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PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF
 NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, INC
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June 2008 Vol 1, Issue 1
Care Net EXPRESS
An e-mail newsletter
from Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of
North Central Massachusetts, Inc.
Dear Friend,
Welcome to Care Net Express, the first electronic newsletter from your friends at Care Net. We are committed to keeping you, our supporters, informed as to what is happening in this vital ministry in the heart of North Central Massachusetts. An e-mail newsletter is a great tool we both can use to stay current and cost effective.
Your partnership with us is precious. Since 1976, Care Net (formerly known as Family Life Center) has ministered to hundreds of women, men and children, with the help of people like you. Together, we have and we can make a difference of exponential and eternal proportions. We know your time is precious, so please read on. If you ever have need of more information from us, please feel free to send me an e-mail or give me a call at your convenience. I hope you have a great summer, enjoying God's creation and taking time for rest, relaxation and refreshing!
Yours faithfully,
David P. Bodanza, Esq.
President

What's New
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23.

In February, the torch was passed here at Care Net.  David Bodanza replaced John Deery as President as John had completed his six-year term.  Thank you John for your years of faithful service.  Kathy McKinnon stepped down as Executive Director to assist her husband with the pastorate of Freedom Worship Center.  Currently, Gail Gardner has graciously volunteered to serve as Acting Director. She is doing a great job for us. Feel free to send her a line at [email protected]. We will miss Adeline David who left for other areas of work and ministry. We will also miss Cindi Fagan who we unfortunately had to lay off due to fiscal constraints. Frankly, we have been going through some trials and financial difficulties, but despite it all, God is at work, the Center continues to be open each day, all the services continue to be offered (including new training ultrasounds) and God continues to show His faithfulness! He is so good. In that regard, please join Paula, Rose, Siomara, Gail and the Board in welcoming new volunteers: Kristine Benjamin and Jessica DeFilippo, RN. Also, thank you Lord for Amy Beaupre's invaluable assistance! Amy's help has encouraged us all. This torch has been carried by a variety of committed Christians for the last 32 years.  May the Lord give us His strength and wisdom to carry it well.

In This Issue
What's New
A Missions Trip to Fitchburg
Looking Ahead to the Annual Banquet
From the Nurse Manager
What does the face of an unplanned pregnancy look like?
Some Ways You Can Make A Difference
A Special Thank You
Join Our Mailing List!
Quick Links
A Missions Trip to Fitchburg
Short-term Missions Trips An article recently appeared in World Magazine about short-term missions trips.  Christians desire to obey our Lord's commands to be His witnesses "in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8.  Many find short-term missions to be very rewarding.  However, the cost of travel to a foreign place is on the rise and prohibitive for many.  If you have a heart to serve God while He has given you breath, you just might consider a missions trip to Fitchburg, right here in your own backyard.  Care Net receives a steady stream of women in need during an unplanned pregnancy. They need perspective in their crisis --- a woman to come alongside them and give them strength and information as they make important decisions.  Are you a woman who can help in that way?  There should be a missionary spirit in all of us. If God is burdening your heart, please give us a call.  It's okay if you never did this before.  We will train you.  You just might find a missions trip to Fitchburg more fulfilling for your own heart than you ever imagined. 
Looking Ahead to the Annual Banquet
Sheraton Our annual banquet is planned for Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM at the Four Points by Sheraton in Leominster.  Please save the date.  This is our major annual fundraiser. Many  look forward to this evening of encouragement, good food and fellowship in the Christian community.  If you have never attended a banquet, please let us know you'd like to come.  We'll keep a spot open for you!
From the Nurse Manager... Paula Butler, RN

PaulaThis is a season of new life and new beginnings.  At Care Net, we see new life around us all through the year.  What a privilege to be able to share this miracle with clients who walk through our doors.  It is an honor to follow expectant moms through their pregnancy and then to have them visit with their precious new baby.  An added blessing is when an expectant mom who considered abortion chooses life!
It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed since I came on staff at Care Net.  In January, I was honored to assume a new role as Nurse Manager.  I am blessed to be able to combine my love for nursing and counseling in a Christ-centered medical clinic.
As a survivor of Postpartum Depression (PPD) several years ago, my passion is to share the love and hope I have found in God with young women who find themselves in despair and crisis.  I am assessing high risk clients for depression during and after pregnancy.  During each pregnancy class session, education is offered about the Baby Blues, PPD and other thought and mood disorders with the goal that new moms and their families will recognize signs and symptoms early and not hesitate to seek help.  Are you aware that 50-75% of all new moms go through the Baby Blues and at least 10% of all new moms experience some form of PPD?  I did not know anything about PPD until it happened to me.
In May, I began a New Mom's Support Group that meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.  This is a wonderful group for new moms to come together so they can support and encourage one another as they adjust to life with their new baby.  Please call the office for more details.
I am also available for individual, couple or family counseling and education to anyone who needs support during this time.  I am connecting with community resources through the Prenatal to Three Council which I have become a part of.  Referrals will be offered as needed to promote the best treatment and recovery.  I am in the office Monday through Friday, so please don't hesitate to contact me should you, a friend or a loved one need help.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God." 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
 
What does the face of an unplanned pregnancy look like?
 Probably like someone you know. Women facing unplanned pregnancies are not strangers. They are our neighbors, our classmates, maybe even those sitting in the pews next to us. They are rich and they are poor. They can be almost any age and any race. They have the same dreams, hopes and cares as we all do.
Praying for these women and providing financial help is always appreciated.  But the most valuable, long-lasting contribution is your time.  All too often women are forced to deal with the fear and trauma of an unplanned pregnancy alone.  During this critical time, they may have no one. You can change that. Volunteering in your local pregnancy center for just a few hours a month could make the difference for a woman choosing between life and death.  You could help ensure that the natural response of a mother to love and nurture will never be supplanted by a decision to abort.
Some Ways You Can Make A Difference
Pray 
Pray for Care Net on a daily basis.
Give regularly to support the ministry.
Volunteer at the Center to work as a peer counselor, in the office, or as a member of a task force performing services such as computer technology, graphics design, video and other skills.
Let us know how we can better inform and encourage your church. You could host a ladies' brunch or arrange for one of us to speak briefly during a Sunday service.
A Special Thank You To...
 
Kathy McKinnon, John Deery and Scott Sweeney-for your years of faithful service
Amy Beaupre, Adeline David, Cindi Fagan-for your compassion and love for those in need
Our Staff-Paula, Rose, Gail, Siomara, Kristine, Jessica and Dr. Worden-for your faithfulness, expertise and committment
Gail Gardner-for your wisdom, patience and labor of love
Fellow Board Members-thank you for giving to the Lord behind the scenes
Roland from J&R Glass-for providing and installing the glass at the office
Daniel Beauregard-for your computer technology assistance
Jane Amirault-for your beautiful artwork sketching
Mike Gallagher of Agape Creative-for your graphics assistance
Baby Bottle Drive Supporters-whose loose change saves lives!
Douglas & Isabelle Crocker Foundation-for their generous grant
Supporters Like You-whose financial giving and prayers keep this ministry alive
Churches Like Yours-whose financial giving, prayers and partnership are the lifeblood of this ministry. You are appreciated!
 
Some Words to Ponder...
 
A Big Change of Mind: "I was the Jane Roe of Roe vs. Wade, but Jane Roe has been laid to rest."..."Father God, we just ask You to open Your wide, wide arms and look down upon us, Lord, and lead us, and let us know what we should do to stop this, this terrible, terrible holocaust." Norma McCorvey
 
A Most Secure Refuge: "The fetus, though enclosed in the womb of its mother, is already a human being... If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house than in a field, because a man's house is his place of most secure refuge, it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light." John Calvin

May God bless us all as we stand together for Him in this generation...
Your family at Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center 
 
Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center | 326 Nichols Road, Suite 13 | P.O. Box 511 | Fitchburg | MA | 01420