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Preacher to speak about poverty walk

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road in DeKalb, will welcome guest preacher the Rev. Lou Ness at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on March 23.

Ness will speak about the “Hear Our Cry: Marching for America’s Poor” quest to carry the stories of people struggling with poverty and homelessness to Washington D.C. She will start her 756-mile march on April 1 from Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford and continue through small and large towns. She will carry a message of hope, collecting the stories of the poor, and encouraging people to step up and make a difference in their communities.

Ness is the executive director of Shelter Care Ministries, an outreach ministry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rockford. Shelter Care programs reach out to adults with serious mental illness who are homeless or at high risk of homelessness, families who live in homelessness, and individuals struggling to find employment or transition to living wage employment.

Shelter Care has issued an open invitation for anyone who supports the cause to join Ness for all or part of the “Hear Our Cry” march. The itinerary, available online at www.shelter-care.org, calls for daily treks of 10 to 15 miles and nightly stays at churches, synagogues and temples in six states. Stories of people living in poverty or homelessness can be sent to MarchforAmerica@shelter-care.org. Include first name, city and state.

St. Paul’s is a handicap-accessible building.

For more information, call 815-756-4888 or visit www.stpaulsdekalb.org.

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