Celebration of Life Day

Celebration of Life Day
On Beacon Hill
Wednesday, May 31st
Great Hall
Massachusetts State House
10 am – 3 pm

 

 

 

Anne and Mark’s wedding

On April 1st Mark married Anne.  They already had everything that they needed so they asked their guests to bring baby clothes or give a gift of money to support our ministry.  The many men and women who participate in our program will be blessed.

 

Thank you Maritza from Crossroads for your innovative kick-off to our bottle drive fundraising. We are grateful to the many churches that go the extra mile to help us. All that change keeps our doors open as we offer life-affirming alternatives to abortion and compassionate counsel to those who face pregnancy and abortion related issues.

Don’t have a bottle, donate on line at: www.friendsofcarenetfitchburg.net

Directors Report September and October 2012

On September 19, we had a regional training in West Boylston. Paula Butler, Rose Giammalvo, Wendy Mattis, Christine Burby, Dori Jackson, Gail Gardner and Ann Fleming attended. Anne Person co-founder of Loving & Caring Inc conducted a six hour training seminar to equip and encourage counselors, pregnancy center volunteers and others who help young women and men and their families. We focused on the principles of adoption and on-going counseling. She offers brochures and workbooks to assist clients.

October 2nd, met with Pastor Paul Martin at New Life Church to go over some of the finishing touches for showing October Baby at Cinema World in Fitchburg. The church covered the cost and gave CareNet the credit. Over 2,000 tickets were sent to area churches.

October 5th, went to Mission event at Heritage Bible Chapel. Ann Fleming set up a display for the center. Gave out free tickets for October Baby.

October 6th, filmed Cassie’s story for banquet. Mike Maletto from New Life did the video and edited it. Paula Butler sat in on the filming. It was a wonderful time to share with Cassie her story of God’s grace as she went through a pregnancy knowing her baby would not survive.

October 20th, met with the ladies from Messiah Lutheran Church and gave them a tour of the center. Received some much needed diapers for the baby boutique.

2012 Banquet Ushers

October 25th, 10th Annual Fundraising Banquet at Sheraton. We filled 32 tables. The evening went smoothly, so many contributed to make this event possible. Glory and Praise filled the room as we thanked our Lord for all he does in this ministry. Pictured above are the ushers who came out to serve at this event.

October 29th – 31st. October Baby comes to Cinema World along with hurricane Sandy. Fifteen people braved the storm Monday afternoon. Monday night the theatre was closed. Tuesday and Wednesday October Baby goers made up 70% of all who went to the movies. Yea God.

The Clean before the Storm

It’s 2:30 on February 29th and I just got home from the Center. The snow is coming down and I wiped out twice coming up my hill. Things are really shaping up at the center, Tom Richard was busy painting walls with help from Caleb Marchant and Josiah Marchant. Rhonda Richard and Paula Butler came armed with buckets and gloves ready to tackle some cleaning. The city inspector stopped by to checkout the plumbing and it happened to be someone Paula grew up with. He thinks the place is looking great and so do we. Here are some pictures.

Caleb Marchant

 

Josiah Marchant

 

Paula Butler, Rhonda Richard

Tom Richard

 

Can You Help Care Net This Saturday, January 28, 2012?

Hi All,

We are getting closer to completion. This Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 8:30 AM and thereafter, we need people to do any one of these items at 515 Main Street , Fitchburg :

  • Assist in cleaning construction debris;
  • Move building materials; and
  • Install VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile).

We hope to see you there! Together, we can make a difference between life and death.

Every blessing,
David P. Bodanza, Esq.

Hi All,

 

We are getting closer to completion. This Saturday, January 28, 2012, at 8:30 AM and thereafter, we need people to do any one of these items at 515 Main Street , Fitchburg :

 

  • Assist in cleaning construction debris;
  • Move building materials; and
  • Install VCT (Vinyl Composition Tile).

 

We hope to see you there! Together, we can make a difference between life and death.

 

Every blessing,

 

David P. Bodanza, Esq.

You are the treasure that I seek

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001. It’s hard to think about that date without mental images of the destruction, grief, and loss that swept over America and the world following those tragic events. (Our Daily Bread)

As we ponder the destruction that happened 10 years ago, we can also think about the destruction that is happening today as the cancer of a culture that is moving away from God silently kills. We are part of a ministry that brings life. Please pray for our center that we will receive the financial support necessary to do the work God given us to do. Our “labor of love” continues. Saturday, September 9th God provided us with a hard-working crew. My day began at Messiah Lutheran as I talked to their Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Sue Lowe had invited me some time ago and I looked forward to sharing what God is doing through our ministry. I updated them with the progress happening at 515 Main Street. With pictures and words I shared our story. Sue’s husband Mike and the men from Messiah who had gathered for a Bible study stayed to listen. I pray that this will bear fruit and will bring us even more skilled persons to do our work. As demolition comes to and end, the task of building walls, installing plumbing and electrical work looms ahead.

Doug Marchant stopped by with his wife Karen. They worship at Bread of Life in Westminster. Doug is in the business of putting up walls. We are thankful that he has come to help. His expertise will insure that we meet all the standards we need to meet according to governmental regulations. A daunting task. Joining us was Dr. John Worden, a humble man of God, he has served as our Medical Director for six years now. With him came his sons John and Patrick. The good Doctor brought his tools and did the dirty work of removing existing structures so new ones can go up. His sons aided him in the process. Dr. Worden and his family worship at Sacred Heart in Gardner. Please pray for the “Respect for Life” committee in Gardner as they challenge Planned Parenthood opening there. Dan Beauregard took down wallpaper. We are thankful that it is the type that peels off in great big sheets, not like the paper I removed from my kitchen an inch at a time. Dan left early to visit his Mom. Pray for Dan’s mom as she recovers from health issues. Pete Canavino cleared the way for our third bathroom that needs to be built off our waiting room and Dave Bodanza donned a mask and continued demolition with Dave Haschig. Thanks Dave for the pizza from Expressos for lunch. We all went home around four, after clean up. A little dirtier than when we arrived, but resting in the knowledge that we will soon have a space that will celebrate life.

Next Saturday we will be presenting “unPlanned” a documentary about Abby Johnson’s journey from Planned Parenthood to pro-life. Try to come to the public library in Leominster and view the courage of a women who “changed sides”.

I’ll close with “Our sufficiency is from God.” (2 Corinthians) Thank you for your dedicated service.

 

 

A Labor of Love

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Despite the usual celebration of the Labor Day Weekend with that last trip to the lake or seashore, the LORD blessed us with some twenty people on Saturday, September 3, for our continuing labor of love.  From New Hope Community Church in Ayer, Alex Siciliano put in a good day’s work.  A skilled tradesmen, Alex buckled down and did some more demolition, bringing us closer to the schematics of our design.  Our electrician, Dave Litalien, stopped by and was joined by his wife Maria to confirm some matters. Pete Cannavino, architect Pat Slattery and David Bodanza conferred on a number of issues concerning the future process on the project.

With most of the demolition done, we faced the reality of the rough plumbing challenge.
God sent us master plumber Zach Zufelt, who was joined by his daughter Zabrina. Zach and his family attend Horizon Christian Fellowship in Fitchburg. He owns and operates Royal Flush Plumbing and brought his workers, Dan Gilligan and Ray Fort, with him. Zach and company efficiently completed the demolition of the exisiting bathrooms and discussed plans for the progress of the plumbing portion of the project with David Bodanza. Pray for us, this is a big aspect of the project!

From Bread of Life Church in Westminster, we were also blessed by the expertise of Doug Marchant, who owns and operates Solid Rock Construction,  a drywall business. He was joined by his sons, Gabriel, Isaac, and Josiah, who built up a hefty appetite as they worked with their dad. Nurse Manager Paula Butler heralded lunch in the break room as she and her brother-in-law Johnny arrived with homemade sandwiches, lemonade and chips.  Pastor Lars Larson was on the scene wielding a powerful blow as he helped pull down some more walls. Dan Beauregard and David Bodanza were also on hand assisting. David spent alot of time making phone calls, lining up contractors for the following week, and was blessed by God’s providential care of the ministry through community connections.

Marissa Bodanza was our roving photographer for the day. Michael Bodanza and Dave Bradley put in more sweat equity and Gail Gardner made a good pot of coffee and cleaned another bathroom so that we could put it into temporary service as we are under construction.  We were just getting ready to wind down at 4:00 PM when we were visited by Marc Cappucci.  Marc attends Leominster Assembly of God church.  He and our Staff Nurse, Jessica DeFilippo, are planning to be married in November.  He was kind enough to store some of our items during our transition.  Among the items he delivered was our refrigerator. Praise God! Gail thought it was stored in our pod and thus inaccessible, but now we have a place to keep our much needed water cold.

We hope to be making good progress during the coming week. But please do not let that dissuade you “weekend warriors!” Please stop in at 515 Main Street on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM or thereafter and lend us a hand! We sure could use you.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

Round 2 on Main Street | Demolition Done

…it is impossible that those, who are implanted into Christ by a true
faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness. Heidelberg Catechism, Q.64

Yesterday, some thirty people came together and invested significant sweat equity to essentially complete the demolition phase of the project. What a blessing! Earlier in the week, electrician Dave Litalien and Nick Cannavino (son of Pete), both from Leominster Assembly of God, had performed the electrical work necessary for this phase of the project in an efficient and tidy manner. Pete Cannavino arrived at 8:00 AM and laid out
the work for the day with Board President David Bodanza. Joyce Hemenway of
Heritage Bible Chapel also showed up early on the scene and began pulling
nails. Scott Collins, a sincere supporter of life, picked up a hammer and saw
and got right to work in the future counseling room.  He attends Trinity Congregation
in Bolton.

Steel studs and sheetrock yielded to Sawzalls and weighty hand tools as workers made the place ready for construction.  Dave Haschig and David F. Bradley were both back for round two.  Dave Haschig worships at Messiah Lutheran Church and is a Care Net board member. David F. Bradley worships at Hope Fellowship in New Ipswich, NH and is making the most of his retirement! Sheavoynne Wilson, also from our board, stopped by with water and snacks.  She and her family worship our Lord at New Hope Community Church in Ayer.

Once again, First Baptist Church of Leominster sent us a troupe of workers, young and old, male and female.  Pastor Lars Larson and his daughter Anna, Brandon LeClerc, Daniel Anderson, Justin Brooks, Bill Downey, David S. Bradley, Lloyd Seymour, Keith
Chan and his daughter Angelina and son Aiden and David Bodanza and his son Michael were all on the scene. It should be noted that no wall stands a chance with Justin Brooks! Tony Lepore, with his sons Caleb and Benjamin, came by at just the right point and blessed us with his master plumbing skills. God’s timing is perfect!  Joyce Hemenway and her mom, Ann Fleming, provided us with lunch.  They both attend Heritage Bible Chapel.   Brenda and Marissa Bodanza stopped by in the afternoon and
provided some fresh baked brownies. Dan Beauregard put in his share of sweat
equity on round two with our old friend Kevin Burke, as Executive Director Gail
Gardner pushed some broom and swept away some of the inevitable debris. Lord
willing, we’ll be back next Saturday, September 3, for round three! Construction begins…

God is so good! Thanks to Him and to you all for such gracious help.

See some photos

We Need You on Saturday, August 27 at 8:00 AM

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ” Matthew 25:40

We are scheduled to get together again for demolition/construction on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 8:00 AM at 515 Main Street in Fitchburg. We need workers of all different skills and strengths to help us. Serving the Lord in this way is not only sacrificial but is very rewarding. The fellowship with other believers is very special! Indeed, there is something going on here that is bigger than our own lives and our own plans. Come be a part of it … you won’t regret it. If you are worried about your investments, here is one that will never lose value!

Give of your best to the Master;
Give Him first place in your heart.
Give Him first place in your service;
Consecrate every part.
Give, and to you will be given;
God His beloved Son gave.
Gratefully seeking to serve Him,
Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master;
Give of the strength of your youth.
Clad in salvation’s full armor,
Join in the battle for truth.

What A Blessed Day!

“To please God is a wonderful motivator toward that which is lovely and good.”  William Wilberforce

What a blessed day today! Gail Gardner tells the story: “This day, at 515 Main Street, marked our first day of labor for the Lord.  Pete Cannavino, from Leominster
Assembly of God, navigated our team through the plans and showed us what walls to take down, what rugs to pull up and where to put the ceiling tiles.  Dan Beauregard, who attends Faith Evangelical Free Church in Acton, and is a board member and our trusted computer technician, donned gloves and pitched in.  We had quite a showing from First Baptist Church of Leominster.  Dave S. Bradley, his sons Quinn and Levi, Fernando Lemus, Kevin Seymour and his dad, Lloyd Seymour, put in a lot of sweat equity.  Dave F. Bradley, father of Dave S., attends Hope Fellowship in New Ipswich, NH and he joined the team in a powerful way.  And another Dave joined us, Dave Haschig, a member of our board and member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Fitchburg.  He was not afraid to get his hands dirty either. Our final Dave, Dave Bodanza, our president, and also a member of First Baptist Church of Leominster, came in his working clothes, pitched in and also documented the day with photographs and video as we prepare a tour for our October Banquet.  Pat Slattery, our architect, was on hand in the morning to answer questions and Siomara and John Nadreau donated coffee and donuts.

Brenda Bodanza fed us. Sandwiches, watermelon, and plenty of water.  She was helped by her daughters, Megan and Marissa, and their friend Naomi DePina.
Michael Bodanza joined us and stayed with us the rest of the day.  I worked with Michael sweeping up plaster and removing the flooring in the baby boutique.  We finished clean up around 3:30 PM, just in time to receive a treat from Megan Bodanza who brought us fresh baked chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven.

I think that covers everyone.  What a team and what a day!”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

See some photos

 

 

Hope to See You on Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 AM

“Teamwork allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Anonymous 

Construction starts on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM at 515 Main Street in Fitchburg. We hope to see you there, no matter what your particular gift or skill may be. It will be exciting to see what the LORD will do through us. By God’s grace and your grit, a place will be built where people seeking care, compassion and counsel may come and be so blessed. The results of your work will be exponential. You will never fully know what it has meant until Heaven. So go ahead, invest your time into eternity.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliott