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A quarterly publication of Heart Choices
9th Annual Spring Banquet Brings Record Donations
“...that they may have JOY” was indeed a most appropriate theme for the 9th Annual Heart Choices Spring Banquet on March 19th as 232 people came from many counties to share a delicious meal, beautiful surroundings, and hear from program directors and board members share about the ministry and activities of Heart Choices in the past year. What followed, however, was the opportunity to experience joy with Christian Comedian and pro-life advocate Gordon Douglas as he entertained and challenged all in attendance to laugh and celebrate while holding close their beliefs and the sanctity of life. A man of many varied experiences, Douglas said, “Of all the things I’ve done in my life, the most important of all is to have been a husband and a father.” Douglas challenged each one to “support Heart Choices, because they are doing a great work in your community.” To those who may have had March Madness on their minds, he said, “You know why we’re here. Go ahead and write your check early and you can go home and watch the game now.” No one left, however, as they would not have wanted to miss even one of his amusing anecdotes or heart-wrenching stories.
Wayne (left) and Carla (back to camera) Feigal, Jewell, enjoy the evening with their invited guests. Table Hosts were credited with the fact that nearly half of this year’s guests were attending the banquet for the first time.
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It was a delight to have Gordon Douglas in Beloit, but the real joy came in tallying the cash donations and pledges which totaled over $25,000!! This is the highest Board of Directors response ever from the Spring Banquet, which is the primary annual fundraiser for Barry Munsey ~ President the operating funds for Heart Choices. One of the most encouraging factors is that 44% of the giving responses were from NEW donors. Others expressed interest in Craig Gengler sharing through various volunteer opportunities. That truly fills my heart with JOY!!
Donna Munsey Brenda Crawford Dan Daniels Debi Treaster Kris Kimple, M.D. Jerry Buser Karen Buser Margaret Montgomery Wayne Feigal
As the needs of women and families seem to steadily increase, the challenge to provide loving counsel and education becomes even greater. The support of our community—both in resources and in prayer— is critical in helping us to carry out this mission God has set before us. THANK YOU to all who have provided that support and continue to pray for us. May God bless you as you bless others!
Alice Ladies, You are Invited to a “Celebration of Women” Tea Party Saturday, May 8, 4:00 p.m. Homestead Restaurant, Alton, Kansas
Tickets are $5 and available at “Homestead Restaurant,”, Alton, and “The Shabby Shed”, Osborne
Hosted by Mt. Ayr Friends Church Proceeds go to Heart Choices.
Bring a baby item and be entered in a drawing.
Our New Little Blossoms
Baby Boy 4-9-10
Lovingly placed for adoption
Micah James 6 lb. 2 oz. 4 -9-10
Elyssia Lannette 6 lb. 13 oz. 2-26-10
Jacob Edward 7 lb. 11 oz. 1-22-10
Michael 6 lb. 1 oz. 12-21-09
PARENTING CLASSES TEACH BASICS AND DEVELOPMENT
Several have participated in group parenting classes offered by Heart Choices this spring. “Baby Basics”, a six week curriculum on basic baby care and safety, was offered at Cloud County Health Department in Concordia. Topics included Brain Development, Bonding and Attachment, Reducing the Risk of SIDS, Feeding, and How to Calm a Crying Baby. Six young parents-to-be took part in this class. “Your Growing Baby” meets monthly at Heart Choices and focuses on developmental milestones of the Learning to swaddle a baby correctly isn’t as child in the first twelve months. Donise Underhill, easy as it looks, as these students learned in Donise Underhill demonstrates an the “Baby Basics” class in Concordia. Heart Choices volunteer, leads the group in playtime activity to a new mom. interaction and age appropriate activities to promote healthy growth and development. The next class will meet on May 4. The “Your Young Child” parenting group began this month, focusing on the one to four year old child. For more information about these on-going classes, call Heart Choices, 738-3433.
Thank you for donations given
IN MEMORY OF
to the following groups and churches who blessed us with diapers and gifts:
Belleville Knights of Columbus Catholic Youth Organization, Tipton Cawker City Knights of Columbus Concordia Knights of Columbus Esbon & Mankato Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Esbon St. John’s Catholic Church, Beloit Tipton Knights of Columbus Waconda Friends Women, Glen Elder
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Even homemade toys can be educational! Isaac enjoys playing with his block sorter made by his mother in the “Your Growing Baby” class.
Honor your mother or father with a gift to Heart Choices on their special day!
Sexual Integrity Banquets for High School/ College Age Girls
By Carol Cordell, Sexual Integrity volunteer
About 30 years ago an unmarried teenage couple called my husband and I and wanted to meet with us in
our home. They informed us they would “tell us more later”. As we sat down in our dining room, my husband and I realized this was more than just a visit. Yes, she was pregnant. Their parents did not know and they wanted to know what we recommended for options. As you can imagine, my husband and I “pulled out the stops” and spoke to them about life, choices, and God. My husband and I prayed like we have never prayed before then. To shorten the story, they listened but chose to have an abortion. They went to the clinic and miraculously were turned down because the baby was too far along. We were humbled and relieved when we learned the news. We now see that child occasionally, and are still enthralled by the hand of God rescuing that individually created human. That child has a name, is a productive member of society, and his mother remains thankful she did not go through with the abortion that day. I share this with you to give you an inside view as to the calling I have to volunteer to instruct young high school and college age girls in sexual integrity. After visiting with this mother several years later, I learned she had desired someone to talk to her about how abstinence, healthy relationships, emotional integrity, and God all fit together. What a challenge and yet teenagers and college girls are just like me. We are all on a journey to find out why we are here and how to live this life while we are. In 2005 I attended a Sexual Integrity/Purity Banquet with Mary Fugate. I knew with one visit that now was the time for me to “take the plunge”. I had wanted to help with these prior to this but felt I needed to wait until my sons were “on their own”. In the spring of 2006 Mary and I did our first Sexual Integrity/Purity Banquet together. We tweaked it a little with some ideas I wanted to incorporate. Two months prior to the event we handed out the book, And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh. This 161 page book incorporates the Seven Secrets of Sexual Purity. We sent each one of them an actual invitation that simulated a wedding invitation. They were free to invite anyone they felt might be interested, but they had to read the book prior to the event. Several months prior to each event, I canvass and solicit girls to come to the event. I “beat the bushes” to find girls willing to give an evening while obtaining “a lot of neat free stuff” as the girls say, as well as an evening that will change their life if they allow it Many churches have donated to the event which basically costs $250-300 depending on how many girls attend. The evening of the event, the girls come for a “pizza/bonding” time. Mary and I begin to present the seven secrets from the book as well as many other points needed to complete the program. Halfway through the evening, the girls change into formal wear and are presented pearl necklaces, tiaras, and long-stemmed roses. They enjoy a wedding-type reception and listen to past attendees who share how they have put into practice the principles these girls are now learning. Our goal, from a Christian perspective, is to share with each girl the respect she needs for her own body, understand the ingredients for a healthy relationship, achieve sexual wholeness, and to value life. Does one evening make a difference? I am one of the many voices calling out to young girls, but I am a positive voice with positive life long results that teach the love of Christ in a love-starved world. Yes, I think “One Evening With the King” can make all the difference in the life of a young girl.
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Sexual Integrity Schedule 2010
The following is a list of locations where we will be presenting our sexual integrity programsThe Seven Myths of Sexuality and/or Roads to Relationships: Lakeside/Cawker City: Feb 2-4 Lucas Feb: 8 & 10 S. Cloud/Glasco: Feb 22-24 Lincoln: Feb 23-25 Beloit: Feb 27 Sylvan Grove: Mar 16-17 S. Cloud/Miltonvale: Mar 22-24 Minneapolis: Apr 20-22 Smith Center: Apr 26, 28-29 Clifton: Apr 27-29 Republic County/Belleville: Mar 9-11 Carol Cordell, Amanda Demars, Dorothy Katsiyiannis, and Tracy Anderes were recognized by Mary Fugate at the Spring Banquet on March 19 for successfully completing the Sexual Integrity Certification. CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!
Upcoming events for 7th — 9th graders:
May 21st Pure Excitement campout for boys at Waconda Lake. Contact Mary for more information at email@example.com or 738-8264. May 21st Pure Freedom overnight event for girls at Glen Elder Christian Church. Contact Tracy for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (785) 410-4938