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Please Consider ULM for Your End-of-the-Year Donation

As our minds and hearts turn to this festive and giving time of year, please consider Urban Light Ministries as one of your selected donations.  All donations are tax deductible and will make an impact on many families in the community.  Please take a moment to read ElI Williams, President of Urban LIght Ministries, fourth quarter letter.   Please click here to review the letter.

 

Thank you for your support both monetary and prayers.

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Eli Williams highlighted in Springfield Living Magazine

Congratulations to Eli Williams who was highlighted in this months edition of Springfield Living Magazine.

To see a  copy of the page please click here.

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Thank you to Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial

Urban Light Ministries would like to say a big THANK YOU to Daniel Blevins and Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial for their generous donation and matching gift of $5000.  As a non-profit that provides free programs to Clark and Montgomery County fathers and youth, donations are the lifeblood of our existence to continue the efforts in one of the most critical challenges in society today - the absence of a father's in a child's life.  Thank you to all those that participated and contributed in Urban Light Ministries Taste of the Holiday event.

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Urban Light Ministries 2018 Program Updates

During the Sonshine Club 25th Year Celebration event Urban Light Ministries President and Founder, Eli Williams and Sonshine Club Director Phillip Sanders reviewed the programs provided by Urban Light Ministries and the future direction of the organization. 

Urban Light Ministries mission is to turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father.  Over the last 25 years Urban Light Ministries has reached over 18,000 children and 3500 fathers. 

Please consider what you can do to help Urban Light Ministries expand its services to reach more fathers and children.

 

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Eli Williams Receives the Hometown Hero Award

On October 25, 2018 Eli Williams received the Modern Woodman of America Hometown Hero Award for the Springfield Chapter.  The award is to recognize individuals that make a positive impact on the community.  Eli Williams founded Urban Light Ministries over 25 years ago and has to continued to help turn the hearts of fathers to their children and children's hearts to the Father. 

 

 

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Thankful for the Opportunity

I thought I would take a few words to say "thank you" to two groups for whom I had the privilege of guest-speaking in the last two weeks... P.A.W. O.D.C. Christian Education Association and Cornerstone Baptist Church. Your enthusiastic response to the call to join in a Christ-centered campaign to strengthen the institution of fatherhood has been encouraging. THANK YOU! I'm looking forward to being with New Life Church in Springfield next Sunday and New Hope Church (home) the following Sunday.

So often, it seems no one is listening; that there is so little serious concern about the crisis of father absence and the devastating effect on children, families and our communities. 
It couldn't be more clear from the research and simply by paying attention to what's happening in our schools and on our streets --- God's plan for raising children --- two parents, committed to each other and their children, is the best way. 
We must wake up and start doing everything we can to get back to God's way. That is, if we want to get to the root cause of so much of the killing, crime, academic failure, poverty, suicide and general mayhem in our communities.

Ephesians 6:1-4 
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.

Join the campaign. Pray. Support. Engage.

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Our Cause: More children need present, fully-engaged, loving fathers.

Seldom am I asked why. Why do we do what we do? More specifically: "Why does Urban Light Ministries focus on fathers?" Yet, that is a more important question than "What does Urban Light do?" and "How does Urban Light do what we do?" Together, the answer to those questions constitutes the organization's MISSION STATEMENT which is: Turning the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to the Father. That's what we do. Urban Light ministries provide fatherhood programs to help dads become better parents, partners, and providers. We operate The Sonshine Clubs children's ministry to introduce kid's to The Lord Jesus Christ. That's how we do what we do.

The question remains: Why? This is Urban Light's CAUSE STATEMENT. More children need present, fully-engaged, loving fathers. Please watch this video about father absence and the devastation it causes children, families and society as a whole.  

 

If you would like to make a difference, here are three suggestions:

  • Pray with ULM as we strive to increase the number of children with present, fully-engaged, loving fathers.
  • Volunteer as a mentor of a young dad.
  • Support our cause by clicking on the DONATE button at the top of this page. We thank God for you.


Video Credit: Grip (Chicago, Ill)

Father Love

Dad's Discussion Group Starts September 11

Father's Join the Conversation!

Dad's Discussion Group Starts on September 11, 2018, at 7:00 pm

Don't miss this opportunity to become a better father.  The discussion topic is "Giving my kids what only I can:  My best, fully developed Father Love"

The discussion is facilitated by author Eli Williams and includes a copy of the book "Father Love" and study guide.

This is a FREE event!

Held on Tuesdays from 7 to 8 pm at McKinley Hall, Room 122 at 2624 Lexington in Springfield, OH.

Call Urban Light Ministries today to register at 937-328-0122 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sonshine Clubs

The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary Celebration

Urban Light Ministries staff, board, volunteers invite you to the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Sonshine Clubs. The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration will be a time of fellowship, memories and music as they honor God and the people who have been a part of the children’s program.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM following The Taste the Holidays event
Location: Community Room | Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church | 1801 St. Paris Pike | Springfield, Ohio

Over the past quarter-century, tens of thousands of children have been impacted by the weekly after-school program in multiple locations throughout Clark County. Some of the parents, participants, and volunteers will share their stories. The Sonshine Club Band will provide live music.

Tickets for The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration are free and may be acquired online at www.urbanlight.org.

The Sonshine Clubs 25th Anniversary celebration will immediately follow the Taste of the Holidays event. Tickets for that event may be purchased online as well.

For more information, contact Phillip Sanders at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Eli Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Phone 937-328-0122.