Upcoming Events
10/7     Kids Lock-In
10/7     Blessings of the Animals
10/8     Adult Formation   
            Blessing of the Animals
            Lunch Pals Training
10/10   Centering Prayer
            Outreach, Stewardship
10/11   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
10/15   Adult Formation
            Sandwich Sunday
10/17   Centering Prayer  
            Vestry
10/18   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
10/21   Sunset Eucharist
10/22   Adult Formation
10/24   Centering Prayer
10/25   Trunk or Treat
            Supper, Song & Prayer 
10/29   Adult Formation
            Lunch Pals Training
11/1    Supper, Song & Prayer
            All Saints Service
11/2     Requiem Service
11/5     All Saints Sunday
11/7     Centering Prayer
11/8     Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
11/12   Consecration Sunday
            Festive Brunch
            Aftrican Team Ministers
11/14   Centering Prayer 
11/15   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Thanksgiving Dinner
11/19   Sandwich Sunday
            Aftrican Team Ministries
11/21   Vestry
11/23   Church Office Closed
11/24   Church Office Closed
11/26   Christ the King Sunday
11/28   Centering Prayer
11/29   Supper, Song & Prayer
12/3     First Sunday in Advent
12/5     Centering Prayer
12/6     Supper, Song & Prayer
            St. Nicholas
12/10   Nativity
12/12   Centering Prayer
            Outreach, Steward
12/13   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Adult Formation
12/17   Lessons & Carols
12/19   Centering Prayer
             Vestry
12/20   Supper, Song & Prayer
            Paternal Feast Day Service
12/24   Christmas Eve
            Harmony 5 p
12/25   Christmas Day Service
12/26   Church Office Closed
12/27   Supper, Song & Prayer
12/31   New Year's Eve
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Worship Schedule

Sunday:
Holy Eucharist with Healing
8:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

6:00 p.m. in the Chapel

Harmony Eucharist with Healing
10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall

Nursery - ages 3 and under
9:50 a.m. in the Nursery

Youth Group
9 a.m. in the Youth Room

Sunday Morning Ministries (aka Sunday School) 9:50 a.m.
Children's Chapel (age 3, 4, 5)
in the Library
Growing in Christ (K-3rd)
in the Guild Room
Bridge (4th and 5th)
in the Youth Room

Wednesday:
Supper, Song & Prayer

6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall/Sanctuary

Ready for Life

Ready for Life

When serving as a juvenile court judge, I learned the child welfare system is usually pretty good at moving the children of unfit parents out of harm's way.  Unless they are either returned to the family or adopted, however, they can linger in foster care until their 18th birthday. At that point, they are, technically, legal grownups - but they are woefully unprepared for adulthood psychologically, educationally, or economically. 

I learned the following disheartening statistics about those aging out of foster care:

  • 25% will be homeless for some time during their first 12 months.
  • Less than half will ever earn a high school diploma.
  • Only 3% will achieve a 4 year degree.
  • Over 40% of the girls become pregnant during the first 12 months or are already mothers.
  • 19% are incarcerated for some time within a 12 month period.
  • Most do not have the necessities for independent living - many sleeping on a floor until they can get assistance.

Ready For Life is an organization that finds people and resources to help bridge the gap for foster kids who have "aged out." Those who are working full time or enrolled in post-secondary education can receive a "Road to Independence" stipend from state funds, but need encouragement to "stay the course" - to stay eligible for this help, to break the cycle of dysfunction.

One of Ready For Life's key features is mentoring. I plan to be at Supper, Song & Prayer on October 15 with my now-21-year-old mentee, to hear from RFL's executive director, Kathy Mize Plummer. - Jack Day

Last Published: September 23, 2014 5:16 PM