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Greetings!
 

We are pleased this month to welcome a new Partners for Life church, Bethel Presbyterian Church in Prosperity, PA!

 

In this issue of PFL News we are showcasing two pro-life ministries in the Pittsburgh area. We hope these examples will inspire you and and we encourage you to share with other PPL Partner churches about ministries in your community.

Inspiring ministries in Western PA Uphold the value of Life! 
 
"Love in a Basket"
PPL's display table at the New Wilmington Mission Conference on July 20 provided an opportunity for me to chat with some great folks from across the nation.  One couple that stopped by shared information about a mission outreach project of the Presbyterian Women's group at Laboratory Presbyterian Church, in Washington, PA.
 
The ministry is called "Love in a Basket." For several years now, the group has collected donated baby items, clothes, and personal items for unwed moms or other new moms in need.  In their first year of this ministry they prepared three baskets. So far this year, they've already distributed ninety! They receive referrals from local churches, community residents, and organizations working with new mothers. Then they prepare a basket of special gifts for both baby and mom.  The basket distributions are kept confidential so that only those who provide the referrals know the identity of the recipients.
 
Each basket contains a selection of hand-made and new items for the baby and a special treat for the mother like scented lotion, body wash or other personal care items as well as an inspirational card to assure her that she's being prayed for and loved. If you would like to know more about this ministry or perhaps make a donation, call Bettie Stammerjohn at 724-222-4217.

YoungLives Pittsburgh East Hills
Another Pittsburgh ministry that is making a difference in the lives of pregnant teens is YoungLives.  This is a faith-based ministry focusing on mentoring and loving a teen mom right where she is in her life as she faces the challenges of parenting.  The activities, camps, and projects provided are designed to allow teen girls the opportunity to do normal teen girl things.  Currently they have 10 girls paired with mentors and are building trusting relationships with 15 others.
 
The ministry has been so successful that they are expanding their outreach with a second facility based at Christ Church at Grove Farms in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.  They are also preparing to train male mentors so that they can offer the same caring ministry to young dads.  Ultimately the goal is to build relationships of love and trust so that young people are led to an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ. Visit their website here.

Important Information for our Partner churches!
 
GA Report
- Many of our Partners for Life churches gave special gifts to support the PPL Team effort at General Assembly in San Jose. If you have not yet seen PPL's GA report in our Enews or on our website you may want to go to the following link: Read PPL's report on General Assembly actions.
 
Thanks! Executive Director, Marie Bowen, expresses thanks to PPL supporters who helped us in our GA effort and shares PPL's vision for the upcoming year in this letter: Read Marie's letter to PPL supporters.
 
PC(USA) committees - The new Moderator of the General Assembly, the Office of the General Assembly and the General Assembly Council will be appointing a number of task forces and committees in the near future to carry out the actions of the 218th General Assembly. If you or someone you know would be willing to serve on one of these committees, please contact Marie for more information at 412-487-1990. Download the list of committees & their appointed tasks.
 
First Steps for Partner Church liasons - Have you approached the missions committee of your church about supporting the ministry of PPL? Has your church sent a resolution to your presbytery requesting Relief of Conscience? Have you shared information about our Partner's program with other churches in your presbytery. Are your congregation members on our mailing list? Are there members in your congregation who should be receiving our Enews?
 
Contact us anytime for resources or information at ppl@ppl.org.

Let us hear from you!

We'd love to hear from you. Please write us with your ministry ideas, send pictures of pro-life displays, ask us questions, or share your concerns. We'd love to have you send us your articles and sermons that relate to life issues. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Yours in Christ,

Laureen Bodnar
Associate Director

Presbyterians Pro-Life
Called!
I knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb. Before you were born, I sanctified you and appointed you to be my spokesman.
Jeremiah 1:5
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