It's official: we are moving! With many false starts behind us, we are getting ready to move into a wonderful new space after the Banquet next month. Please consider helping us move what we need from here? We will be on the second floor, but there is an elevator right inside the door off the parking lot.
We will not be bringing a lot of what's here with us and are looking to give away some tables, chairs, bookcases, and other misc. furniture. Also, we want to give away the maternity clothes and baby furniture (which includes high chairs, changing tables, strollers, etc.) If you are interested in coming to see what we have to give away, stop by during business hours (M-Thurs, 8:30-3:30) or call us at 658-8046.
Also, we could really, REALLY use some help with the new space, as we are changing the flooring. If you or anyone you know might be able to help us within the next week or so tear up the old carpeting and/or install some new carpeting and Pergo flooring we would be so grateful! Home Depot is booking eight weeks (!) out for installations and that just won't work!
Thank you, we appreciate you!!
Happy Dog Days of Summer! As of today, the Annual Fundraising Banquet is exactly one month away. It's amazing to us just how quickly the summer is flying by as we get ready!
We just wanted to let everyone know that although we are offering the choice between two time slots on Banquet Day, the program will be the same for both. Our speaker is Mary Hahn Beerworth of VT Right to Life and with all the craziness going on in the world around the issue of the sanctity of life, the timing couldn't be better.
The center will be CLOSED on Banquet Day, as we will be at Daybreak Church getting ready for the two events. If you try to contact us on the day of the Banquet, we won't get your email, but you can show up and join us anyway.
That's it for now, we hope to see you soon!
We hope your are enjoying your summer and wanted to let you know we have a different venue, date and choice of TWO banquet times this year. We hope you can join us as we celebrate God's goodness and provision through this time!
This is the new battlefield: it's been rightfully dubbed "Death by Mail". Women will very soon be able to order the pills that induce an abortion, without even a cursory medical exam to determine if the pregnancy is actually in the womb, or if the woman is as far along as she thinks she is. The risks of reversing the safety checks currently in place are enormous and put both baby and mother at risk. If a woman has an ectopic pregnancy for example and doesn't know it, she could have fatal complications that she has been told are a normal part of the chemical abortion process. What can we do to combat this?
Please watch this docu-series. Arm yourself with the knowledge to fight back against the lies of the abortion industry. Share it as well. We don't have the money, the power or the connections to fight on their battlefield. What we DO have is the Lord and His power. Keeping our eyes firmly fixed on Him and walking forward, we ask you to join us in prayer and educate as many people as possible about this evil. We must stand firm on His promises and fight the good fight for the unborn and their families! This is brought to you by Students for Life and Heartbeat International:
Watch the Docu-Series
The first 5K Rise and Run is under our belts and we think it was a success! Even though it was a hot, muggy day, runners and walkers alike seemed to have a great time and we're already making plans for changes to create an even more fun experience next year!
Our top three winners were:
1st place: Ravi Kaufman 2nd place: Charlotte Murphy & 3rd place: Allie Gratton
We had a fun group of walkers and a VT celebrity: Mr. Guy Page, editor/publisher of Vermont Daily! We were so impressed that Nathan Plourde (#24) went out and got sponsors on his own, which was a big blessing. Floral arrangement gifts were made by our Development Director Alethea and we had many wonderful sponsors (listed below). Please be sure to make a note of them and patronize their businesses!
Our fantastic sponsors:
SeaComm Credit Union, Chittenden Dental, Burlington Bagel Bakery, Brilliant Massage & Skin, The Scale, The Links at Lang Farm, Archie's Grill, Whimsical, Floral, & Watermelon, A Little Something, Atomic's Custom Creations, Starbucks at Maple Tree Place and Morning Light Bakery
The funding for the mobile clinic is coming in and we are getting closer to our goal, thanks to all of you. If you haven't had a chance to donate toward this great cause, please consider doing so? We are at the point where we have the funds for the chassis, which will be built in September. Then the remaining funding will help us send the chassis to Colorado Springs, where the interior will be outfitted as a clinic and the exterior wrap will be installed. Then our Executive Director Deb Couture and our Nurse Lynne Caulfield will be driving it back to VT to begin to save lives!
Additionally, we will need to come up with $65,000 per year to fund the clinic being on the road. (This amount includes the staff accompanying the clinic, the upkeep such as gas, registration, mechanical needs, etc.) So as you can see, your donation can come in at anytime and be put to good use! If you can donate, please make sure you mark your donation for the mobile clinic, so we know where to apply it. Thank you, please keep this endeavor in prayer; we really appreciate it!
It's been quite awhile since our last post and so much has happened:
The Mobile Clinic chassis will be ready sometime in September. After the build, it gets shipped out to Colorado Springs for the interior outfitting and body wrap by Save the Storks. We are getting close to being able to drive the Clinic to the places where women are making life or death decisions - to be there as the option for life.
This is going to be the culmination of a dream.
Don't we all serve a wonderful God?
We asked our Executive Director Deb and a very special guest to tell you
more about it: https://youtu.be/kOzs5ciP4tk
We are also hosting a 5K Rise and Run on June 5th at the Orchard School in South Burlington. The Rise and Run (or walk!) funds will go towards the Mobile Clinic. Follow the link to learn more and register:
The Baby Bottle Campaign is now in full swing, but if your church couldn't participate this year, you can certainly donate individually. The BBC is our second-biggest fundraiser and provides the funds needed to tide us over the summer months. Donate here or mail in a check made out to Aspire Together and send to our 56 Colchester Avenue, Burlington address. Or, Text-to-give (802) 277-7027. Donors giving $25.00 and over will get a receipt.
And we need volunteers! If you are a prayer warrior and would like to dedicate part of your day to praying for the center while we are open, please let us know that you will be doing so. Choose a day or part of a day: we are open Monday - Thursday from 8:30-3:30.
Mission Pre-born has found that having dedicated prayer warriors for their centers and for each member of the staff has made a dramatic change in the number of clients and the effectiveness of the centers! There are currently 6 staff and one regular volunteer here and each one of us needs our very own prayer warrior while we are here.
On top of dedicated prayer needed for the center and workers, we need volunteers to man the phone lines overnight during the week and weekend to take calls. We need folks to answer for shifts and we have scripts for how to take those calls. If you feel the Lord's leading, please get hold of us. Again, Mission Pre-born has demonstrated that instead of a call center, having local people taking those off-hours calls makes a real difference in the number of appointments made!
More updates to come, have a wonderful Spring!
We have been busily getting ready for this year's Baby Bottle Campaign and it will be available online as of March 1st! Due to all the restrictions still in place, we have asked if our church friends would like to help us by taking part in one of three ways: a Virtual campaign, an "Old-fashioned" campaign using bottles or a Hybrid of the two.
For churches that are meeting and prefer the familiarity of the bottles, we are happy to provide those! For the churches not meeting, or who feel the need for stricter protocols, virtual campaigns might be the way to go. The campaign can be easily managed by editing the simple webpage we offer each church. Each page features a virtual baby bottle; the church can set it's own goal and watch their baby bottle fill up as donations come in. Easy, touchless and fun! Or, churches can do both and have a hybrid campaign. Even the timing is flexible - the virtual links will be good until late October.
What's new at the center?
We just recently hosted a Zoom webinar on Natural Family Planning with Lily Bounds of St. John Vianney and RN Lindsey Gilmore of Texas. They are teaching the Marquette method, which is a highly effective way to avoid getting pregnant that doesn't involve using hormonal contraceptives. This method is 98.4% accuracy with perfect use and professional guidance, but even with typical use is 98% effective. Many natural methods for family planning have high accuracy with perfect use, but lower percentages with typical use. We are going to continue to offer this to area women and help them to see the drawbacks of using synthetic hormones. Astonishingly, the "pill" is also a level 1 carcinogenic!
Your donations will help us continue to change to meet the needs of the young people in the area. We're looking for "change" for Positive change!
. It's just 5 days away from Valentine's Day and a cultural war is raging. Christianity and the pro-life movement are under attack on every front (even from inside). People are being told that Christians are probably terrorists and racist bigots for sure, who don't care about anyone beyond them keeping their babies. Clients are coming in with lots of emotional baggage, exacerbated by too little positive interaction due in part to the Covid virus distancing rules. Many have no clue how to interact in a way that is socially acceptable! How do we share the love of Christ in order to save the unborn and their parents and help them in this more challenging time?
What is "love" in 2021, anyway?
"Love" according the the world can be many things: you can "love" your new car, your meal, your job and your friends, etc. If you are married or in a romantic relationship, you can "love" that person. (There are also many things in the world that are labeled "love" that our Lord calls "abomination" and that list is growing!)
What does God call "love"? Well, for one thing, He says "if you love me, keep my commandments". That may be the most important thing Jesus ever said
about love! To keep His commandments is to be actively loving by serving and pointing the way to Him. It means that when a client comes in who uses the F-bomb with the same frequency that some people use the word "um", we have to try not to react and be firm with our boundaries.
It means acting loving even if we're not feeling loving. It can be really difficult!
"Love" also means that as the press, educational system and politicians target pro-life Christians, we have to more intentionally pray for their salvation. They don't like to hear the name Jesus, they don't like the idea of the traditional family and they believe that there are too many babies being born. We see a system
set up to cause certain people to fail, then punish them for failing.
But we have been commanded to pray especially for these. It is hard!
Join us in praying for this fallen world and for the lost to be found.
Join us in praying for babies to be loved, parents to stay together and for family and life to be honored again.
That's what we're working toward.
Because that's what real love looks like in 2021!
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love." - Ephesians 4:2