Bobby Jo Valentine Concert in Oak Park

Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oak Park will be hosting a concert by Bobby Jo Valentine. It will be sponsored by Pilgrim's Youth Ministry and their LGBTQ & Allies group. The concert will be March 3rd at 7pm. The address of the church is, 460 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302.

Bobby Jo Valentine is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter who has a great story to tell. Last year our youth group had the opportunity to see Bobby Jo perform at First Congregational Church, Glen Ellyn, and it was an awesome experience. He is a very talented and accomplished singer/songwriter - in fact he was named SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR by the West Coast Songwriters Association. So you know his music is good!

However it was his storytelling and sharing of his personal experiences that we found so moving. We were touched and uplifted by his messages of inclusion and optimism, even in the face of prejudice and tragedy.

This concert is for everybody, including youth from 13 to 18. There will be an opportunity to socialize afterward - with light refreshments of course.

We want to make this concert as accessible to as many people as possible, so we have no set admission price. However, we're also hosting it in the intimate setting of our church parlor, so space is limited. To reserve a spot or see more information, go to www.eventbrite.com. We're suggesting a donation of $10-20 per person.

Volunteer Opportunity for Partner Churches

Broadway Youth Center is a part of Howard Brown Health and is a haven for LGBTQ youth and young people experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Here, young people find a safe community as well as medical, social and mental health care services. All services are for youth, ages 12 to 24 regardless of their ability to pay.

Because we do not have a kitchen, the Center relies on food donations to provide breakfast and lunches for homeless youths. We are looking for partners to help us continue our meal program.

Partner congregations may provide anything from one meal a month, twice a month, or once a week, so whatever a church can assist with would be helpful.

For more information about how your congregation can participate, please, contact Tali Levy-Bernstein at TalliL@howardbrown.org. For more information about The Broadway Youth Center, visit howardbrown.org/byc/.

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