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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Justice Weekend 2017: May 20-21

Posted on Apr 14, 2017

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.”

Patrick Keenan-Devlin Stone Terrace Headshot

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,

Seth Green of Y.O.U.

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.Karen Chavers Shorefront photo

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.

Helen Roberts-Evans of UMW and UMCOR

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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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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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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