2017 Women’s Day: May 21

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Ministry, Special Speakers, Women

May 21, 2017 is Women’s Day. United Methodist Women: Seekers of Justice for All Part of Justice Weekend 2017 For our 2017 Women’s Day we welcome back Helen Roberts-Evans, our missionary to Liberia, speaking 3pm-5pm. Helen Roberts-Evans is a missionary of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as director of the Department of General Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in Liberia. She was commissioned in October 2009, having initially gone to Liberia as a mission volunteer in July 2008. Helen was born in Liberia and her return as a missionary was a lifelong dream. Helen’s work includes meeting needs in such areas as teacher training, scholarships, resources, new school construction, and school building renovation and repair. “My father taught at the University of Liberia from 1956 to 1958,” Helen says. “During those two years, he traveled throughout the country filming and taking hundreds of photographs. I was only one year old whenwe came to Chicago, but we often watched my father’s slides and movies as my parents told us stories about the history and politics of Liberia. I wanted to return and experience life there for myself.” As a child, she also experienced the joy of interacting with persons of many backgrounds and religions, through community and university contracts in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. In high school, she and a twin sister became involved with a student Christian organization, but her firm trust in God would come during a difficult marriage and the need to raise her four sons. “I am thankful,” Helen says, “that my faith in God carried me through the raising of the sons. Now I have the joy of working with hundreds of Liberian children at church and school. I want to share the love of Christ with each child because I know that His love brings peace and gives strength to overcome life’s challenges.” After attending high school in Evanston, Illinois, she studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and received a degree in special education from Boston University. Helen worked from 1998 through 2007 as executive director of the Child Care Center of Evanston. She was active in the Sherman United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher and member of United Methodist Women. Helen is a member of Sherman United Methodist Church in Evanston, Illinois. Of Liberia, Helen says: “I immediately felt at home. I saw people and met people from my dreams…At my home church in Evanston, I heard we are part of a connectional church, but I did not fully understand what they meant until I came to Liberia. I am meeting people from all over the world who are my brothers and sisters in Christ, and learning about needs of people all over the world. I am a member of the connectional church and the body of Christ.”   Women’s Day at Sherman is a special day in which we lift up: The role of women in...

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Justice Symposium: May 20, 2017

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Justice, Ministry, Speakers, Youth & Children

Sherman UMC’s Justice Symposium Kicks off Justice Weekend Saturday, May 20 at 9am Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy will lead a panel discussion on juvenile justice as well as special education areas. Mr. Keenan-Devlin was named Executive Director on July 1, 2016. Previously, Mr. Keenan-Devlin served as the Deputy Director/Staff Attorney – representing youth in juvenile delinquency and school law proceedings, as well as leading the agency’s development efforts. Mr. Keenan-Devlin’s experience in the area of public policy in Illinois, as well as his strong ties to the Evanston community serve him well in his new role at the Moran Center. Mr. Keenan-Devlin previously worked as the Health Policy Advocate for the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and as Legislative Director of Citizen Action/Illinois. He has also held numerous leadership roles in various local civic and community organizations. Mr. Keenan-Devlin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Music, and then received his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Mr. Keenan-Devlin serves on the Boards of the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and Citizen Action/Illinois. In his free time, Mr. Keenan-Devlin enjoys quality time with his wife and their growing family. Seth Green, Executive Director of Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U) will address 1) Issues facing our youth on the employment front and 2) Opportunities facing our youth; 3) Y.O.U, its mission and services; 4) How we in the community can help. Seth joined Y.O.U. as Executive Director in May of 2011 and he feels extremely fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated staff. Prior to Y.O.U., Seth led the Job Opportunity Investment Network, a social venture that moves vulnerable adults out of poverty and into long-term careers. He also founded Americans for Informed Democracy, an organization that empowers youth to tackle pressing social challenges through community-based action. Seth’s other work experience includes years as a consultant with McKinsey and Company, as well as short-term roles at the American Prospect, the Brookings Institution, and Lazard. Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford, and a law degree from Yale. Seth is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Evanston. He is also a lecturer at Northwestern University where he teaches courses on non-profit management. He and his wife Caitlin Fitz, an assistant professor of history at Northwestern, live in Evanston and are proud parents of two adorable girls: Sojourner and Lundy. Interviewing Mr. Keenan-Devlin and Mr. Green will be Mrs. Karen Chavers Karen Chavers is currently the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13 th District. She has managed the Commission’s overall district office operations since 2002. They share one-stop Constituent Service Offices with State Representative Robyn Gabel and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky at 820 Davis Street, Evanston. She has held numerous leadership roles in the private and public business sectors,including...

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Justice Weekend 2017: May 20-21

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Justice, Ministry, Speakers, Women

As Sherman celebrates its 95th year of service in Evanston, the women of Sherman continue to do what the Lord requires: be advocates for justice to those who are disenfranchised and marginalized in our local community, our nation and our world. This year we are focused on two issues: 1) Our Evanston Youth and efforts to break the pipeline to prison cycle in our local community. And 2) Our Immigrant Population. The theme of this year’s celebration is: “United Methodist Women: Seekers of Justice for All”. The biblical texts that we are using come from: Micah: 6: 8: “…And what does the Lord require of you: But to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” Zechariah 7:9-10 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Execute true Justice; Show Mercy and Compassion, Everyone to his brother. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. Let none of you plan evil in his heart against his brother.” Isaiah 61:8: “For I the Lord, love Justice I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant.” On Saturday morning May 20th, Sherman will host a Symposium with discussions led by: 1) Executive Director and Juvenile Justice Attorney Patrick Keenan-Devlin of the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy of Evanston, focusing on achieving justice in our schools and the courts for disadvantaged Evanston youth. followed by, 2) a discussion led by Seth Green Executive Director, Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) on our youth and employment and opportunities facing our youth; Y.O.U.; and how we in the community can help. Mr. Green will be interviewed by Ms. Karen Chavers, the District Director for Larry Suffredin, Cook County Commissioner of the 13th District. After a break we will have a session on immigration led by Mr. Luis Huerta-Silva with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR). View that post here. The Symposium, held at Sherman in Winfield Hall will start at 9:00 A.M. and conclude at 1:00 P.M. Refreshments will be provided. The Women’s Day Service on Sunday, May 21st will be the culmination of Women’s Day Weekend at Sherman as we examine justice in our communities and how we can effect change. We welcome long-time Sherman member and UM Missionary to Liberia Helen Roberts-Evans, who will speak at services from 3pm to 5pm with a reception following. Justice Weekend 2017 is sponsored by:820 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201...

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Church Secretary Position Available

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Uncategorized

Office Administrator – OPEN as of March 15, 2018 Sherman UMC is currently seeking an administrative secretary to serve part-time (12-16 hours per week). This position will report to the pastor and perform the following essential job functions: maintain sensitive and confidential files; type, collate and assemble copies of church bulletins, reports, and letters; answer phones and take messages; sort and distribute mail; order office supplies, and; perform other clerical/administrative tasks as assigned. Must be detail-oriented and able to work with minimum supervision, have a professional phone manner, excellent communication skills, and the ability to use Microsoft Office and Outlook proficiently. We offer $12.50/hour, a pleasant work environment close to public transportation, and a flexible work schedule when necessary and approved. Sherman United Methodist Church is an Equal Opportunity Employer. If interested, forward your resume to Esther Archie at earchiea@aol.com....

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2017 Chicago Northwest Spring Gathering

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Ministry, United Methodist Women, Women

Let the Children Come to Me Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” — Matthew 19:14 On April 22, Sherman UMC hosts the United Methodist Women’s 2017 Chicago Northwest Spring Gathering. We welcome Rev. Dr. Nancy C. Grim Hunter as our key speaker. Rev. Dr. Hunter is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church called to Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. She serves her appointment as a tenured professor in the College of Education and Dean of Assessment in the College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University. She also serves on the campus ministry team. She calls St. John’s UMC of Oak Park her local church home. Rev. Grim Hunter lives out her Deacon’s call through education and advocacy for at-risk and under-served children and adults. Pastor Nancy was recently appointed as Chair of the Children’s Ministry of the Northern Illinois Conference. She has served two years as Chair of the NIC UMC Children’s Table initiative. Sherman UMW has a long history of service in the Chicago Northshore community, and is currently led by Pres. Cheryl Kendrick. Mildred Carter serves as registrar for this event. Registration check in begins at 8am April 22, and the program concludes at noon. Registration is $5 per adult. You may register on site. Download (PDF,...

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