Friday, October 30, 2009

Northern Colorado Foster/Adoption Support Groups

NORTHERN COLORADO FOSTER/ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUPS

FAITH EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH in Fort Collins meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30. They meet upstairs in the café and childcare is provided. For more information contact Suzanne Richmond 226-0100 richmond1952@msn.com

TIMBERLINE CHUCH in Fort Collins meets the first Sunday of every month (except December) at 5:00 in room 213. Childcare is provided. For more information contact Kari Stewart 669-7829 or 430-1568 karalot9@gmail.com

RESURRECTION FELLOWSHIP in Loveland meets the 2ndand 4th Friday of every month. 7:00-8:30. They meet at the Brown’s home and childcare is provided. For more information contact Tom and Angie Brown 330-5521 brownflyer@hotmail.com

CHRIST COMMUNITY CHURCH in Greeley meets the 4th Saturday of the month from 6:00-7:30. They meet in the community room and childcare is provided. For more information contact Loni Corliss 339-8545 or Becky Pringle 395-0667 philbeckpringle@comcast.net

LIFEBRIDGE CHRISTIAN CHURCH in Longmont meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00-7:30. They meet in room 128 and childcare is provided. For more information contact Julie Mavis 686-5519 juliemavis23@gmail.com

HEART OF THE ROCKIES CHURCH in Fort Collins has KIDS AT HEART- supporting Foster and Adoptive families with various events, such as KIDS NIGHT OUT on December 14thfrom 5:00-8:00 This will be at JUMPN’ at Promenade Shops at Centerra and dinner will be served. For more information and to RSVP, contact Erica Wharton 223-1230director@kidsatheartfundango.org

Thursday, October 29, 2009

From Focus on the Family

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Cry of the Orphan, joining voices to care for orphans.

Live Simulcast Event
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Christ Community Church
Nashville, TN

Click here for more information on Cry of the Orphan.Forward to a Friend

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Cry of the Orphan

President and CEO, James D. DalyGreetings! It's my privilege to alert you to an upcoming live simulcast event that promises to be a moving and inspiring time for all who participate. We ask that you join our team here at Focus on the Family® as we help mobilize believers to provide tangible assistance to orphans.

In conjunction with National Orphan Sunday on November 8, 2009, Focus on the Family, Show Hope®, and Hope for Orphans® (a ministry of FamilyLife®) will come together at 4:00 p.m. (EST) to serve as a voice for more than 140 million orphans around the world. Listen live to Grammy award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman in a special acoustic performance, and to Dennis Rainey, President of FamilyLife, and myself as we share our deep burden and compassion for orphans.

We're exhorted in Proverbs 31:8 to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." While not everyone is in a position to visit an orphanage or adopt a child, this verse reminds us that there is something each of us can do. One person advocating for one child can make all the difference.

Please consider how you and your church might participate in this special live broadcast, which will be made available through a Web-based video stream, a satellite feed, and on many radio stations across the nation. To learn more about this historic event, visit CryoftheOrphan.org.

Thank you for joining us as we come alongside children in need of a forever home. May God guide each of us toward that end. Blessings to you and yours!

Sincerely,

Jim Daly
President and CEO

Fields of the Fatherless

Fields of the Fatherless by Tom Davis: Book Cover

Do you want to know what God's word says about our responsibility as the body of Christ to care for the widow, the lonely and the orphan?

This is my #1 favorite book to recommend. It was given to me by a friend a few years ago and God used this book to confirm in my heart that we were to see about starting an adoption/orphan ministry at our church. We used it is as an 8 week bible study and asked God to lead us according to his will regarding what we were to do regarding adoption/orphan ministry in our church, in our community and around the world.
The new edition now has a bible study in the back and Tom Davis has made a DVD that you can use with each chapter. Contact Hannah at Hannah@hopechest.org for a copy of the DVD.

You will be blessed!!!!!!

Are you going to wash my feet?

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." John 13:1-7

For some people, accepting an act of ministry is more difficult than offering it, for when another assists us our dependence, weakness, and need are admitted. When Peter abandons his pose as the all-sufficient self-made man and receives Jesus's ministry, he acts by faith.
written by Eugene Peterson

This devotion blessed me and reminded me that I need to say "yes" to more people who ask if we need help with anything. Becoming a family as you grow your family through obedience in adoption is an exciting, wonderful time. It can also be one of the most stressful, challenging times in your life. God created us to serve and support one another.

I know Lord, that it is pride that wants to assert absolute independence and be free from all obligations. I would like never to have to ask anybody for anything, not even you sometimes. Forgive my self-righteousness. Amen.


Monday, October 26, 2009

How can we support families who have adopted?

Wrapping Around Adoptive Families by Focus on the Family

This is an excellent resource on how to minister to friends and family who have adopted. Sometimes you are not sure on how you could bless them as they are obedient in their call to adopt. While adoption sometimes is a wonderful adventure there are also times of extreme challenge. Your prayers, your provision of a meal and your affirming words will continue to confirm God's call on their hearts to adopt.

W.R.A.P.
wrestle in prayer
respite care
acts of service
promises of God

You can find this resource at:


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scared - Who is your Adanna?

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Thank you to Tom Davis and his videographer Simon for adding another ending to the Scared trailer for our Adoption/Orphan Ministry Event!!!!

Timberline Church will be hosting Tom Davis in our event on November 8th at 5pm in the South Auditorium.
God has placed Adannas in all of our lives. Your Adanna may be in another country waiting for a sponsor to help them go to school, your Adanna may need you to be a foster parent, an adoptive parent, a mentor, or a CASA volunteer. Then again your Adanna may be a victim of human trafficking.
God is calling all of us to Stand up for those who can't.
We have some special people who will be sharing their testimonies on how God has led them or is leading them to their Adannas.
20 table hosts from various organizations (adoption, foster care, orphan ministry, CASA, mentoring) will be there for you to meet face to face to see how you can make an eternal difference in the life of a child.

ORPHAN SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 8. 2009

What a awesome opportunity we have to share about the needs of orphans around the world!! Don't miss it - it's not to late.
It is not just a "nice" idea that we care for the widow, the lonely and the orphan. It is a mandate in God's word.
James 1:27 says - Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.
Did you catch that - we MUST - help needy orphans and widows.
Here is the weblink to Christian Alliance - click on Orphan Sunday
Also, check out Tom Davis' blog at: http://tomdavis.typepad.com/

Welcome Child is an adoption/orphan ministry at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, CO.
Our Vision:
Loving the Fatherless as the Father has loves us.
Our Purpose:
Sharing God's Heart for Adoption and Orphan Care Ministry within our church and our community.

I have never had a blog and want to use this blog to advocate for the needs of the widow, the lonely and the orphan.
God is calling us to be obedient - How will we respond?
:) Kari