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Thank You!

Thank you for coming!

We would like to thank everyone who came yesterday to our Christmas Open House and Bazaar! The refreshments and fellowship were delightful. People were able to purchase Christmas presents for others and there were many pies going out the door! Our girls enjoyed singing Christmas carols throughout the day. Thank you for blessing us in so many ways, from purchasing gifts, spending time with the girls and giving of your time and talents. You are all such a large part of Agape and we are deeply grateful to and for you.

 

Christmas Open House and Holiday Bazaar

Come celebrate the warmth & wonder of Christmas at our

Agape Christmas Open House
& Holiday Gift Bazaar!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

215 S Main St, Walworth, WI

Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas delight with caroling, cookies and crafts.
We’ll have our Sanctuary decorated for the holidays;
cookies, coffee and warm cider to share, songs to sing,
and lots of gifts to purchase for special people in your life! 

Creation Calls for Praise

Creation Calls for Praise

Dear Friends,

What a surprise to wake up and look outside the window to see a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground while the snow was still softly falling. The trees were gorgeous with the sparkling snow. Although, I am not a fan of the cold, I couldn’t help but be thankful for the snow. Creation simply calls for praise! How can it stay silent?

We have been blessed in so many ways and are thankful for each of you who keep us lifted up in prayer!

Praise God for:

  • The spirit of compassion the girls have. They have been brainstorming different ways to use their time and talents to bless others in the upcoming weeks. It’s such a joy to watch them growing and become more of who God created them to be.
  • Continued blessings. God has continued to bless us in big and small ways; from providing specific groceries to general needs, His hand has provided for our spoken and unspoken needs. Thank you for lifting us up in prayer!
  • The unity among staff. We have been blessed with staff who are willing to do what it takes to keep communication open and prayer a priority.

Please pray for:

  • The girls who have recently accepted the Lord into their lives to continue growing in their walk with the Lord.
  • Wisdom for school staff and volunteers as they walk alongside the girls in their education.
  • The families of Agape, staff and girls. Both have lost loved ones in the past few weeks. Pray for comfort and peace as they mourn their loss.

 

Can you give of your time & talents?

Work Days at
Home & School for Boys
Saturdays, November 17
8 a.m. to 12 noon
119 Phillips Ave

Call 262-745-1882 if you have questions.

 

 

We are now accepting donations for our annual Christmas Open House and Bazaar!
Items needed:
***Holiday décor/ornaments, crafts, gifts & baked goods***

These items can be dropped off at any time; please ask for a Donation Form
at the school office to complete with the following information:

  • Description of Donated Item
  • Value of Item Donated
  • Name (and Business, if applicable) of Donor
  • Phone Number of Donor
  • Email of Donor
  • Mailing Address so we can send you a donation receipt/thank you

Thank you for your consideration of this request!

It’s Not Too Late . . .

To Sign Up for Annual Dinner:

Walk Amazed with God is the theme of our annual
Give Them Hope Event

***RSVP’s still being accepted***

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Geneva National Club
1221 Geneva National Avenue, Lake Geneva, WI

5:00 p.m. Registration, Silent Auction & Fellowship
6:30 – 8:15 p.m. Dinner & Program / $35 per person

Register online at www.AgapeHouseHeals.org/5k-event/
OR jodi@AgapeHouseHeals.
OR 262.275.6466

Fervent Prayer

Dear Friends:

Summer Office Hours

We will do our best to be here these hours, but it might be a good idea to call before coming . . . sometimes I am the only one here, and I get called away on another task. Thank you!

OPEN ONLY THURSDAY, 7/12/18 THIS WEEK, 10 am to 4 pm

Office: 262.275.6466

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.” ~ Hebrews 5:7

We are in need of your ‘fervent prayer’ for our girls and families at Agape; God is moving in them!  We are praying for a hedge of protection around them, as we all know the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. Please pray for God’s spirit to move mightily, redeeming and restoring lives and families.

Thank you.

Blessings . . .
Jan

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

~ God to send all staff, interns and volunteers that might be needed at Agape for September, according to God’s purpose and plan.

~ Our faithful volunteers: that over the Summer they are refreshed, relaxed and blessed for their ongoing support of this ministry. And for those in need, we pray for healing, comfort and strength.

~ The families that are considering Agape for their daughter for the 2018-19 school year; may they be filled with peace and hope about their decisions.

PRAISE GOD FOR:

~ Our faithful supporters, whether they make donations, provide items needed, pray or provide services needed – we are grateful, and give all the glory to God for each one of you!

~ The girls who are able to re-unify with their families for the summer break.

~ A time of reflection and refreshing for our house staff as they take the summer off.

“For with God nothing will be impossible.”   ~ Luke 1:37

Blessings . . .

Jan

May 2018 Newsletter

We hope you will enjoy reading the following topics in our May Newsletter :

Standing Firm Against the Attacks of the Enemy by Pam Patterson, Executive Director
He Left the 99 for the one By Kym Bachtell
Favorite Psalms by Alyssa Nelson and Grace Kerr, Agape Students
Saying Good-bye . . .
Special Events
5K Event Follow Up and More
Please click on this link: May 2018 Newsletter

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.

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

July Office Hours
Tuesday through Thursday (closed 4th of July)
9 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
These are the best hours to stop by;
however, someone may be here outside of these times as well.
Or call for an appointment to assure someone can be here for your needs.

Dear Friends:

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  ~ Psalm 37:4

God wants us to spend time in His presence; He does not expect us to work through the difficulties we have in our lives on our own. How awesome is that!

Please Pray:
~ for our girls to recognize the joy of this Scripture, and seek Him for all that they desire.

~ for our girls to enjoy their summer break, while continuing to work on their goals, which will lead them to fulfilling God’s purpose and plan for their lives.

~ for the girls/families God desires to take part in this program in the Fall, that He will touch their hearts and bring them through our doors.

Praise God:
~ We are excited to share with you that our 2017 Capital Campaign has been very successful! Therefore,

1) We are proceeding with the purchase of a new HVAC system for the school, and are working diligently to complete this project over the summer months. See our note below about the need for helpers with this project.

2) It looks like we will be opening a Jr. High Girls Home for the 2017-18 school year. Watch for details to follow!

It is pure joy to watch God answer prayers, as we trust Him to lead and guide us every step of the way!

We are in need of a couple of more staff for the 2017-18 school year, and hope you will help us spread the word. We are looking for a full-time, live-in House Mom and an intern to come alongside of our Home staff. Anyone interested can contact us at 262.275.6466 or go to our website, www.AgapeHouseHeals.org, and download the application.

Blessings . . .

Jan

 

WORK DAYS:

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the prep and finishing work for the installation of our new HVAC system in the school, as follows:

  • Manual Labor: Dismantle and remove boiler system and pipes;
  • Carpentry: Build 2 closets to house the new units and finishing work after the installation is complete;
  • Electrical: Run power to the A/C units (this can be done before or after the installation).

If you are able and willing to help, on Saturday, July 8th, Saturday, July 22nd, or any other day in between those dates, please contact Bob Milliman at (815) 404-1629.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
WISH LIST:
Acrylic Paints
Plastic chairs for the outdoors
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
Outdoor table and chairs with umbrella (used will work just fine)
Outdoor equipment: badminton set, balls (football, basketball, volleyball), ladder ball, bean bag toss, jump ropes, frisbees;
Deck box for storage of outdoor equipment

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

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