Life Care Newsletter Jan-Mar

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                      PREGNANCY CARE CENTER IS HOSTING OUR 2ND ANNUAL                    LIGHT OF LIFE SPRING BANQUET!

WHY: First, to celebrate the value of every human life in each of its stages and the beautiful work which God is doing through His mighty power! Also, we desire to raise the financial support needed to assist Pregnancy Care Center in radiating the light of Christ into the lives of women and men who are considering abortion in the five county Grand Traverse region.

WHERE: Hagerty Center, 715 E. Front St. Traverse City, MI 49686 WHEN: Monday, May 7th, 2018 @ 6pm

FEATURED SPEAKER: Jim Sprague, Chief Executive Officer of Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) of Grand Rapids, MI. This PRC is a Christ-centered, life-affirming pregnancy care ministry whose mission is to live the truth that people matter to God. Jim and his wife, Jody, have both served the PRC ministry since its inception. They have three children, each of whom were adopted from a crisis pregnancy situation, making Jim's heart and passion for the ministry of the PRC personal and sincere.

ATTENDANCE GOAL: Our desire is that life-passionate individuals will fill 33 tables of 10 people per table.
                                     “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,                                                    but will have the light of life.” - John 8:12

CLICK BELOW TO  FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!

Could you be profiting from abortion? An introduction to biblically responsible investing

The big question we don’t think to ask when choosing our investments:

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As a follower of Christ you probably have an understanding that God is the owner of everything (Psalms 24:1) and we are the stewards, or managers, of the money and possessions He has entrusted us with (Psalms 8:6).  But when it comes to choosing investments for your retirement accounts, college savings accounts, variable annuities, and other investment accounts, have you ever considered what you are profiting from or promoting with the investment dollars God has given you to manage?  

How would you feel if you discovered that you were unknowingly participating in activities that contradict your faith convictions because of the investments that you own?

Many companies profit from or financially support activities that are in direct opposition to the values and convictions of Christian investors. Many Christian investors are unknowingly invested in these companies. I help people make investment choices to meet their long term financial objectives while aligning their investments with their faith convictions.  This is called Biblically Responsible Investing, sometimes referred to as Faith Based Investing.

What is Biblically Responsible Investing, and how does it work?

Biblically Responsible Investing (BRI) is first and foremost about stewardship.  In my opinion, one of the best definitions of stewardship is, “the use of God-given resources for the accomplishment of God-given desires, goals, and objectives”.  I believe that one of the foundational scriptures on stewardship is Matthew 22:36-40 (the Greatest Commandment) where Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…”, and, “… Love your neighbor as yourself”.  That’s the purpose and objective of BRI, to love God and to love others through the investment choices we make.  

The Nuts and Bolts

While striving for the best returns based on your individual risk tolerance, BRI is an approach to investing that seeks to eliminate investing in companies that participate in activities that followers of Jesus Christ would conscientiously object to as being in opposition to God’s will.  This is done by screening out companies that profit from or promote activities that violate the values and convictions of Christian investors, such as abortion.

Will BRI affect my returns?

This is a common question asked when people first learn about BRI.  When comparing any investments against each other, one investment may do better than the other from one year to the next, and vice versa.  You’ll also find that many ‘household name’ companies satisfy Biblical screening criteria.  They may not necessarily be companies that promote Christian values, but are companies that choose to remain neutral on these issues.  While past performance is no guarantee of future results, the bottom line is that over the long term, Biblically Responsible investments can offer competitive returns when compared with unscreened investments.  

For more information about Biblically Responsible Investing, please visit our website at www.ChristianFamilyFinancial.com, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/ChristianFamilyFinancial.  You can also call (231) 642-8001, or email me at  Jeff@ChristianFamilyFinancial.com  

Jeff Beebe is a Certified Financial Planner™ and a Certified Kingdom Advisor® who has worked in the financial planning industry since 2003.  He founded Christian Family Financial in 2014 with a mission of helping Christians ‘Make Money Meaningful’.  He has been married to his wife Nicole for 14 years.  They have two daughters and three sons and live just outside of Traverse City.

Securities & investment advice through G.A. Repple & Co. a registered Broker/Dealer & Investment Advisor; member FINRA & SIPC Supervisory Office: 97 Chase Dr. Hurricane, West Virginia 25526 Phone: 304-760-8715

The Power of Ultrasound

Recently, a woman came into our office who was strongly considering abortion. She had been sexually active with several men and felt that if the father of the baby was a particular partner, she would carry to term. But, if the other man had fathered the child, she would choose abortion. I am unsure if the patient had completely processed the reality that, in her way of thinking, the timing of conception determined whether the child lived or died.   
When we performed the ultrasound, the mom was faced with the reality that she was carrying a small person inside of her womb.

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She also had to come to terms with the gravity of her decision and its effect on her life and that of her unborn child. By the time we finished her sonogram she was wanting to see more of her child. Since she was only 4 or 5 weeks along we could only see limited features on the monitor. So, we scheduled a follow-up appointment at which she was able to see her 7 week old baby in much more detail. When she saw her baby’s heart beating she said, “oh my gosh, that’s in me?” She became excited and said, “no matter who the father is, I’m going to keep this baby.” She went on to give the baby an endearing  nick-name. The details of this patient’s life-style may seem foreign to some of our readers. I can only imagine what has transpired in the woman’s life to bring her to such a place for her to choose to be sexually active with multiple partners. 

Pregnancy Care Center does not condone these choices, but neither do we condemn our  patients! Our approach is one of “providing the truth with love, professional care and the Word of God” in order to offer hope to at risk people.
The entire Pregnancy Care Center team prays for every single person that comes through our  front door. If we didn’t have God, His Son and Holy Spirit on our side it would seem hopeless.  By standing with PCC you are participating with us right here on the front lines. Please  continue to lift us and our patients up in prayer. Pray for the restoration of the family, a revival  in our culture and for those caught in the incredible situations that put them in unplanned  pregnancy situations.  

We call ultrasound "the window to the womb" because of story's just like this. Ultrasound is the single most powerful way that we can help our patients see and connect with the life inside of them. Want to change the lives of generations? Click below!

Life Care Newsletter Oct-Dec

Very Abortion-Minded

By Sandy Moon RDMS, Clinic Director and Sonographer

Recently, a woman came into our office who was strongly considering abortion. She had been sexually active with several men and felt that if the father of the baby was a particular partner, she would carry to term. But, if the other man had fathered the child, she would choose abortion. I am unsure if the patient had completely processed the reality that, in her way of thinking, the timing of conception determined whether the child lived or died.   
When we performed the ultrasound, the mom was faced with the reality that she was carrying a small person inside of her womb. She also had to come to terms with the gravity of her decision and its effect on her life and that of her unborn child. By the time we finished her sonogram she was wanting to see more of her child. Since she was only 4 or 5 weeks along we could only see limited features on the monitor. So, we scheduled a follow-up appointment at which she was able to see her 7 week old baby in much more detail. When she saw her baby’s heart beating she said, “oh my gosh, that’s in me?” She became excited and said, “no matter who the father is, I’m going to keep this baby.” She went on to give the baby an endearing nick-name. The details of this patient’s life style may seem foreign to some of our readers. I can only imagine what has transpired in the woman’s life to bring her to such a place for her to choose to be sexually active with multiple partners...CLICK BELOW TO READ THE REST OF THIS PATIENT'S STORY!
 

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Campaign Against Pregnancy Care Centers: A Call to Prayer Warriors

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In an effort to discredit and shut down pregnancy centers, especially those of us that are medical clinics, National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL Pro-choice America) have joined with over 40 organizations across the US to "expose fake clinics". This is nothing new, in fact, these attacks have gone on since the first pregnancy center opened in the early 70s. However, with technology and social media, the modern day impact can be further reaching and happen on a larger scale. This particular campaign, or "plan of attack" is set to run from October 23rd through October 28th 2017. Their key strategies are to enlist as many people as possible to:                       

1) Call pregnancy centers and pose as a fake client or friend/family of a client in order to catch pregnancy center staff in giving inaccurate or incomplete information.

2) Visit pregnancy centers in person and do the same as mentioned above. 

3) After calling or visiting a pregnancy center as a "fake" client, post a review on the clinic's website, Facebook page, Google Business or Yelp page. This review will more than likely be a negative and untruthful one. 

4) Review pregnancy center websites and report any "issues" to the Federal Trade Commission 

5) Picket/protest outside pregnancy centers during the campaign duration 

The following is an excerpt from the "Expose Fake Clinics" website showing how this group of Pro-choicers are motivating people to take part in this campaign: 

"...they [pregnancy centers] use phony ads to trick pregnant people into making an appointment, promising “free ultrasounds” or “pregnancy support.” Once inside, people are lied to, shamed, and pressured about their reproductive health decisions, often delaying their procedure or pushing them past the deadline for a legal abortion altogether. CPCs are often made to look like medical facilities, yet they don't practice medicine (outside of an occasional ultrasound or STI test), nor do they use medical facts or standardized ethics. More and more, these predatory places are funded by taxpayer dollarsimpacting poor women and people of color the hardest." 

For over 25 years, Pregnancy Care Center Traverse City has valued truth and honesty above all and will continue to do the following:

So many people at different clinics look at you with those judging eyes. I didn’t feel that way here. It was a very professional setting and staff that made me feel comfortable. I am so glad I chose to come here.
— Pregnancy Care Center TC Patient Quote
  • Provide professional services and information in a truthful, accurate and caring manner throughout ALL areas of our ministry, including but not limited to: face to face, online, printed materials, ads and over the phone. 
  • Continue to provide services within the boundaries of all federal, state and local laws and standard practices.
  • Understand and present the scope of Pregnancy Care Center's services. This includes what we do AND do not offer. Eg. Pregnancy Care Center does not perform abortions, nor do we offer abortion referrals. The ultrasound we provide is performed to confirm pregnancy, not to diagnose problems with the baby or the mother. We do not provide prenatal care. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO: We are asking our prayer warriors to join us in praying for God's truth to be revealed through this attack. That God put up walls of protection around targeted pregnancy centers all over the US and that the blinds be lifted off of the eyes of the Pro-choice community organizing this campaign. We also want to pray for the safety of everyone involved in the pickets/protests that will be happening throughout this campaign. Thank you for supporting Pregnancy Care Center Traverse City and for joining us in praying throughout this campaign. 

LifeChat: Jesus, Pregnancy Centers and the Woman Caught in Adultery

Watch the powerful video below by Care Net's President, Roland Warren. Roland brings up some strong points about how we respond to men's role in an unplanned pregnancy by using the story (found in John chapter 8) of the woman caught in adultery as an example. 

"If we fail to ask where the guy is [in an unplanned pregnancy] then we run the risk of sounding land behaving like the pro-choice activists with the 'my body my choice' side who seeks to frame the abortion issue as ONLY for women..." 

Kay Hall - My Journey to Restoration

Kay experienced two unplanned pregnancies - one ended in abortion, the other in adoption. Until 2017, she had remained silent about her abortion. She feared that if she told her friends and family, that she would be met with shame and judgment. "Instead, I ran into a life of freedom. A life where I could pick up and take the shame off." This is the story of how she overcame her fears, and gave her story over to God so that it could be used for good and help others face their past, and allow healing and restoration to begin. 

If you have an abortion in your past, and have not yet found the courage to tell your family, or would just like to talk to someone who understands - please contact Kay! She would love to meet with you. 
Email her at:  micoachkayhall@gmail.com 

Let Hope and Healing Begin! 

To share your own story, go to: www.friendsofpcc.org and contact us. We will even film and produce it for you, just like Kay's story! 

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