Also special about this month is that November is National Adoption Month. There are several great adoption agencies in Des Moines which help parents to grow their family through domestic and international adoption, or through fostercare, which may sometimes lead to adoption. I have a cousin adopted from South Korea who is amazing, and adoption is near and dear to my heart. If you feel God calling you, learn more and take that step.
Soup & Sandwiches for Iowans for LIFE – October 27-29th
Bring your family and friends for a great lunch at Pickerman’s Soup and Sandwiches and support Iowans for LIFE. During lunch and dinner on October 27-29th a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Iowans for LIFE.
Tuesday, October 27th 11 am – 3 pm, 5 – 7 pm
Wednesday, October 28th 11 am – 3 pm, 5 – 7 pm
Thursday, October 29th 11 am – 3 pm
Pickerman’s is located at 6750 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. To see their menu, click HERE.
Free Ultrasounds at InnerVisions HealthCare – October 20th-29th
From InnerVisions: From October 20th through the 29th, “InnerVisions HealthCare is looking for pregnant women to volunteer for a free ultrasound so that our clinic can complete hands-on training for our new medical staff. The ultrasound studies will be performed under the supervision of a registered diagnostic medical sonographer.
Morning and afternoon appointments are available for women between 6-24 weeks pregnant. Volunteers will get a free ultrasound and a free printed picture of their baby. Family or friends may come if you wish. Plan on about 45 minutes for the appointment. ” InnerVisions is located at 1355 50th Street, Suite 400A, West Des Moines, IA 50266.
On a different note, InnerVisions HealthCare has a new and improved website. Visit their website at www.ivhcare.org.
Register for March for Life Pilgrimage – by November 1st
Iowans for LIFE will be leading its annual pilgrimage to the March For Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2016. Registration and payments received by November 1st will be secured. After November 1st they will take registrations until the buses are full.
The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone. The $375 fee covers the bus transportation and a hotel stay (4 to a room) for two nights. For additional fees, private and semi-private rooms can possibly be reserved.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - Departure from several Iowa locations in the mid/late afternoon. Travel will continue overnight on the bus.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon; free time and worship opportunities in Washington D.C.
Friday, January 22, 2016 - Youth Rally, worship opportunities and March for Life events in the morning. March for Life midday; free time in Washington D.C.
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - Free day to explore Washington D.C.; departure for Iowa in the evening; travel continues overnight on the bus. Worship opportunity available.
Sunday, January 24, 2016 - Arrival in Iowa locations in the late afternoon/early evening.
You can get more information and register at their website HERE.
If you have any questions regarding your online payment, raising money for your group to attend the march, about the March For LIFE 2016 trip, or would like more information about additional fees for private and semi-private rooms, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 Days for Life – Now Through November 1st
40 Days for Life is a peaceful prayer vigil that takes place outside abortion clinics across the United States and countries around the world. The Fall campaign is from September 23rd through November 1st.
For more local details, click HERE to see the Des Moines 40 Days for Life webpage.
National Adoption Month – November
Bethany Christian Services has free resources that you can use to share the joy of adoption with your church or just to educate yourself. You can access the resources HERE.
Ruth Harbor Banquet – November 12th
On Thursday, November 12th, Ruth Harbor will be hosting their annual banquet at the Embassy Suites Downtown (101 E Locust Street, Des Moines) in the Grand Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the dinner and program will go from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Ruth Harbor is a special home where young women who are forced out of their homes when they find themselves pregnant can come to stay and have the support they and their babies need. Loving volunteers help them to learn parenting skills or to walk through the adoption process. To learn more about their life-saving program, see a short video HERE on what they do. Their motto is “making a difference… two lives at a time.”
The banquet’s guest speaker, back by popular demand, is comedian Mike Williams. “Mike has recorded 14 CDs, 4 DVDS, and written numerous books. Nationally-known speaker and writer, he’s heard daily on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Laugh USA channel. Mike came to popularity as a pro-life speaker after Focus on the Family brought his personal story of his own adoption and his son’s rescue and subsequent adoption to the national spotlight.”
Generous donors have covered the cost of the banquet so all donations from the evening will directly benefit Ruth Harbor’s ministry to young women. There is no specific cost, but an opportunity to give a financial gift will be extended.
To attend, please RSVP by Monday, November 9th. Click HERE to register.
Hope Adoption Conference 2015 – November 21st
On Saturday, November 21st from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm there will be an adoption conference in Des Moines. It’s called the Hope Adoption Conference – Celebrate. Educate. Motivate. It will be held at the Walnut Creek Church at their Windsor Heights campus. The address is 900 64th Street, Windsor Heights 50324.
This event was also held last year and they had all kinds of useful information about adoption, as well as representatives from adoption agencies so you could get more information. It may be similar this year. In honor of National Adoption Month, this is a great time to learn more about if adoption could be an option for your family.
It’s a Wonderful Life Dinner & Musical – December 12th
Get ready for the holiday season by having a nice evening out for dinner and a beautiful show of Christmas and Broadway music on Saturday, December 12th. Many of Des Moines’ top musicians and singers will be sharing their talents. This annual event is a fundraiser that supports Iowans for LIFE, and it is organized by Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee.
Dinner will begin at 6 pm, and the show at 7 pm. It will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines). Adults are $30, students $8, and children 10 and under are FREE. Reservations are necessary. Childcare is also provided, but reservations are required for childcare also. Click HERE to get your tickets.
Midwest March for Life – January 16th
The 4th Annual Midwest March for Life is on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Save the date to be a voice for the voiceless. More details will be coming soon.
Click HERE to see the trailer for the 2016 march.
- Texas and Ohio have joined the states which are defunding Planned Parenthood
- According to LifeSite News, “The House of Representatives will vote on Friday [October 23rd] on a bill that will use the reconciliation process to approve legislation to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
After the House approved a previous defunding measure, Senate Democrats defeated the bill.” The House will now try a different legal technique to defund Planned Parenthood.
Pro-Life Pope Francis
According to the Priests for Life September-October newsletter:
“The encyclical of Pope Francis entitled ‘Laudato Si,’ issued in June of 2015, contains many themes pertaining to the pro-life message. Note, in particular, the following paragraphs:
117. … When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.
120. Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties? If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of the new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away.
Thanks for all you to do! Keep loving life!
Rachel : )