that brings Bible studies and guidance to troubled youths housed in Maine’s youth centers.

The Hatches also travel around Maine training people at churches and volunteers on how to reach out to young people.

Hope Haven Gospel Mission recently kicked off a capital campaign to raise $3.5 million for a new building and welcomed its $16,000 gift.

“This generous donation will go directly toward our new building,” said Pastor Paul McLaughlin.

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