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May
01
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by Sarah Estes, PCA Board Member When you walk into South Dakota State Penitentiary it’s like walking into any other prison.  Get a pat down, grab a body alarm, walk through two heavy metal doors tha…
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Apr
24
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By Rev. Margaret O'Neal, friend of PCA 23 After they had been severely flogged, [Paul and Silas] were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received the…
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Apr
15
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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 body, were met instead w…
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Apr
09
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By Gloria Gurwell, PCA Board Member We have just finished our last Lenten service at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ.  We have been using the Holden service.  I think it is an evening prayer…
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Apr
03
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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 crocus blossoms, bravely …
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Mar
26
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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 a backstory to how peopl…
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Mar
15
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By Mark Juhl, PCA supporter and volunteer for the reentry program at The Church of the Damascus Road in Fort Dodge, IA With my eyes watering, I gave a hug to Brian and then another hug to Paul. This …
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Mar
05
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by Dennis Hoffman, PCA Board of Directors As he approached me in his orange prison jumpsuit with eyes filled in tears, it was quite obvious that we were about to engage in an emotional time together.…
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Feb
26
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America For the liturgical types in our midst, we are soon in the season of Lent, that time of introspection and preparation for Easter.…
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Feb
19
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By Margaret O'Neal, Lakewood, Washington It was on September 10 of last year that the Living Stones Congregation at the Washington Correction Center in Shelton celebrated its 10th anniversary.  My da…
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