Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Heart of Anger - written by Lou Priolo

I would like you to consider being part of a new study in September by our Adoption and Foster Care Ministry Leaders of the book The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo.

The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children  -              By: Lou Priolo

This book gives families some tools for success in dealing with the anger issues that trouble some of our children. Even though God has called us to adopt and nurture these precious children, when faced with their outbursts of anger, we often find ourselves reacting the same way they do -- with anger.

The author offers ideas on how parents can help their children recognize what triggers their angry responses and then suggests how, as parents, they can respond in ways that brings healing instead of more anger.

What triggers anger?

For our kids it could be:
* Lack of control
* Resistance to allowing someone to get close
* Fear of being rejected once again

For us, as parents, it could be:
* Our kid's reaction
* Our kids' anger
* Disappointment in ourselves for not handling the situation like we should have
* Fear that we have allowed God to lead us down a path that is bigger than what we feel we can personally handle.

What better people could we talk to about these challenges than those who have been in similar situations or are currently experiencing the same things we are?

Childcare is provided. :)

Register for childcare:

For more information about this study contact:
Brandon and Heather Alverson - timberlineheart4orphans@gmail.com
Chris and Erin Branchflower - erinbeth21@hotmail.com

Friday, August 26, 2011

Foster and Adoption Support Group :)

It is such a relief to be able to connect with other families who are on this journey of foster care and adoption. They understand the challenges that you face and are willing to support you through them.

Welcome Child Adoption and Foster Care Ministry Leaders have been busy this summer planning the next several months of our adoption/foster care support groups. - The 2nd and 4th Sunday evening from 5-7 of each month is reserved just for you. One of those evening will be a time to have guest speakers and the other to set aside time to do a study together. It starts on Sept. 11 - see the link below to get your children registered for childcare.

- The 2nd Wednesday from 9-11:30 is a social time for you mom's to connect at Timberline cafe. What a great opportunity to talk with mom's who are going through some of the same joys and challenges that you are facing right now. The best news is that childcare is provided for all of these times. :)

Please register your child or children at:


For more information you can contact:

Foster Care Ministry Leaders:
Chris and Erin Branchflower at

Adoption Ministry Leaders:
Brandon and Heather Alverson at

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Backpack of My Own - Sweet Success!! :)

Thank you Timberline Church!


Our 3rd annual "A Backpack of My Own" was a great success!!

Our Welcome Child Ministry team delivered 236 filled backpacks, 83 flash drives and 67 scientific calculators to Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County!!!

One of the board members asked me to convey a huge "Thank you" to you our church family for meeting this need for them. The families that they serve were so appreciative and blessed by your love and thoughtfulness in filling these backpacks. The personal notes were encouraging, not only to the kids who received them, but to the families who care for them as well.

Many times foster and adoptive families feel isolated in the journey that they are on. These filled backpacks helped them to know that someone cares about them and what God has called them to do.

Thank you to all of you who filled a backpack, your loving response to this need will touch the life of a child through-out the entire school year!! :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Project 1.27

Guest Blog Post by Rick Valore, Executive Director of Project 1.27

Project 1.27 is based on the verse in the New Testament book of James, Chapter 1, verse 27 which states; “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widow in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

The vision of Project 1.27 is “No waiting children in Colorado by 2014”. We would like to see the day when there are more parents waiting to adopt children than children waiting to be adopted.

The ministry is designed to act as a connecting bridge between parents in local churches wanting to adopt and foster children and the county government departments of human services. We assist Christian parents with navigating the process of Colorado’s Child Welfare System. We provide the training required to be a certified adoptive/foster parent and assist with the related paperwork. Additionally, we explain to parents how the process works and the laws that govern the process of bringing children into their homes.

Several times a year, Project 1.27 offers a free parent orientation, which is an informational meeting for parents wanting to know more about adopting and fostering in Colorado. We encourage interested families to bring family members and friends to join them to hear about the process, challenges and rewards of bringing children into their homes. Our next Orientation will be September 13th, 2011 at Grace Chapel, 8508 S. Valley Hwy, Englewood, CO from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Interested parents can register for this event online through the Project 1.27 website (www.project127.com).

Since it’s inception in 2005, Project 1.27 has been able to secure forever families for 172 children in Colorado with more than 60 other children in the process of finalizing their adoption. We also are looking for Christian parents willing to be foster parents, willing to serve children that need temporary care while issues are worked out with the children’s parents.

We have also played a key role in training church leaders about the needs of children in foster care and how to appropriately support the parents that reach for them. The support that parents receive from their local church plays an important part of that family’s adoptive or fostering success.

Project 1.27 is a non-profit ministry that depends on the donations from the body of Christ to provide these services for Christian families. If you are not called to bring children into your home, you still have a call to “look after orphans”. Maybe your way to care is to support a family that is adopting or fostering or to financially support Project 1.27 in its mission to empty the foster care system in Colorado of adoptable children.

Be a Voice for a Child - Become a CASA

National Court Appointed Special Advocate   (CASA) Association


New Volunteer Orientation Night

Thursday, August 18, 5:30 - 6:30pm
Larimer County Justice Center (WEST door, 201 Laporte Ave., Ft. Collins)

Child abuse doesn't have to be. At CASA of Larimer County we help change the outcome for abused and neglected children every day, by being the eyes and ears of the court system. Come and learn how ordinary people are doing extraordinary things for children at our New Volunteer Orientation.

For more information call 970-377-9445, or email cassaharmony@yahoo.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Haiti - One year ago today

One year ago today Pastor Reza, Sean and Tiffany Cherry and I visited Son of God Orphanage for the first time.

We were overwhelmed with the love that filled us completely for these kids. A love that only come from God. A love that would keep us pressing in for His Glory for each and every one of these kids.

Since our initial trip to Haiti last August, we have had 3 teams go to Son of God.
Those three teams have made an impact in the lives of these children. They brought hope, they brought medicine, they brought fun, they brought sunshine on a cloudy day, but most of all they brought hope and love that can only come from one source - Jesus Christ.

Timberline Church you have made an impact in the lives of these children. When our teams stood before you during the weekend service before we left - your hearts joined in prayer for each person that was taking a step of faith in serving the least of these. As God brought the team to your mind over the following week, you prayed. You have committed to sponsoring the children spiritually and financially. Through your financial support we have been providing food and water for the kids. It is hard to measure the results that your prayer support has provided for these kids. I know by visiting with some of our sponsors that their experience in sponsoring a child financially and spiritually has expanded their heart beyond their home, beyond their neighborhood to another country, to a child that feel connected to. That heart connection that they talk about can only come from the Holy Spirit. God knits our hearts together in a powerful way when we walk in obedience.

Today we find our hearts are committed to advocating for these kids in whatever way God opens the door to.

Prayer and fasting are the most powerful and effective tool we have in standing in the gap for these kids.

When God calls you to go near the things that break His heart your life will never be the same!

While we have faced more challenges that we thought possible with our first Orphan Ministry partnership, we have found that God is present, God is near and God is faithful!

God came to set the captive free and He is calling the body of Christ to put themselves in position to be a witness - to be a voice - to be an intercessor - and to respond and act as He leads.

What does God require of us, His children in this situation?

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you, But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Please join us in fasting and praying for these kids from Monday, August 15th through Monday, August 22nd. We will have two corporate prayer times during this time. If you are in Northern Colorado and would like to join us to pray, please send me an email: Karalot9@gmail.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

Timberline Church is filling backpacks!!!!

This was our first weekend to collect backpacks for Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County!! It was such a blessing to see the love in which these backpacks were filled. We will be collecting filled backpacks again this weekend in the mall area.