Teen Youth Center Groundbreaking on Chicago’s West Side

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 20, 2004

Home of Life Community Development Corporation and Home of Life M. B. Church will join Dr Anthony Zamora, CEO of Cano Publishing Company and HLCDC Board of Directors in celebrating the groundbreaking for the Teen Youth Center at 4606 West Monroe. The ceremony commences Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 10:00 a.m. We will meet in the Parking Lot of Home of Life Church at 4650 West Madison and cross Madison Street to 4606 W Monroe. (Monroe & Kinzie)

Special guests include:    Pastor George Henderson, President of Westside Baptist Ministry Conference; Larry Brooks, President of Sabris Development; Spiro S. Siavelis, Construction Management Services; Dean Williamson, Malcolm X College, and Pamela Lynch, Dean of Malcolm X Westside Learning Center.

Special Invite also given to:    Alderman Ed Smith of the 28th Ward; Representatives from the Mayor’s Office/Workforce Development; Chicago Department of Planning; Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Communities; Chicago Department of Human Services; Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; WGN-TV and CBS.

Come join in this celebration! For more information call Annie Smith, or Johnthan Bittie at (773) 626-8655 or Michael Beyer at (312) 455-9905.

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Commissioner Shaw, Alderman O’Conner and Pastor Henderson Receive Awards from South Side Community Organization

(PRWEB) July 16, 2004

The Home of Life Church and Community Development Corporation hosted an awards ceremony for the South Side Community Organization tonight. An overflow crowd of nearly 1,000 people watched as Commissioner Robert Shaw, Alderman Patrick J. O’Conner and Pastor Johnny Henderson received awards for their contributions to the community.

Less than 500 hundred people were expected to show up for the event, which was scheduled to take place in the conference hall of the Home of Life Church. The surprising turnout forced the event to take place downstairs in the Sanctuary. The first award was given to Pastor Johnny Henderson for Man of the Year, who is credited with founding the Home of Life organization that now offers childcare and head start, job programs and training for ex-offenders, in addition to assistance with affordable housing for low-income families. In his speech, the Pastor noted he was looking forward to opening a grocery store, a separate school, and a gymnasium over the next year. He also gave credit to Cano Publishing Company and it’s CEO, Dr. Anthony Zamora, which was chosen to partner with the community organization to enable their goals. Dr. Zamora, caught unaware, gave an impromptu speech on behalf of his company, seconding the drastic yet positive changes he hopes to foster in this impoverished community.

Alderman Patrick J. O’Conner was given the Alderman of the Year Award for his work with the Chicago City Committees on Education and Finance, as well as his contributions to the American Cancer Division. The Alderman said “he was very excited to receive the award and it brings him happiness to receive such an honor.”

The final honoree was Commissioner Robert Shaw, who received an award for Outstanding Services to the Community. Commissioner Shaw thanked the attendees and his staff.

After the awards were handed out the invited guests adjourned to the conference hall, where the event was scheduled to take place, for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The overflow crowd was jovial and upbeat, mimicking the undercurrents happening in Chicago’s South and West Sides. Although two of the most impoverished, gang-ridden and crime-infested areas of the city, groups like the South Side Organization and Home of Life, with help from officials like Alderman O’Conner and Commissioner Shaw, have stepped up their involvement with the problem areas of the communities. Pastor Henderson explained, “We need to bring change and offer options in this neighborhood. We’ve talked long enough, now we need to do it.”

Contact Information:

Michael Beyer




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Embrace the Bible with All Your Heart and Discover the Loving Side of God

Denver, CO and Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) September 25, 2007

By urging readers to approach the Bible in a spiritual manner and as an act of prayer–and not just by reading the words on the page–Texas author Jean Heizer shows the wonderful benefits to be obtained in following God’s commandments.

Outskirts Press is pleased to announce the publication of The I Love My Bible Commentary by Jean Heizer. “The Bible is a spiritual book,” says Heizer, “and as such, it needs to be spiritually discerned.”

While many of us read the Bible with good intentions, hoping to witness the deeper concepts of its truths, we all-too-often fail to feel or even comprehend the awesome Love of God beyond the black-and-white text on the page. Through her poetic words, Heizer shows how you can find the love, mercy, grace, and forgiveness of God that He so lovingly gives to repentant hearts! For example, in her commentary on Isaiah Chapter 1, Heizer writes:

Why is God, God

to rule the universe? Oh, no!

It is to be with his people

Wherever we go!

“We often see only the tough part of love and fail to see the awesome responsibility that goes with God’s commandments,” Heizer says. “We miss the wonderful benefits from following those precious commandments. He has given us His Word and leaves the decision up to us whether or not we follow His commandments.”

If you are so crushed with worry, guilt, or fear that you don’t know where to turn, turn to your Bible! God can ease your burdens, and Jean Heizer can show you how to receive His message. “I hope that by reading my commentary,” she says, “you will see the incredible blessings awaiting you!”

ISBN: 978-1-4327-1283-9    Format: 8.25×11 Paperback    SRP: .95

Genre: Christian — Theology — General    

About the Author: Jean Heizer has spent over 20 years writing commentary, taught the Scriptures in Sunday School for about 35 years and has studied the Bible since she was a child. The I Love My Bible Commentary is a result of that labor. Describing herself as a “word artist,” she has lovingly and respectfully painted a faithful portrait of God’s Holy Word. For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/ILoveMyBible

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Dillon Assembly of God – Side View

Dillon Assembly of God – Side View
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Image by J. Stephen Conn
In the summer of 1964 I was the 19-year-old leader of a seven member Summer Witness Team from Lee College (now Lee University), Cleveland, Tennessee. Our team spent the summer in Dillon, Montana, where we planted the Dillon Church of God in this building.

It was a vacant Assembly of God property at the time with broken windows, a leaking roof, and waist high weeds in the yard. The Montana District Assemblies of God gave us permission to use the facility. Three other young men and I slept on used mattresses in the basement of the church. We rented a trailer for the three girls on the team.

During the summer we went door-to-door, visiting every home in Dillon. We also advertised on the radio and in the newspaper, conducted a Vacation Bible School, held revival services, Sunday morning and evening Worship and Wednesday evening Bible Study. By the end of the summer we had gathered a small congregation of 20-30 people and Aaron Lavender, one of the young men on the team, stayed behind to become the first official pastor of the Dillon Church of God.

A year or two later, the the Assemblies of God decided to take the building over again. Since there is no significant difference in the two sister Pentecostal denominations, the congregation became a part of the Assemblies of God.

The building has since been completely remodeled and updated and a thriving church continues there to this day. August 10, 2009, was my first visit back to Dillon in 45 years. The current pastor, Ryan Spurlock and his wife Brianne, very graciously invited me over to their home for dinner and gave me a tour of the remodeled facilities. It was great to see that some of the seeds I had planted so long ago are still bearing fruit.

I have written about that summer, and much more, in my book, Growing up Pentecostal: www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Pentecostal-Stephen-Conn/dp/160…

The Other Side of Heaven

The Other Side of Heaven

Walt Disney Home Entertainment presents THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN, a thrilling and epic adventure starring Anne Hathaway (THE PRINCESS DIARIES) and Christopher Gorham (TV’s FELICITY). When 19-year-old John Groberg (Gorham) is sent on a three-year mission to Tonga, he has no idea what he’s getting into. Just getting to Tonga is fraught with danger and unbelievable obstacles. Once there, he finds himself in the midst of a culture as remote to him as the island is to his Idaho Falls home. Not understanding the language, and lonely for his fiancee Jean (Hathaway), John faces suspicion, distrust, typhoons, tidal waves, mosquitoes, and other perils of man and nature as he reaches out to the people of Tonga. Filled with adventure, breathtaking scenery, and humor, THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN is a coming-of-age film your whole family will enjoy.A half-century after the real John Groberg left Idaho to serve a three-year mission in Tonga, actor Christopher Gorham (A Life Less Ordinary) gracefully slips into the Mormon Elder’s shoes in The Other Side of Heaven. A gifted cross between Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise, Gorham effortlessly carries this touching story of a young man’s struggle to adapt and thrive in a completely foreign land. He may look like a bar of soap, standing in his suit and tie against the lush palms and shimmering waters of his new surroundings; but as daily island living hits Groberg with death, disease, and natural disaster, this missionary’s determination and courage shine through. Heartfelt letters Gorham writes to his true love (sweetly portrayed by Anne Hathaway) and her candid replies underscore profound–or profoundly normal–events and impressions the two experience while apart. It’s an uplifting, tear-invoking family drama that benefits even more from fine acting, artful direction, and an Academy Award-winning producer (Gerald R. Molen, Schindler’s List). (Ages 10 and older) –Liane Thomas

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