May 14th - 15th Church In A Day Hessmer LA

CIAD Site Address: 3662 HWY 115, Hessmer, La 71341

EARLY 2015
God began to deal with the Raynes family to launch a brand new church in Hessmer, LA. While there were challenges along the way, including the Raynes’ moving from Texas, God made it possible for the work to begin. Pastor Jarryd Raynes, his wife Leslie, son Kingston, joined by Pastor’s grandparents, held their first service on September 6, 2015. Upper Room Church (URC) was born!
URC first met at The Woodmen of the World Lodge on Main Street in Hessmer and rented their space by the day and had to set up and tear down all of the equipment every service. This was home for the first six months but as the congregation began to grow another location was desperately needed.
MARCH 2016
God opened the door for URC to rent a permanent building at 3910 Hwy 114 in Hessmer in March 2016 and no longer had to set up and tear down the equipment every service. Over the next 15 months URC experienced tremendous growth – almost tripling in size – and growing a variety of new ministries along the way.
JUNE 2017
In June 2017 URC moved once again to its present location at 2906 Main Street in Hessmer. The new facility is about 2.5 times larger than the previous one and will help URC continue to reach the Hessmer and Avoyelles Parish community.
May 2020
The URC family is so excited about their Church-in-a-day project! We own a little over 3.5 acres about one mile from our current location. This new location will allow us to continue to grow and see souls saved in Avoyelles Parish and beyond!

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Church in a Day Accommodations


Gator Grounds RV Resort (2.9 miles from Church site)

200 Golf Course Road

Bunkie, LA 71322



Deluxe RV Site $65

Waterfront RV Site $70

Pull through RV Site $70

*Additional charge per person staying in RV overnight


Amenities included:

WiFi access (additional charge) Outdoor Waterpark

30 and 50 amp service Zip Line Challenge Course

On site water Lazy River

On site sewer Stocked fishing ponds

Picnic table Arcade

Fire Ring Convenience Store on site

Daily Trash pickup Gator Grill Restaurant 11AM-3PM

Blacktop surface Playground

Indoor Waterpark Golf Course 18 hole


Paragon RV Park (9.5 miles from church site)

261 Slim Lemoine Road

Marksville, LA 71351



Wednesday/Thursday $25 per night

Friday/Saturday $35 per night

Amenities include:

Cable TV Swimming pool

Sewage Laundry facilities

Water Horseshoes

Wireless internet access Volleyball

20, 30 and 50 amp hookups Children’s playground

Paved roads and pads Walking trails

Guest lounge Over 20 restaurant options within 5 miles

Golf course


Hampton Inn & Suites (8.2 miles from church site)

6896 Highway 1

Mansura, Louisiana 71350



Standard King $79

Double Queen $89

King Studio Suite $109


Amenities include:

Free continental breakfast Gym

Free high-speed/Wireless internet Free parking

Perfect Mix Lobby Non-smoking

Outdoor Pool Over 20 restaurant options locally

Daily Housekeeping Microwave & Refrigerator


Paragon Casino Resort (8.9 miles from church site)

711 Paragon Place

Marksville, LA 71351



Standard King Bed

2 Double Beds

$79 Per Night


Amenities include:

Free WiFi 24-hour fitness center

Free parking 24-hour business center

Daily housekeeping Full-service spa

Indoor and outdoor pool Non-smoking


Knights Inn (14 miles to church site)

3541 Highway 115

Bunkie, LA 71322



2 Queen Beds Thursday & Friday $146.55 (2-night total)


Amenities include:

Free Breakfast Free WiFi

Outdoor pool Laundry Service

Fitness Center Business Center

Pet-friendly 24-hour front desk

Free parking Sammy’s Seafood & Truck Plaza (next door)


Ranch House Motel (9.7 miles to church site)

5406 Highway 1

Marksville, LA 71351



2 Queen Beds $62.50 per night


Amenities include:

Free WiFi Satellite TV

24 hour front desk Microwave & Refrigerator



Church In A Day (CIAD) assists congregations in building new church buildings, all in a single day. With CIAD, a church receives the equivalent of a $100,000 to $250,000 donation, and most importantly, goes from an empty lot to a service-ready sanctuary.


  • CIAD takes a pastor from a storefront to a church building the congregation can be proud of in just 24 hours. The completed church is equipped with a sound system, baptistery, pews, and landscaping, and it seats 125-150 people, putting a congregation years ahead.

  • CIAD provides a physical location to stabilize the assembly. With the building in place, the pastor can then establish roots so that spiritual growth can happen.

  • CIAD makes a building program financially feasible. CIAD volunteer labor saves a congregation money, and the North American Missions Division offers special loan programs to assist with certain aspects of the project.

  • A CIAD building is an incredible witness to the community. When passersby notice a new building where a vacant lot was the day before, it generates public attention. In several previous CIAD projects, local media outlets have publicized the CIAD project, helping congregations promote their church.

The Process

A local assembly must have land and the means for putting in a foundation.
CIAD works with the pastor to make sure his permit and legal requirements are in order.
CIAD comes in with volunteer craftsmen and laborers.
24 hours later, CIAD leaves the assembly with a completed church building ready to hold services.

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Louisiana Home Missions
CIAD Hessmer LA Agenda
Thursday May 13th , 2021: Rally and Preparation Day
8 a.m. volunteers in the framing and carpentry crafts that can be present are
encouraged to attend. Upon arrival all volunteers must check in at registration
tent.  Wall layout, prefab for many components will be done throughout the day.
There will be plumbing preparations, electrical preparations, material separations,
HVAC preparations, and food service preparations.
Any and all volunteers, regardless of their appointed craft are encouraged to be
present on Thursday. Meals and refreshments will be served throughout the day.

Friday May 14th, 2021: Look out Satan Day, Building Begins
6 a.m. breakfast will be served. Assignments will be given.
7 a.m. Ready set Go in Jesus Name. Construction will begin. Construction
schedule will be posted on site. Framing, vinyl siding, roofing, electrical,
plumbing, sound, HVAC, insulation, brick, sheetrock hanging and finishing, will
be from 7 a.m. through noon.
Doors and trim, painting, insulation of ceiling, will be between noon and 3 p.m.
Ceiling grid, hardware, electrical trim out, plumbing fixtures set, HVAC trim out,
begins between 6 an 7 p.m.
Vinyl Flooring, carpet, toilet partitions, after 9 p.m.

Saturday May 15th, 2021. Victory day, Lets have Church
From 12 a.m. until finished, sound system, final touch up, landscaping, clean up,
clear jobsite.