We are officially over a week into the new year. How are those resolutions coming? Have you managed to read that daily devotion, go to the gym every day, cut sugar from your diet? For some, resolutions are easy to fulfill, and for others, they can feel daunting. You make these goals with the best intentions, but meeting those goals can be a challenge.
Maybe your time is limited. Maybe you lack support. Maybe you simply do not know how to start.
We encounter people who have resolved to become involved. They have made it their goal to give back to their community and volunteer. But they often have one primary barrier to fulfilling this resolution: they are unsure where they fit.
If this sentence describes you, we would first like to say thank you! We truly appreciate your selfless heart and generous spirit! Our organization has many volunteering opportunities, and we would love to have you on our team!
For those interested in volunteering, here are opportunities available to you!
These are just some ways you can support this ministry! If you have alternate ideas, or questions about these positions, please contact our organization at firstname.lastname@example.org!
We look forward to meeting you and working together to serve our Savior!
“Future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” Psalm 22:30b-31
Every year we choose a theme for our organization. We choose a direction, select scripture, and outline our intentions for the next 365 days. These steps allow us to focus on our goals and place Christ at the center of our work. These themes give us purpose and ensure that we remain mission-minded. This year, we have chosen “Generation to Generation” as our theme. Our organization places emphasis on spreading the gospel to every generation, so this was a natural fit.
While this overarching message will guide us for the entire year, we have included sub-themes to provide direction for each quarter. For the first quarter, we have elected to focus on the topic “New Year. Next Generation.” This theme embraces the fresh start provided by a new year and really establishes our goal of saving more and more lives.
Entering the new year means being given new opportunities. For our organization, this means reaching new people, impacting new families, and saving new lives. The next generation of babies is waiting to be born, and we are determined to prepare the way for them. We will do this by continuing to offer free services for those facing pregnancy decisions, and expanding our care for families who have chosen life.
Increasing our support for our families with children will certainly benefit our organization. Developing relationships with our clients past pregnancy is important because it provides us with more opportunities to share the gospel. Establishing these connections is essential in building trust and introducing families to the Word of God. Expanding our support for parents will simultaneously allow us to address the physical and spiritual needs of our clients.
By the grace of God, we want to impact more families than before and encourage them to choose life for the next generation. We want to stand in the way of the abortion trend and empower parents to be the best for their children. Through our medical clinic, and with God’s permission, we can share the gospel and introduce His love to this new generation. Together, we can change and save lives.
Tools to enhance your charitable giving at year's end.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
That’s what Dorothy was concerned about as she entered the dark forest with the Scarecrow and Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. They tried to overcome their fear by repeating the phrase just before they encountered the ferocious Lion.
Well, the Lion wasn’t so ferocious after all. And neither are the ways to maximize your charitable gifting opportunities.
Here is a short list of curated material to help you understand some terms that may sound scary, but really are easily explained by the experts.
IRA qualified charitable distribution
Individuals 70.5 years or older with an IRA, may make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year to charity. If married, both spouses can make a transfer. Rather than being treated as taxable income, direct transfers to charity are wholly excluded for federal income tax purposes. These transfers do not generate a charitable deduction, but the relief from tax impact is often more advantageous. Click here to read more.
DAF (Donor Advised Funds)
It's never too late to give with a Giving Fund. A giving fund allows you more time and more flexibility when you need it most at year-end. By setting up a donor advised fund, you are creating a lasting legacy and helping to do the Lord’s work. Giving is an act of worship, another way to offer your Lord a thankful response for his never-failing gifts. Click here to read more.
The timing of some deductions is within your control. If you do not have enough deductible expenses to exceed the standard deduction, you can concentrate, or “bunch,” your deductions for multiple years. That way, you may be able to itemize in some years (one way to accomplish this is through a donor advised fund—see page 17). If you do itemize, you may deduct gifts of cash up to 60 percent of your adjusted gross income. Any excess may be used as a deduction over the next five tax years.
We’ve partnered with the WELS Foundation and National Christian Foundation to do what they do best, helping you with your charitable gifting while we stay focused on protecting Life. The information shared here is from them.
Some deadlines to know if you’d like your gift to be made in 2018 for tax purposes:
• A gift by check is considered completed when the check is mailed and postmarked (USPS) by Dec. 31.
• A credit card gift must be successfully charged to your account by midnight on Dec. 31. This generally happens immediately when the gift is made.
• An electronic funds transfer (EFT) gift must be processed by WELS in 2018. The deadline for these gifts is 2:30 p.m. (Central) on Fri., Dec. 28.
Special note for qualified charitable distributions from an IRA:
For a qualified charitable distribution to count toward your current year's required minimum distribution (RMD), the funds must come out of your IRA by your RMD deadline, generally Dec. 31. (If a donor writes a check to from an IRA account, our office must be able to cash the check before Thursday, Dec. 27.)
The information contained on this website is not intended as legal advice. For legal and tax advice, we encourage you to consult an attorney or tax professional.
Please consider sharing this information with your relatives and friends who may be eligible to take advantage of this opportunity.
If you are interested in considering a gift of this nature, please contact Peter at 414-727-8176 or Contact@ALife2.com.
Like a lot of you, I won’t be having a baby this Christmas, or any time soon. My family is not fostering a child or looking to adopt.
That doesn’t mean I don’t want to support those who are faced with an unexpected and unsupported pregnancy. Though circumstances in our family have not led us to foster or adopt children in need; that doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to support those who do.
Here are some ideas for how we can put muscle behind our beliefs this Christmas.
1.Consider gifting a pro-life pregnancy center. Send money or find out if they have a wish list. Consider getting your friends together for a “shower,” to collect the needed items. Not only will you have a fabulous reason to spend holiday time with cherished friends, your combined efforts will benefit others and show your support.
2. Gift a family who is fostering. Do you know a family who has opened their home to children? Even twenty-five dollars can help offset the extra gifts they will be buying. Not only that, but it is a way to encourage that family. It would especially be a blessing during the holiday season when routines change and kids sometimes get tired or more emotional than usual.
3. Babysit for a family with a special needs child, so the parents can have a date or go Christmas shopping. Having a child with a mental or physical disability can be exhausting on so many levels. Your support even for an hour or two can offer a welcome break.
4. Make gift bags for the homeless. Those on the streets look for their daily bread each day. Make some bags with a water bottle, granola bars, and even a gift card for a nearby fastfood restaurant where they can warm up for a while.
5. Get a group together to carol at the hospital or a nursing home. Bring holiday cheer and the message of eternal hope to those who need it.
6. Make packages and cards for shut-ins from your church. People who are no longer able to go to church regularly so look forward to news from those they saw each week.
These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg. And our charity shouldn’t just last through the Christmas season. But Christmas is a good time to serve others and remember those who are sacrificing for others or are less fortunate.
Isn’t that what Jesus did for us?
Author: Amber Swenson
What an amazing God! What an amazing year!
"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you,always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel..." Philippians 1:3-5a
We are filled with gratitude and thank the good Lord for the tremendous year we are experiencing.
I've said it before, but it bears repeating... it just amazes me when I look back and see God's hand each step of the way - through each "trimester" of our conversion to medical and ultrasound availability.
God's love and guidance; sending the right people at the right time and moving you to give your sacrificial gifts just when they were needed.
He is awesome and you are too!
Thank Him! And thank you!
Awesome new video to highlight our Healthy Choices Program. By educating them today, we hope these girls and boys never need to utilize our client services in the future.
To learn more about Healthy Choices or to schedule a talk, visit our page at www.speak4life.info
Dear Moms and Dads,
As your kids prepare to go back to school, there's one preparation a lot of us forget. It's the reminder that every life counts.
Teaching our kids that every life counts is a reminder to our children to stick up for the kid on the bus or playground someone else makes fun of. It's as easy as teaching our children a simple phrase: "It's not ok to treat anyone that way."
My daughter told me one girl on her bus told another girl, "I can't be your friend if you're going to treat people that way." That's another great line.
Every life counts means finding the lonely kid in the lunch room and asking your friends to sit by him or her. At the very least it is taking the time to make eye contact, smile, and say, "Hello." Even better is saying a quick prayer that God would send a friend to that person.
Every life counts means helping the child with special needs. There was a special needs girl in my daughter's choir class one year. My daughter helped her figure out which song they were working on, and kept her on track.
Every life counts means trying to love the bully. My son was having a hard time with a boy on his bus. The boy made it his chief goal and object to annoy my son the whole way home. I suggested my son get on the bus, ask the boy how his day was, what subject he was struggling with, etc. It's not so fun to pick on a friend, and sometimes bullying is nothing more than a cry for attention.
Every life counts means teaching our children that teachers are people. It can be easy for our kids to discount older teachers who aren't as hip or into technology. It's easy to dislike a "mean" teacher. It's easy to talk badly about the new teacher fumbling around a bit. Now is the time to teach our kids that every teacher deserves our respect and honor and our prayers.
Being pro-life isn't just about caring for unborn babies. It's about caring for and about every life at every age and stage.
God bless your year.
Author: Amber Swenson
Amber has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Literature. She has authored four books; two of them (Bible Moms and The Whisper Theory) are in print and two (The Bread of Angels and Ladies of Legacy) are in various stages of publication. Both her Bible studies and her novels are written in an effort to bring single, married, young and older women to a closer relationship with their Savior Jesus Christ. She also authors a weekly blog found on facebook under "Bible Moms" or at "biblemoms.wordpress.com".
I'm excited to tell you that the ultrasound machine, 40 " TV, and other medical equipment to help a mom see her baby in the womb is here!
This wouldn't have happened without your strong support and the Knights of Columbus Council #524's Culture of Life! Thank you all so very much for your partnership, your shared desire to see lives saved from abortion, and outstanding financial support!
Stay tuned for Open House announcements to see the new space. I hope you can come.
We are finishing up a few more details and hope to “go live” in a few weeks. Thank you so much for your part helping get us this far and in setting us up for success. Being a medical clinic will enable us to help more abortion-minded mothers to choose life for their babies!
See pictures and more details here.
Author: Peter Georgson, Executive Director
Mary recently contacted us via our text helpline. Through messaging, we were able to secure an appointment for a pregnancy test for Mary (not her real name). When Mary arrived at the center she was accompanied by her high school teacher. Mary didn’t have a way to get to the center so she reached out to her teacher who was there to support her.
One of our client advocates met with Mary and talked with her about her situation. Mary plans on attending college in the fall and her family will not be happy if she is pregnant. Mary and her boyfriend have been together for a couple of months and he’s mentioned about maybe getting married in a couple of years.
Test results showed Mary is pregnant. Mary plans to keep this baby. She has the support of her high school teacher and the resources our center can provide. Yet it appears the deck is stacked against her in our society of selfishness. She is certainly abortion-vulnerable, so we’ll work to continue to encourage her and support her with necessary resources and referrals.
Thank you for helping provide the truth in love with those we serve!
For Life in Christ,
WELS Lutherans for Life
WELS Lutherans for Life made a strong push in 2016 to implement the Client Texting Helpline. This additional service is just one more way to reach struggling women in our area. If you would like to assist with providing this service, please contact Client Services Director, Rachel Greiner, at 414-727-8176 or email@example.com
(This is an excerpt from a sermon on 2 Timothy 3:14-17 by Pastor Nathan Strutz, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Verona, WI firstname.lastname@example.org)
And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Did you know that this word for "infancy" most often talks about a child in the womb? A child in the womb. Think about that. Children in the womb are children. Children in the womb need to hear God’s Word and can hear God’s Word and can have faith in Jesus. The signs say, “If you are pregnant or might be pregnant, don’t drink or smoke. Don’t even be in a room with someone who’s smoking. Your baby is being exposed and might be harmed.” Well, if you are pregnant or might be pregnant, listen to God’s Word. Read your Bible out loud. Sing and pray out loud. You baby is being exposed to God’s Word. Your baby is hearing God’s Word and faith comes from hearing the message. It’s never too early to start. You are never too young. It’s also never too late to start. You are never too old. Never too old to start reading your Bible on your own. Never too old to start coming to Bible class. Never too old to know more of the Holy Bible.
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