3 Basic Needs of Ministry, MI's Biggest Baby Shower, Prayer Vigil, and upcoming Spring Banquet
The U. S. Supreme Court recently announced March 20th as the date it will hear arguments concerning the rights of pregnancy resource centers in California. Please add this to your prayer list.
Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP participated in the Promise FM's Biggest Baby Shower Friday, January 19 right here in Sault Ste. Marie.
Fred Young and Steve Summerland of the Promise FM broadcast live from Care Net Pregnancy Center this past Friday. We visited, shared information about the ministry here, and chatted with folks that stopped in.
Many that stopped by also brought donations for the Baby Mart. We received:
- 623 diapers
- 348 baby wipes
- 2 onesies
- 3 stuffed animals
- 17 baby bottles
- 2 boppy pillows
- 8 bottles of Similac formula
- 1 toy
- 6 pairs of children's shoes
- 9 baby bibs
- 4 pacifiers
- 2 mobiles
- 10 children's books
- and a large bag of tootsie roll pops!
Thank you so much for participating and sharing with us. A special thank you to the Promise FM for bringing awareness to pregnancy resource centers in northern Michigan and the UP.
January is Sanctity of Human Life month. Show your support for life in the EUP by participating in Caring for Care Net Sunday.
It is hard to believe another year has already passed by, and yet when we see how God has worked through Care Net to encourage life for moms, dads, and their unborn children, we are amazed that only a year has passed.
So far in 2017, Care Net has served 62 individual clients at 421 appointments, 23 of which were medical clients seeking pregnancy tests and ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy. 3 of these were abortion-minded and we are asking for prayer as they live with the hurt and guilt that many times accompanies this decision.
Care Net has always been a Christian, faith-led ministry – a "para-church" ministry. This means that while we are not tied to one particular denomination or congregation, we are an extension of the ministry to which the church as a whole is called in James 1:27. We do not take government funding or grants so we can continue to share not only truth, but also God's love, through our contacts with the women and men of the EUP. We are dependent on the churches of this area for both prayer support and financial support.
We are again asking you to host a Caring for Care Net Sunday in January 2018, Sanctity of Human Life month. Please feel free to make this Sunday special to your congregation, but here are some suggestions. Leading up to the Sunday you choose, you can use the enclosed bulletin insert to excite your congregation about supporting Care Net. On that day, please share a short 7-minute video about Care Net and take a free-will offering for Care Net. The video is available online here. If you would like to also include a baby bottle campaign, please contact us for a supply of baby bottles.
We would love to come and share personally with your congregation about how God is working through us to save lives – not only the physical lives of the unborn, but also the eternal lives of whole families.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.
It is gift-giving season. So what does Care Net want for Christmas?
Just imagine – a young couple, forced to move, expecting a baby. They arrive in town late, and no matter where they ask, there is no room for them. This is the story of Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem.
Now imagine YOU are struggling as a parent, struggling to provide just diapers for your infant. You feel alone. Then someone tells you of a place where you can earn diapers, clothes and formula by taking parenting classes. You can have someone to seek advice from one-on-one. You call to make an appointment and the woman answering the phone says, "Yes, we can help, but we don't have any appointments available for the next two weeks."
This was the situation at Care Net, so we built a second advocate room and are seeking more volunteers. But looking to the future, we see a problem: there are no more ways to add meeting rooms with our current facilities. The second room allows us to provide more appointments for now, but does not allow for growth beyond the current demand. We are praying for a place to grow in the future.
This Christmas season we don't want to say "no more room" to expectant and struggling parents. We want to plan for more women and men to come to us for help. Therefore, we ask you to consider a special year-end gift to help pay down our current mortgage. As of November 1, the remaining balance is $39,705. Paying off our mortgage allows us to explore more options to meet our space needs. We could consider an addition to our existing buildings or we could look for a different property that would meet the needs of clients better. Having no mortgage allows us to be serious about a search.
Donate here and type "mortgage" as the special designation when making a contribution online.
Thank you for seeing this vision and helping us be able to say "Come on in, there is room for you here at Care Net."
Join us November 9 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate 35 years in ministry!
Chippewa County Crisis Pregnancy Center opened its doors November 5, 1982. Our purpose: to reach women considering abortion with the message that they have another choice - life - and that they have support to raise that child.
Since then, a number of things have changed. Our name changed to Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. We added a Mart to provide for young moms' material needs. We added parenting classes to provide practical information to help women be the best parents possible. We added services for men to reach those feeling there is no way they can be a dad. And we opened a medical clinic to provide medical grade pregnancy tests and ultrasound confirmations of pregnancy. We moved from a little office space above another business into our own building. This year, we built a second advocate room to increase the number of clients we can serve.
God is certainly at work! We pray daily to reach more abortion-minded women and men. We pray daily that we can show them another choice with support to make it through. And we pray daily for the opportunity to share Christ with them.
35 years is a major milestone, but we know we would not be here without the faithful support of individuals and businesses of the EUP. We are completely donor funded. We do not receive money from the government, yet all of our programs and services are offered completely free to all clients. This is possible through the generosity and gifts of our communities.
Therefore, come and celebrate with us what God made possible through you. Finger foods and drinks will be available. Staff will be on hand to discuss questions and share memories. The Mart and the medical clinic will be open for tours.
We look forward to seeing you, Thursday November 9 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Knights of Columbus collect scrap metal to support Care Net's medical clinic.
In 2013, the area Knights of Columbus groups raised funds to match a grant from the MI State Knights of Colombus to provide Care Net with an ultrasound machine.
Why is this important? It is estimated that 1 in 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage. A woman who receives a positive pregnancy test needs more information. She needs to know
1) if she truly is pregnant.
2) if the pregnancy is viable and likely to continue.
3) her estimated due date.
A pregnancy test alone can't tell her these things. An ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy can.
Since Care Net opened the medical clinic in January 2014, we have provided 37 ultrasounds free of charge to women and men of the EUP.
The ultrasound machine was purchased with a 3 year warranty that ended January 2017. Although the ultrasound machine is still working well, the end of the warranty also means that regular maintenance on the machine is now an added expense to Care Net. Each regular maintenance appointment runs between $800 and $1000. And this does not include parts if something needs to be replaced.
So Care Net asked the Knights of Columbus groups to help raise funds specifically for the maintenance and the eventual replacement of the machine.
Knights of Columbus group #649 decided to raise funds through a scrap metal drive. October 31 through November 30, 2017, you will find several bins behind the K of C building at 2755 Ashmun Street. One will collect aluminum, one is for acid-based batteries, and one is for scrap metal. If you have any questions about what qualifies for each of these categories, call the Knights at 632-3653.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to clean out your garage AND support Care Net.
Thank you so much, Knights #649. Soo Evening News Article
A great evening of fun, the Fall Auction helped raise money for Care Net's operating expenses.
Thank you to all who came to the Fall Auction at Brimley Area Schools on October 19. It was a great success and lots of fun! Norm Burton acted as the auctioneer, throwing in fun asides to encourage bidding on each item. We had 57 bidders, plus more people in attendance. In fact, we had to set up more chairs to accommodate everyone.
Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church did a wonderful job decorating the tables and providing delicious desserts and coffee.
All the items available for auction were donated by individuals and local businesses. Because these items were donated, all proceeds from the evening directly support the ministry of Care Net. How much money was raised? $4632.50! Thank you to everyone for your generosity and for being an integral part of providing for this ministry.
Join us in Brimley October 19 at 6:30 p.m. for Care Net's Fall Auction & Dessert Benefit. Hosted by Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church at the Brimley Area School Cafeteria, this is a great opportunity to come out, pick up some early Christmas presents, and support the ministry of Care Net.
Handcrafted items, gift baskets, and homemade goods will be available for auction. Some items will be sold via live auction. Otherwise will be offered through a silent auction. Desserts and coffee are provided by this year's hosts, Brimley Congregational Church and Brimley Baptist Church.
All proceeds of this event benefit the ministires and programs of Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. Please join us for this fun event!
An updated website - a new client advocate room - summer events and conference overview - 35th Anniversary Celebration - national statistics. God is certainly at work blessing Care Net Pregnancy Center of the EUP. Read our most recent newsletter to get all the details.