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Hope to see you at our Christmas Open House!

Dear Friends:
“For unto us a child is born . . .”
~ Isaiah 9:6. At Agape House, we are emphasizing to our young ladies that this is the reason for the Christmas season. It’s so easy to become distracted by the ‘Black Friday’ specials, and many other sales presented to us. Or we might get caught up in the decorating, cookie baking, shopping, writing cards, wrapping gifts, etc. What a beautiful teaching opportunity for us, as our precious Agape Angels are learning who they are in Christ, and how much God loves each one of them.

We hope you will join us for our Christmas Open House. Click on the tab at the top for more information.

Please Pray for:
~ Christmas to be different for our Agape Angels this year because it is all about the birth of Jesus.

~ our girls and families to understand who the true enemy is, and that they stop fighting with staff, parents, etc.

~ for God’s healing touch upon the girls, staff, and families – the need for prayers in this area is great!

Praise God for:
~ for the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and understanding why this is so important.

~ for God’s protection around the girls and parents as they all adapt to new truths and ways to process what is going on in their lives as they come to know how much God loves them.

~ God, our great Physician, whom we can turn to for healing of our deepest hurts!

~ For the joy of lunchtime with friends! It’s been very busy around here this week. In addition to preparations taking place for our Open House on Sunday, one day the girls were helping decorate the 9′ Christmas tree in the Sanctuary, and at the same time, we had volunteers working on a roof repair project outside. We love when our volunteers join us for lunch; it’s a small way we can show our appreciation for their service!

Blessings . . .
Jan

Wish List:
Thank you cards
Stamps
Flu and cold medicines like: Dayquil, Nyquil, Robitussin, Sudafed, cough drops, Benadryl, Bite and Itch cream, Neosporin, hydrocortisone cream, extra large band-aides
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)
Computer (up to 2 years old – does not need to be new) for use in the Home
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each one is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. All you have to do is clip them and drop them in one of the collection jars located at the Home, School, Counseling Center and Transitional Home. Or if you live out of town just save them up for a couple months and mail to the school. This school year, our goal is to earn $1,000! That money will be used to pay for art, music, and computers for the school as those items are not in the regular budget. A list of participating products can be found at www.boxtops4education.com/earn/participating-products

Breaking Every Chain

Dear Friends:

Break every chain – let us always reach for this goal!

God is so good . . . we had an amazing celebration last Thursday evening at Geneva National as we celebrated all that God has done at Agape House in the past 20 years!!! The beautiful room filled with almost 300 people, the delicious food, the awesome testimonies, and many fabulous items for the silent auction were all memorable. Today we want to give a shout out to all of our friends who donated those items for our silent auction; we hope you all enjoy your gifts!
Agape Girls – Homemade pies
Astaland II, LLC- Colorado Condo for 1 week
Brahm – Starbucks Basket
Brosel – Gromme & Redlin Paintings
Bruno’s Liquors – Rum & Kahlua Kits
Buckau – Mountain Bike
Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn – Gift Certificate
Coffee Mill – Basket of Coffee
Cost Cutters – Supplies & Gift Certificates for Haircuts
DeVries – Photography Sitting
Ebbner – 1950’s Lazy Susan, Teapots and Purses
Egg Harbor Cafe – Gift Certificate
Evergreen Country Club – Comedy Dinner Show Gift Certificate
Excel Chiropractic & Wellness – Health & Wellness Basket
Fontana Jewelry – Silver Necklace
French Country Inn – Gift Certificate
Frese – Prepared Dinners for 4 for 1 week
Friends On The Square – Coffee Mug &Gift Certificate
Gallagher – Jewelry Holder w/Jewelry
Geneva Family Dentistry – Sonicare Toothbrush & Teeth Whitening
Geneva Inn – Gift Certificate
Geneva Lakes YMCA – One-Month Family Membership
Geneva National Golf Club – Golf Package for 4
Gordy’s Boat House – Gift Certificate
Hilbelink – Handmade French Rolling Pins, Wooden Bowl & Pens
Kruizenga – Don Bird Collectibles & Dual Lumbar Support Pads
Lofy – Pure Joy Gift Basket & Custom Signs
Louise – Salon Chair by Baker Furniture
Maclay – Michael Jordan 1982 NCAA Picture
McQueen – Gift Certificate for Therapeutic Get Away
Mueller – Basket of Health & Wellness and 10 Prepared Meals
Nelson – Fire Pit, Candy & Coffee Gift Baskets
Oakfire – Gift Certificate
Patterson – Permatex Products for Auto
Pearce – Massage Therapy Gift Certificate
Pialoo – L’Bri Gift Basket
Rea – Willow Tree Carvings, Hand Woven Rug, Wooden Signs & Baby Frame
Royal Oak Farm Orchard – Gift Certificate for Bushel of Apples
Sammy’s On The Square – Gift Certificate
Stair – Power Washer and Thieves Basket/Gift Certificate
Staller Estate – Private Wine Tasting for 8
Stillwater Coffee Company – Candle, Gift Card & Espresso Beans
Subway – Gift Certificate for 3′ Giant Sub Sandwich
Sweet Aroma Ristorante – Gift Certificate
The Ridge Hotel – Gift Certificate
The Sower’s House – Stain Glass Window
Thelen Bros. – Lawn Maintenance

And another big thank you to the
following Sponsors for this event:

Termax, Baird & Kunes Country Auto Group

Please Pray:
~ for our Agape Angels to resonate with the testimonies they heard last Thursday evening, and be filled with hope for their future!

~ for our new girls at Agape: Farica, Melissa, Grace and Kira, that they are adjusting to their new environment, beginning to trust the staff and volunteers who are here to help them find their way, and seeing God’s love pour forth in the miraculous ways that He always shows up.

~ for all of our staff as we continue to minister to the girls and their families, pray that we are being led by the Spirit for all decisions that we make for/with them.

A Time to . . .

Dear Friends:

I heard the girls laughing in the classroom yesterday; it was like music to my ears! So I figured a verse about laughter would be appropriate. I searched under ‘laugh’ at biblegateway.com and the first verse that came up was this:

“. . . a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance . . . ”
~ Ecclessiastes 3:4

I’m sure you would all agree with me that this is exactly how we are able to express our lives. It’s a good mixture of emotions, and we hope that the love from our God is all part of the mix.

Please Pray:
~ for those who are weeping and mourning, that they will find time to laugh and dance as well, and see God’s faithfulness.

~ for our 20th Anniversary Celebration next Thursday; the excitement is building as we finalize the details of the event. We know that God is good, and are looking forward to this celebration!

~ for the new girls starting out at Agape; we have had a flood of requests and are filling up quickly. Pray for them to feel safe and comfortable here, to feel God’s love and to be ready to seek His healing.

Praise God:
~ for the joy of seeing prayers answered for Bob Milliman; he is gaining strength daily; please continue to pray for him to be patient with the healing process.

~ for the beautiful colors of Fall we have experienced this past week; what a beautiful season to dance in the leaves!

~ for the joy of the girls supporting and encouraging each other!

 

We are so excited to celebrate all that God has been doing at Agape House for the past 20 years, and looking forward to seeing all of you who will be attending our Information Night on November 2nd. We have a special video to present that “Tells the Story” of Agape House!

We’d also like to thank the following Sponsors for this event –

Termax, Kunes Country Auto Group & Baird

your support is greatly appreciated!

If you want to attend and haven’t registered yet, see the information below – do not delay . . . we’ll accept new reservations until Monday morning!
And don’t forget about our Silent Auction;
see the list below of some of the fabulous items that will be available for Bidding, which will end at 6:30 p.m.

Here’s a ‘Sneak Peak’ at some of the
Silent Auction Items Available to Bid On:

French Rolling Pins & Homemade Pies by Agape Angels
Condo in Steamboat Springs, CO – 1 Week Stay
Certificates for 1 Night Stays at:
– French Country Inn,
– The Ridge &
– Geneva Inn
Comedy Dinner Show at Evergreen Country Club (for 11/18/17)
Designer Upholstered Salon Chair By Baker Furniture
Golf Package for 4 at Geneva National
Young Living Essential Oils Basket
L’Bri Basket
Starbucks Basket
Healthy Self Basket
Gift Certificates for Restaurants & Coffee Shops, i.e.,
– Egg Harbor Cafe,
– Oak Fire Grill,
– Gordy’s,
– Chucks &
– Sweet Aroma
Stained Glass Window
Framed Terry Redlin Photo
Purses from Coach & Vera Wang
Pressure Washer
Mountain Bike
And much more . . .

NOTE: Bidding will end at 6:30 p.m., so come early to fellowship and have some fun!

Blessings . . .

Jan

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT!
Are you thinking about having photos taken for Christmas gifts?
You can support Agape House and get your photos done all at the same time with Cyndie Lee Photography at our Counseling Center in Walworth on November 11th.
Click on this link to see more details: Cyndie Lee Photo Sessions

Created in the Image of God

Dear Friends:

“So God created mankind in His own image,
in the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them.”
~ Genesis 1:27

This is the verse our girls have been learning at school this week; isn’t it wonderful that we can help them to understand the depth of God’s love for them that He would create them in His image!

Please Pray:
~ for our maintenance volunteer, Bob Milliman (Pam’s 75-yo Dad), who has been overseeing our maintenance issues for several years now, and fell off a ladder this week. Pray for his complete healing, and for someone else to volunteer to fill in the gap.

~ for the girls to truly understand the depth of the knowledge that God has created us in His image!

~ for our upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration and the preparation process. We have been experiencing attack in many ways; however, we will still celebrate and give all the praise and glory to God!

Praise God:
~ for the beauty of being created in His image.

~ for the changes we are seeing in the girls as they learn to communicate more appropriately!

~ for Team Building at OWLS. TEAM: It’s a tough word to embrace. Diverse personalities, morals, belief systems, ages, outlooks, goals, hurts and past realities make unifying any group of individuals a challenge. But a group of teenage girls is altogether another unique experience! Yet, here they are: United. Behind the scenes this picture included laughter, counsel, wisdom, patience, frustration, teamwork, and a common goal. Last week we went to OWLS (Outdoor Wisconsin Leadership School). The girls had the opportunity to be challenged by multiple activities which encouraged problem solving skills as a whole group. They learned about different ways to communicate and the importance of hearing what is not spoken. They learned that their differences not only unified them, but strengthened them. They learned how to be a TEAM! Every day challenges arise. Sharing bathrooms and bedrooms they find is the easy part. Sharing the areas of their hearts they have walled off is the tough stuff. So we work: Together!

~ Praise God for Kunes Country Auto Group and Baird Foundation, Inc., our Signature Sponsors for our upcoming Information Night/20th Anniversary Celebration on November 2nd. We are grateful to Baird Foundation for their support of this event; it is their way of acknowledging and confirming the work God is doing so faithfully in the lives of the girls at Agape House.

Blessings . . .

Jan

It’s not too late to register for our 20th Anniversary Celebration; for details and to register, please click on the “20th Anniversary Celebration” tab at the top of the page.

Santa Cause Comes Again Soon

Embark on a magical Christmas boat cruise to Santa’s North Pole hideaway! Along your lake tour you will be enchanted by lighted displays that unfold the story of your journey to the North Pole. Activities will be offered as well as a cash bar with adult and children’s beverages. Reservations recommended.

Before your journey on board begins, you will walk through the Twelve Charities of Christmas Tree Festival. This winter wonderland includes 12 individually decorated trees, sure to delight all ages!

“Santa Cause” is a super charity, which supports existing charities in Walworth County referred to as: “The Twelve Charities of Christmas” and performs Random Acts of Kindness throughout our community.  100% of the “Tree Festival” proceeds go directly to the charities.

The 2017 Santa Cruises will depart from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve running seven nights per week, except 12/24 and 12/25. Tours will depart from Gage Marina/PIER 290 Restaurant in Williams Bay every evening beginning at 4:30 pm.

For more information, go to: http://www.cruiselakegeneva.com/boat-tours/santa-cruise/

Click on this link to view a 30-second video: Santa Cause 2017

God is Love

Dear Friends:

“And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in Him.” ~ 1 John 4:16

Being assured of God’s love sets us free to enjoy the numerous expressions of love He showers up on us each day. God loves us because His nature is love, not because we deserve His love. If we accept God’s love we will be able to return love to God as well as to others. If we cannot accept the truth that God loves us, we will be limited on how we can relate to Him. Without a clear understanding and acceptance of God’s love, we will be disoriented to Him and what He wants to do in our lives.

Please Pray:
~ for our girls and their families to deeply know God’s unconditional love for each one of them so that they might experience the peace and joy, and so much more, that God has waiting for them to experience!

Praise God:
~ for the donation of a whole hog, already processed for us, from the sale at Walworth County Fair. Thank you Plasticraft!

Blessings . . .

Jan

Train Up a Child

Dear Friends:

“Train up a child in the way he should go
[and in keeping with his individual gift or bent],
and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
~ Proverbs 22:6

This Scripture is so important for us to remember, and I especially love the emphasis about each child’s individual gift. It is with great delight that we watch our girls at Agape explore and enjoy their individual gifts, and we are blessed with many volunteers who help them to expand upon those gifts.

Another area we are grateful for our volunteers is with the lunch program. We have faithful volunteers providing lunch 4 days a week. It is a huge blessing to the girls to see God’s people who continually care about helping to meet their needs. We are in need of a few more helpers; if you feel led to help out in this way, please contact Debby at the school (262.394.5043) for more details. Some of our volunteers bring the lunch, serve it and sit with the girls. Others prepare the meal and drop it off on their way to work in the morning. Individuals provide this blessing, as well as different organizations who work together as a group to meet this need. Thank you for your consideration of this request.

Please Pray:
~ for the God-given gifts each one of our precious girls have received from God, and the joy of watching them use these gifts to their fullest potential.

~ for our staff and volunteers, and the many issues of concern each of us are dealing with, often feeling like being under attack, while continuing to serve in this ministry.

~ for our girls and their families to draw close to God, trusting Him to lead them and guide them as they go forth this year.

Praise God:
~ for your servants who meet the needs of so many people in a variety of ways; we could not do the ministry work necessary at Agape House without the help of our invaluable volunteers!

~ for God’s word and the training up of our children in the way they should go, knowing it will stay with them forever.

~ for time spent on Pleasant Lake on a recent outing. For some girls, kayaking was a new adventure! In spite of the overcast skies and cooler temperatures, the girls enjoyed themselves.

Blessings . . .
Jan

The Love of our Father

Dear Friends:

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God.” ~ 1 John 3:1a

What a beautiful Scripture for the girls to learn about this week as they begin a new school year! We have 10 girls in our program, including the girls in the TLH. We are happy to say that 8 of those girls are returning for a second year of program. Our experience has been that it takes at least 2 years for the girls to truly grasp how much God loves and cares for us, and to recognize that He cares so much about the healing each one of us need.

Our plans for a Jr. High Home are back ‘in-process’ again; the first plan of action did not work out. We are seeking His direction once again, and are praying for His guidance. Sometimes we don’t hear clearly, but it is good to know that God can close the door for us if we take a wrong turn.

Please Pray:
~ for our girls to recognize the incredible quality of love that God has given and shown us, that we should be named and called and counted as his children.

~ for our girls to be able to focus on their school work; some girls struggle with this more than others.

~ for wisdom and discernment about the direction to go for our Jr. High Girls Home.

~ for the girls who did not return to the program, that they remember what they did learn in their time at Agape, and that His love guides them as they go forward in their lives.

Praise God:
~ for the girls who returned to our program this year, as well as the new girls who started this week; they started the week out feeling comfortable, committed and ready to work on their goals!

~ for a new look on our windows in the classrooms, thanks to Sandy Heinitz – curtains that add a lovely touch to the decor’!

~ for Tina Dillman who does all of our bulletin boards.

~ for JC Plumbing and the awesome job they did with the installation of our new HVAC system. It was no easy task to install the vents in the Sanctuary, as you can see in the picture below!

~ for Walworth Elementary School taking care of the removal of this huge, overgrown bush that was loaded with bees – it was a hazard for the children on their playground.

Blessings . . .
Jan

YOU ARE INVITED

One child at a time, we are all making a difference in the lives of the girls who come to Agape House as they break chains . . .

Plans are in the works for a
CELEBRATION
of all that God has been doing
at Agape House in the past
20 YEARS
on Thursday, November 2nd!
We hope you will ‘Save The Date’.

***To reserve a place at this time***
call 262.275.6466 or
email: office@AgapeHouseHeals.org.

Watch for more details to
come your way at a later date.

WISH LIST:
Freezer for our pantry (about 28″ wide by 60″ high)
Kitchen Cabinets for the MPR Kitchen (if you are renovating your kitchen, would you consider donating your old cabinets?)
Art Supplies, as follows: markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, acrylic paints, variety of sizes of paint brushes, variety of sizes of canvases, air-dry clay, glue sticks, Elmers glue, mod podge, fabric scissors, needles and thread, water-color paper
Bean Bag Chairs for the Home (up to 6); the girls love sitting on these in the dorm and/or home area
Computer (up to 2 years old – does not need to be new) for use in the Home

NEED:
Use of a small BACKHOE to repair our sewer line; please contact Jan at 262.275.6466 if you are able to help.

Week of August 28th – Office Hours
Open Limited Hours
Due to All-Staff In-Service
Monday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed WEDNESDAY
Thursday, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
After Labor Day, we’ll be back to regular hours!

Dear Friends:

“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed,
for they will be filled.” ~ Matthew 5:6.

Pursuing righteousness means that we value the opinion of God far more than we treasure the opinions of people. Righteousness is not merely an absence of sin; it is also about allowing God to fill us with His Holiness. Only Christ’s righteousness can satisfy us; but we cannot be filled with righteousness if we are filled with self.

Please Pray:
~ for Agape House as we prepare to open the doors on Sunday, September 3rd for the girls to return to the Home as we begin the new school year; pray for His spirit to flow through this ministry, and pray for the participants in our program to desire to be filled with His righteousness.

~ for our new staff at Agape House, as they prepare for this new journey, pray that they lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all their heart and mind, not relying on their own insight or understanding.

~ for the staff as we hold our In-Service meetings next week, that we will be renewed in His strength, wisdom and discernment as we move forth into a new year.

~ for Agape House as we pursue a different avenue for the Junior High Home, as we had some unresolved issues with our previous plan. We are trusting that God has a different purpose and plan, and pray that He will direct our steps accordingly for this much-needed space.

Praise God:
~ for His holy, satisfying righteousness!

~ for the donation of items on our Wish List lately: outdoor equipment and items to fill our Welcome Bags for new girls!

~ for so many volunteers who have stepped forth to help us with a multitude of tasks as we put the finishing touches on tasks that need to be completed.

Blessings to all of you. . .

Jan

Dear Friends:

God always energizes us to do what He leads us to do. It is only when we go beyond His will to follow our own wills that we are likely to get exhausted.

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always
leads us in triumph [as trophies of Christ’s victory]
and through us spreads and makes evident the
fragrance of the knowledge of God everywhere,
for we are the sweet fragrance of Christ unto God,
among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing.”
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14-15

God is so awesome – He knows our human tendency to do too much, and invites us to seek His will . . . so precious!

Please Pray:
~ for all of us to recognize that if we are exhausted, perhaps we should slow down and rest at His feet, trusting that He will provide the energy we need to do what He leads us to do.

~ for the continued installation of the HVAC system to proceed smoothly, as well as the additional work we are doing, i.e., the installation of the new framework and ceiling tile in the school tomorrow.

~ for God to bring exactly the girls and families He desires to be a part of this program in His timing.

Praise God:
~ for God’s ongoing presence and energy in our lives!

Blessings . . .

Jan

WISH LIST UPDATE:
For Welcome Bags for new Agape Girls:
– Journals
– Clear Water Bottles
– Adult Coloring Books
– Colored Pencils
– Medium Size Stuffed Animals
– Widget Spinners
– Lotion

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