The Pregnancy Support Center of Person County has scheduled their 2016 Ladies’ Conference.
Our speakers will be Phyllis E. Elvington and Sarah Bush
“Phyllis E. Elvington is a resident of Green Sea, SC, and an active member of Tabor City Baptist Church. She and her husband, Charles, have three children. Well known in Baptist circles for her energetic, uplifting and well-prepared style, she is also quite busy as a speaker/leader for Bible studies, missions studies and prayer retreats in North and South Carolina. She is an awesome woman of God who loves to laugh. But don’t forget to bring your Bible, she has a Bible check!”
Sarah’s passion to teach others how to be confident and consistent in their devotion through prayer and journaling grew into a ministry through her writing and public speaking. She is currently a speaker to all Christian denominations and she particularly loves leading intimate prayer retreats. She serves on the core team of Knowing God Ministries. She lives in Apex, NC, with her husband, Eric and their three teenage children. Monthly, Sarah hosts a gathering – Prayer for Pastor’s Wives, and has launched an outreach to provide her books to inmates called Prisoners of Hope. She has published a companion set of books: The Invitation-Come to the Throne of Grace is an inspirational book about prayer and journaling. The companion, Grace for the Journey is a useful prayer guide and journal for personal application. Sarah invites you to visit her website at sarahbush.com to leave prayer requests and download a free 12 week Bible study (for use with The Invitation) to dig deeper into the principles of prayer and journaling.
You may be looking for a church home. Or, maybe, you just want to check out what church is all about, anyway. If you fall into either of those two categories, here's a helpful list of criteria you will want to evaluate before you decide on which church family you want to join permanently (this list comes from Pastor Mark Dever, and can be found at his website IX Marks http://www.9marks.org/answers/what-should-i-look-church):
What should I look for in a church?
Expositional preaching. Does the pastor preach God’s Word, or his own ideas? Does he allow Scripture to set his preaching agenda, or does he pick topics by some other criteria? (2 Tim. 2:15, 4:2-2)
Biblical theology. Does the church openly confess key biblical doctrines? Do the leaders consistently teach sound doctrine? (Tit. 1:9-11)
A biblical understanding of the gospel. Does the church clearly proclaim the good news about what Jesus Christ accomplished for sinners in his death and resurrection? Consistently? (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
A biblical understanding of conversion. Does the church teach that people must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:1-8)? Does the church teach that in order to become a Christian, a person must repent of sin and trust in Christ, both of which are ultimately gifts of God? (Acts 11:18,20:21)
A biblical understanding of evangelism. Does the church preach the gospel to non-Christians and encourage its members to do the same? Does it understand that it’s our responsibility to preach the message of salvation yet God is the only one who can do the saving? (Matt. 28:18-20; Eph. 2:1-10)
Biblical church membership. Does the church take membership seriously by seeking to ensure that its members faithfully attend? Does it encourage members to fulfill the biblical “one-anothers” with each other? (Heb. 10:24-25; Eph. 4:11-29)
Biblical discipleship and growth. Does the church expect and equip its members to grow spiritually (2 Pet. 1:3-11)? Does the church encourage its members to disciple one another (Rom. 15:14)? Growing as a Christian should be normal, not exceptional.
Biblical church leadership. Is the church led by godly, qualified men? Does the church look to Scripture to determine its leadership structure? (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-11)
“Young people from 13 to 24 years old contribute to more than a quarter of the country’s new HIV infections each year, but half of HIV-positive individuals between 13 and 24 years old aren't even aware they have the virus”. (from “Young Americans Continue To Put Themselves At Risk For HIV Virus, CDC Warns” by Tara Culp-Ressler).
Today is National HIV Testing Day. If you have questions or concerns about your sexual involvement, why not set up an appointment to come and talk it out with us? And, if there's any chance you could have contracted HIV, be responsible and go get tested. Here's a link to our Health Deparmtent's website.
Here's the calendar with upcoming events and ways you can pray. To read the entire newsletter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 336-597-2811 and request to be added to our email list (or email us your mailing address if you prefer a hard copy).
For all you mom's, or just ladies (or men) on a tight budget, out there, here's a great resource for all kinds of things, particulary grocery-shopping and couponing.
If you have a question about coupons, about sales ads, about where to find the best deals, and on and on, this lady has got an answer for you! She does a lot of the hard work of grocery shopping for you by looking at sales ads for your local grocery chain, finding the best deals that week, and matching up what coupons you could use (from your newspaper, or from an online source), and helps you make your shopping list and save some money in the process! In addition, she lists tons of other deals at all kinds of restaurants, stores, and websites.
A particularly helpful resource for the parents out there is a list she compiles each week of where to find the best “Baby Deals”. You know — diapers, wipes, formula, etc. She lists all the best deals at all the stores you might shop in so you can decide where to go get the things you need that week. Here's a link to the latest one. Happy shopping!
We had a great turn-out for this year's Volunteer Training held this past weekend (even some ladies who are not pictured here!). Each lady brought a special story of how God has worked in her life and given her a desire to serve the women of Person County through the Pregnancy Support Center. We can't wait to see where God puts each one of you ladies! Thank you for the time you've already given this weekend, and for the time you will give in the future. With much love from us at PSC!
You may have heard our presentation at the high school recently and are wondering where you can get tested for STDs — here is a community resource for you (from the Health Department of Person County website): “STD services are available by appointment Monday – Friday from 8:00am-11:30am & 1:00pm-3:30pm. Some same day appointments are available. Assessment, testing, treatment, and prevention services are available. There is no charge for these services.” At the Health Department you can be tested for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Herpes, Syphilis.
For our awesome support community: a lot of you guys have participated in our annual Baby Bottle Blessing before. this is a heads up to let you know that pick-up of baby bottles begins Monday, April 29th, and runs through Thursday, May 9th. Please call us to let us know how many bottles you'd like, and to schedule your pick-up. If you haven't participated before, and want to know how you can get involved this year, please message us or give us a call 336-597-2811.