2017 Women’s Day: May 21

Posted on Apr 19, 2017

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 church and society
  • The celebration of our youth and their gifts and graces
  • The history and role of women  at Sherman UMC

Past speakers include:

2016 – Rev. Dr. Karen Mosby: Executive Director of Programs at Good News Partners
2015 – Rev. Michelle Watkins Branch: Dean of the Maceo D. Pembroke Institute and an Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church
2014 – Bishop Sally Dyck, episcopal leader: Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church;
2013 – Mrs. Jamell Meeks: first lady of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago
2012 – Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson: Dean of Students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Please join us this year!

Women’s Day and Justice Weekend 2017 are sponsored by:820 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201

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Women’s Day – May 22, 2016

Posted on May 5, 2016

Rev Dr K MosbyThis year for Sherman UMC’s Annual Women’s Day Celebration we are excited to welcome Rev. Dr. Karen Mosby to our pulpit to preach on our theme “Who Is My Neighbor?”

Women’s Day at Sherman UMC

Sherman UMC celebrates Women’s Day annually in May as a special tribute to the contributions of women to the broader community and society as well as to their communities of faith and in the building of their families and homes.

This year we focus on the theme “Who Is my Neighbor?” with passages from Matthew 22:34-45 (“The Greatest Commandment”) and Luke 10:29-37 (“The Good Samaritan”). Our service is open to the public and begins at 10:30 am. We will host a reception following worship at 12:30 pm.

An Experienced Preacher and Leader

Rev. Dr. Mosby is currently the Executive Director of Programs at Good News Partners, a not-for-profit, faith-based organization based in the northern Chicago community of Rogers Park and committed to eliminating homelessness and providing affordable housing in Chicago. In this role she is part of a three member Executive Leadership Team overseeing the operations of GNP.

Prior to assuming her current position at Good News Partners, Rev. Dr. Mosby served Second Baptist Church in Evanston as the Pastor of Pastoral Care and Administration. Rev. Dr. Mosby has also served as the Director of Contextual Education at Chicago Theological Seminary in Hyde Park preparing Masters of Divinity students to engage in ministry in a variety if settings, and she served 18 years as Senior Pastor of Good News Community United Church of Christ in Rogers Park, leading a diverse community of faith in expanding and living its ministry.

Rev. Dr. Mosby received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Rev. Mosby was ordained in 1985, at Second Baptist Church of Evanston and has published various articles on religion and theology as well as devotions. Earlier this year she was the main speaker at the Vision ’16 conference event hosted by InterVarsity Black Campus Ministries in Deerfield, IL.

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Edric Calahan – February 14 Black History Month Speaker

Posted on Feb 2, 2016

Edric CalahanEdric Calahan is a graduate of Florida A&M University.  He also completed mortuary school at Malcolm X College.

Edric is the Vice President of Marketing at Calahan Funeral Home; a family owned business and is looking forward to being the second generation at Calahan Funeral Home. He has always had a love for people, marketing, and business. By the time he was 21, he owned and sold a clothing store in Tallahassee Florida and was part of a marketing organization, in college, named U.S. Marketing. Edric is the Vice President of the Calahan Foundation. He sits on the Board of the WATCH Foundation and C.F.I.G 2 Inc, a boutique holding company.  He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Edric is a member of New Covenant M.B.C. at 77th and Cottage Grove. He was recently named 40 under 40 by the Chicago Defender Newspaper. He wakes up every morning with the hopes of living his dreams.

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Dan Davis – February 7 Black History Month Speaker

Posted on Jan 30, 2016

Dan Davis is a dedicated educator with more than 30 years of focus on the upward mobility of youth and the enrichment of the community. He has initiated and cultivated youth and alternative programs while managing a staff of 60 – 80 professionals (i.e., doctors, nurses, medical technicians, teachers), administrators (i.e. program directors and auxiliary directors), interns and students. He is able to claim expertise in teaching formal education while building character, enhancing life skills and cultivating critical thinking. He has used his abilities to bring structure to unstructured and undefined projects, processes, procedures and situations and to build strong supportive teams. Dan’s governing principles are: honesty, sincerity, loyalty, tenacity, consistency and perseverance.

Dan joined Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) on October 24, 2005 in Airport Advertising and is now the National Sales Director. Dan is a dedicated manager of the marketing and advertising focus of CCP and is consistently implementing strategies for improving the CCP bottom line, as well as managing all protocols for CCP advertisers.

• Board of Education, 1967 – present, supervise, organize and conduct basketball clinics for local Chicago
Board Of Education Coaches
• Mayor Summer Youth Employment Training Program, 1976 – 1979 (summers)
• University of Chicago, IL English Tutor in Office of Special Programs, 1976 – 1978 (part-time)
• Chicago Park District, Recreation Specialist, 1967- 1975 (summer)
• Chicago Park District, Area Supervisor of Recreation, 1974 -1975
• Coaching the Upper Deck European Professional Basketball Tour, 1997-1999
• Worked with such greats as Dr. John McClendon, Tex Winter, Al McGuirre, Red Hotzman and Dick Versace
• Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, M.A. Health and Physical Education
• Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BS Education
• Crane High School, Chicago, IL, Diploma

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Fall Revival 2015

Posted on Aug 27, 2015

Coming in September are 3 Sundays of the celebration of the renewal of our souls

Fall Revival 2015
Jesus is the Way

6a00d83451c1b269e200e553bb91558834September 13thRev. Dr. Norris Jackson Jr.
joining us from St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church Glencoe, IL

September 20thRev. Rosalind Shorter Hernderson
joining us from Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Evanston, IL

September 27thRev. Reginald T. Burke Sr.
joining us from Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Decatur, IL

Our theme is taken from John 14:1-4 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.”

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Rev. Michelle Watkins-Branch – May 17th Women’s Day 2015

Posted on May 2, 2015

Each year SUMC honors the women of our congregation and the world by inviting a special guest speaker to our pulpit in May. Past Women’s Day Speakers have included Rev. Dr. Cynthia Wilson Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2012; Mrs. Jamell Meeks, first lady of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago in 2013; and Rev. Dr. Sally Dyck, Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2014.

Rev. M. Watkins-BranchOur guest preacher For Women’s Day 2015 is the Reverend Michelle Watkins-Branch.  Rev. Watkins-Branch is a provisional Elder in  the Northern IL Conference and a Clergy Intern at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Chicago, IL.   Rev. Watkins-Branch holds a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and is working towards the completion of her PhD in the area of Historical and Ethical Studies.

Worship Service begins at 10:30 am.  A reception will follow the service.  The Women of Sherman are asked to make a sacrificial gift of $125.00.

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