Special December Meeting: Cookies & Conversation and 2020 Board Elections – Tuesday, December 10, 7pm

Special Location Where: 925 N. Fifth St. — The Cor Unum House!

We will hold our annual holiday gathering on the second Tuesday of December, and our new neighbors at 925 N. Fifth have graciously offered to host us. Known as the Cor Unum house (Latin for “one heart”), it was completely renovated over the past year by Fletcher Farrar through his nonprofit, Old Neighborhood Rehab. Calvin Pitts served as the general contractor for the massive project, which included renovating the 3,000 sq. ft. house that had been vacant for more than three decades, plus building an addition and garage.

Cor Unum is a ministry of the Springfield Dominicans, and three sisters committed to the project, which is intended to welcome other women for prayer, community, and in some cases, residency. The Dominican Sisters have a 145-year tradition of accompanying marginalized communities and meeting unmet needs. Today, they dedicate significant resources and energy to dismantling racism, analyzing and responding to social injustices and caring for creation and creating a sustainable future for Earth and its inhabitants.

Sister Mary Clare Fichtner has a background in community organizing and pastoral leadership. She served as an elementary school educator and administrator, including at St. Patrick School in Springfield. She is a longtime member of the Springfield Dominican Sisters Antiracism Team (SDART) and most recently served as pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia, Missouri.

Sister Lori Kirchman is a pastoral musician, organist and pianist who has been a school musician and a parish liturgist. She has also accompanied young people in discerning their life’s call as a vocation minister for the Dominicans. She left a ministry as a pastoral musician at Sacred Heart Parish in Warrensburg, Missouri, to being her ministry with Cor Unum.

Sister Beth Murphy is the communication director for the Dominican Sisters and is engaged with social justice issues, including SDART and the Iraq Coordinating Committee, an initiative of the U.S. Dominican Justice Promoters. She has also done development work at St. Pius V Parish in Chicago and community outreach for the Catholic refugee resettlement program in Detroit.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the sisters were unable to be a part of the annual home tour in September, so please take advantage of this opportunity to stop by and say hello. There is no formal agenda, although you will have the opportunity to vote for the 2020 EPNIA board of directors.

Membership Meeting Tuesday, November 12, 7pm

The Enos Park NIA membership meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6:15 p.m., with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Our Guest Speaker will be Kris Fulford, Chief Operating Officer, Springfield YMCA, who will talk about plans for programs & community outreach once the new facility is complete.

Membership Meeting Tuesday, October 8, 7pm

The Enos Park NIA membership meeting will be on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6:15 p.m., with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Membership Meeting Tuesday, September 10, 7pm

The September membership meeting will be on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6pm, with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Neighborhood Night Out, Enos Park Tuesday, August 6

EPNIA will once again host Neighborhood Night Out on behalf of the north end neighborhood associations, and this year’s event will be held on Tuesday, August 6, from 5-7 p.m. in Enos Park. There will be a picnic dinner provided by MJ’s Fish and Chicken, kids’ activities, and informational tables from many local organizations.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

  • The Northside Community Children’s Library will have a table with free books and a dunk tank fundraiser. A dollar gets you three balls to try and dunk a Springfield Jaycee’s volunteer.
  • Springfield Police Department will hold a K-9 demonstration and Springfield Fire Department will have a fire truck on hand.
  • John’s Children’s Hospital will have activities for kids.
  • Memorial Medical Center will have information from the Comprehensive Stroke Team, Memorial Behavioral Children’s Center/MOSIAC, and the Weight Loss and Wellness Center & Healthy Families.
  • SIU will have representatives from the Access to Care Collaborative.
  • Meet Curtis Morris, the newest Habitat for Humanity homeowner who will be moving into a newly renovated Habitat house in Enos Park.
  • Representatives from the FBI Springfield Citizen’s Academy and Citizen’s Police Academy will be on hand to answer questions about their programs.
  • And much more!

There will NOT be a neighborhood meeting in August, due to National Night Out. We will resume our regular schedule of potlucks and meetings the second Tuesday of each month on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Cookout at the Payne’s house Wednesday, July 17, 4:30pm

Community Grill-Out!

When: Wednesday, July 17, starting at 4:30pm
Where: The Payne’s, 925 N. 7th

“Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer.”
— Gladys Taber

Dearest Enos Park Compatriots,

My family and I would like to invite you to join us in our backyard for a community grill-out Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Our yard will open up at 4:30pm when we fire up the grill, and go as late as sundown. We’ll cook up a couple batches of hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the night, and perhaps go crazy with s’mores at some point. If you have a lawn chair, bring it. Otherwise, all we need is your presence, warts and all.

Now, if we haven’t piqued your interest yet… we will also have some yard games available—perhaps even a bags tournament or whiffle ball homerun derby. We have ample room for children to go nuts, so bring the rug-rats. But
you do have to take them home with you.

So swing by the turquoise house off the Park, and come expecting good laughs and conversations. As random internet quote above guarantees, it will make your life richer.

— Caleb, Bethany, Corey, and Malachi Payne
925 N. 7th St

Cookout at the Payne’s house Wednesday, June 12, 4:30pm

Community Grill-Out!

When: Wednesday, June 12, starting at 4:30pm
Where: The Payne’s, 925 N. 7th

“Being a good neighbor is an art which makes life richer.”
— Gladys Taber

Dearest Enos Park Compatriots,

My family and I would like to invite you to join us in our backyard for a community grill-out Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Our yard will open up at 4:30pm when we fire up the grill, and go as late as sundown. We’ll cook up a couple batches of hot dogs and hamburgers throughout the night, and perhaps go crazy with s’mores at some point. If you have a lawn chair, bring it. Otherwise, all we need is your presence, warts and all.

Now, if we haven’t piqued your interest yet… we will also have some yard games available—perhaps even a bags tournament or whiffle ball homerun derby. We have ample room for children to go nuts, so bring the rug-rats. But
you do have to take them home with you.

So swing by the turquoise house off the Park, and come expecting good laughs and conversations. As random internet quote above guarantees, it will make your life richer.

— Caleb, Bethany, Corey, and Malachi Payne
925 N. 7th St

Membership Meeting Tuesday, May 14, 7pm

The May membership meeting will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6pm, with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Our Guest Speaker will be Betsy Dollar from the Springfield Art Association to talk about Terrain Biennial, which is returning to Enos Park for 2019, to tell us what to expect this time around and how you can take part.

Membership Meeting Tuesday, April 9, 7pm

The April membership meeting will be on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6pm, with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Our Guest Speakers will be Abby Powell, from the Springfield, IL Office of Planning and Economic Development; and Steve Gnuse, from Town & Country Bank.

Membership Meeting Tuesday, March 12, 7pm

The March membership meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Third Presbyterian Church (Bergen & N 7th), with a neighborhood dinner potluck before at 6pm, with the main dish provided by 3rd Presbyterian Church. Please bring a side dish to share.

Nate Bottom from Public Works will be giving a presentation on the city’s proposal to change 4th and 7th to two-way streets.