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PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF
 NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, INC
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September 2008 Vol 1, Issue 4
Care Net EXPRESS
An e-mail newsletter
from Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of
North Central Massachusetts, Inc.
Dear Friend,
I hope this September newsletter finds you and your family well, as a New England Autumn is just around the corner. Soon we will enjoy fall foliage, apples, pumpkins, cool evenings and yes, the Care Net Annual Banquet!
 
Last month was another busy one here at Care Net with a total number of 66 client visits. We were also privileged to present the Gospel on several occasions. This month is even busier as the Board, staff and volunteers are making plans and preparations for the Annual Banquet fundraiser which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 PM.
 
We hope that this banquet is particularly special in many ways. For example, we have been filming a documentary to be displayed that evening, with many faces you may recognize and some stories that perhaps you did not know. We have a talented 16 year old who is working on an original song just for the evening. We pray that God will strengthen all of us in Christian fellowship that night and that sufficient funds will be raised to sustain this ministry through a good part of the year.
 
I want to sincerely thank each one of you who have already committed to be Table Sponsors and Table Hosts for this event. Your generous hearts have encouraged and inspired us. This ministry is certainly the concerted effort of like-minded people in the Montachusett region. Without your support, these past 32 years would not have been possible. Simply put, Care Net could not minister to those in the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy without you.
 
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Thank you for your precious partnership with us. We do not take it for granted. May God bless you and keep you. I hope to see you on October 23!

Grace and peace,
David P. Bodanza, Esq.
President
 
Vulnerability and Veracity
You can learn much about a society from how it treats its most vulnerable members. A vulnerable member is one that is incapable or is less capable of caring for himself and of protecting himself from the desires of others. The elderly and the disabled certainly come to mind as being potentially vulnerable. It cannot be seriously disputed that the most vulnerable members of our society are unborn children. They cannot speak or care for themselves. They are dependent and helpless. And they do not have the full protection of the laws of America.
 

Without a mother's protection, unborn children will have little or no hope for a future on this side of eternity. In a country that permits a mother to essentially decide whether her unborn child will live or die, that mother's thought process means life or death. Few people are murderers but most people are rationalizers. If a pregnant woman is convinced that in her womb is an unborn child, she is most unlikely to kill her child. However, if a pregnant woman is persuaded to believe that her unborn child is not a person, then she may rationalize an abortion.
 

There is really nothing new under the sun. The imprimatur of the government does not legitimize something sinful in the eyes of God. In 1857, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Dred Scott v. Sanford that slaves had no claim to freedom; they were property and not citizens. They decided that any person descended from black Africans, whether slave or free, is not a citizen of the United States and thus not entitled to legal protection. That decision is abhorrent to us today and is a painful and tragic part of American history. It was soundly overruled by constitutional amendment.
 

History has repeated itself with Roe v. Wade. The labeling of an unborn child as something other than a person entitled to the full protection of the law in order to rationalize genocide is abhorrent and sinful. We pray to God that Roe v. Wade goes the way of Dred Scott v. Sanford and is also relegated to the ash heap of American history. Perhaps someday soon the vulnerable will be protected by veracity rather than victimized by lies. Until that day, may God give us the strength to speak the truth in love to mothers facing unplanned pregnancies.
 
 
In This Issue
Vulnerability and Veracity
From duty to delight
The Banquet is Coming!
The Co-Mission of Compassion
A labor of love...
Thank you for giving to the Lord
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From duty to delight                                                         by  Jessica DeFilippo, RN
JessicaMy mother volunteered at a pregnancy resource center when I was young and sometimes I would sit in the  waiting room while she completed a counseling session. I remember being fascinated with the pictures of unborn babies in their mother's wombs. As I grew, my parents and pastors always spoke about the importance of life-even the lives of the unborn. My aunt Kathy became director at Care Net around the time I was finishing my degree in nursing. When Care Net transitioned to a medical clinic, I often asked my aunt if Care Net could use my help and she always said with a  smile, "Jessica, Care Net always needs nurses." So, for the next five or so years I carried volunteering at Care Net in the back of mind as something I should be doing but never quite knew when or how it would happen. 
 
This past June, I finally began my training at Care Net. Since then, I've run several pregnancy tests, facilitated a regular DVD based pregnancy education class, and assisted in organizing the Baby Boutique. I've also had the opportunity to meet many of the people that help run Care Net and I feel privileged to be one of them. Truthfully, I volunteered at Care Net out of a sense of duty; I honestly never expected to truly enjoy the experience as much as I have. I'm looking forward to great things God is going to do through Care Net in the coming year!
 
Sincerely,
 
Jessica DeFilippo, RN
The Banquet is coming ! The Banquet is coming !
SheratonIts that time again. Preparations are being completed for our Annual Banquet which is scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00 PM at the Four Points by Sheraton in Leominster. This is our major annual fundraiser. Many look forward to this evening of encouragement, good food and fellowship in the Christian community.  If you desire to join and support us, please call the office at 978-342-4244 before October 10. Don't miss it! We would love to see you there.
 
The Annual Banquet is made possible by very generous and helpful local people, churches and businesses we call "Table Sponsors" and "Table Hosts." A Table Sponsor donates $500 to sponsor one table. That donation underwrites the cost and expenses of the banquet for the people at the table. A Table Host, who is often the same person, business or church as the Table Sponsor, will arrange for that table to be filled with people who care about the mission and are open to donating to Care Net. Our Table Sponsors and Table Hosts are very much appreciated. If you or your business could help in this way, please let us know. If your church is not yet involved in this way, perhaps you could be the spark that kindles the fire with your pastor or missions' committee. We pray that this Annual Banquet will be the best ever!
The Co-Mission of Compassion                                                       by Mark Haschig
Hi!  My name is Mark Haschig, and I have been a counselor in a local high school for the past 22 years.  I have experienced first hand the decisions that adolescent girls face in whether or not to keep an unborn child, or deciding upon abortion. I have dealt with the far reaching and rippling effects of abortion, and how it negatively impacts so many individuals. In my world of work, I realize just how far our society is from God and how life decisions are often made on just a whim.

I have had the opportunity to refer several individuals to Care Net over the years, and the positive impact that the Center has had has been significant.The Lord called me to serve on the Care Net Board several years ago, and currently I serve in the capacity of Vice-President.  I consider it a privilege and a huge blessing to be associated with other Christians on the Board and volunteers who share a deep faith in our Lord and have such a passion and commitment to saving babies lives.  It is a complete joy to be associated with individuals who share the same vision and mission that I do when it comes to pro-life issues.

This ministry has stood the test of time and continues to do amazing works in the lives of those who are served. There is so much excitement within this Center, and despite some trials and tribulations, there is much more reason to celebrate and to be thankful that our wonderful and amazing God is glorified through this ministry. It is undeniable that the Lord has a purpose and mission for each and every one of us, born and unborn. Psalm 139:16 states, "All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."  We consider this to be the basis for our mission.

This ministry is life-changing and I have experienced and continue to experience all that God has intended for this wonderful ministry.  God continues to work through our Board in directing us and granting His wisdom as this Center has served the community for over 32 years.

Please commit this ministry to your prayer life, and if the Lord tugs at your heart, as He did mine several years ago to serve in some capacity, may you heed His calling and call one of us about it.  We need you and your prayer support and financial support to keep this ministry going. May God richly bless you in your faith walk as Care Net continues to be one of the most important and critical ministries in this region.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Haschig
 
A labor of love...
 
babyHow you can mission with us
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.
Become a Table Sponsor or Table Host for the Annual Banquet. If you cannot personally serve as one, could your church or business do so?
Start a baby bottle drive at your church.
Let us know how we can better inform and encourage your church.
"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.
Thank you for giving to the Lord...
 
Our Staff-Paula Butler, Amy Beaupre, Rose Giammalvo, Gail Gardner, Siomara Nadreau, Kristine Benjamin, Jessica DeFilippo, Pam Sager and Dr. Worden-for your faithfulness, expertise and committment
Fellow Board Members-thank you for giving to the Lord behind the scenes
Mike Gallaugher and Agape Creative-for your willingness to produce our video
Daniel Beauregard-for your computer technology assistance
Eliane Brick-for your kind offer of assistance and support
Table Sponsors and Table Hosts...!
Baby Boutique givers--whose donations of clothes and other baby-related items help those in need 
Baby Bottle Drive Supporters-whose loose change saves lives!
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. 
All those who have participated in our upcoming documentary.

People faithfully praying, who are behind the scenes but before the Lord
 
You are all so very much appreciated!
Did you know?
Dr. Bernard Nathanson is an American medical doctor and pro-life activist from New York who performed scores of abortions until he came to see the practice as killing. He later converted to Catholicism in 1996. In "Confessions of an Ex-Abortionist" from In The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind, he wrote, prior to his conversion, as follows:
 
"I am  personally  responsible  for 75,000  abortions.  This  legitimises  my  credentials
to speak to you  with some authority  on the issue.  I was  one of  the founders of  the
National Association for the Repeal of the Abortion Laws  (NARAL)  in the U.S. in 1968.
A truthful  poll  of opinion  then  would have  found  that most  Americans  were against
permissive abortion.  Yet  within  five  years  we had  convinced  the U.S. Supreme Court to issue  the decision  which legalised abortion  throughout America in 1973 and produced virtual abortion on demand up to birth. ...."
 
"I am often asked what made me change my mind. How did I change from prominent abortionist to pro-life advocate? In 1973, I became director of obstetrics of a large hospital in New York City  and had  to set up  a prenatal research unit, just at the start of a great new technology  which we now  use every day to study the foetus in the womb. A favourite pro-abortion tactic is to insist that the definition of when life begins is impossible;  that the question is a theological or moral or philosophical one,  anything  but a scientific one.  Foetology  makes it undeniably evident  that life begins at conception and requires all the protection and safeguards that any of us enjoy.  Why,  you may well ask,  do some American doctors  who are privy  to the findings  of foetology,  discredit  themselves by carrying out abortions? Simple arithmetic at $300 a time, 1.55 million abortions means an industry  generating  $500,000,000 annually,  of which  most  goes into the pocket of the physician doing the abortion."
 
"It is clear  that  permissive  abortion  is  purposeful destruction  of  what  is  undeniably  human life.  It is  an impermissible act of deadly violence.  One  must concede that unplanned pregnancy is a wrenchingly difficult dilemma, but  to look  for its solution  in a deliberate act  of destruction  is to trash the vast resourcefulness  of human  ingenuity,  and to  surrender  the public weal  to the classic utilitarian answer to social problems.  AS A SCIENTIST I KNOW, NOT BELIEVE, KNOW THAT HUMAN LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION. Although  I am not  a formal religionist,  I believe  with all my heart  that there is  a divinity of existence  which commands us to declare a final and irreversible halt to this infinitely sad and shameful crime against humanity."
Some Words to Ponder...
 
"America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great." ---  Alexis de Tocqueville
 
                                                                    
"We've all heard Edmund Burke's quote: 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.'  When it comes to abortion, there is no more profound turn of phrase than that." ----Conrad Wojnar    
 
"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." ---- Edmund Burke     
                
"We believe that Roe was wrongly decided, and that it can and should be overruled consistently with our traditional approach to stare decisis in constitutional cases." The late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, with whom Justice White, Justice Scalia, and Justice Thomas joined in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)
 
"Only half the patients who go into an abortion clinic come out alive."  ---Author Unknown

"If it isn't a baby, then you aren't pregnant, so what are you aborting?" ---Author Unknown
 
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" ---Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
"Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." --- Martin Luther King, Jr.
May God bless us all as we stand together for Him in this generation...
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