Library Newsletter


Library and Resource

Sherman United Methodist Church

2214 Ridge

Evanston, Il.  60201


“…Let the wise listen and add to their learning,

and let the discerning get guidance” – Proverbs 1:5

“Reading Christians will be knowing Christians.” – John Wesley

The SUMC Library Resource Center collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access materials for the use of Sherman members.  The mission of the library is to support the programs of the church by providing materials that will increase knowledge of the Bible, the Christian faith, the United Methodist Church, John Wesley, and comparative religions. It includes versions of the Bible, Old and New Testament commentaries, Bible dictionaries, materials about Christianity, Methodist doctrine and a collection of Sherman memorabilia.  Holdings contain cook books, books on African American, Hispanic, Native American and women’s history.  Formats include: books, magazines, CDs, DVDS, video cassettes, tapes and some curriculum materials. It also comprises adult and ‘Tween’ (ages 10-13) fiction and non-fiction books, board books for ages 1-4, and easy reading books for ages 5 – 10.  Located on the lower level of Winfield Hall, the Center is open for browsing during church office hours or any time that the church is open. Library staff are available on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons.

This is the first newsletter.  It contains news of the church, and library’s religious and cultural activities for January through April.  It also showcases activities of our youth in an article entitled “Happenings of Sherman’s Students and Young Adults” Readers will be encouraged to look at books, articles, and Websites based on January through April happenings in an article called “Read More About it.”  If you have suggestions or know of activities of our students and young adults, please contact a member of the library staff.

The Library welcomes volunteers Firisiya and Kudzaishe Chiomadzi who hail from Zimbabwe.  Prior to coming to Evanston to join her husband, Wellington, a Garrett Student, Firisiya worked as an Administrator in the Electrical Department for the National Railways of Zimbabwe. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Kudzaishe is a 6th grader at Nichols School.

January Activities

Celebration of Martin Luther King’s birthday with clippings, books, and bulletin board displays.

February Activities

Ash Wednesday 2018 – beginning of lent.

Lenten Season – The Bible study class began their Lenten study called Common People Heard Him Gladly: A Lenten Study for Adults 

African American History Month –  Sherman, along with other Evanston churches and organizations collaborated with Garrett on a community project entitled: “The Mosaic of Human Community: Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston, Illinois.”  Dr. Morgan was on the design team. Sherman’s assignment was: “Stay Woke: from black power to Obama: the second reconstruction and neo-redeemer movement, 1965 – 2016”.   Thursday, February 22, 2018

March Activities

  • Women’s History Month-In a display in the Library and in Winfield Hall, SUMC Library recognized stellar women: Brittany Stephan, Garrett seminarian; Playwright Gloria Clunie; Interfaith Honorees, Donna Long and Blanche Smith, Vidette Mixon, Corporate Secretary at UMW, Helen Roberts-Evans, General Board of Global Ministries of The UMC, director of the Department of General Education and Ministry in Liberia. Other women recognized: Bishop Sally Dyck, Mayor Lorraine Morton, Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou and Naomi Long Madgett; Sherialyn Byrdsong teacher and widow of former Northwestern men’s basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong; Civil Rights leaders: Corretta Scott King, Angela Davis, Dorothy Height, Rosa Parks, Winnie Mandela, Mamie Till-Mobley, Daisy Bates, and Myrlie Evers.
  • Palm Sunday- March 25

April Activities

-Good Friday, Easter- Celebrating forty (40) days of Easter.  (See the bulletin board for past Ash Wednesday, Lenten, Good Friday and Easter bulletins arranged for display by Firisiya Chiomadzi.

-National Poetry Month

  • Poet Laureate for the U.S. is Tracy K. Smith
  • Poet, Maya Angelou, born April 4, 1928
  • Bible Books of poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon.
  • Things to do during National Poetry Month – Read Poetry ; Hear Poetry; Poetry Live!

-April 4 –  50th Anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

-April 17, 1947, anniversary of Methodist, Jackie Robinson’s entry into baseball

-Sexual Assault Awareness month–April 1, 2010, President Obama proclaimed April as National Sexual Assault Awareness Month urging “Americans to reach out to victims, learn more about this crime, and speak out against it.”

-April 23 – Shakespeare’s birthday

-Autism Awareness Month

-National Sarcoidosis Month -declared by Congress in 2008.  Actor Bernie Mac died from this disease.

-Native American Missions Sunday: UMC recognizes Native Americans Awareness and supports the gifts and contributions they have made to the church and the community.    

-Earth Day 2018 celebrated at Sherman; led Gloria Clunie and included teens, Tim Russell, Jr.  and Isaiah Braithwaite.  They repotted the plants in Winfield Hall.

April 23, 1968  50th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Methodist Church with the unification of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church, along with the dissolution of the Central Jurisdiction, a segregated group of African American congregations.

 Happenings of Sherman’s Students and Young Adults

Grades K-8

Tim Russell, Jr. participated in Haven Middle School’s walk out to remember the 17 students killed by a shooter at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (source: Evanston Round Table 3/21/2018)

China Archie, (Bessie Rhodes School) and Tim Russell (Haven) participated in Sherman’s Black History Month program by reciting the poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” by Gil Scott Heron.

SUMC High School Students

Meghan Harris participated in the Black history month program by reciting with China and Tim the poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Isaiah Braithwaite in the ETHS Ceramic Arts Studio with Donors Leslie Sevcik, Karin Ruetzel, and Leonard Schaeffer (ETHS ’63), tour the school’s new Ceramic Arts Studio with students Lisa Grimsted (ETHS ’20), far left, and Isaiah Braithwaite (ETHS ’18), far right.

News from SUMC’s College Students and Young Adults

  • Kayla Long – Butler University returned from studying abroad in Spain.
  • Marcus Mixon and Brendon Kendrick participated in the SUMC Black History month program explaining the Stay Woke time period of 1985-1995.
  • Tramaine Parker traveled with the Fisk University Choir for their spring tour in Atlanta, Orlando and West Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Ava R. Williams first year Garrett student teaches class at Sherman: Stand on Grace: 28 Days of Biblical Meditation. She has a political science and German from Notre Dame, a diplôme from l’Institut des Etudes Politiques et Sociales (Sciences-Po), and a Master’s degree in Social Policy from the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES) in Vitória, Brazil.
  • Brittany Stephan has been commissioned as a Probationary Elder in Indiana and appointed as the Assoc. Director of Multicultural Vibrancy for the Michigan Conference of the UMC. She will partner “with the bishop, executive staff and other conference leaders to plan and implement strategies to develop and strengthen vibrant multicultural congregations in Michigan, including developing multiethnic, multicultural, and multigenerational diversity as well as valuing and celebrating traditional racial and ethnic heritages.”

Read More About It 

Suggested Reading List January – April  

Books, Articles, Websites

Books with (**) are located in the SUMC Library. 

African-Americans and their contributions to the Methodist Church (website) (

April Autism Awareness Month (website)

Bennett, Lerone. Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. “traces black history from its origins in western Africa, through the transatlantic journey that ended in slavery, the Reconstruction period, the Jim Crow era, and the civil rights upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s, culminating in an exploration of the complex realities of African-American life in the 1990s.”

Cone, James H., Martin, and Malcom, and America, a dream or a nightmare. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, “Cone cuts through such superficial assessments of King and Malcolm as polar opposites to reveal two men whose visions are complementary and moving toward convergence.” ** (uncatalogued)

Earth Day 2018 History of Earth Day (website)   April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Evanston Round TableGoing All in for a Walkout at Haven” article featuring Tim Russell 3/21/2018

Evanston Round Table.For the Love of ETHS article featuring Isaiah Braithwaite 4/4/2018.

Floyd-Thomas, Juan Marcial, and Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas. Liberating Black Church History: Making It Plain. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2014. This book bears witness to the transformation of Black faith and culture from enslavement and emancipation, through segregation, civil rights, Black Power, and to the age of Barack Obama.”** (uncatalogued)

“Go tell it on the Mountain; mountaintop experience.” February 9, 1994, (Program from the Thomas Stafford Chapel Service. **(SUMC Archival material)

Living the Legacy, the University of Chicago Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Monday January 17, 2005. Program from Rockefeller Chapel, Keynote speaker Kweisi Mfume. **(SUMC Archival material)

King, Martin.  The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr., edited by Clayborne Carson 1998, (Autographed Gift to Rev. Gessel Berry from the Zion Benton Ministerial Association, in 1999.) **

King, Martin. I have a dream edited by Kadir Nelson. Adams Press, 1969. (A detailed biography written soon after Dr. King’s tragic death. The appendixes include texts of some of King’s most famous speeches.) **

Kurewa, John Wesley Zwomunondiita. The Church in Mission: A Short History of the United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, 1897-1997. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997. (Celebrating the centennial anniversary of Methodism in Zimbabwe). **

Library of Congress. Information Bulletin. Women’s history. April 6, 1992, vol. 51, no. 7. “Women’s papers at the Library of Congress.” **

Mandela, Winnie, Anne Benjamin, and Mary Benson. Part of My Soul Went with Him. New York: Norton, 1985. (Winnie Mandela, wife of South African leader Nelson Mandela, shares the story of her life through interviews and letters in which she discusses the development of her political beliefs, and her forced separation from her husband).

Michigan Area United Methodist Church Episcopal Office. Office of Connectional Ministry. Brittney Stephan, Associate Director for Multicultural Vibrancy. (Website)

Moore, James W. The Common People Heard Him Gladly: A Lenten Study for Adults. Nashville, Tenn.: Abingdon, 2004. ** (This book is being studied by the SUMC Bible study class led by Cheryl Kendrick.)

Native American Ministries Sunday “Five Reasons to Celebrate. (Website)

Out of the African Diaspora to Evanston: the mosaic of human community; an Evanston community project exploring historical moments and movements in Black lives (Website) Sherman participated as Station 9, Thursday, February 22, 2018 “Stay Woke: from Black Power to Barack Obama.

“United Methodist Interpreter” article about Brittney Stephan by Heather Peck Travis “Student Day scholarship prepares seminarian to empower others for ministry.” 2015 Nov/Dec. **

United Methodist Women Reading Program 2018 (website) “encourages members to think critically about current issues through an annual selection of member-reviewed books. It offers an excellent opportunity to deepen your spirituality and to broaden your understanding of our mission work.”

Williams, Ava R., Stand on Grace: 28 Days of Biblical Meditation, YWNL Publishing, 2016.


 In Memory


SUMC Library Staff