Up­com­ing events to sup­port New Be­gin­nings, Breath of Life

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Elisha Mor­ri­son el­[email protected]­ton­courier.com

New Be­gin­nings Preg­nancy Re­source Cen­ter and Breath of Life Re­source Cen­ter will hold two fundrais­ers to sup­port their work in the Saline County and Malvern com­mu­ni­ties.

The En­cour­age Life Event will be at 6 p.m. Mon­day at the Ben­ton Event Cen­ter.

“It is a fundraiser for the preg­nancy cen­ter min­istries which helps young fam­i­lies in the com­mu­nity with the re­sources they need un­til the baby is two years old,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of New Be­gin­nings Kim Puska.

New Be­gin­nings also has a clinic where women can con­firm their preg­nan­cies with a free preg­nancy test and lim­ited ul­tra­sound for women six to 20 weeks ges­ta­tion to help date the preg­nancy. The clinic, which is in its third year of op­er­a­tion, of­fer pre-na­tal ed­u­ca­tion, doc­tor re­fer­rals and points them to the re­source cen­ter.

On the re­source side, she said the or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers di­a­pers, clothes, wipes and small baby items. There are also par­ent­ing classes avail­able and breast­feed­ing sup­port in part­ner­ship with the

Saline County Health Unit.

In one eight-part Bible study, par­tic­i­pants get a new di­a­per bag to put items in for each week they com­plete a les­son.

They can even of­fer an abor­tion re­cover class, as re­quested.

Puska said all ser­vices are free and confidenti­al.

“We find a lot of the ladies and fa­thers need help with men­tor­ing and sup­port,” Puska said.

Puska said both re­source cen­ters work to show sup­port and the love of Christ to those they serve.

They serve fam­i­lies from all over Cen­tral Arkansas. Women from 19 dif­fer­ent towns and seven dif­fer­ent coun­ties have used the ser­vices.

New Be­gin­nings is lo­cated in Ben­ton. Breath of Life is lo­cated in Malvern.

Dur­ing the En­cour­age

Life Event, the or­ga­niz­ers plan to do a live ul­tra­sound for one of the women who uses the ser­vices. She will be be­tween 10 and 12 weeks ges­ta­tion.

Puska said many peo­ple have never seen a baby ul­tra­sound and don’t know how a baby moves, kicks and re­sponds in the womb.

Daren Neely, a for­mer youth pas­tor at In­dian Springs Bap­tist Church, will be the evening’s key­note speaker. Puska said Neely trav­els and teaches.

One of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s client’s will give her tes­ti­mony about how she was in­tro­duced to it, how it served her and how it helped and blessed her.

Din­ner will be a pasta dish, salad, bread and dessert.

Dress is busi­ness ca­sual. The event sponsors are Stan & Patti Ch­ester, Everett Buick GMC, Mike and Stephanie Duke, Big Red Stores, Wal­nut Val­ley Bap­tist Church, First

Bap­tist Church, Smith Cald­well Drug Store, Larue Plumb­ing and Xcellero Inc.

Tick­ets are $35 and be pur­chased at the door or in ad­vance by call­ing 501-3155557.

“It’s a great event of food and fel­low­ship with peo­ple com­ing to­gether for a great cause,” Puska said.

On Oct. 15, the two cen­ters will have their first En­cour­age Life Golf Tour­na­ment. The fourper­son scram­ble will tee off at 9 a.m. at Longhills Golf Course, 327 Arkansas 5 N. in Ben­ton.

Jeff Lan­g­ley, pas­tor of Congo Road Bap­tist Church, along with his wife Vicki, pro­posed the tour­na­ment.

Clinic Nurse Man­ager Janet Dixon is or­ga­niz­ing the event.

There will be two flights with first and sec­ond place prizes awarded in each.

Teams can reg­is­ter to play for $200. Each player gets a goody bag with Splash car washes, golf balls, tees and spon­sored items. A re­fresh­ment cart will drive around of­fer­ing wa­ter, soda and snacks.

Play­ers will be able to pur­chase mul­li­gans at $5 each, with a max­i­mum of two per player.

Dixon said the tour­na­ment reaches a dif­fer­ent group of peo­ple than those who at­tend the en­cour­age life event.

Reg­is­tra­tion for the tour­na­ment will only be avail­able the day of if there is space. They plan to have a max­i­mum of 18 teams. She said 13 have signed up so far.

There will be a clos­est to the pin and a men’s and women’s long­est drive con­test.

Hole-in-one con­tests will be on all the par-3 holes, spon­sored by Rober­son In­sur­ance. At hole 10, play­ers have the chance to win $10,000. At hole 5, they can win a $500 golf cloth­ing shop­ping spree. The prize at hole eight is a year’s sup­ply of balls. Hole 15 wins a set of Co­bra irons.

Lunch after the tour­na­ment will be pro­vided by River­side Gro­cery and Cater­ing. It will be chicken and fish.

Desserts will be from Blue House Bak­ery and Cafe.

Bax­ley-pen­field-moudy Real­tors is pro­vid­ing wa­ter.

The sponsors for the tour­na­ment are River­side Gro­cery and Cater­ing, Bax­ley-pen­field-moudy Real­tors, MNB bank,

Everett, Jerry W. Dixon

MD, Lind­sey’s Pool & Spa, Mc­clen­don’s Ap­pli­ance

Inc, First Bap­tist Church, Ben­ton, Stated Ap­parel, Herzfeld In­sur­ance, Splash Car Wash, ACDI, Congo Road Bap­tist Church, Bre­itweiser’s Meat Mar­ket, Toney Bra­suell, Ste­wart

Fire Pro­tec­tion, Nel­son’s Jewel­ers, Wood Grill

Buf­fet, Rib Crib, Todd Matthews Shel­ter In­sur­ance, Cen­tury 21, Chick-fil-a of Bryant, Rober­son & As­so­ci­ates In­sur­ance,

David’s Burg­ers, Verona Ital­ian Restau­rant and Ed­win Watts Golf.

The tour­na­ment is still ac­cept­ing sponsors.

To reg­is­ter or spon­sor visit www.cbaben­ton.com and click reser­va­tion or call 507-778-5463.

“You are sup­port­ing some­thing that is re­ally needed in Saline County and used,” Dixon said.

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