Procession of Hopefulness

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Photo Courtesy of Abbey Jackson
Abbey Jackson (left) and Ena Boldern flank recent Teen Center graduate Karen Bravo of Omaha, Nebraska.
By Vince Isner
July-August 2015

Church-school partnerships

The view from the pastor’s study at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, might be the envy of many clergy. There is no stunning cityscape, pastoral farmland or tree-lined street. It is a neighborhood locked in a pocket of poverty created by the effect of a major freeway slicing through the city.
Yet, every afternoon at 3:15, the Rev. Chad Anglemyer looks from his vantage point upon what he calls “a procession of hopefulness.” He sees 50 or more students making their way across a busy street from nearby Burke High School straight to the doors of St. Luke’s Teen Center. The ministry provides a safe, nourishing space for teens who might otherwise have no place to go during the late afternoon hours.
(From Pastor JP: Chad is one of my classmates in the Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary.)