Category: Religion

Rev. Wallace Wyatt Sykes, Revered Maywood Religious Leader, Dies At 94

Saturday, May 19, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || Updated: 5/20/18

Featured image: Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, center, during an event at his Maywood church in 2016. | File 

Rev. Wallace Wyatt Sykes, the longtime pastor of the more than century-old Second Baptist Church in Maywood — who was so influential in the village that a portion of Washington Boulevard, as well as a post office, were named in his honor — died on Saturday. He was 94 years old.

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Local Ministers, Security Experts Talk Safety As Church Shootings Rise

Thursday, April 26, 2018 || By Tom Holmes || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley during the April 21 church security conference in Forest Park. | Lorenzo Weber/Facebook 

As minister of Hope Tabernacle Church in Forest Park, Rev. Persia Allen knows a lot about churches. And after serving roughly two decades as an officer in the Maywood Police Department, Allen also knows a lot about law enforcement.

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Proviso West Alum Leads Efforts to Heal Local Racial Divide

Friday, December 22, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Members of a choir that performed during a Dec. 17 gospel concert convened by the Walk Across the Street initiative, headed up by Rev. Michael Wright. | Sebastian Hidalgo

When hundreds of far-right protestors, including young white supremacists and neo-Nazis armed with weapons and tiki torches, took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia in August, Yevette Killingsworth thought about her son, who was living in Charlottesville at the time.

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Religious Group to Host Tent Revival Sept. 20-22, Seeking Donations

Friday, September 15, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

On Sept. 20, Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PT MAN) and World Deliverance Christian Center will host the Unity in the Community Tent Revival that will feature preaching, counselors, employment opportunities, music, free food and more.

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A Bellwood Gospel Fest Takes a Contemplative Turn

Friday, August 25, 2017 || By Shanel Romain || @maywoodnews 

On Aug. 19, dozens of community members gathered on the grounds of Christian Unity Church, 2140 Washington Blvd. in Bellwood, for the resurgence of the church’s annual Gospel fest after a two-year hiatus.

The event — formally called the Worship on Washington Back to School Youth Explosion/Unity in the Community Day — featured vendors selling handmade jewelry, food, school supplies, a bounce house, live Gospel music and a panel discussion.

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With Maywood Prayer Walk, A Pastor Returns to His Old Stomping Grounds


Participants in Saturday’s prayer walk, hosted by Impact Ministries, pray for Impact’s leaders, Pastor Anthony Pelegrino. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

On July 29, Pastor Anthony Pelegrino, who heads up Impact Ministries in Maywood, led around two dozen people on a prayer walk along the Prairie Path, from 17th Ave. to 11th Ave. and back.

The walk through Maywood was more than a demonstration for the 42-year-old resident of Downers Grove.

“I used to buy drugs out here,” Pelegrino said while standing on a plot of grass where the path meets the concrete road at 17th Ave., near Madison St.

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Maywood Board Approves Special Use Permit for Church Seeking to Expand

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New Hope Christian Center, 14 S. 19th Ave. | Google Earth

Friday, June 23, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

During a June 20 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance approving a special use permit that would allow New Hope Christian Center, 14 S. 19th Ave., to buildout and modify existing unoccupied commercial space.

The space, located at 2 South 19th Ave., is separated from the church facility by a vacant, fenced-in lot. The church owns both properties. Mayor Edwenna Perkins and Trustee Kimyada Wellington abstained from voting.

Wellington explained that she would not be voting because she’s related to New Hope’s pastor, Bishop Anthony G. Wellington. Perkins did not offer an explanation for her abstention at the June 20 meeting and could not be contacted on Friday afternoon to comment.

Months before the vote, however, several trustees had expressed some wariness about permitting the special use.

According to a business plan that Wellington submitted on behalf of his church, the new facility would host weekly job training sessions, prayer meetings, “biblical guidance sessions” and “biblical enhancement sessions.”

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A space, located at 2 South 19th Ave., that New Hope is seeking to turn into usable space. | Google Earth

But village staff members and some board members stated that were worried that “this project may be an expansion of the [tax-exempt] church into the C2 Pedestrian Oriented Commercial District,” according to an April 26 village memo written by Josh Koonce, the village’s planning and zoning officer.

An a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting in April, former trustee Michael Rogers expressed some reservations over the village allowing the church to turn the commercial property, which currently generates commercial property taxes, into tax-exempt property.

“The whole concept of our [taking the] limited commercial property that we have off the tax rolls is problematic,” Rogers said.

“That zone, when you cross the tracks, is called Broadway. That’s a heavy commercial usage. The non-conforming uses already there are grandfathered in, but it’s important not to lose any more commercial property with the straits that the village is in.”

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An architectural drawing of New Hope’s plans for its new training facility. 

The board nonetheless voted to allow the matter to go to the village’s plan commission, which, on May 30, voted in favor of the special use permit. According to the ordinance, the permit is limited to “the types of educational and job training activities” laid out in Wellington’s application. VFP

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