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Pres: Peter Lemieux Vice Pres: Cynthia Lemieux
Members at Large:
Cheryl Fox, Fr. Matt Henry, Luke Kircher, Brian and Jill O'Sullivan, Bob and
Ruth Runkle, Donna Bever, Roger Downey, Sandy Stevens, Andy Niebling
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Bilingual help needed!
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Life Lines Newsletter
September 2012 Issue 263What's In This Issue: Letter From the Director; Donor Thank You; Spiritual Bouquet for our Bishops; 40th Anniversary Gala Info; Volunteer Needs; Landscape Day Help Info.
|Letter From Christine
We are only a few weeks away from celebrating our 40th anniversary!
1st Way was founded on October 26, 1972 by Maria Campion. Even before Roe vs. Wade was decided, young girls were taking buses over to California to terminate their pregnancies. Through her courage and fortitude, Maria and her friends began serving the unborn and their mothers. The humble beginning started at their kitchen tables and with their home phone lines. They would meet or talk by phone with the mothers and counsel and support them. On average, the women would spend about 8 hours a week serving in this capacity. They were mainly people she knew from her parish and from surrounding parishes. In the mid-1980's the Catholic Diocese offered them a room within their offices. The volunteers were then able to increase their time to about 16 hours a week and continued to offer pregnancy tests and counseling. Some of the early volunteers even took women into their homes and supported them during their pregnancy and beyond. As the needs grew and the number of women contemplating abortion grew, so did the number of volunteers at 1st Way. We were able to move into the "little pink house on the corner" in 1990. We continued to offer pregnancy tests, counseling and practical support. Our hours increased to 20 hours a week. So, the "kitchen table" and our humble beginnings were still very real because we had so many ladies from the nearby parishes helping. And, there was actually a kitchen table in the little house.
As technology developed, we were able to bring a depth to our services by offering ultrasounds. In 2005 we began showing each client their tiny babies on our very first ultrasound machine. It really is an amazing technology that allows the unborn child to be seen in the womb in a very real way. Since ultrasounds became available, we have witnessed a much higher success rate of women choosing life for their child. Today, we are still in the "little pink house on the corner" and have found the need to rent some additional space in building next door. We have been growing at the same rate as our culture declines. The more our society walks down the path of the culture of death, the more space we need because the number of unborn babies that need an advocate increases. We are currently discerning God's will in where He wants us to grow. As much as I would love to stay the size we are now and hope that our culture starts turning the tide by embracing the culture of life, we don't see that happening any time soon.
I am so incredibly grateful for our staff now, and those over the years, who have opened their hearts to every person who has walked through the doors. When the culture of death, through the undecided abortion minded mother, walks through our door, we love them and teach them about how they were beautifully and wonderfully made. We encourage them to see the gift of life in their own lives and that of their unborn children. Even though we are growing, we are still able to maintain our "kitchen table" approach and be open 54 hours a week, because our staff and volunteers continue to embody the heart and mission of 1st Way.
We have a rich history and are grateful to God for His trust in us in helping carry out this part of His mission. As we prepare to celebrate our 40 years, I ask for your prayers. We have a lot to be grateful for.
Our annual gala will be on Saturday evening, October 27th. The dinner and program being developed for the evening is one that will reflect our rich history and it will be very celebratory. We are currently seeking assistance with the underwriting for this event. I ask you to prayerfully consider contributing, even if in a small way. The gala always helps us secure the necessary funding that we need to operate through the year.
If you are interested in helping and/or attending, please contact Bethany at our office, (602) 261-7522.
May God richly bless you and your families! Please be assured of my personal prayers for each of you every day.
Thank you to these individuals and families for
financial support of the life saving work of 1st Way in August:
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Adamo, Theresa Anderson, Mr. & Mrs. Tim Blackstock, Helene Bloemer, Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Blundell, Deacon & Mrs. Doug Bogart, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Bolding, Mrs. Carmella Bolstad, Mr. & Mrs. Maurie Brashaw, Mr. & Mrs. Brian Bratton, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Bruner, Mr. & Mrs. Dan Burr, Mr. & Mrs. Larry Butler, Mr. & Mrs. Noel Byrne, Teresa Carroll, Mr. & Mrs. Greg Casagrande, Frank Chavez, Ms. Jacquelyn Corbett, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Cotton, Mr. & Mrs. Rodney Coulon, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Cruess, Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Curtis, Mr. & Mrs. James Dahl, Sandra Dickmann, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dupuis, Mr. & Mrs. James Erickson, Marion Fait, Mr. & Mrs. Danny Forbes, Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Fox, Mr. & Mrs. Alphonse Frei, Mrs. Sabina Frink, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Frisbee, Mary Beth Fuller, Virginia Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. Shelby Futch, Mr. & Mrs. Lee Gagne, Isabel Galindo, Jennifer Garcia, Julia Garrett, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Garuccio, Jeanne Goetzke, Mr. & Mrs. Rudy Gradillas, Carol Hale, Laurine Halter, Mr. & Mrs. Darren Handy, Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Hatch-Miller, Mr. Michael Heidenblut, Flore Hill, Deacon & Mrs. Craig Hintze, Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Hodges, Mary Hoyer, Mr. & Mrs. Randall Hughes, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Humphreys, Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Irby, Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Jakubczyk, Mr. & Mrs. Terry Jirovsky, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Judkins, Andrew Junker, Karen Junker, Laura Junker, Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Jusinski, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kalff, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Kedrowski, Mary Kendrick, Mary Kendrick, Mr. & Mrs. James Kerns, Mr. & Mrs. John Kersting, Mr. & Mrs. David Killebrew, Mr. Michael Kingman, Luke Kircher, Mr. & Mrs. Ned Kircher, Mr. & Mrs. M.E. Klink, Mr. & Mrs. Eddie Knoell, Mrs. Margaret Knoell, Mr. & Mrs. Frank Koegler, Mr. & Mrs. J. Kozlowski, Mr. & Mrs. James Krakora, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Krolak, Nicholas La Fronz, Fr. John Lankeit, Mr. & Mrs. Lubomir Lasak, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Lemieux, Mr. & Mrs. Alan Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. John Lewis, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Lishko, Mr. John David Long, Mr. & Mrs. Donnan Lukaszewski, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Malta, Mr. & Mrs. William Mancini, Fergus McArdle, Mr. & Mrs. Bob McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. Michael McDonough, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Merriman, Mr. Ron Meyer, Mr. & Mrs. Dean Miller, Dr. & Dr. Robert Moffitt, Michael Monahan, Lydia Morones, Mr. & Mrs. Neil Morrissey, Ms. Mary Mulligan & Mr. John Hathaway, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Mulligan, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Murphy, Mrs. Lynne Murphy, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Nagel, Jean Napoli, Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Naughton, Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Newhouse, Mr. & Mrs. Gerard O'Connell, Mr. & Mrs. Brian O'Sullivan, Mr. Harold Oberkfell, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Olson, Eric & Mary Orkild, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Owens, Fr. John Parks, Susan Patterson, Mr. & Mrs. Hal Pawlowski, Manuel Perez, James Renn, Mr. & Mrs. Rick Ricciardi, Mr. & Mrs. Edmundo Robaina, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Roberts, Mrs. Shirley Rogers, Mr. & Mrs. Efren Roman, Mr. & Mrs. Rosado, Christina Rubalcava, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Ruby, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Runkle, Hector Salvatierra, Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Sammut, Mr. & Mrs. William Schindlbeck, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Schissel, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Schmidt, Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Schuler, Deacon & Mrs. Charles Shaw, Mr. & Mrs. James Sherrin, Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Silver, Cathy Silverberg, Sharon Sousa, Mr. & Mrs. Randolph Spence, Mr. & Mrs. Paul Spink, Mr. & Mrs. Martin Sprinzl, Mr. & Mrs. Jon Stamp, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Statt, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Stewart, Mr. & Mrs. John Stokes, Sally Suess, Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Sullivan, Mr. & Mrs. Craig Svodboda, Mr. Robert Szalkowski, Mr. & Mrs. Ken Thorson, Mr. & Mrs. Angel Torres, Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Totman, Mary Trengove, Mr. & Mrs. James Tretter, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Vandegrift, Eva Vela, Fr. & Mrs. Oliver Vietor, Mr. & Mrs. Jose Vigil, Mary Ann Wanslee, Mr. & Mrs. Donald Weissmueller, Mr. & Mrs. Andy Welch, Mr. & Mrs. Eric Westby, Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Weston, Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Wharton, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Whitfield, Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Williams, Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Wilson, Sally Wittekind, Mr. & Mrs. Don Woska, Eileen Wraith, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Yand, Lucino Yu & Marichu Sia Sy