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Choosing to Live in Hope

A prison congregation is a place where God brings a new purpose of life into view, transforming lives beyond our own imaginings.
by Pastor Chris Nolte, transition pastor, Living Stones Prison Congregation Shelton, Washington Advent is truly a season that points us again and again to living in hope; the h… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/12/choosing-live-hope/

Holy Waiting

God is with us in our times of waiting and makes them holy.
by Eric Sponheim, former board member Waiting is hard. You may be waiting for the healing of a relationship or of an illness. You may be waiting to finally get a new job or … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/05/holy-waiting/

Let's Run

Together, we have journeyed to the foot of the cross and this Easter day we join with Christians throughout the world in the greatest celebration of our lives. Some of those Christians will celebrate the liberating grace of the resurrection while they are…
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America “Then they remembered his words.” This is verse 8 of Luke 24.  The women who had come to the tomb to minister to a b… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/lets-run/

Planning, Planting and Promise

Through PCA, we are in the church planting business. Like my hapless little crocus bulbs, sometimes things don’t go as planned, but no effort is ever wasted, and usually the result is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I am ever reminded t…
By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America A couple of years ago, I had a vision of how beautiful our little front yard would look with dozens of cr… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/planning-planting-and-promise/

The Light of the World

There is so much darkness, so much evil, so much fear in the world. In prison, the light of Jesus that shines is a profound contrast to the darkness. Men are often persecuted for their willingness to let Jesus’ light shine through them. God is shining t…
By Rev. Norm Arnold, pastor at Living Stones, inside the walls of the Washington State Prison for men in Shelton, WA You are the light of the world… Mt. 5:14 There is always… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/03/light-world/

Rainbow Reflections

Prison is cold. Languishing in a plastic chair, an elbow resting on my bunk's metal headboard, I wistfully gaze through metal bars guarding my cell. Four feet beyond looms an expanded metal mesh barricade between angled iron uprights. All is a uniform …
by Gary Gurwell from his prison cell, December 1998 Prison is cold.  Languishing in a plastic chair, an elbow resting on my bunk's metal headboard, I wistfully gaze through met… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/rainbow-reflections/

“OH, CHRISTMAS TREE”

...Oh, Christmas tree! There was my Christmas tree in the middle of this Christmas joy, in the decorated gym in the prison with the children and the mamas. My heart overflowed with power of God’s love over me through this amazing community. The Christmas …
by Pastor Kimberly K. LaPlante, Church of Hope inside the walls of the SD Women's Correctional Facility in Pierre, SD. The Christmas tree is a familiar symbol of the Christmas … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/oh-christmas-tree/

Hope is There

I believe that there are glimmers of light, even in our darkness, and that Isaiah in his time and modern prophets in our time are asking us to be still long enough to sense the hope, for it is there. Hope is there when strangers protect and stand up for …
By Mary Mortenson, Director PCA I love the Advent readings from Isaiah: From the 2nd chapter: In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highe… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/hope-there/