Compassion United Methodist was founded on the desire to identify and address the needs of Brookfield. One of the needs that residents highlighted in the Brookfield 2020 Master Plan (the precursor to the comprehensive plan) was for a community center. 

Ten years ago, in consultation with the wider United Methodist Church, we gathered the resources to build one. We were naively surprised when Village Manager Keith Sbiral did everything in his power to prevent that from happening.

It now seems that the village has finally found the millions of dollars needed to build and staff its own taxpayer funded community center (“Brookfield eyes state grant for rec center,” News, Dec. 18). 

We applaud this long overdue addition to our community. It is not our intention to duplicate the efforts of the village staff. So, we are starting the process over from the beginning and are asking our neighbors what addressable needs remain in our village.

Please forward your ideas to CUMC at umchurch@gmail.com by Jan. 31. In the meantime, all are welcome (regardless of beliefs and politics) to worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays at 9210 Broadway Ave.  

Sorry, though all things are possible with God, CUMC cannot pave the alleys, recruit Portillo’s or lower Cook County taxes.

Rev. Karl Sokol and the people of Compassion UMC

Brookfield