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Family Empowerment Centers

Family Empowerment Centers "Glorifying God...Loving our neighbors...Strengthening urban families...By what we do...How we do it.

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Las clases de inglés han comenzado, ¡pero no es demasiado tarde para inscribirse! ¡Las clases son gratuitas y duran hast...
02/01/2023

Las clases de inglés han comenzado, ¡pero no es demasiado tarde para inscribirse! ¡Las clases son gratuitas y duran hasta mayo!

English Classes have started, but it's not too late to sign up! Classes are free and run until May!
02/01/2023

English Classes have started, but it's not too late to sign up! Classes are free and run until May!

Our after-school program helps with homework, but more than that it helps students by providing a safe, fun environment ...
01/31/2023

Our after-school program helps with homework, but more than that it helps students by providing a safe, fun environment for at-risk youth in our community. Want to volunteer for our after-school program? email: [email protected] or [email protected] for more details!

The progression of today....putting some music together for an upcoming video
01/30/2023

The progression of today....putting some music together for an upcoming video

This week’s focus will be on PRAYER AS CONFESSION in the 40 days of prayer series.The freedom that confession brings to ...
01/29/2023

This week’s focus will be on PRAYER AS CONFESSION in the 40 days of prayer series.
The freedom that confession brings to the soul of the forgiven leads them to forgive because they understand the blessedness of being forgiven.

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers for worship.

You can also join us for worship online on Zoom
Dial by phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 833 3670 3147
Passcode: Worship21

Our communication director's desk today...not sure how many screens there are or will, be but somehow this makes sense t...
01/25/2023

Our communication director's desk today...not sure how many screens there are or will, be but somehow this makes sense to him. Apparently he's recording lyrics to a song for an upcoming video!

Want to volunteer for an organization that impacts children in the inner-city of Chicago? We are looking for tutors for ...
01/24/2023

Want to volunteer for an organization that impacts children in the inner-city of Chicago? We are looking for tutors for our After-School Program! Specifically, Mondays from 3-6PM. email [email protected] or [email protected] to sign up!

It's the first thing people see when they walk into our organization. It has served us well, but it's time for it to go!...
01/23/2023

It's the first thing people see when they walk into our organization. It has served us well, but it's time for it to go! We are looking to replace our lobby furniture with something more long-lasting that says "welcome and relax." Would you prayerfully consider making a donation today? click on the link and type "sofa" in the "additional" comments https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/FamilyEmpowermentCenters/Donations.html

In the 40 days of prayer series, this week’s focus will be on PRAYER AS PETITION.  The Bible calls us to come boldly, hu...
01/21/2023

In the 40 days of prayer series, this week’s focus will be on PRAYER AS PETITION. The Bible calls us to come boldly, humbly and with thankfulness in prayer.

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers to worship and study the scripture together.

You can also join us for worship online on Zoom
Dial by phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 833 3670 3147
Passcode: Worship21

Struggling to get into a prayer rhythm this new year? We recommend our denomination's  prayer iniative, "40 Days of Pray...
01/19/2023

Struggling to get into a prayer rhythm this new year? We recommend our denomination's prayer iniative, "40 Days of Prayer" Sign up today!
https://cmalliance.org/40days/

Looking to make a huge a difference in the lives of kids? We are now hiring for a Youth associate through our Envision C...
01/19/2023
Envision: Youth Site Associate in Chicago

Looking to make a huge a difference in the lives of kids? We are now hiring for a Youth associate through our Envision Chicago program at the Family Empowerment Centers. For more information click here: https://cmalliance.org/job/envision-youth-site-associate-in-chicago/

The Envision youth site associate role will serve to spearhead the development and implementation of youth ministry at the main location of Envision Chicago and throughout the city. This will include developing a team, casting vision for and supporting existing youth ministries throughout the city,....

After-school program is back in session!
01/18/2023

After-school program is back in session!

Envision Chicago Internships
01/18/2023
Envision Chicago Internships

Envision Chicago Internships

We sat down with our recent intern, Emmalise Emsweller, to discuss her internship experience with Envision Chicago! Internships are for all ages, if you are ...

just went through these gems from almost 20 years ago, can't believe it's been 20 years already! Praise God for all the ...
01/17/2023

just went through these gems from almost 20 years ago, can't believe it's been 20 years already! Praise God for all the hands who helped build up our little center!

Today, we celebrate and honor the birth, life, and ministry of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He once wrote a letter called...
01/16/2023

Today, we celebrate and honor the birth, life, and ministry of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He once wrote a letter called "A letter from a Birmingham jail." if you haven't read it, take 10 minutes and read it today: http://ow.ly/bECp50MrYvA

As we enter the 2nd week of 40 days of prayer, our focus will be on PRAYER AS KINGDOM PARTNERSHIP. We can see God’s King...
01/15/2023

As we enter the 2nd week of 40 days of prayer, our focus will be on PRAYER AS KINGDOM PARTNERSHIP. We can see God’s Kingdom throughout His story. The Church, made up of followers of Christ, is God’s Kingdom

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers to worship together from 10:30 am- Noon

You can also join us for worship online on Zoom
Dial by phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 833 3670 3147
Passcode: Worship21

Are these the faces of kids ready to restart our After School Program on January 17th? I guess we will find out! If you ...
01/12/2023

Are these the faces of kids ready to restart our After School Program on January 17th? I guess we will find out! If you want to register your child for our program, reach out to us!

This last Sunday, Redemption Church celebrated Natalie's  recent graduation at the Family Empowerment Centers. Natalie r...
01/11/2023

This last Sunday, Redemption Church celebrated Natalie's recent graduation at the Family Empowerment Centers. Natalie recently received her Master's degree in counseling. Way to go Natalie!

Expeditions Unlimited
01/10/2023
Expeditions Unlimited

Expeditions Unlimited

In December of 2022, Expeditions Unlimited visited Family Empowerment Centers through the Envision Program. They sat down with us to share their experiences

Scott Manke getting ready to share the story of the Family Empowerment Centers for an upcoming video!
01/10/2023

Scott Manke getting ready to share the story of the Family Empowerment Centers for an upcoming video!

Chicago Alive Camp (CAY Camp)  is a camp experience for the at-risk youth in Chicago. The FEC puts on CAY camp in the su...
01/10/2023

Chicago Alive Camp (CAY Camp) is a camp experience for the at-risk youth in Chicago. The FEC puts on CAY camp in the summer and winter. At winter camp this last year, our mentors and students experienced nature and community in incredible ways!

We are a part of a network of churches and organizations who gather and pray together. Join us at the next Chicagoland U...
01/09/2023
Chicagoland United in Prayer 2023

We are a part of a network of churches and organizations who gather and pray together. Join us at the next Chicagoland United in Prayer event on Sunday, January 29th from 5-7PM by clicking the link in the pic!

Starting the year on our knees, together, seeking God's shalom for Chicagoland. Pray with brothers and sisters from across Chicagoland in the heart of John ...

First staff meeting of the year, every staff meeting we do a check-in with how we are doing. It's always interesting to ...
01/09/2023

First staff meeting of the year, every staff meeting we do a check-in with how we are doing. It's always interesting to hear the various words and adjectives used by our team to describe how they are doing. Today, Matt said he was "Partly Cloudy. "Try and guess what that means!

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers to worship together with Communion. You can also join us for wo...
01/07/2023

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers to worship together with Communion.

You can also join us for worship online on Zoom
Dial by phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 833 3670 3147
Passcode: Worship21

Winter jackets arrived just in time for the cold! So thankful for our partner Better chicago who donated winter jackets ...
01/05/2023

Winter jackets arrived just in time for the cold! So thankful for our partner Better chicago who donated winter jackets to the Family Empowerment Centers this year! Partnership is key to raising up our neighborhoods and neighbors- these are just a few happy faces of the many people who now have winter jackets to beat the cold

It's a new year, and our programs are starting back up in the coming weeks! We are looking forward to another year of fe...
01/03/2023

It's a new year, and our programs are starting back up in the coming weeks! We are looking forward to another year of feeding families and mentoring children. Also, we have a new logo!

Happy New Year! Praying you have a beautiful day and a wonderful year to come! God Bless you!
01/01/2023

Happy New Year! Praying you have a beautiful day and a wonderful year to come! God Bless you!

Please join us on Saturday evening for our New Year’s celebration at church. We will start at 7 pm. Please feel free to ...
12/30/2022

Please join us on Saturday evening for our New Year’s celebration at church. We will start at 7 pm. Please feel free to bring a dish to pass or snacks to share.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Redemption Church WILL NOT MEET FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE on 1st January 2023. We pray you will have ...
12/30/2022

PLEASE NOTE: The Redemption Church WILL NOT MEET FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE on 1st January 2023.

We pray you will have a wonderful time with your dear ones as you reflect on the old year that has gone by. We encourage you to prayerfully step into the New Year, with the assurance that God's faithfulness towards us never ceases.

Staff Highlight: Last but certainly not least, Scott Manke! Scott is the founder, President and Executive Director of Fa...
12/30/2022

Staff Highlight: Last but certainly not least, Scott Manke! Scott is the founder, President and Executive Director of Family Empowerment Centers and its daughter organization, Donate Your Boat, SMLLC. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Psychology from Nyack College. Scott completed his Masters degree from Wheaton Graduate School in Mission and Intercultural Studies.

Our final Core Value: Education!
12/27/2022

Our final Core Value: Education!

Rogers Park History: Did you know?...The reason Rogers Park is called "Rogers Park" is because a man named Phillip Roger...
12/26/2022

Rogers Park History: Did you know?...The reason Rogers Park is called "Rogers Park" is because a man named Phillip Rogers purchased much of the land from the government between 1830 and 1856. For more information on Rogers Park history, visit http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/1086.html

Praying you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!
12/25/2022

Praying you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

Praying for safe travels this Christmas Eve! God bless you and your family!
12/24/2022

Praying for safe travels this Christmas Eve! God bless you and your family!

Staff Highlight: Rachel Madella. Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Rachel moved to Chicago in 2015. While in Chicago,...
12/23/2022

Staff Highlight: Rachel Madella. Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Rachel moved to Chicago in 2015. While in Chicago, she graduated from Moody Theological Seminary and began attending Redemption Church, which meets at the FEC. She joined the FEC staff team in January 2018. Rachel has a vast amount of work experience and passions. She’s awed to see how God would actually combine her multicultural interests, love for people, the desire for missions and discipleship and place her at FEC.

"He was at the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made...
12/23/2022

"He was at the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

Join Redemption Church at the Family Empowerment Centers to worship together on Christmas Day.

You can also join us for worship online on Zoom
Dial by phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 833 3670 3147
Passcode: Worship21

After-school program is cancelled today because of the storm coming through Chicago! That's not stopping our leaders fro...
12/22/2022

After-school program is cancelled today because of the storm coming through Chicago! That's not stopping our leaders from having some fun in the snow!

As we near the end of the year, would you prayerfully consider donating to the Family Empowerment Centers? Every gift go...
12/22/2022
Our year in review

As we near the end of the year, would you prayerfully consider donating to the Family Empowerment Centers? Every gift goes toward raising up families and individuals in the inner-city of Chicago https://conta.cc/3HXrB1A

a special ask for you and your family   FEEDING FAMILIES In 2022 we distributed food to well over 3,000 individuals in our community who otherwise would have gone without food staples or a warm meal.

It is time for another one of our core values! This week, we highlight our value of Diversity
12/21/2022

It is time for another one of our core values! This week, we highlight our value of Diversity

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Tomorrow is and we encourage you to donate and support a local charity or nonprofit making an impact within your communities. Need a recommendation? Here are some organizations that we support throughout the year: Connections for the Homeless, Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, Curt's Cafe, Family Empowerment Centers, and Evanston Animal Shelter.
This. Was. Awesome! Watch the first ever Over the Edge fundraiser! If you want to contribute to the Family Empowerment Centers to see children mentored and families fed here: https://overtheedgefec2022.blackbaud-sites.com/?fbclid=IwAR0f9btrhJEtWCHK1B6HABk6IyjsAJHJydREWBBIYQi3-9g9x8crtbFxqw4
Wanna help me raise $1000 to watch me rappel down 27 stories down to State Street? Keep reading…

My family came to know Family Empowerment Centers through some friends from school. We decided to check it out and it became our second home. This is where we’d come after school so we weren’t home alone, where we attended summer programming, where we knew we would be fed and well taken care of. The FEC has since grown to be a food pantry, host ESL classes, provide mentorship, and host college interns.

For the past 18 years, Family Empowerment Centers has been at the forefront of creating pathways of opportunity for under resourced individuals and families to experience greater joy and therefore greater hope in their future. By joining my team financially, you are helping to mentor children and feed families in the inner city of Chicago's north side. Join my team by donating here! If you don’t have the means to donate at this time, share with your friends!
Another with ChitownEnvsion teams this Summer Bloomingdale Church Moses Lake Alliance Church Family Empowerment Centers
Hi church family! We are collecting general school supplies for our sister churches Family Empowerment Centers and Christ Church Of Albany Park 🖍📓📐

If you'd like to donate some items, you can drop them off at the church during office hours or at a collection bin by the offering box during outdoor church by Aug 16. Thank you for showing practical love to our brothers and sisters! 🤗

So thankful for our Envision Chicago, IL group helping us Pass out food on Devon! We are grateful to God for the food donated by individuals and through the Family Empowerment Centers Looking forward to doing this again in a couple of weeks!
Family Empowerment Centers works to provide hope and resources for people living in in Chicago, IL. Check out their incredible work at https://familyempower.org/.
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