Upcoming Events
9/19  Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
         Adult Formation
9/20  Morning Prayer
9/21  Morning Prayer
9/24  Morning Prayer
9/25  Morning Prayer
         Centering Prayer
9/26  Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
         Adult Formation
9/27  Morning Prayer
9/28  Morning Prayer
         Baseball with the Bishop  
9/30  Even Song
10/1  Morning Prayer
 10/2 Morning Prayer
         Centering Prayer
10/3  Morning Prayer
         Supper, Song & Prayer
         Adult Formation
10/4  Morning Prayer
10/5  Morning Prayer
         Kids Lock0In
10/6  Blessing of the Animals
10/7  St. Francis of Assisi Festival
10/8  Morning Prayer
10/9  Morning Prayer
         Centering Prayer
         Outreach Meeting
         Stewardship Meeting
10/10  Morning Prayer
           Supper, Song & Prayer
           Adult Formation
10/11  Diocese Convention
           Morning Prayer
10/12  Diocese Convention
           Morning Prayer
           Bus to Punta Gorda
10/15  Morning Prayer
10/16  Morning Prayer
           Centering Prayer
           Vestry Meeting
10/17  Supper, Song & Prayer
           Adult Formation
10/18  Morning Prayer
10/19  Morning Prayer
10/20  Sunset Eucharist
10/21  Sandwich Sunday
           Choral Evensong
10/22  Mornning Prayer
10/23  Morning Prayer
           Centering Prayer
           DaySpring Event
10/24  Morning Prayer
           Trunk or Treat
           Sung Compline
           Adult Formation
10/25  Morning Prayer
10/26  Morning Prayer
10/28  Consecration Sunday
           & Brunch
10/29  Morning Prayer
10/30  Morning Prayer
          Centering Prayer
10/31  Morning Prayer   
                
   
        
    
 
          
         
     
 
 
            
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Worship Schedule

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

11:30 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