Center hopes to draw youth for fellowship, fun
By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican
Lighthouse Fellowship of Imperial has begun holding “Area 51” in the old Imperial Hotel. The youth group is for those in junior and senior high school. It meets Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.
Pastor Matt Dupiere said the name is a slogan. “Area 51 is where the aliens meet, and Christians are the aliens in this world,” he said.
The evening consists of prayer, worship, teaching and games on the pool table and with video games.
Between 15-30 youth have been attending Area 51, Dupiere said. It is open to anyone of any denomination.
The building, at the corner of 5th and Broadway Streets, is owned by former Imperial resident Jordon Darling, who wanted it utilized by youth.
Dupiere said that’s what his church is beginning to do. Members have cleaned up the first floor so that it can be used at present, while the lower and second floors are renovated.
“By all means it’s not a finished product,” he commented. When the lower and second floors are complete, the main floor will be closed off and completely renovated.
Dupiere said the church will probably eventually purchase the building. In the meantime, he said the center can use donations for the kitchen such as cabinets, countertops, a sink and a refrigerator.
Anyone wanting to donate to the project may contact Dupiere at (308) 883-2090.