Happenings @GNP

Re-Cap of our 2013 Annual Community Dinner

On Friday, October 26th, 2012 Good News Partners held our 36th Annual Community Dinner. Nearly 170 of our partners gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston in order to share stories, celebrate God's work, and partake in a delicious meal with one another.

Three of our resident partners, Elisheva Mulvaney, Leeanna Majors and Jimi Hickman, blessed us with stories of how Good News Partners has played a vital role in their life journey. Although their stories were all unique, they seemed to carry a similiar theme; GNP has supplied more than just a home, it has provided a loving community, a sense of belonging, a support system and an opportunity for growth and development.

As our song from the evening stated, "I need you to survive." Let us continue living in partnership and realizing that we all need one another in order to end homelessness and hopelessness, break the chains of injustice and build bridges of reconciliation.


Join us at our Annual Community Dinner

Please join fellow Partners in celebration and fellowship at our 36th Annual Community Dinner.

The dinner will once again be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston

Appetizers and fellowship will begin at 6 p.m followed by a buffet style dinner and a presentation of inspiration and hope.

$50 per person and $400 per table.

Click Here to register. Or call Natalie at 773-764-4998 x 107 or email natalie@goodnewspartners.org.

This is a wonderful community event where Good News Partners can gather as one family, support partners, volunteer partners and resident partners.


GNP Christmas Store

The Christmas Store will be more than just shopping. There will be a café where shoppers can relax, a childcare room where children will share in stories and crafts, musicians to fill the space with Christmas carols, a gift wrap station, photographers to capture the memories and, perhaps, a visit from Santa Claus. With input from the residents, the store will be stocked with a variety of gifts that each registered participant may purchase at a discount from suggested retail prices – either with cash or with “Jingle Bucks” that can be earned through participation in the community through a variety of activities.

To make all of this happen, we must rely on the generosity of our supporting congregations and community partners.   There will be gifts to purchase and sort, cookies to bake, crafts to demonstrate, wrapping paper and bows to donate, decorations to install, songs to sing, payments to be recorded and children to entertain. Many hands will be needed to organize and operate the Christmas Store. We hope that the spirit of Christmas will move you to share your time and talents on December 15. It may just be the best Christmas present you receive this season!

Click here to sign up, or contact Jan@goodnewspartners.org if you would like someone to come to your church or organization to explain the concept. 

Contact Jane Trueheart Huels (847) 226-8664 or Barb Gerleman (847) 498-1155 to join in the holiday fun!

Save the Date

Join Good News Partners at our Annual Community Dinner

Friday October 26, 2012

First Presbyterian Church of Evanston

Please Save the Date for our Annual Community Dinner for resident partners, support partners, and staff partners. Come rejoice and fellowhip together.

Formal Invitation to follow.

Contact: natalie@goodnewspartners.org for more information

Working Together. Hoping Together. Building Together. Just Partners.

Save the Date for our Annual Community Dinner!

Join our running team!

Join Good News Partners running team as we take on the 16th Annual Chicago 1/2 Marathon and 5K and run to end homelessness and hopelessness.

The GNP running team is a perfect opportunity to partner with us and help raise awareness of the injustices happening in our own town. There will be two team runs leading up to the race that will encourage runners to become familiar with the GNP neighborhood and the mission behind our organization. We will also host a pasta party the evening before the race in which GNP residents will join in. This will provide opportunities for the running team to meet resident partners and build relationships with one another.

The race will take place on Sunday, September 9th 2012 at 7 a.m. All runners will also recieve a free t-shirt for race day!

For those who prefer shorter distances, there is also a 5K available. Please contact natalie@goodnewspartners.org to register and for more information.

Half marathon is $250 per runner and the 5K is $150 per runner.

If you are interested in being a part of this event, but do not wish to run, there are also opportunities to sponsor residents who will run in the race.

We would also like to thank "The Runners Edge" of Wilmette for sponsoring GNP in this years event.


GNP Annual Event "Bringing Hope Home"

April 22nd, 2012 marked Good News Partners’ 2nd Annual Fundraiser, themed “Bringing Hope Home”. Our hopes of providing an entertaining, yet, inspiring afternoon were met by the enthusiasm of Chris Gardner, our keynote speaker. Chris has a background that many in the GNP neighborhood can relate to. He was a single father who was unemployed and homeless. He spent nights with his fourteen month old son sleeping in the subway when he could not afford to stay at a motel. His daily struggle to simply provide a meal for his son makes his success an even greater triumph. He has a story that inspires and instills a greater sense of the injustices happening in our own backyard.

God remains faithful to GNP’s mission, and continues to affirm the work we are doing in the North of Howard neighborhood by providing for our needs. With God’s provision and our support partners’ generosity, Good News Partners was able to net $85,000 at the event and expects $15,000 in follow-up gifts, bringing us to our $100,000 goal.  We are thankful for another successful event and look forward to opportunities to partner  in the future.

Fourth Annual Church Luncheon

Church Partnership plays a vital role in fulfilling our mission at Good News Partners. We work together in obedience to God’s calling to bring about justice and reconciliation among all people. Churches help provide support for our spiritual, financial and relational needs.  Our partnership blossoms through quarterly collaborative meetings and a yearly church luncheon.

With the support of our host church, The Church of the Holy Comforter, we held our 4th Annual Church Luncheon on May 1, 2012. More than 15 churches were represented.  Buzzing with networking and idea-sharing, we spent two hours working on our mutual mission goal: to end homelessness and hopelessness.

A variety of topics were discussed, including volunteerism and GNP’s most recent project:  The Christmas Store. We are transforming the way we have done Christmas in the past. This new approach is being led by two of our Church Partner members, Barb Gerleman ,from The Village Presbyterian Church of Northbrook and Jane Huell, Winnetka Congregational Church, as well as GNP staff.  Look for our next newsletter for more information on the Christmas Store and how to be a part of it!