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Joy El Minstries breaks ground for new worship center in Pa.

September 26, 2010
  • Students began the construction process at the ground- breaking ceremony for Camp Joy El's new worship center. From left to right, bottom, Heather Hockenberry, Denae Hornbaker, Ashlyn Pearrell, Nathan Ressler and Aaron Johnson. Middle row, Stephanie Thompson, Abigail Ziebarth and Josiah Ziebarth. Top row, Hannah Black, Anna Ziebarth and Alex Cheremesino. Nathan Ressler is blocked out by another child.
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GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Joy El Ministries recently held an official groundbreaking for its new worship center.

On Sept. 12, a gathering of ministry supporters, board members and camp staff joined together for the official ceremony marking the beginning of construction.

After several years of planning and the generous giving from many people, the concept will soon become a reality, according to Dick Marks, campaign chairman.

The ceremony began with the invocation from Ward Childerston, honorary campaign chairman.

Aaron Ziebarth, executive director of Joy El, said over the past two years the real push has been in contacting those who believe in the mission of Joy El to become financial partners as well. Ziebarth said much has been accomplished with a remaining balance of $65,000 of the $749,000 total needed to complete construction.

An additional $150,000 is then needed to complete the grounds.

Children who have been involved in camping and other related Joy El ministries performed the traditional turning of soil for the groundbreaking.

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Also in attendance for the event was William Eichelberger, President of eciGroup, the general contractor for the worship center. Contractor David Maldonado, and architect Rick Fogal were also present.

Ziebarth was pleased to announce that construction time is approximately six months and should begin soon. This will ensure that the worship center is available before next year's heavy summer schedule.

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