June Update - Trinty Galewood
New Director for Children’s & Youth Programs
The Trinity Galewood family was excited to welcome Ebony Davis as the site’s new full-time Director of Children’s & Youth Programs on June 15. Even as we remain out of the church site for some weeks to come, there is much planning to be done for fall programs at Trinity Galewood, especially those involving the children from our neighboring Chicago Public School, Joseph Lovett Elementary. (CPS has already made the decision that classrooms will reopen.)
Ebony is familiar with Trinity Galewood and its mission as she grew up in the neighborhood, and she and her family are members of Trinity and regular worshipers. Additionally, she was leader for Trinity Galewood’s 2019 One Summer Chicago program in partnership with the City of Chicago, Joseph Lovett Elementary, and West Care Inc. to help a select team of eighth graders acquire career skills and interests.
Ebony is herself a graduate of Joseph Lovett School. She also is a December 2018 graduate of Western Illinois University at Macomb with a degree in criminal justice and sociology. Her experiences there included serving on the university’s judicial board, volunteering three and a half years with the Macomb Gwendolyn Burk Cultural Center that provided oversight and coordination for seven campus organizations dealing with racial, ethnic and women’s issues. She also was secretary of the campus Black Student Association.
Most recently, Ebony has been employed at “By the Hand” kids’ club, a Christian non-profit in Chicago that supports at-risk kids with after school programming. She was second grade team leader at a nearby Chicago Public School and provided an after-school Bible study and chapel program as well as other activities for the kids each day. When that school went to virtual learning during this pandemic, her focused shifted to leading social-emotional learning for 3rd through 5th graders.
Legal Aid Clinic Reopens
Trinity Galewood was thrilled to see the reopening of our Legal Aid Clinic in June, which has been closed since COVID-19 prompted a stay-at-home order for the state. March. On the first Saturday back in session, June 13, there were two new volunteers in training. The legal questions that are coming to all clinics in the Gospel Justice Initiative right now are most frequently dealing with rent and housing concerns.
Help us get the word out that appointments are available on the second Saturday of each month, 9 to 11:30 a.m. People are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708-316-1954 to make an appointment for our site, 1701 N. Narragansett in Chicago (one block north of North Avenue). A one-time donation of $30 is requested to help cover expenses if clients are able to pay.
Proclaiming Our Belief
Members of Trinity Galewood and friends gathered two evenings during June on the church lawn in a demonstration of support for addressing racial discrimination in society and its systems. This support is consistent with our belief in “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:6) A team of members has come together to work on continued activities for our church in the quest for racial justice and our public show of support for this neighborhood.
July Outdoor Worship
Trinity Galewood’s first larger gathering since the stay-at-home order will take place on Sunday, July 12, in a time of outdoor worship. We have permission to gather on the fenced lawn of Joseph Lovett Elementary, right behind the church, which provides us more room to spread out and will help corral little kids. Bring your own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on as well as your mask for when you are close to others. There will be a safety check-in at the gate on Mobile Avenue, which is on the opposite side of our block from Narragansett Avenue. Start time is 10:30 a.m. It’s not far off – we’re excited; we hope you are, too.
Please note that our Sunday online worship is not ending, either. The opportunities for all four sites to worship together and share each other’s pastors and worship music teams will continue into the future, even when there is an outdoor worship event for those who want to gather. Four outdoor worship opportunities are planned at Trinity Galewood: 10:30 a.m. on Sundays July 12 and 26 and August 9 and 23. Stay up to date on summer happenings via TGW’s Facebook, Instagram and email communications