PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF
NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, INC.
||Vol 2, Issue 5|
|Care Net EXPRESS|
An e-mail newsletter
from Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of
North Central Massachusetts, Inc.
|Dear Friend, |
|I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well as summer will soon relent to autumn. While summer brings so many blessings, who can resist the beauty and the cool dry weather of fall in New England ? Many of those who move away from this area will readily admit that they miss autumn the most.
The summer was a busy one here at Care Net. The Center had a total number of 78 client visits, 13 pregnancy tests, 3 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 7 occasions in June. In July, we had a total number of 62 client visits, 12 pregnancy tests, 3 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 11 occasions. In August, the Center had a total number of 56 client visits, 14 pregnancy tests, 6 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 7 occasions. We welcomed another new board member and two volunteers, and participated at a church fair and meetings for training and bridge building in the community.
It is a gift of God's grace to be truly concerned and compassionate about those who are "without hope and without God in the world." Without a change of heart and mind effected by God's grace, we are naturally inclined to be concerned about ourselves only. The difference in perspective is illustrated by an old story a dear brother once related. The story goes like this: Two shoe salesmen were sent to work on a faraway island inhabited only by a primitive people. Both men surveyed the situation and reported their findings back to the company. The first man sent a message back to the boss: "Business is terrible. No one wears shoes here!" The second man sent his own message to the boss: "Business is great. Everyone needs shoes here!"
It would be easy to ignore women in the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy in the Montachusett region. People like you and the entire staff of Care Net have determined we cannot turn them away. We must help. Our goal is to love people back to life again.
Your generosity does just that. Together by the grace of God, we have worked a co-laborers in this great mission field for the past 33 years. We do not take you or your church for granted. We are so grateful that you have seen the need and answered the call. Lives have been spared and souls have been saved !
May God bless you and keep you,
David P. Bodanza, Esq.
|Save the date for the Annual Banquet --- October 22, 2009|
|Our Seventh Annual Fundraising Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM at the Four Points by Sheraton in Leominster. We hope that you will plan to attend! Our banquet was a wonderful success last year and we are hoping for the same this year. It is an evening of fellowship and good food with the opportunity to hear what is happening at Care Net and how you can be a part of what our Lord is doing through His people here. It is also a time to catch up with others in the Christian community that you have not seen in awhile. Our theme this year is "Stand Firm in the Faith."
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. Give us a call or send me an e-mail. 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 !
|A Link 2 Life Connection|
|Members of Christian churches in the Montachusett region are stepping forward to serve as a liaison between Care Net and their own church. The Link 2 Life Connection is a person who keeps the leadership and congregation of their church informed of the ministry of Care Net. The Link 2 Life Connection person also informs the Care Net staff and Board of Directors of current events at their church. A one year commitment is all that is asked of any one person.|
Keeping this ministry alive - in the minds and hearts of the people of our supporting churches --- is extremely important. We are a parachurch ministry. We serve alongside the local church. As a licensed medical clinic staffed by able Christian women, we are uniquely called and equipped to help people involved in a crisis pregnancy. And if just 20 people from 20 different churches gave $25 per month to Care Net, our financial needs would be fully supplied.We know that working together, we can make an impact of eternal significance. Let us love them back to life!
The Link 2 Life Connection person:
Acts as the contact person between Care Net and their own Church;
Informs the leadership and congregation of Care Net's ministry events and needs;
Ensures that information is included in church publications such as bulletins;
Speaks to the congregation once per year on behalf of Care Net;
Acts as referral source for persons in crisis pregnancy; and
Acts as referral source for persons needing other services provided by Care Net.
And don't worry: Care Net specially equips and supports each Link 2 Life Connection so that they may be effective in their own church.
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
|Watch and pray . . .|
|President Obama's health care bill, H.R. 3200 "America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," is slated to be considered on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in September. While the topic of health care reform has been hotly debated in the nation, pro-life congressman have warned of yet another particularly dangerous flaw in the proposal. Some say the bill will be akin to an abortion industry bailout. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) cautions that "ObamaCare will force every taxpayer and every insurance premium payer to pay for every abortion in America." Smith and other pro-life Congressmen have been working to amend H.R. 3200 to prevent the inclusion of abortion as one of the federally-mandated "essential benefits" that both private insurers and the public option could be forced to provide.
Rep.Smith warns that massive taxpayer subsidies of abortion are inevitable under the current proposal since the committee to determine "essential health benefits" for all plans - public and private - will fall under the oversight of the Executive Branch. Smith points to statements from President Obama and members of his administration that indicate "reproductive care" - a label that includes abortion services - belong with essential health services. Moreover, the proposed "Health Benefits Advisory Committee," would be independent of direct Congressional supervision, and the benefits it mandates would require joint action by the House and Senate within just 30 days to overrule. Doing anything within 30 days is a near impossibility in Congress! "This enormous funding stream, combined with abortion mandates in private insurance will cause the number of dead babies and wounded mothers to skyrocket," charged Rep. Smith.
Statistics from the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the research firm of Planned Parenthood, indicate that government subsidies for abortion would increase the number of abortions among Medicaid-eligible women by as much as 20 to 35 percent ! The "Stop the Abortion Mandate" coalition released a new video featuring comments by several pro-life leaders including Care Net National President Melinda Delahoyde. View the video!
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20.
|Our wish list...|
We presently have the following material needs. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot, please pray. We know the Lord will provide in some manner!
1. A working computer and monitor
2. Baby Boutique Needs:
The Baby Boutique provides brand new items for new and expectant mothers and their children. Clients receive "Baby Bucks" towards the purchase of brand new items in the Baby Boutique in exchange for completing classes.
We usually are in need of these items always:
New Baby Boy Clothing (newborn-24 months)
Newborn Diapers (small packages)
Baby Lotion & Wash (no powders)
Playtex Bottles (Drop-Ins System, BPA-free)
Gift Cards (to be used by staff to purchase needed items)
The Boutique always welcomes donations of Baby Monitors, Baby Carriers/Slings/Wraps, and Baby Safety Kits. (These items can all be purchased for under $20 at Target/Walmart.)
How you can also mission with us:
Pray for Care Net on a daily basis.
Make a monthly pledge to support the ministry.
Be a Table Sponsor and/or a Table Host for the Annual Banquet
Be the Link 2 Life Connection at your church.
Volunteer at the Center to work as a peer counselor, in the office, or as a member of a task force planning this year's banquet.
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.
|We thank God for you |
|We give thanks to...
Pilgrim Covenant Church, Cornerstone Church, Heritage Bible Chapel and Leominster Assembly of God---your recent donations could not have come at a better time!
We would also like to give special thanks to those churches who faithfully make Care Net a part of their monthly mission giving and also those who are participating in the Baby Bottle Drive. Local church, your financial giving, prayers and partnership are the lifeblood of this ministry. You are so vital and very much appreciated!
Supporters Like You-whose monthly financial giving and prayers keep this ministry alive Our Staff
-Paula Butler, Gail Gardner, Rose Giammalvo, Siomara Nadreau, Kristine Benjamin, Jessica DeFilippo, Pam Sager, Gail Langhart, Ann Fleming, Jody Smith, Sarah McRell, Joyce Ingemi and Dr. Worden-for your faithfulness, expertise and commitmentFellow Board Members
-thank you for giving to the Lord behind the scenes
Mike Gallaugher and Agape Creative-for video assistance for a second year in a row
Daniel Beauregard-for your vigilant website updates
Baby Boutique givers--whose donations of clothes and other baby-related items help those in need. Thank you so much Linda Galassi and Ida Duval!
Glen Hatton, Mark Haschig and Matt Bodanza
-for delivering a large
donation of baby foodBaby Bottle Drive Supporters
-whose loose change saves lives!
This year has been particularly great.
People faithfully praying, who are behind the scenes but before the Lord. You are all so very much appreciated!
"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
Welcome Sheavoynne, Sarah and Joyce!
|Do you know anybody named Sheavoynne? If you do, it is probably Sheavoynne Wilson of New Hope Community Church in Ayer. We are pleased to recently welcome Sheavoynne as our newest board member. Sheavoynne remarks that "abortion is a problem that we as Christians have a duty to do something about. Serving with the Care Net ministry is a tangible way to show God's love and hope to people in crisis." Sheavoynne and her husband Anthony serve as youth leaders at New Hope Community Church. We are excited to have Sheavoynne with us, particularly with the energy and ideas she brings to the table. May God bless you sister!
Sarah McRell, RN of Heritage Bible Chapel and Joyce Ingemi of Leominster Assembly of God also come to us as new volunteers working at the Center. We are so glad to have them with us. Thank you Sarah and Joyce for coming forward to serve with us by the giving of your time and talents! May God bless you both in your service.
If you have a desire to serve or would like more information about where you could fit into this ministry, please do not hesitate to let us know. Remember, there is no pay here but the benefits are out of this world!
|How one high-schooler despite tragedy and financial obstacles helped her local crisis pregnancy center save lives ----by Alisa Harris|
Liz LeClair, 17, was at a theater watching a movie when her parents placed an urgent
call she didn't answer. Her dad sped to the theater, picked her up, and drove her to the hospital without telling her what was wrong as the fear that something had happened to her 1-year-old second cousin, Melina, began to clutch her. At the hospital, her mother broke the news that Melina had just died in a drowning accident at home.
The news stripped the joy from a recent victory. LeClair had just raised $7,000 to buy an ultrasound for a local pregnancy center in her hometown of Westerly, R.I.
LeClair's high school required her to write a paper and complete a project to graduate. She wrote about abortion-an issue that her mother, Barbara LeClair, said moved Liz as early as second grade, when she heard her classmates talking on the playground about "getting rid of" a baby.
The first draft of the paper failed (one teacher said it was "nasty" and others called it one-sided), but her project mentors, two pro-life advocates, helped her work through the initial grammatical errors for a passing draft. The final version still describes abortion procedures in a bare and graphic way. At the end she wrote, "Women and the unborn are on the same side of this debate-the losing side."
She had to back up her words with a project supporting her paper. When she learned that a local pregnancy center-Mother of Life Center-needed $22,000 for an ultrasound machine, her mom suggested distributing some baby bottles as donation receptacles to raise funds for the purchase. But LeClair wanted to go further: a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Knights of Columbus promised that if LeClair raised $11,000 it would match the rest.
Then LeClair met a businessman ruing his own failed intent to do something for the pro-life cause. His ambition was nagging him at a Saturday night Mass when the pastor announced that a teenage girl was in the vestibule, raising money to buy an ultrasound machine. He went to the vestibule of the church and told LeClair he would send a $5,000 check.
"I like to think of it as the spirit working and the Lord showing you a place where He needs you," said Jerry Swerdlick. "Not that lightning comes down and there's a big flash and all of a sudden you're thinking something. . . . I work in the sense that things like this come to me in various ways and then I address them."
In Mother of Life's Providence center, 24 of 25 abortion-minded women chose not to abort after seeing their unborn baby's image via ultrasound, according to Christina Capalbo, executive director of Mother of Life Center in Westerly. Nationwide surveys have found that 70 percent to 80 percent of abortion-minded women decide against the procedure after seeing their ultrasounds. Recognizing ultrasounds' role in reducing abortions, pro-life legislators in 12 states proposed bills this year that would offer or require ultrasounds before a woman has an abortion.
LeClair continued to visit church services and sell tickets, recruiting a Knight to help with the cooking and filling the 100-person Knights of Columbus hall full for two different seatings. Barbara LeClair said she was frankly surprised her daughter pulled the whole thing off.
LeClair raised $7,000-short of the $11,000 Knights of Columbus promised to match. Swerdlick heard she was short but waited for someone else to step up and make the difference. After time went by and she hadn't received another penny, he pledged to give whatever she needed to make $11,000. He called the day after Melina died.
"I'm not a patient man in general," said Swerdlick, "and I was less patient in this," considering that lives could be saved while the crisis pregnancy center waited.
Now the ultrasound machine is in, and the technician who will perform the ultrasounds is scheduled for training. The center is dedicating the machine to Melina.
"It's such a beautiful testimony to how precious life is, how fragile it is," said Capalbo at the center. "It was a very bittersweet time."
Used by permission | © WORLD magazine, all rights reserved | www.worldmag.com.
|Did you know about the "Choose Life" license plate campaign? |
Massachusetts Choose Life! is dedicated to creating the Choose Life license plate in Massachusetts.The Choose Life License Plate is a wonderful way to raise public awareness regarding the sanctity of life and much needed funding to support the positive choices of Life, Adoption and Safe Havens for unwanted pregnancies and newborns. The latest count is 1,186 Registrations. They only have 314 to go! Do you want to be a part? Please check out their website: Choose Life specialty plate
Some Words to Ponder...
"Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong." Abraham Lincoln
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.' " Matthew 9:36-38
"The Father has chosen us to be His hands and feet to minister to people anywhere we know there is need and hurt." Keith Green
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." John W. Whitehead
"God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that his justice cannot sleep forever." President Thomas Jefferson
"Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide." President Ronald Reagan
"Further, take heed that you faithfully perform the business you have to do in the world, from a regard to the commands of God; and not from an ambitious desire of being esteemed better than others." David Brainerd
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10
May God bless us all as we stand together for Him in this generation...
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