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Base chapel not a one-day wonder

Chaplain (Maj.) Kenneth Reyes, 39th Air Base Wing Chaplain, baptizes a chapel member at the base pool. (Courtesy photo)

Chaplain (Maj.) Kenneth Reyes, 39th Air Base Wing Chaplain, baptizes a chapel member at the base pool. (Courtesy photo)

The Incirlik Chapel sponoser places like Crossroads Cafe. Crossrod Cafe is a place where teens and families can hang out on the weekend and fellowship. (courtesy photo)

The Incirlik Chapel sponoser places like Crossroads Cafe. Crossrod Cafe is a place where teens and families can hang out on the weekend and fellowship. (courtesy photo)

Children from Incirlik American School run toward a 50-foot banana split during Club Beyond kick off at the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Galindo)

Children from Incirlik American School run toward a 50-foot banana split during Club Beyond kick off at the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chris Galindo)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- When many people think of the base chapel they probably think about the
services offered every Sunday, but what many might not know is that the chapel here isn't just a one-day wonder. 

Although, Sunday's church services are a big part of what the base chapel is all about, if you look at its weekly calendar you will find some kind of chapel based event going on every night of the week. 

Whether it's bible study, Sunday school, Club Beyond, Protestant or Catholic women and men of the chapel club's or the weekend night life at Crossroad's Café, the base chapel has its hand in much more than people might think. 

"We have something going on every night," said Chaplain (Capt.) James Taylor, 39th Air Base Wing senior Protestant chaplain. "The Protestant women and men of the chapel groups meet at least once a week." 

Catholic's also have similar groups which meet at least once a month, added Chaplain (Maj.) Steven Brosk, 39th ABW Catholic Priest. 

With the recently resurrected Crossroad's Café, the base chapel now has another avenue to listen to, help and meet the base community. 

"Now that the building has been renovated, people have really stepped up to make it (Crossroad's Café) a nice place," said Chaplain Taylor. "CE did a great job putting it back together." 

Crossroad's, which initially opened back in the Operation Northern Watch days, started out as a place to accommodate unaccompanied Airmen, said Chaplain Brosk.
Now, Crossroad's Café has become another location for people to hang out and have a good time, said Chaplain Taylor. 

"Crossroad's is an alternate place to go," he said. "It's a smoke and alcohol free, family friendly environment where people can come and get free coffee and soft drinks while having a good time." 

"It has become a benchmark for the Air Force," said Chaplain Brosk. "Almost every base wants some type of place like Crossroad's. 

Crossroad's is open on Friday and Saturday nights from 7 p.m. to midnight. Friday is teen night and Saturday is family night. 

These chapel based events are just another opportunity base members have to get out and meet new people and the chapel staff . More importantly, they assist the wing in accomplishing its mission by helping ensure that Team Incirlik is spiritually fit to fight.
For details on the chapel's internal events, call the base chapel at 676-6441.