Working on the “Wall”

The months have flown by this year and through it all, God has steadily made His presence known at the Alpha Center. We’ve been excited to see more clients come in, new volunteers come on board, and have sadly said goodbye to board members who have rotated off or stepped down.

At the end of May, the Alpha Center invested in a one-day intensive board training. Under the direction of Mike Williams, a dynamic pregnancy center board consultant and pro-life speaker, the Alpha board has implemented new strategies in several areas of the ministry. We are now more intentional with advertising placement, and you will soon see a much larger sign in front of the Alpha Center, better defining what the ministry does. Our board members are now equipped with the tools they need to invite the community to catch the vision of the center. The center has also invested in a new donor website to better inform our supporters about the ministry and to encourage more online support.

Alpha staff members have been busy too. Each of them has a section in this newsletter and I encourage you to take the time to read and catch up on the work being done in the different areas of the ministry. Every person associated with the ministry seeks to make a positive impression on the lives they touch through the Alpha center.

The work being done here can be compared to the building of a brick wall. The wall is the Alpha Center, a ministry designed to save and protect the lives of those in need of help and hope. The bricks represent people like you who invest their talents, money, and spiritual gifts to help keep the wall strong and intact. Constant prayer and acts of service are the cement that keeps the bricks in place. Like Nehemiah, who was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, we too are charged with rebuilding a wall of hope. The world we live in calls us to serve self and abandon God. The world opposes us just as Nehemiah’s enemies opposed him, but remember the words of the prophet, “And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.”(Nehemiah 2:18 ESV)

For His Kingdom,
Diane

From Grey Gaillard

Abstinence

For the 2013-2014 school year, we presented to 15 schools in 3 counties. Modifications to the program include the 6th grade class being taught the Changes program instead of 5th grade, an update to the DCO program for 10th grade, and the use of a grant to teach Aspire and Quest on an 8 day cycle in select schools. We had 11 volunteer Abstinence Presenters dedicated to teaching these students that saving sex for marriage is the safest and healthiest choice for their future and I became the Abstinence Coordinator when Amanda Schell stepped down. We are very excited to have given the Abstinence Program to 2734 students this school year!

Fatherhood

The Fatherhood Program is up and running! We have several clients who have participated in the program already. This program uses the Quest for Authentic Manhood© DVD series to teach young men how to be the best father and man of God they were designed to become. It addresses issues like defining fatherhood and manhood, dealing with wounds from the past, overcoming overly bonded mothers, and mentoring your child. If you know of a man who would like to become a Fatherhood Mentor, please contact the Alpha Center for details.

Run To The Light 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk

Our upcoming Run To The Light 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk is already off to a huge success! We have over 60 runners signed up and 20 sponsors! The event will be held on Aug 2nd at 7:00pm. If you haven’t signed up, there’s still time or you can sign up on the day of the event. We even have parent/child teams ans stroller teams! Come by the Alpha Center for a registration form or search for the event on active.com. We’re gonna have lots of fun celebrating life together with entertainment, food, and plenty of glowsticks! All ages are welcome to participate! We look forward to seeing you there!