COOS BAY, Oregon — A chapel designed as a public, nondenominational prayer space has reopened in Coos Bay, with damage from an attempted bombing repaired and new surveillance cameras in place.
About 30 people crowded into the Coos Bay Prayer Chapel for a rededication service Monday, The World newspaper of Coos Bay (http://bit.ly/1b4WgRG) reported.
A pastor and a local broadcaster spoke, stressing the value of forgiveness.
The Rev. Jay Meyer, pastor of Allegany Community Church, read from the book of Romans.
"Hate what is evil, cling to what is good," he said. "Cling to what is good."
During the ceremony, two Coos Bay police officers kept watch outside.
The chapel opened a decade ago. In September, firefighters working on a small blaze found a bomb.
In August, another bomb went off at a city park where a veterans memorial features a cross atop.
A letter purporting to be from a veterans group opposed to religious memorials claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.
Information from: The World, http://www.theworldlink.com