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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  are pleased to honor milestones in the lives
 4    of citizens of the State of Illinois; and

 5        WHEREAS, Reverend John  H.  Rice  is  celebrating  thirty
 6    years  of  service  to  St.  Bethel Baptist Church in Chicago
 7    Heights; and

 8        WHEREAS, John Rice was born in  Starksville,  Mississippi
 9    on  May  14,  1936; he moved to Chicago Heights at the age of
10    four; he  attended  Franklin  Elementary  School,  Washington
11    Junior  High School, and Bloom High School; he graduated from
12    Moody Bible Institute; he has an  Associate  of  Arts  degree
13    from   Prairie   State   College,   a   Bachelors  degree  in
14    Communication Science from Governors State University, and is
15    currently working on  his  Masters  degree  in  Communication
16    Science; and

17        WHEREAS,  In  1970 Reverend Rice became the pastor of his
18    boyhood church, St. Bethel Baptist; under the  leadership  of
19    Reverend  Rice  the  Men's  Brotherhood,  Children's  Church,
20    Single's  Ministry,  Marriage  Ministry,  New  Members Class,
21    Early Morning Service, and other programs  have  found  their
22    beginnings;  he  has  started food feeding programs, clothing
23    drives,  Thanksgiving   dinners,   Christmas   dinners,   and
24    Christmas toys for needy families; and

25        WHEREAS,   Under   Reverend  Rice  the  Bethel  Community
26    Facility  was  completed;  the  Bethel   Community   Facility
27    provides  welfare  to  work  programs, after school programs,
28    summer day  camp,  emergency  food  and  shelter,  a  medical
29    clinic,  pharmacy,  GED classes, computer training, day care,
30    and a boutique; and

31        WHEREAS, Reverend Rice has been honored for his hard work
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 1    and dedication to  his  community  and  church,  including  a
 2    proclamation  from  the City of Chicago Heights declaring the
 3    fourth Sunday in June as "Pastor John H. Rice  Day";  he  has
 4    received   the   Dr.  Charles  Gavin  Top  Brass  Award,  the
 5    Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Community  Service,  the
 6    Service  Award  for  the Building of Bethel Facility, and the
 7    Illinois Distinguished  Alumnus  Award  nomination;  he  also
 8    received  a  letter  of  congratulations  from President Bill
 9    Clinton; and

10        WHEREAS, Reverend Rice has been  married  to  the  former
11    Movita Tate for forty years; they have one son, Reverend John
12    Rice,  Jr.,  and  three  daughters,  Sharlolanda,  Kyla,  and
13    Kandace;  four  grandchildren,  Andrea,  Steven, D'Yonna, and
14    Netnya; one daughter-in-law and two sons-in-law; and

15        WHEREAS, Reverend Rice continues to work for  the  church
16    and  the City of Chicago Heights, with the building of Bethel
17    Annex,  new  homes,  and  an  expected  new   worship   area;
18    therefore, be it

21    we  congratulate  Reverend  John  Rice  on his anniversary of
22    thirty years of ministry; and be it further

23        RESOLVED, That a suitable  copy  of  this  resolution  be
24    presented to Reverend John Rice.

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