We just welcomed a new Office Manager to the Center this past week! We are excited to have Bobbi Metcalf joining us. Bobbi just graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from University of Northern Iowa and looks forward to using her knowledge at the Center. Don’t worry, Yanelis hasn’t gone anywhere, she is just focusing more on our relationship and resource aspect of the Center. We hope everyone gets a chance to stop in and welcome Bobbi to Hayward!
At New Life, we believe in the importance of doing life together in community. This is why we are partnered with a few other organizations in the area. Clients can earn Life Skill points for attending programs and events with these organizations. So far, we are partnered with Northwest Connection Family Resources, LCO Head Start, and FoodShare Employment and Training. We are always looking for ways to develop new partnerships to offer more for our families. All of these events and programs are free.
Northwest Connection Family Resources offers play groups, parent cafes, and various learning opportunities each month. They are also a great resource for finding quality childcare or becoming licensed yourself.
LCO Head Start has great community events and family nights that they host on a regular basis.
FoodShare Employment and Training offers classes on job skills and resume building. They have people there to help you and coach you as you search for a job and learn new job skills. FSET can also provide transportation assistance, and help purchasing required uniforms for a new job.
If you would benefit from any of these resources, stop in or call the Center for more information. You must be signed up as a client to earn points. It’s a quick and easy process to get signed up!
For anyone interested, we also host a once a month event called the Picnic Table that is open to anyone. You do not have to be signed up as a client to attend, but must sign up if you want to earn points for attendance. The Picnic Table is a great way to meet families and do a craft. We also have volunteers that help with childcare so you can relax and get to know other families.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP.
Sometimes life gets pretty challenging. One of my favorite authors, Elisabeth Elliot, has advice I have followed when the road gets rough: just do the next thing. When I would rather wallow in self-pity or keep my eyes on my circumstances, I am nudged forward by the understanding that my God is with me. He is for me, not against me. His desires for me are always good, to prosper my soul and my whole being.
I received Jesus as my Savior when I was 35, so I began my journey with Him. As I continue to move forward, His Word is my map. They Holy Spirit has sealed me forever, so my good works are only a reflection of Him in me. I don’t have to earn favor with my Heavenly Father. I am now His child. I exchanged my old self for the new self in Christ. I need no longer fear where the path ahead leads. With all the twists and turns of life, I can boldly trudge through -- I just need to keep doing the next thing.
Maybe your next step is toward New Life. We are doing life together here. Whatever the hurts, the difficulties or the desires are, we will walk alongside. We gather sojourners at our Center. We welcome the company!
NEW LIFE PREPARES!
Northwoods New Life Resource Center is excited about our new ultrasound room: Pinecone Porch! We have been working, with the help of volunteers and donations, on all the details to make it possible to peek into the mysterious, beautiful world of the unborn. We have been painting, recovering furniture, stocking up on supplies and organizing schedules so that our grown up clients and little ones find peace and joy when they come to us. We will be offering this free service, in addition to free pregnancy tests. But, we do so much more than this. We have resources to enrich family life, to answer spiritual questions and build healthy relationships. Our staff comes together to build others up and support those who gather here. Come in and join us for coffee, tea or hot chocolate and a nibble of sweet!
New Year and New Life!
At Northwoods New Life Resource Center we have been given so much. Everything we provide comes through the generosity of our supporters. We received an ultrasound machine donation last year from LCO. After much prayer and planning, our Board determined the best option for us was to join an ultrasound consortium. This is a group that shares a machine and other aspects of the project. So, we were so thankful to donate the machine given to us to a mission in Haiti. We know this will be a tool useful to a people who really need it.
We are excited to bring free ultrasounds to those in the Hayward area who would like to see their child in the womb. Beginning January 16 we will be offering this to families. We believe that God is the author of life—all of life. We see babies as made in the image of God—precious to Him and belonging to Him. So we rejoice with every pregnancy, in whatever circumstance, and desire to nourish families and the unborn.
We always celebrate life at New Life and pray for everyone a healthy, prosperous andjoyful 2017!
AT THE END OF YOUR ROPE?
Not by a long shot. I wish I had dreamed up the analogy, but it was actually Francis Chan that did. Since each of us is an eternal being, one end of the rope (above) goes out forever. The dark segment, at the other end, is our life here on earth. Everyone has a final destination . . . either in the presence of God or apart from Him. Sometimes we spend much of our time preoccupied with trivial distractions that mean nothing in the eternal realm. It is a reminder to consider carefully, as we look at the length of our years, where we are headed. And are we investing ourselves in the things that really matter? We, at Northwoods New Life, are doing life together, urging one another on in the pursuit of the lasting Kingdom we were made to experience. Come join us, whatever your wonder or wherever you find yourself!
Merry Christmas from Northwoods New Life!
We invite you to come for a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea and some Christmas cookies!
We have a new option on stepparenting and many additions to our Baby Boutique and local business vouchers.
We love this season, so come in and warm up!
Northwoods New Life recently adopted the phrase “Doing Life Together” to remind us of why we exist. Sometimes we need to reflect and express what a privilege it is to join others on this journey we call life. It is a delight to get to know those who come in and share their lives with us. So many we meet have faced huge obstacles and challenges. But, we see individuals determined to make good decisions one at a time. We are witnesses of that power to change. We have seen women give up alcohol for the sake of their unborn child. Men have decided to switch up the way they budget or relate to their family. We have clients who question the meaning of things and whose desire it is to figure out what has gone wrong in their lives and how to bring good out of it. We are proud of each one who opens our door—that is an unselfish sacrifice of time and a commitment to invest in the things that really matter. We offer huge opportunity to learn through our DVD curriculum and a way to earn essentials, and also those treats that make our days better. We listen and share sorrows and also many joys. As Director at New Life, I want to say thank you to those who step into our world as we are doing life together.
Northwoods New Life Resource Center now has its own coffee bar!
We recently adopted a Center motto: DOING LIFE TOGETHER! And what better way to do our lives together than over a cup of coffee . . . coupled with a cookie or two! So, do come in and grab a tea, hot chocolate or coffee with a nibble of sweet. We enjoy our clients so much . . . come gather with us!
New Life is open: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 ~ 4:30.
NORTHWOODS NEW LIFE RESOURCE CENTER INTRODUCES:
THE COMPASS INSTITUTE
. . . investing in the things that really matter . . .
The Compass Institute is where learning about real life, personal responsibility and education work together to grow wisdom into successful living. The Compass Institute offers individualized DVD class options and community experience which culminate in receiving a TRAILHEAD TREK, PINE PASS or TRUE NORTH reward. Begin the journey and gain the life understanding needed to become discerning and equipped to make decisions that bring personal satisfaction and joy to others.
How do I enroll in The Compass Institute?
It’s easy! If you are new, just sign up! Your Side x Side can help you get started. If you are a regular client, you can become a student by signing up and using the DVD’s you already viewed to figure out which subject categories you have to complete.
Do the points I earn still buy things from the Baby Boutique or the Bookshelf Store?
Absolutely yes! Your points work to buy things as usual.
Are there any changes in the point system once you enroll in the Institute?
Yes. The Institute requirements are a little more defined. For example, if you are not enrolled in the Institute, you do not have points deducted if you don’t show up for your appointment. As an Institute student you will have two points deducted from your running total if you do not let the Center know within two hours of your appointment, and you don’t show up.
What are the DVD choice categories for?
Our Institute puts emphasis on becoming a well-rounded human being. The categories address the whole person. Some of the DVD options are for the broad understanding they present, not necessarily for the application specifically to the individual’s present situation.
Besides the Trailhead Trek, Pine Pass and True North Certificates, what else does an Institute participant receive?
The Certificates themselves are meaningful. They validate all the hard work and persistence the student has shown to become more mature and knowledgeable. In addition, the Trailhead Trek Certificate comes with $25 worth of Chamber Bucks’ The Pine Pass Certificate comes with $75 worth of Chamber Bucks. Anyone who reaches True North receives $200 worth of Chamber Bucks.
Interested? Come in and see the maps that lead you on this adventure!
Recognize this hat?
It has a pinecone on it and the words “New Life.” That’s me—off Galveston Bay, Texas. My son got married last week after thirty-seven years being single. The Lord blessed us with a wonderful new daughter to cherish. So, even when I am far from Hayward, my heart takes Northwoods New Life with me. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have the job of being Director, working with the most amazing people and serving the best clients anywhere!
What a wonderful Northwoods New Life Annual Banquet!
Thanks to everyone who came to support or gave! It was a memorable night filled with fun—like giving Marlene the Moose Mentor Award for the most number of years in faithful service as a Side x Side. Or rewarding Miranda with the Bethel Bear Award for the most points earned this year. Emily, one of our Board members related her beautiful story of seeing her now eleven year old son on an ultrasound and making the decision to carry him to birth. This was the introduction to the announcement that New Life will be getting an ultrasound component this year. Our client speakers, Ashley and Miranda, were fantastic! And the introduction of the Compass Institute was made by Yanelis . . . this will be the subject of our next blog. Judy, our Sidex Side shared why she loves her job! Over 150 guests gathered together to chat, eat and get better acquainted with what goes on at our Center. The fundraiser was capped with an unexpected offer of a $.50 matching for each dollar that came in. It was an event we will all remember and treasure.
NORTHWOODS NEW LIFE RESOURCE CENTER HAS MORE WAYS TO EARN POINTS!
WE ARE PARTNERING WITH NORTHWEST CONNECTION FAMILY RESOURCES SO OUR CLIENTS MAY EVEN EARN MORE ESSENTIALS, BABY SUPPLIES AND DATE NIGHT VOUCHERS.
COME IN AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF!
OUR ANNUAL BANQUET THIS YEAR
WILL BE A CELEBRATION OF ALL THINGS NEW!
If you still think Northwoods New Life Resource Center is all about pregnancy, think again, or better yet attend our banquet on October 13! It all starts at 6, but the Steakhouse doors open at 5:30. Come in and see the ongoing slide show of activity at our Center, find out what has been happening this past year, meet our Board, hear from our staff, and best of all: our Side x Sides and clients! They give their own stories! We will have two announcements that no one expects, plus we will be presenting our first ever Bethel Bear award. You have to see it to believe it! You are invited—call our Center, text or come in to reserve a spot. RSVP’s are due by October 1, so don’t miss out on the fun!
We have had a lot of happenings at the Center lately! Last Tuesday, September 13th, we were able to participate in the Sawyer County Baby Expo at Northwest Connections Family Resource. A huge thank you to Emily Wohling for hosting our table and ensuring it’s success.
Just today we received a generous donation of baby food. We are going to be doing little giveaways with it. Tomorrow at our Picnic Table get together we will be holding a drawing for a case of the baby food. Every time a client brings in a friend, both the client and guest will receive a case of baby food.
We just got in another box of pregnancy tests to make sure we don’t run out. Pregnancy tests are rather expensive at the store and are one of the most stolen items. Thanks to our generous donors we can offer pregnancy tests for free. We offer a safe and confidential environment for anyone wanting to come in and take one of the tests.
Our banquet is now less than a month away. We would appreciate it if anyone interested in attending either send back their RSVPs or contact the Center to let us know you want to join us. The banquet is on Thursday, October 13th at 5:30 pm. We have a couple of clients speaking and some exciting announcements on how the Center is moving forward and expanding our mission, we really hope you can be there!
Something new at Northwoods New Life Resource Center!
Come in and earn points to get a $20 Walmart Gift Card! Learn about all sorts of real life subjects: parenting, relationships, fathering, budgeting, pregnancy, healthy boundaries, teen decisions, laughing through marriage, spiritual questions and so much more! We just enjoy watching ordinary days become extraordinary!
This is such a blessing to so many in our area. If you haven’t tried it, we, at Northwoods New Life Resource Center, encourage you to!
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We are offering a Bible study for women at New Life in September! We are so excited to begin this as part of our Earn While You Learn program. As with all of our DVD options, these will earn points for the worksheets and homework. Because this is a challenging pursuit, each lesson at the Center will earn four points, and each day of homework will earn two points: there are five days of homework each week.
If you are interested in doing this study on your own or in a small group, which we will try to arrange, please let us know!
We are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 ~ 4:30.
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Last week I was sitting at our front desk working on our upcoming annual banquet. Our Side x Side, Gayle, was in the Conference Room with the door shut previewing the Gungor DVD’s we recently acquired. Her task was to watch them and see if they are a valuable addition to the curriculum choices. As my computer keys clicked along, I began to hear a muffled, low giggle. I glanced up to find out if it was my Assistant Director or Office Manager sitting nearby. Nope. Then, a noisy chuckle erupted! I glanced behind me to note the door was still shut to the Conference Room. Before I could get my head back into my task, big contagious laughs drew me to go find out what was so funny. Apparently, Mark Gungor has hit a funny bone no one should miss. The report is anyone married or contemplating marriage should have to watch these! Good humor always contains a lot of truth. So, we invite anyone that is eager to learn, or just have a much welcome relief from a lot of bad news, to drop in. We give points for this! If you don’t need baby things, you can spend them on a child you would like to surprise—or treat yourself to a gift certificate for McDonalds, Kravin, Backroads Coffee or a movie!
Northwoods New Life Resource Center recognizes the need for each of us to deal with past hurts in our life and how we have sometimes done the wrong thing. Is it time to get honest with yourself and God? Are you experiencing the joy and freedom you were made for? Come... find out who you were created to be and begin again.