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Guinn Auditorium reopens

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Guinn Auditorium reopens

Prefaced with prayers and anticipation, the first chapel service in the newly remodeled Guinn Auditorium featured Christian singer-songwriter/author Matt Papa, August 23.

In opening remarks, LC President Dr. Rick Brewer told students, faculty, and staff gathered in the 1,661-seat auditorium how thankful he was to be back in the facility which last hosted an event in June 2016.

“It’s awesome to be back in here again,” Brewer said of the $6.5 million renovation. “To God be the glory.”

Guinn Auditorium is one of 18 buildings that received interior and exterior improvements after GuideOne Insurance approved a claim for $18 million of projects that stem from an April 2015 hail storm.

“GuideOne has been incredibly gracious throughout this process,” Brewer said. “We are deeply grateful for every consideration.”

The 40 year-old facility has a new roof, and the interior is completely refurbished with a new ceiling, walls, tile, carpet, seats, sound system, HVAC, and an LED lighting system capable of illuminating the walls in a variety of colors.

The building is the "focal point of the campus," Brewer said. "And it honors a great college president, Dr. G. Earl Guinn."

LC will honor Guinn and his family September 30 at 5 pm with a rededication event for the auditorium.

Papa led worship with some original songs, including his popular "Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery." Lyrics like “grace unmeasured, love untold” held profound meaning for students, faculty, and staff of Louisiana College.

Sharing a simple message, Papa compared freedom to love and grace: “Freedom is doing what you want to do when what you want to do is what you ought to do,” said Papa, who noted that true love is more than just feeling love for somebody. True love requires acceptance and a level of grace that only God can show.

Chapel services at Louisiana College convene each Thursday at 11a.m. in Guinn Auditorium and are also streamed online at www.lacollege.edu. Previous services may be viewed on the Louisiana College Chapel channel on YouTube.

Because Louisiana College does more than just prepare graduates; it transforms lives.

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Journalism student Madyson Stewart, Baptist Message writer Brian Blackwell, and Town Talk journalist Miranda Klein contributed to this story.