Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Refuge of Grace!...(order by Friday, October 6!)...

A local church (St. John's Episcopal) is having their 3rd Annual Festival on Saturday, October 13.  By going to their website (which you can visit by clicking HERE) you can read what all they do and what all they offer at the festival.

But I'd like to encourage you to place an order for the Pick-Up or Eat-In Lobsters and / or the BBQ Pork Dinners.  Orders are being taken through Friday, October 6.  And this year all proceeds go to...

If you're not familiar with Refuge of Grace, please visit their website by clicking HERE.

Refuge of Grace is a beautiful ministry founded by DPC member Leigh Littrell.  And the women who serve and who are being served at Refuge of Grace are all amazing.  I've copied the mission statement of this ministry here:

Our mission is to create an environment for loving and serving women that nurtures freedom in their hearts to receive God’s love and that honors God in all we do. Refuge of Grace strives to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women in crisis by providing resources over a 12- to 24-month period to assist them in achieving a lifelong process of personal transformation through the power and truth of Jesus Christ.

Programs at Refuge of Grace are issue-oriented depending on each individual. In addition to Bible Studies, program topics include: Addiction, Anger and Violence, Relapse Prevention, Relationships and Mending Healthy Ones, Grief and Loss, Codependency, Budgeting, Parenting, Nutrition, Education, Employment, Victimization as well as any other programming these women may need. The women have opportunities to participate in activities such as equine therapy, art therapy, cooking classes, as well as physical exercise. The programs also include individual Biblical counseling for the women and their children.

The ultimate goal is for these women to have their children live with them at Refuge of Grace. In doing so, they will be able to learn how to become a mother in a strong Christian environment. They will also work a full-time job. Aftercare planning not only includes job and home placement but also, most importantly, a church with a new group of friends holding each other accountable to the struggles we all face.

The hope of Refuge of Grace is to prepare these women with the tools they need to re-enter society grounded with the love of Christ as strong, confident, and self-sufficient members of the community.

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