April 28, 29 & 30, 2017

Spring Mission Possible Conference

for the least of these, OUR NEIGHBORS

The King will answer and say to them,‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one
of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Matthew 25:40 (NASB)

Plenary Speaker
Rev. James L. Brooks

Rev. James Brooks is committed to listening and responding to the people who have been hurt and marginalized by society. He serves as the Senior Pastor of Harmony Community Church and the Chief Ministry Officer at Lawndale Christian Health Center. He formerly served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at Grace Lutheran Church, a predominantly white congregation in River Forest, Illinois. He was the first African American to be called to serve this historical Lutheran congregation. 

 

Rev. Brooks is a summa cum laude graduate of Concordia University where he majored in Organizational Management. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Northern Theological Seminary where he was the first Dr. John Perkins Scholar graduate. He completed his youth and theology certification at Princeton Theological Seminary and Clinical Pastoral Education unit at the University of Illinois Medical Center. To add to his wide array of empowering strategies and techniques, Rev. Brooks became a John Maxwell Certified Coach in 2014.

 

Rev. Brooks is grateful to be called to participate in God’s work of proclaiming liberty to the oppressed, giving hope to the hopeless and encouraging the faithful. With thanksgiving he enthusiastically facilitates workshops in Leadership Development, Spiritual Resiliency, Margins, Boundaries, and Christian Community Development.

 

Rev. Brooks is happily married to his beautiful wife, Jacqueline, a Registered Nurse specializing in Transplant care. They have two brilliant and energetic daughters, Jaylah and Janay, both of whom actively serve in vital ministries of the church.

 

Plenary Speaker
Dr. Michael Saccocio

Dr. Michael Saccociois the Executive Director of City Mission of Schenectady. His work in helping people move from poverty to self-sufficiency and community leadership is featured in the booksVision to Action: Best Practices to Reduce the Impact of Poverty, and was included in an issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He speaks extensively throughout the region and nation on topics of leadership, faith and overcoming poverty.

 

Mike has previously served as Deputy Mayor of the City of Schenectady, and has played professional baseball in the Montreal Expos organization. In 2010 he coached the Rotterdam Rangers baseball team to the NABF National Championship.

 

Mike is the founder of the Schenectady Bridges Transformation Project which was awarded a $1 million grant from a local, private foundation. He has received numerous awards for community service including the 2016Distinguished Community Partner Award (Schenectady County Community College) Schenectady Patroon Award (2015), the 2015 Golden Apple Award (Schenectady City School District), the 2014 Community Heroes Award (The Schenectady Foundation), the 2013 Proctors Supporter of the Arts Honoree, and 2011 Executive Leadership Award (Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council).

 

Mike is a graduate of Union College and has a Masters Degree from Regent University in Virginia. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Union Graduate College. He and his wife Carol live in Glenville. They have two adult sons.

 

FRIDAY

On Friday there will be a Dinner Fellowship at 6:00 PM followed by a time in the Sanctuary with Rev. James Brooks. (dinner is free BUT you must sign up Monday, April 24.)
 

SATURDAY

On Saturday there will be Worship & Prayer time in the Sanctuary starting at 9:00 AM followed by a time with Rev.. James Brooks.
 
At 10:30 AM you can choose to attend one of these three workshops..
  • Immigrant & Refugee Care
  • Ministry to Prisoners & their Families
  • Adoption & Foster Care
 
Then at 12:00 PM Dr. Michael Saccocio will be sharing in the Sanctuary.
 

Sunday

Our special speaker for Sunday morning (9:00 or 11:00 AM) will be Dr. Michael Saccocio.
 

Don’t miss this exciting weekend!