Rev. Jesse Jackson also to speak
Members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin are scheduled to speak at a free community event hosted by Faith Builders Church. The event called “It’s All About Us” takes place on Monday August 20, 2012 at 4901 South Howell Avenue, Milwaukee WI, just two miles away from where the tragic mass shooting occurred. The event begins at 7:00pm.
”The purpose of this event is to show the city, the state and the nation that we who live in the greater Milwaukee area have a unified stand (u.s.) against such violence and that as a community, we support each other no matter the race, creed or background”, said Jeffrey Pruitt, Senior Pastor of Faith Builders Church. “Our mantra is simple…It’s not about “me” or “I” but it’s all about us! One family, one community…Us!”
Reflective of its efforts to bring the city together and shine a light on not just the tragedy, but on how the community is able to stand tall in light of tragedy, the church has extended invitations to other organizations and community officials. The list of confirmed speakers includes Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor of Oak Creek Stephen Scaffidi and his wife and Pastor Steve Munsey. The event will also include performances by Danny Gokey, the Sofia’s Heart Choir and gospel recording artist Viki Yohe.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to speak to our community about who we are as a people,” said Dr. Kulwant S. Dhaliwal, member of the Board of Trustees of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. “We hope to enlighten people about our religion and what we believe. We desire only to live in peace and harmony with one another.”
For more information about the event, please call 414.313.8684 or visit www.myfaithbuilders.org. And to donate to the families of the victims of the shooting please contact www.wearesikhs.com or send checks payable to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Memorial Fund, Account #16108876 at Tri City National Bank, 3378 South 27th Street, Milwaukee WI 53215.
About Faith Builders Church
After Serving as Youth Pastors, Music Pastors and Assistant Pastors for over ten years, Pastors Jeff and Robin Pruitt along with their children Nick and Olivia started Faith Builders Church May of 1999.
The Church, which started in a Howard Johnson Hotel, grew rapidly until it outgrew two additional facilities. In December of 2002, the Church bought the Skyway Cinema, a 35,000 sq. ft. 6 plex movie theater. The first service in the new facility took place the week before Christmas in the east theater, known affectionately as “Theater A”. They quickly began to fill the 400 seat auditorium and were forced to move walls and build. By April 2008 the building was completely remodeled adding 7,000 sq. ft. and built a 1,000 seat auditorium. The Church currently offerstwo services and is preparing to add a third. For more information about Faith Builders Church, visit www.myfaithbuilders.org.
About the Sikh Temple of WI
The Sikh Temple of WI was established on October 1, 1997. It started with 20-25 families and the Sangat gathered in the rental community halls in the south side of Milwaukee. In October 1999 Sikh Temple of WI was formally established in the 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee location. At this time there are 350-400 people in the congregation. The hall and parking lot have outgrown the needs of the Sangat and a new Gurudwara is being built in Oakcreek to better serve the needs of the growing community.
Sikh Temple of WI bought 13 acres of land at 7502 S Howell Ave near the airport in Oakcreek. The construction of 17,500 sq feet Gurudwara is underway and is scheduled for completion by April 13th 2007. This beautiful brick building will have better facilities, library and educational area for children, play area and parking for 100 cars. It will also provide space for childcare of infants and small children. There will be instruction of reading, writing and speaking of Punjabi language. There will be accommodations for visiting ragi jatha from India and from around the country.
Sikh Temple of WI has collaborated with the Rangla Punjab organization. Rangla Punjab organizes gidha, bhangra and many other cultural activities and represents the Sikh community in various national and local cultural competitions. For more information about the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin visit http://www.sikhtempleofwisconsin.com.