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Maywood Organization to Give Away $5K in Scholarships

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Friday, July 14, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

The West Suburban Community Development Corporation, an organization affiliated with Miracle Revival Cathedral in Maywood, has created a relatively unconventional college scholarship. Applicants will need to be more than good scholars to receive the money — they’ll need to have ideas for changing their communities, said Jay Watts, who wrote the “Make a Change” scholarship.

“Applicants simply need to go online, fill out basic information and tell us how they’ve identified a challenge or problem in their community,” she said in a recent phone interview.

Applicants will need to create a one- to two-minute video that will be uploaded to the organization’s website. People will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite videos but a committee will select the winner. Watts said that applicants can apply from anywhere in the Chicago area.

“Individuals just have to be accepted into a college or already enrolled in college. They can be in beauty school, a technical school, a junior college or a four-year university,” Watts said. “There is no income or GPA requirement. We just want to highlight people who have potential.”

Watts, a real estate professional by trade who was once the board president of a large men’s shelter in Chicago, said she came up with the idea for the scholarship based on her experiences trying to beautify her native West Side.

“It used to bug me to go drive through some parts of the West Side of Chicago and see all this garbage,” she said. “There were no trash cans. So I got some of my friends together and we designed garbage cans just like those cows on parade you see Downtown. That’s an example of identifying a problem and coming up with a solution for it.”

The WSCDC will give away two $1,000, four $500 and four $250 scholarships—all totaling $5,000. The initiative is sponsored by Pan American Bank & Trust, Daniel and Henry Insurance Agency and Wallace Funeral Home in Broadview.

“We are looking for our next ‘Thinkers and Shakers’ for answers, especially students of business technology and communications,” according to a WSCDC statement on its website.

“What if we come away from this with 10 solutions for problems in areas like Maywood, Bellwood and Broadview?” Watts mused. “A lot of times, we highlight the bad but the answers come from people who are continuing their education. These are the people we’re passing the torch to.”

To apply for the Make a Change scholarship, click here. Individuals have until July 30 to apply. Applicants will be notified by July 31 through an email that they’ve been chosen as finalists and selected to interview before the selection panel.

Anyone not called in for an interview by July 31 was not chosen, according to WSCDC’s website. The organization will have more scholarship opportunities available in the future.

Winners of the ‘Make a Change’ scholarship will be announced at a ‘Back to School Making a Change’ gospel concert, featuring Marvin Sapp, radio personality Angela Martin and Gospel artist DeAndre Patterson, who is also Miracle Revival’s pastor.

The concert will be held on Aug. 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Miracle Revival Cathedral, 2010 Saint Charles Road in Maywood. Tickets range from $20 to $45. For more information on the scholarship and/or the concert, visit www.wscdc17.org, email info@wscdc17.org or call (708) 865 2999. VFP

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Photo Essay: During a Ceremony Held in Their Honor, Area Pastors Got to Relax in the Pews for a Change

A Feb. 19 event at Second Baptist Church in Maywood honored the area’s pastors and religious leaders. | Sebastian Hidalgo/Village Free Press

Monday, February 20, 2017 || By Sebastian Hidalgo || @maywoodnews

On Sunday, the Second Baptist Church in Maywood held a special black tie ceremony honoring Proviso Township’s pastors and particularly its own of 56 years — the Rev. Wallace W. Sykes. At 93, Sykes is Maywood’s oldest active pastor.

The night was emceed by Rev. DeAndre Patterson, pastor of Miracle Revival Cathedral, 2010 St. Charles Road, in Maywood.

Patterson said that the Maywood church was where, as a child, he was saved, and where he first encountered his mentor, the church’s longtime pastor and founder, Bishop Willie J. Chambliss, 88.

“It’s a blessing to pastor a church in the place where you grew up,” Patterson said, adding that his hope was that the local history of churches in Maywood and the surrounding suburbs would be perpetuated — if only for a night.

Pastors and spiritual leaders who were honored included (those who are deceased indicated with an asterisk):

Elder James B. Alford* | Rev. Robert Hayden* | Rev. John W. James* | Rev. Harry McNelty* | Rev. T.H. Wade* | Apostle Donald L. Alford | Rev. John L. Belser | Rev. C. Calvin Rice | Rev. Marvin E. Wiley | Bishop Willie J. Chambliss | Bishop Willie B. Dugan* | Rev. Johnnie R. Haynie | Rev. Lucille L. Jackson* | Rev. Esther J. Mitchell | Rev. Dr. Joseph J. Richardson, Sr. | Rev. Caliph Wyatt, Jr.

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Worshippers seated early in the Feb. 19 service that honored area pastors. More than 1,000 attended the Sunday event. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Obra Barrow, the longtime choir director and minister of music at Second Baptist Church, directs a Community Mass Choir during the Feb. 19 event. The choir comprised members of numerous churches in the area. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Rev. Wallace W. Sykes, Maywood’s oldest active pastor, during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Rev. DeAndre Patterson, far left, sits with numerous distinguished guests during the Sunday ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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Members of a Community Mass Choir during Sunday’s ceremony. The choir was directed by Gospel music recording artist Tyrone Block, whose group, Love, Salvation & Devotion, also performed. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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A young usher at the doors before the Feb. 19 ceremony began. | Sebastian Hidalgo/VFP

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As One Miracle on St. Charles Rd. Ends, Another May Be in the Works

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Rev. DeAndre Patterson, pastor of Miracle Revival Cathedral in Maywood, with parishioners and organizers of an annual resource fair and parade the church hosts. The event’s primary planner, church member Bonnie Stegall (pictured below with her daughter and granddaughter), said this year’s event may be the last one she organizes. The church’s plans for the future, however, are only just heating up, say its founder. 

Bonnie stegall .jpgWednesday, August 24, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 8:58 p.m.

For the last 11 years, Bonnie Stegall, 73, has organized an annual homeless awareness fair and parade on the grounds of the Miracle Revival Cathedral, 2010 S. St. Charles Rd. in Maywood, the church she attends regularly.

Last Saturday, dozens of people lined up to receive produce donated by the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and hundreds more received free drinks and cooked food, book bags stuffed with supplies, health screenings and information from numerous vendors.

It’s a family affair. Stegall’s children, grandchildren and fellow church members typically pitch in. And she gets a ton of help from Dr. Greg Gaither, who co-organizes the annual event.

“I come every year,” said Stegall’s granddaughter Darry Cameron, who brought her daughter Alani to the event. “I think it’s inspiring that she’s trying to help people in the community.”

But even all that support hasn’t been able to keep at bay the inevitable. Time catches up to even the most dedicated.

“She’s getting older and it takes a lot to do this every year,” said Tiffany Burns, Stegall’s daughter, as she bagged heads of corn in the church’s first-floor foyer.

“We wanted last year to be her last (event) since it was the 10th year, which we thought would be nice, but she wanted to have another one,” she said. “She starts planning at the beginning of the year, making phone call after phone call and putting everything together. It take s a whole lot, but she just keeps on.”

In addition to numerous vendors, the event also typically attracts popular community acts like the South Shore Drill Team, the Proviso East and Proviso West marching bands, among others.

This year’s annual event, Stegall conceded, may, indeed, have been her last. Her age, she said, is creeping up on her. But for the church in which her original idea for the event was hatched, her last resource fair is just prologue to even more positivity to come.

Stegall said she first stumbled on the idea to plan the annual resource fair and parade after a series of tragic encounters on her way to church one Sunday.

“I saw this homeless lady sitting on the bench at 25th and St. Charles and she was full of feces,” said Stegall in an interview last month. “She was maybe in her late 40s, early 50s. She looked like she had lost her mind and it didn’t appear that anyone was looking after her.”

That same morning, Stegall said, she encountered a little girl who appeared to be 5 years old walking listlessly into a barbershop and a teenager who appeared to be a prostitute. Emboldened by those sightings, Stegall charged into the office of the church’s pastor at the time and asked him to help her do something about what she’d just witnessed.

“I went into the Bishop’s office and told him our people need help,” Stegall said.

The pastor, Bishop Willie J. Chambliss, didn’t need much convincing. Chambliss, members say, founded the church nearly 50 years ago on just the kind of empathy and commitment Stegall exhibited.

“When Bishop started the church over 47 years ago down the street, his mission and his drive was always for the community,” said Rev. DeAndre Patterson, the church’s current pastor and a Gospel music recording artist who also pastors a church on Chicago’s West Side.

“He wanted to make sure the community knew Jesus,” said Patterson, who himself grew up in Maywood under Chambliss’s influence.

“The community got help and (Chambliss) was feeding people food, but the spirit of the Lord said the people need a little bit more than just natural food,” he said. “They needed spiritual food, so it’s always been a community church.”

Chambliss, who sat at a table near the entrance of the church with his wife Irene, looked out onto the parking lot activities. He was satisfied at what his legacy had produced, but he’s still looking to the future. There’s more work to do, he feels. 

“It’s a joy to know that we’ve been here to help the community and the people, and that the members have been community minded as well,” said Chambliss, who retired from pastoring in 2013.

“We have programs that reach out to the community in every respect,” he said. “Now, we’re trying to get a building (across the street from the church) for homeless veterans. We’ve had some people come out from Washington a couple of weeks ago who will help us do what we’ve been praying to get done here in the community.” VFP

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