Don't forget that Men's Bible Study will be meeting on Saturday at 8:30 AM as well as preparation for the Sledding Party at 9:30 AM. Get ready to have a family Sledding time on Sunday at 2:00 PM!
Engage and the Adult Discipleship Teaching, at Grace EC Church, will both be canceled for tonight! Stay warm and safe!
Voices of Grace is being Cancelled today, January 8th, 2015. Our fearless leader is ill and the weather is still dangerously cold. See you all next week! Stay home and stay safe and warm!
As you can see, we've got lots of "holes" in our Special Music Schedule. If you feel that God is calling you to share in this ministry, please contact Sherry at 797-5551 or send a note to email@example.com, indicating what week you would like to reserve. Thanks
All Wednesday Night programs are cancelled for this evening, January 7th, 2015 due to the nasty, nasty weather. This includes Prayer Meeting, & AWANA.
Stay home and stay safe and we look forward to resuming activities next week on January 14th!
All of our regular programs will be starting again this week, with the exception of Junior Choir (They will be taking a short vacation and resume again in February). Engage will be starting a new series based on the book Notorious by Doug Garasic on January 4th. AWANA, Prayer Meeting, Men's Basketball and Voices of Grace will all resume at their usual time. Keep your eye on the website for more information regarding Girl's BIble Study and Ignite. It looks like there is something for everyone!!
Please join on Friday Evening for a night of family and community fun. Invite your friends. Please NO SCARY COSTUMES!
I hope this message is finding you well!
The purpose of this is to inform you of a very special project that I currently have opportunity to be working on. I, along with two other girls, are currently writing a Grant for Foundation for Dreams. We are passionate about this project and we want everyone to know about it!
Just to give you all a little more background, I was privileged to work for Foundation for Dreams in the last two summers. This foundation is a non-profit company that serves children with special needs. They provide overnight care and fun activities for ALL children with various chronic, developmental, mental and physical disabilities. The programs for these children are not only provided throughout the summer months through camps, but also on the weekends throughout the year. The foundation longs to foster independence and social skills among each child, while also providing their parents with much needed respite.
Foundation for Dreams is extremely unique. It is the only place in the Tampa Bay area that provides respite care throughout the entire year. Statistics shown in 2012 tell us that there are 6.4 million children in the US that receive special education services in the age group from 3-21 years. There is a great need for programs like Foundation for Dreams to continue to thrive and grow.
Foundation for Dreams has personally touched my life in an exceptionally strong way. Through working here, I learned more from every single child then I ever thought possible. Every single child that is served here is more special than I could possibly describe in an email.
Furthermore, the Foundation makes sure that each child knows how significant they are. Each week there are award shows that display something exceptional that each child does. Following this is a talent show. Their strengths and great qualities are always highlighted here. They get to be a star and get to feel extraordinary. Unfortunately for many of these kids, they never get to be on center-stage. They are misunderstood and often treated unfairly. Foundation for Dreams completely erases this stigma.
Why am I telling you this? Well, what started off as a school project for me this year, turned into a huge initiative and I am trying to share it with as many people as possible. I am writing a grant for Foundation for Dreams, so that they will be able to gain materials to not only construct a small building for a multisensory room, but also fill the sensory room with vital equipment. We are aiming to achieve this goal and have a multisensory room built in order to better serve the needs of each child that attends the programs. The foundation is never lacking in quality staff or activities, but it currently does not have sensory equipment that is sufficient. Sensory stimulation and exploration is so important for children with special needs. If this Grant comes through, each child will be much better served.
Right now, I am fundraising to make this dream a reality. I am using a website to gain extra funds to travel to Florida from Pennsylvania with the two other girls who are working on this project. We are trying to get down there to raise support, spread awareness of our project, and meet with companies in order to propose our ideas. Our goal is to travel to Florida by late November. In addition, we are using money fundraised on this site to buy items that will fill the sensory room.
Our website is: http://www.gofundme.com/gfky2c
This site contains more details about the project. In addition it has a video explaining details and a viewable rewards system for donors. Please visit our site, and donate if you feel led to. More importantly, regardless of whether you decide to donate or not please forward this email to anyone you know who might support the cause. This is a lofty goal, but it is very important, and we need your help!
If you want to know more about Foundation for Dreams, please visit their website at www.foundationfordreams.org
Thank you for your time in reading and considering this email.
Special Education 2015
Grove City College
We've begun our new Sunday School Classes and will soon be kicking off all of our Fall Programs. It takes a lot of staff to get things going, so if God is calling you to help..... give us a call. We now have staffing for all of our Sunday School Classes but still need people to serve in our Sunday Morning Children's Ministry, AWANA, Junior Quizzing, Junior Choir, Ladies Ministries, Youth Ministries, church building maintenance, Men's Ministries Family Ministries and a new Mentoring Ministry we'd like to get started. If the Holy Spirit has been prompting you, heed Him and call Pastor Lewie to get plugged in!
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His feet roll along the underside of my ribs. I put my hand on the top side of my tummy to feel them as they go by. Precious little feet. In August, those feet will no longer be tucked warmly inside of me. They will be snuggled up in tiny little socks, and kissed a million times, and they will begin to grow entirely too fast just like his brother’s and sister’s did. Those toes are already so loved.
Last night, as I lay in bed completely uncomfortable, I thought about her… maybe about you. I thought about the pregnant mom who is all alone. I thought about the woman terrified by tiny feet and everything that they will mean. I thought about the woman who has no options.
I couldn’t imagine what it must be like to not only be uncomfortable, but also so afraid.
A long time ago – 31 years this August, there was a woman just like you. She, too, was without options. She felt as though there was no way for her to care for a baby. She felt abandoned and alone most days. But she made a decision. She decided to carry that baby until the day he was born. With every passing day, she loved that baby knowing that he would likely not be hers to raise. With every move and every kick inside of her, he reminded her that she was making a beautiful choice.
And when it came time for him to be born, she held him closely, and then said goodbye. She passed him into four waiting arms who would raise him to become a man of integrity and honor. Who would love him and call him their own. Who had been waiting and praying for him long before he was born.
And I am so grateful. I am so eternally grateful. Because the decision of that precious woman to carry her baby boy meant that exactly 31 Augusts later, I could deliver mine.
I have the family that I have today because a beautiful and brave woman chose adoption for her son – my husband.
I am here today because my grandfather was placed for adoption. My husband is here today because his mother chose adoption…. And my precious babies are here as a result of those choices. Everything that you see on this page is possible because of the women who chose adoption – every life impacted – every heart encouraged – every destiny changed all because of the women who chose life.
Adoption is such a beautiful gift – a beautiful picture of God’s eternal love. It is a promise to love and raise a child as your own even if that child grew inside of your heart instead of your womb.
To the woman who is pregnant, scared and alone, I want to encourage your heart today. There are options. There are generations of healthy and happy life that can come from that precious baby growing inside of you. There are families full of birthdays and graduations and marriages that can come from the decision to let that baby have a chance at life.
There are good homes and wonderful families just waiting/praying for a chance to love that baby inside of you. And importantly, there are wonderful organizations eager to help you choose just the right one.
I am thinking of you today, precious friend. I am praying that the Lord would speak to your heart. You might not know Him. You might not believe or trust or want anything to do with Him, but He loves you – and He loves your baby.
My prayer is that you would choose life. My prayer is that those squirms and moving feet would not bring fear, but each day would remind you of the beautiful choice that you continue to make.
Thank you to those who have chosen adoption, those who have adopted, and those who will make that choice today. Your decisions will ripple across eternity.