Sanctity of Life Sunday – A Blessed, Busy weekend for BsideU for Life!

Ronald Reagan declared the first Sanctity of Human Life day in 1984, eleven years after the Supreme Court handed down the decision in Roe v. Wade to legalize abortion.  In the decades since, churches across America and in our own community have acknowledged the anniversary in various ways.  Some pastors are faithful to preach on the Sanctity of Human Life every year on the Sunday nearest to the Roe v. Wade anniversary.  Though a solemn anniversary indeed, some churches give the anniversary a positive spin and celebrate the work done by pro-life ministries like BsideU for Life.

Three churches we know of did exactly that this year and we could not be more grateful.  We imagine that many other churches also acknowledged Sanctity of Life, but these three are supporting churches who invited our participation.

All campuses of Southeast Christian Church launched the Baby Bottle Campaign on the weekend of January 20th – 21st.  Southeast last launched the Baby Bottle Campaign on Sanctity of Life weekend 5  years ago—which coincided with our 25th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of Roe v Wade.  That year, the proceeds were divided among three area pregnancy centers.  Showing their ever-expanding support of pro-life work, Southeast now supports not only the historic center they helped launch 30 years ago (BsideU for Life!), but 5 other centers in 5 other communities (Choices Life Resource Center in New Albany; A New Hope Pregnancy Center in Shepherdsville, A Loving Choice in Shelbyville, Clarity in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, and Crossroads in Oldham County).   Look for us on the weekend of February 3rd – 4th when members return the bottles and we have a chance to thank them and get them more connected to the ministry!

New Life Church in eastern Jefferson County has been a faithful of BsideU for Life at least since 2003.  Their pastor, Tim Parrish faithfully preaches on the Sanctity of Human Life every year, and every few years, he’s blessed us by inviting members of our staff to speak from the pulpit.   This year, New Life invited Executive Director Monica Henderson to speak for a substantial part of the service, giving her a chance to thank New Life for the invitation, and their long-time support in prayer, financial support, and volunteer service.  New Life members have provided teaching help, crisis counseling and meal preparation help through the years.  Currently a team of faithful servants prepare lunch twice each month for our life skills clients, and New Life member Katie Magee counsels and teaches life skills clients one day per week as part of her clinical hours needed as she pursues her license in counseling.  Volunteer lunch leader, Pam Jackson, wants to grow the meal prep team to a group large enough to cover lunch one day weekly in the year ahead.

Finally, Immanuel Baptist Church, a faithful partner since 2006, hosts a Sanctity of Life ministry fair every January.  This year’s fair was Sunday evening, January 21st.  The evening starts in the historic sanctuary of their newly rehabilitated and renovated church at 850 S. 4th Street.  After a beautiful a capella singing of “Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee,” Associate Pastor Jeff King started the evening with a brief statement about what honoring the Sanctity of Life looks like at Immanuel based on James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”  After a testimony about adoption and foster care, each of the ministries on site gave a 3-5 minute overview and update from the pulpit.  Then the entire congregation dismissed to Immanuel’s fellowship hall for refreshments and a chance to connect with the ministries represented.  In addition to BsideU for Life, Immanuel hosted some of our favorite ministry partners including Speak for the Unborn and Orphan Care Alliance.

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