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Riverway YTH

Serving In Chicago, IL
June 18, 2022
Community: Dolton
Partner: New Community Church
Staff: Beth Kalopisis, Matina Kalopisis

The Team Arrives

by George Kalopisis | June 18, 2022 8:57 PM

The team has safely arrived to New Community Church in the Chicago south suburb of Dolton. We are are all settled in and ready for a great week of ministry. 


Meet our Chicago PPM staff

by George Kalopisis | June 18, 2022 9:05 PM

It’s all in the family for this week’s staff team. George, Beth & daughter Mati are excited to lead and to see what God has for us this week as we partner with New Community Church and the team from Riverway Youth. 
Meet our Chicago PPM staff

Outdoor Sunday Church

by George Kalopisis | June 19, 2022 2:56 PM

We were blessed by the amazing church service and worship this morning at New Community Church. Pastor Dodd preached a great message from Exodus and we celebrated Father’s Day and Juneteenth. Today’s service was held out in the parking lot as they often do in the summer. The weather was perfect and we even got to enjoy a church BBQ lunch as we fellowshiped with many new friends. 

Outdoor Sunday Church

Time with Pastor Dodd

by George Kalopisis | June 19, 2022 5:02 PM

Pastor Dodd & Dr. Nicole Scott shared the heart and mission of New Community Church. We learned about the history of the church and all the amazing programs to serve the needs of the community. Tomorrow we start to help with a few of these programs - we are so excited to get started. 
Time with Pastor Dodd

Preparing for ministry

by George Kalopisis | June 19, 2022 10:11 PM

We spent the afternoon preparing for our ministry work that starts tomorrow morning. A group decorated the children’s rooms for the VBS, another group went shopping for paint supplies and also decided to spruce up the church entrance by doing some weeding and planting some flowers. 

Preparing for ministry

Fun Mexican Dinner

by George Kalopisis | June 19, 2022 10:14 PM

Tonight we enjoyed some Mexican food for dinner at a local restaurant. We had a fun time talking and getting to know one anther better. We wrapped up the day with our nightly debrief meeting followed by some fun games. 
Fun Mexican Dinner

New Community Food Pantry

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 8:01 AM

On Monday our group split up into three teams. One team headed to the food pantry to help with building shelves and some clean up and organizing. They did an awesome job and the pantry is ready for food distribution on Tuesday morning. 

New Community Food Pantry

Painting Crew

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 8:05 AM

The painting team took on the task of repainting a classroom at the church that will be utilized for a girls discipleship program. 
Painting Crew

Playing with the Pelicans

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 8:09 AM

Our next team spent the day teaching and playing with the children at the church’s VBS. The children look forward to the teams coming every summer. They had a great time teaching a devotional, memorizing scripture, singing songs and playing games. 
Playing with the Pelicans

Fun Times With the Kids

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 8:14 AM

Relationships have definitely formed with the team and the kids. Some of the children from the VBS were excited to braid the hair of our team members. 
Fun Times With the Kids

Hanging out with the Restoration Ministries Team

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 8:22 AM

After dinner, we met up with another mission team serving at Restoration Ministries. We spent time worshiping together, enjoying some delicious ice cream, and playing some games. 

We had a great day serving the community and can’t wait to see how God continues to use us this week. 
Hanging out with the Restoration Ministries Team

Working in the community park

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 10:38 PM

Today one of our teams spent the morning working with the Dolton Park District. We cleared a lot of brush from a path that will now allow the adjacent neighborhood to easily access the park.

Working in the community park

Painting project completed

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 10:43 PM

Our painting crew finished their project and the girls discipleship group was able to utilize the new classroom today. 

Painting project completed

Math help at VBS

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 10:46 PM

Our VBS team continued their work and fun with the children. We spent some quality time teaching math skills, Bible versus, having lots of fun together. 
Math help at VBS

Having a blast with the all the kids

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 10:50 PM

There’s no shortage of fun as our group really enjoys interacting with the children at the VBS. Everyone is growing more comfortable with each other and the kids are making great connections and really building into each other. 
Having a blast with the all the kids

Pizza time!

by George Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 10:54 PM

We were able to bless the children from the VBS with pizza for lunch today. It was a great break from our morning lessons with the kids. 
Pizza time!

Fun at the food pantry

by Matina Kalopisis | June 21, 2022 11:49 PM

Today we had some of the group help unload a truck full of food at the churches grocery store-style food pantry! We helped stock shelves and prep everything for people coming to get food!

Fun at the food pantry

Free-N-Deed Market

by George Kalopisis | June 22, 2022 5:58 PM

Free-N-Deed Market is a part of the American Association of Single Parents which partners with New Community church and Praying Pelican Missions. This week our group from Riverway has made a huge contribution by helping to prepare the market and assisting all of the guest at the food distribution today.

Free-N-Deed Market

Helping guests at the food pantry

by George Kalopisis | June 22, 2022 9:33 PM

Our students did an amazing job helping and getting to know the guests at the food pantry today. They met several people and helped them pack and load up their groceries. 

Helping guests at the food pantry

Last day at VBS

by George Kalopisis | June 22, 2022 9:38 PM

Today was the last day our team got to spend with the children at the VBS. Riverway youth led devotions and did a great job. They have bonded together this week and there will be many hugs and tears as they leave to go home soon.  
Last day at VBS

Park District job completed

by George Kalopisis | June 22, 2022 9:42 PM

Our team finished up their clean up of the brush at the local community park. They did an amazing job and the park looks great. Way to go team!
Park District job completed

Rec Day Downtown Chicago

by George Kalopisis | June 23, 2022 6:35 PM

Today we are taking the train to downtown Chicago for some fun and great Chicago food. We are still on mission and we have packed several lunches to distribute to people in need who God puts in our path today. 

Rec Day Downtown Chicago

Praying for people in Chicago

by George Kalopisis | June 23, 2022 6:38 PM

Our team had several opportunities to pray with people they met along the way and blessed them with a lunch they had packed. 
Praying for people in Chicago

Fun times at Millennium Park

by George Kalopisis | June 23, 2022 6:41 PM

We enjoyed Chicago style Hot dogs & Burgers for lunch at Millennium Park and also got to see the amazing Cloud Gate (bean) sculpture. 
Fun times at Millennium Park

Beach Time

by George Kalopisis | June 23, 2022 6:45 PM

We enjoyed the afternoon at the beach and got to play in the water. One of the Riverway leaders asked to be baptized and the youth pastor was able to baptize her in the lake. What an amazing time. Praise God!
Beach Time

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza for dinner

by George Kalopisis | June 23, 2022 7:04 PM

For dinner we had Lou Malnatis deep dish pizza. We also had some dessert to celebrated Andrew’s birthday and Hana’s baptism in the lake. 
It has been a great day!
Chicago Deep Dish Pizza for dinner

An Amazing Week of Ministry

by George Kalopisis | June 25, 2022 7:58 AM

Friday was the last morning at New Community Church. The team woke up, got ready, packed up, and did devotions before heading out. It was so fun serving with New Community and the City of Dolton!

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Comments

Erin Hirji-Walji

June 20, 2022 10:20 AM

So excited to see what this team accomplishes this week and how God works in them and through them!! Go Riverway YTH!!

Jennie Courtney

June 19, 2022 7:29 PM

This is my son’s second trip with PPM. May this year be as or more impactful as last year. May God use our team to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

Jennifer Klotter

June 19, 2022 6:58 PM

So proud of these Youth! We love you all so much! Let God’s Light shine through you!

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