Race for Life! Another Successful

Summer/Fall 2013
OUR 40th BIRTHDAY
Another Successful
10.10.13 at St.Mary’s Cultural Center
18100 Merriman Road, Livonia 48152
Doors open at 6pm
On Saturday, May 18th we had
another successful Race for Life!
CELEBRATION!
16755 Middlebelt Road
Livonia, MI 48154-3317
734-425-8060
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Celebrating 40
years of providing
hope for women
and families!
Race for Life!
We exceeded our goal of $10,000
and raised $13,122!
We are looking forward to an evening like none other
– and like any good “birthday party,” we have a few
surprises in store for you!
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Mission
statement
The AAA Pregnancy
Resource Center is a
Christ-centered ministry
dedicated to the sanctity
of human life. We provide
resources to promote life,
teach God’s design for
sexuality, and provide
counseling for postabortion healing.
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Gianna Jessen will
be joining us as our
Keynote Speaker! She is the
survivor of an attempted saline abortion.
The 2012 motion picture, October Baby,
was based on her real-life story!
Similar to previous banquets, registration will begin
with table hosts. If you are interested in hosting and/
or sponsoring a table, please contact Beth Swicker at
734.425.8060 or [email protected] We
expect to be at full capacity, so if you’re interested please
contact Beth ASAP. If you do not have a table host and
are interested in attending, individual registration will
be open Monday, September 26th, through our website
at www.aaaprc.org.
Tickets will not be sold. If you are not a table sponsor,
but would like to cover the cost of your meal, you are
welcome to do so. The cost for individual meals is $20.
Simply mail a check made out to AAAPRC and indicate
“Banquet Meal” on the Memo Line.
AAAPRC is committed
to integrity and accountability.
For more info visit ECFA.org .
This is an annual fundraising event. Guests will be
given the opportunity to make a donation at the end
of the evening.
THANK YOU to all of our runners,
walkers, volunteers and sponsors!!!
This was our second annual
chip-timed race – and the finish
times were impressive! We were
also thankful for the nice, cool
day that God blessed us with.
100 runners and 8 teams
participated.
Here are the Top Three Teams:
1. Livonia Church of Christ – $2,350
2. Sovereign Grace Striders – $1,270
3. Solid Rock Bible Church – $680
Check out the race website!
www.aaarace4life.com
Checkout the site if…
n You would like to see finish times
and photos from the race/walk.
n You did not attend the race/walk,
but are interested in learning more
about our annual race/walk event!
So far this year…
Alternative Answers to Abortion
Pregnancy Resource Center
Client Corner
52 ultrasounds performed
54 births recorded
208 new clients
474 classroom visits
Creative Giving
Confidential. Honest. Real.
Way to go, Matthew!
These are the three things we strive to be
for local women and families. We exist
because of our donors, for our clients, and
with God at the center of it all. Nothing
makes us happier than when we hear about
how God has blessed our clients.
Congratulations to Matthew Kurt for
becoming an Eagle Scout – the highest
rank attainable under Boy Scouts of
America. For Matthew’s Eagle Scout
project he decided to organize a diaper
drive for AAAPRC. He collected 200
packages of diapers for our baby shop!
What a blessing!!
One of our clients recently sent
us a thank you letter saying “The
classes, Bible studies and store
have provided me with more than
I ever could have imagined!”
Dunk Tank Giving!
A recent graduate, Gage George
humbly thought that celebrating the
success of his graduation should be
about something more than him. So he
decided to have a “dunk tank” at his
graduation party and give half of the
proceeds to AAAPRC! What a great
way to begin life after high school.
Gage is the son of one of our dedicated
volunteers, Laura. We know where
Gage gets his dedication from!
Beautiful Blankets
Two of our donors recently dropped off some beautiful handmade
blankets for our clients.
Marcella is 95 years old and has had arthritis for over 55 years. Just
goes to show that God doesn’t have an expiration date in using
us! Marcella left a note with her blankets which read “Excuse the
mistakes. All made with my love.” But we know that because they’re
made with love, the blankets are perfect.
Ruth makes small blankets specifically for our ultrasound clients.
The knitted blankets are neutral colors and always come with a Bible
verse attached. Ruth has already made 18 blankets this year. What a
blessing to our ultrasound mommies!
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Thank you Marcella and Ruth!
Please support Our Local Pro-Life Sponsors!
Thank you to the volunteers
from Ward Church!
Their men’s group came to the center and
provided a “fresh” new look for our building,
both inside and out! We are blessed by their
gracious hearts and hard work. THANK YOU!
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Alternative Answers to Abortion
Pregnancy Resource Center
Summer/Fall 2013
Thank You to all the churches
Other ways to help
AAA Pregnancy
Resource Center:
who participated in the Mother’s Day~
Father’s Day Baby Bottle Campaign!
Your support of the Center is making a HUGE difference in the lives
of the women and families God brings to AAAPRC – thank you!
Calvary Missionary Church | Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church
Cross Pointe Community Church | Faith Bible Church
Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian Church | His Church Anglican
Mt. Hope Congregational Church | Oakland Church of Christ
Parkview Baptist Church | St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton
Sacred Heart Byzantine ~ campaign for Lent
It’s almost BACK-TO-SCHOOL time!!!
Last year, St. Michael Lutheran School in Wayne did a BBC
and Our Lady of Victory and Ladywood High School both did
a Baby Shower for us. We would LOVE to partner with your
children’s school, too!
Has your church or school ever done a “BBC” for AAAPRC? Would you like
to? Our Baby Bottle Campaigns are a GREAT FUNdraising opportunity to
introduce to your church family. Call Beth at the center for all the details or
email her at [email protected]
THANK YOU Arctic Edge!
On May 11th, the Arctic Edge in Canton held a fundraising
“Mother’s Eve Skate” to benefit the AAAPRC. The event
included a silent auction along with the donation of baby items
and monetary donations. We appreciate Brook Boggs and
all the time and work that went into this day and those that
helped with this fundraising event! Thank You!
Handyman Ministry
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s Superman!
We are looking for some “men of steel” to assist in keeping
AAAPRC’s buildings up-to-date. And you don’t have to be from
another planet or have the ability to fly. We simply need some
handymen who will volunteer to help AAAPRC with their time
and talents. Painters, carpenters, handymen, even two extra
hands. Please contact Ted Braboy at 734-564-4594 or email
[email protected] if you can help out on occasion. AAAPRC
has two buildings that sometimes need attention and projects that
need to be taken on. Help us and in our eyes you’ll be a Superhero!
Do you currently shop at Kroger using
a Kroger Plus card? If so, you can
automatically earn for AAAPRC
with the swipe of your card! Visit
www.krogercommunityrewards.com
and follow the easy steps to enroll.
Last quarter, we raised $79.34!
Each time you visit Kroger and use your Kroger Plus card, your
receipt will show that you’re supporting AAAPRC – it’s that easy!
In our last newsletter, we reported that 11 households were supporting
AAAPRC. There are now 37 households supporting us! Many
thanks to all those who signed up! Let’s keep the momentum going –
will you help us increase this number even more? As always, we’ll
keep you updated. (Please note: all participants must re-enroll each
year to continue earning awards during the coming year.)
Did you know???
And don’t forget…
The medical definition of contraception is “A method used to prevent pregnancy.”
What this means is that even though the name would make you believe otherwise,
contraception does not always prevent conception. At the Coalition Spring
Training in April, AAAPRC staff and volunteers learned about the origin of
contraception – especially the birth control pill. The speaker was Michelle
Schmidt, Director of Client Servies at Problem Pregnancy Center in Southfield.
She informed us that birth control pills are technically steroids because they
contain the steroidal hormones estrogen and progesterone. When they don’t
prevent conception, these pills act as an early abortifacient by thinning the lining
of a woman’s uterus and preventing implantation after the baby is conceived. For
more information visit http://www.epm.org/resources/2004/Oct/01/growingdebate-about-abortifacient-effect-birth-co/.
Shop online using iGive:
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When you shop online, simply go to www.igive.com and purchase
your items at any of the 1,276 registered stores. Make sure you select
“AAA Pregnancy Resource Center” as your cause. We have raised
more than $384 to date. Thank you, shoppers!!!
Search online using Good Search:
By changing your search engine to www.goodsearch.com, you
can benefit AAAPRC. Make sure you choose “AAA Pregnancy
Resource Center in Livonia, MI” as your charity. We have raised
more than $160 to date. So simple and so helpful . . . thank you!
Volunteer Update
From the Director’s Heart
This is a special year of celebration for all of us here at AAAPRC.
May 4th marked the 40th anniversary of this ministry’s incorporation!
As I think about all that God has provided over these last 8+ years
that I have been here, I stand in awe of all that he has accomplished
and provided in 40 years. I was not part of the ministry back then, but
I do know through conversations of others that there were MANY
times it appeared that this ministry may not stand. Many times that the heart and
sacrifice of a few kept the doors open.
For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He
holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he
guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. ~Proverbs 1:6-8 (NIV)
It can be challenging to keep partners engaged and interested in their continued
support, and to keep volunteers active on a long-term basis. We have the disadvantage
of an enemy that is always trying to find ways to dishearten those involved here and
limit the resources. I stand in complete awe of our God! He has used many servants
over these 40 years to keep pushing on.
He used some to give of their time, some to give of their money, some to pray without
ceasing, some to fix leaking facets, some to bring in formula just in time for the mother
that was in need of it for her infant! He has also used some to sponsor events, some to
clean windows, some to wash and fold clothing, some to speak with an anxious client,
some to be the voice at the end of the telephone for a scared young mother. God uses us
all…when we allow Him.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I
appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know
how to speak; I am only a child.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a
child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not
be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Then the
LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my
words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and
tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” ~Jeremiah: 1:5-10 (NIV)
Thank you – each of you – for allowing God to use you in whatever way that He
chooses. I do not say these words lightly… I truly appreciate each of you and your
partnership. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we are in this battle together, with our
Lord in the lead. What a wonderful position to be in… following our Father!
I look forward to seeing many of you at our Birthday Celebration Banquet …we have
MUCH to celebrate!
In Christ,
Peggy
Welcome our new volunteers!
We are truly blessed by your willing
hearts to give of your time and talents.
Receptionists
Sue Peeples and Holly Coppiellie
Volunteer Opportunities
We offer volunteer orientations monthly.
Please visit our website at aaaprc.org or call
Jan at 734.425.8060 for more information.
Current needs include cargo carriers.
Got a car? We’ve got a mission!
Board News
It is with great sadness we say goodbye
to Teri Temby. Teri has faithfully
served this ministry for the past 6
years. She began as a board director,
served as a Vice Chairman and then
ended her term serving the last two
years as board chairman. Teri has also
been gracious to fill in as secretary
when needed. We will miss you Teri…
thank you for the last 6 years!
We are pleased to welcome back 2
new (and past) board members. Jerry
Cousino and Kathryn Stelecki both
served as members of the board of
directors in the past and both have
decided to volunteer another 3 year
term! Welcome Jerry and Kathy…
we are so happy to have you return.
It is clear that God is not finished
with you here yet!
If you are interested in serving as a
board member for this ministry,
please contact Peggy Roberts.
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Important!
Annual Fundraising
Banquet Information!
Alternative Answers to Abortion Pregnancy Resource Center
16755 Middlebelt Road • Livonia, MI 48154-3317
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Please see page 1 for important information
regarding our next Annual Fundraising Banquet.
Also visit www.aaarace4life.com.
Material Needs:
n Newborn diapers
n Size 4 daipers
n Wipes
National Life Chain | October 6th
Annual Fundraising Banquet | October 10th
Marathon Mission ~ Detroit Free Press Marathon
or ½ Marathon | October 20th
(name AAAPRC as your charity ~
visit www.marathonmission.net for details)
Peggy Roberts
Executive Director
Janet Rozenboom
Client Services
Coordinator
Beth Swicker
Development Director
Paula Campbell
Bookkeeper
Crystal Squire
Administrative Assistant
BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
National Adoption Month Baby Bottle Campaign
or make us your Thanksgiving Project | November 2013
Peggy Roberts
Executive Director
Christmas Giving Project | December 2013
Kurt Gebhard
Vice Chairman
Charles Threadingham
Chairman
Donna Perkins
Treasurer
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Charlie Richards
Board Director
Jerry Cousino
Board Director
Kathryn Strelecki
Board Director
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