“LOVIN’ LIFE” 2015 Fundraising Banquet

Mar 19, 2015 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Articles, Uncategorized

When:     Friday, August 28, 2015 doors open at 5:30pm

Where:   Fluid Event Center
601 North Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

This year’s theme, “LOVIN’ LIFE” will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm.  This banquet is to celebrate the changes being made by the Gospel of Jesus Christ through this ministry.  Our ministry consists of two parts; 1) ministering in the male & female housing units of the jails and prisons and 2) the aftercare outreach.  Our ultimate goal is to bring people to Jesus while training and empowering them to become productive and responsible citizens in our communities.  Our aftercare currently serves the male population.  This banquet helps us in supporting the mission of our ministry. 

We will have a wonderful meal prepared by Nelson’s Catering. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Pete Leonard, Founder of I Have a Bean in Wheaton IL. Pete has a great testimony of what God has done in his life and how he is being used to further God’s kingdom. We are excited about what Pete will be sharing with us and are sure you don’t want to miss it!

We are also looking for sponsors for the event. Please know that our ability to raise funds to support the labor-intensive aftercare ministry depends heavily on the financial support of faithful friends such as you.  Over the years, we have been blessed to receive donations which have not only paid for the cost of the banquet but provided a substantial foundation to offset the cost of operating the ministry for the next fiscal year.  We want to make this banquet a powerful outreach that will improve our ability to minister in the jails, prisons, and in our aftercare program. 

Please be in prayer about the afore-mentioned request.  In any case, we want you to come and enjoy the banquet.  We hope to present a united group of volunteers and supporters, along with past and present residents in attendance for this year’s banquet called “LOVIN’ LIFE”. 

Please confirm your support and/or attendance by contacting us at 217-892-4044 or info@jesusisthewayprisonministries.org .  In your correspondence we will need the number of attendees and their names.

Thank you and God bless you!

Please note: the change of venue - Fluid Event Center 601 North Country Fair Drive, Champaign, IL 61821

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ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER:

PeteLeonard
In 2007 Social Entrepeneur Pete Leonard blended Passion, and Purpose in the founding of Second Chance Coffee Co.; Passion for roasting and distributing truly exceptional coffee and the Purpose of offering a way to help to transform the lives of post-prison people.

To enable the company to accomplish the mission of employing post-prison people in jobs that otherwise require two years of apprenticeship, Pete needed to invent a new commercial-scale roasting machine. That work took 18 months to invent the “Bean Master 5000”, but the company was able to begin roasting and distributing coffee commercially in June of 2009. Shortly thereafter, it adopted the brand name “I Have a Bean.” The business model is simple: Meticulously select beans from the top 1% of coffee in the world and then roast and deliver that coffee within hours of it being ordered. 

For a felon, employment is just one of the keys to gaining a new life. While the purpose of the company addresses this part of the issue head-on, I Have a Bean knows that this group of people often need more help than can be provided by a typical employer. The majority of people leaving prison did not finish high school and have little legitimate work experience. Many have drug abuse or psychological problems that must be treated before they are able to hold a regular job. I Have a Bean also works with post-prison support organizations that provide the help that it cannot. These organizations share Pete’s values and provide counseling, mentoring, and life skills training. I Have a Bean helps complete the picture by offering a fresh start through gainful employment, job training and a great work environment.

Although living the white-knuckled roller-coaster ride that often comes from heeding Gods challenging call Pete’s message  brings a message full of hope, challenge and humor 

The company’s “Dream Statement” sums it all up: “As a company and as human beings, our dream today is that men and women will not be preemptively judged by the errors of their past but will be known instead by the present evidence of the content of their character. Through the quality of our product, the dedication of our employees and the passion with which we carry out our work we live in evidence of the powerful reality of redemption.”

MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TODAY!

Please confirm your attendance by contacting us at 217-892-4044 or info@jesusisthewayprisonministries.org .  In your correspondence we will need the number of attendees and their names.

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