Thursday, March 02, 2006

Unifying Leaders in Chicagoland

The School of the Prophets is an ecumenical group of men and women from many backgrounds who have been meeting together since January 2000. We meet this Saturday March 4, at 7 a.m. at Austin Corinthian Baptist Church at 823 S. Cicero Ave., which is 2 blocks south of the Eisenhower Expressway on the east side of the street next to Marvin’s Soul Food Restaurant.

Our aim is to pursue the unity of believers that Jesus prayed for in John 17:20:“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

This Saturday our teaching and devotional time will be led by Arloa Sutter, the founder of Breakthrough Urban Ministries in Chicago. In 1992, Arloa opened a storefront room owned by the First Evangelical Free Church on Chicago’s North Side and began serving coffee and a hot lunch to the street people who were coming to the church for help. The ministry has grown to provide shelter, supportive housing opportunities, employment counseling and recovery treatment for homeless men and women, recreation, academic tutoring and Bible studies for youth, and a street outreach to women in prostitution. Services are concentrated in the Edgewater/Uptown and East Garfield Park neighborhoods of Chicago. Arloa is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, has a BA in Sociology from Western Illinois University and an MA in Urban Mission from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Breakthrough also has a leadership development program called BUILD (Breakthrough Urban Institute of Leadership Development ===>Click headline to access . . .) which is a transformative adult learning program fostering cross-cultural understanding and urban ministry effectiveness. BUILD brings together small groups of individuals from diverse backgrounds to read books and articles and discuss issues of race, class, justice, urban mission and theology.

We will begin our time together at 7 a.m. with worship and prayer. Please pray with Sister Sutter as she prepares to bring us a word from the Lord. We will allow plenty of time for discussion and questions.

If you can stay, breakfast will be served at around 8:30 a.m. for a cost of $5.

To the glory of God!
Bro. Bob Marsh
323 West Chicago Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521

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