Racing Against Gun Violence

One of the reasons we launched our non-profit organization, New Community Outreach (NCO), last year was to bring resources from outside our immediate community into the community for the good of our neighbors. It's been amazing to see people from outside the city - and around the country - give generously to our vision of thriving communities at the intersection of trauma and hope.

Last week I took two hours to join the 25 Dyett High School students in our NCO program on a trolley tour of the neighborhood. (See the most recent NCO newsletter for photos from the tour.) As we visited significant sites and listened to our tour guide explain the many important events that have taken place in Bronzeville, I was struck by the community the students have developed with each other during this school year. Their care for each other - and for Markeyta Boone, our Executive Director, and Pete Blodgett, her assistant at Dyett - was palpable.

This is our third year of programming at Dyett and this summer, for the first time, we're offering part-time employment and mentoring for a smaller group of students. It's been amazing to see the rapid growth of our small and faithful efforts!

Back to bringing in outside resources for the good of our community. On June 6 many of us will be running the Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence. After registering for the race, we are each able to invite friends and family members to make a donation to our personal Strides for Peace page. Each donation goes directly to NCO!

We are over a quarter of the way to our goal of raising $20,000. It's an ambitious amount to raise for a young organization, but it's one of the reasons we started NCO. And we need your help! If New Community is your church home, please consider registering for the race today. You can run, walk, or just cheer from a distance. However you choose to support will make a tangible difference in the lives of the kids and youth we're called to serve.

- Pastor David

PS We have 10 free registrations for the race. Email Krystle Kim for more info.

Community Prayer Requests

1) Jackie Robinson Elementary School: Please continue to pray for the school as it transitions to a new principal. Pray as well for our upcoming 5th Sunday Service day on June 30th and the Back-to-School Fair on August 24th.

2) Summer Safety: With the weather finally warming up we want to pray for safety in our neighborhoods.

3) Facility: As we continue to discern a long-term facility for the church, we need wisdom about what kind of a building will best fit the mission and identity God has given us.

Faith & Race Workshop

This year's Faith & Race Workshop focused on the life and legacy of one of Bronzeville's most famous residents, Ida B. Wells. Dennis Bourne and his team once again created a significant opportunity for us to have a common experience around topics and realities which impact each of us.
Your generosity helps our ministry flourish. Please see this fact sheet to learn more about how to give or visit our website to give online. Thank you!

Calendar & Opportunities

Quarterly Conversation | Thursday, May 30; 6:30 PM
We will be having our second quarterly conversation to discern God’s will regarding a permanent facility. Members who cannot make it should email Dennis Bourne.

Prayer Around the Schools | Saturday, June 2; 9:00-10:00 AM
Join us at Kennicott for our monthly prayer walk around three local schools.

No Potluck | Sunday, June 2
We will be moving our June potluck by one week to June 9, 2019. See announcement below.
Nursery Team Meeting | Saturday, June 8; 11:00 AM
The Nursery Team will be meeting at the Harris’ home. Please let James know if you will be attending so that we can get an accurate headcount for food.

Church Anniversary Service and Potluck | Sunday, June 9
Join us as we celebrate 9 years of God's faithfulness to our church. Please stay for our June potluck afterwards. Don’t forget to bring food to share, and please encourage any New Community alumni to come back and celebrate with us!

All Church Retreat | Friday - Sunday, June 21-23
Registration for our annual church retreat has begun! Forms are available at the hospitality table on Sundays. For questions or scholarship info please email Melody.

I Am Women’s Conference | July 18-21
Every three years our denomination hosts a global conference for women. The conference is in Minneapolis, MN.   Email Jennifer Dorrough for info & scholarships.

Open AA Meeting | Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM
Sponsored by The Chicago Area Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, the meeting is open to all who desire to stop drinking and is held in Room 425 of Mercy Hospital (2525 South Michigan Avenue; 312-567-2000).

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