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Volunteer Training in August

Raffa Clinic will be hosting our next volunteer training August 8th & 9th.

To register for the training please visit our registration page at http://www.ministrysync.com/event/?e=8180

For questions about the training, please contact Coco at Raffa at 903.454.9711.

 

Raffa In the News…

June 28, 2014

Raffa Clinic to open baby boutique

By Joseph Hamrick Herald-Banner Staff The Herald-Banner

Sat Jun 28, 2014, 01:31 AM CDT GREENVILLE — The Raffa Clinic in Greenville is making an addition that Director Threesa Sadler said will help save the clinic money and offer more convenience to the clinic’s patrons. By the end of the summer, Sadler said she expects construction to be completed on a new baby boutique which will be housed inside the Greenville location on 2612 Jordan Street. The clinic currently has a secondary location in Commerce at 2104 D Monroe Street.

The boutique will only be open to the families the clinic serves. The Raffa Clinic is a non-profit pregnancy and parenting center whose goal is to teach a healthy view of sexuality by providing practical and emotional support and education to help members of Hunt County embrace healthy lifestyles. According to Sadler, the parents will be able to purchase the clothes through vouchers they receive by going through one of the many free prenatal and parenting classes the clinic provides.

According to the organization’s Facebook Page, the new boutique is a “thank you” to parents who chose to go along with their pregnancy. “Some of you may already know that we see a lot of women and men who are currently expecting a baby, and have chosen life for their child, in our Pregnancy 101 and 201 classes,” the message stated. “We want to help them and encourage them in any way we can.” The average income of a patient who comes to the clinic is under $15,000. Sadler said by having the patients earning credits by attending the prenatal and parenting classes, it gives the patients a chance to not only learn how to be good parents, but also provides them with necessary supplies for their child.

Sadler said the design of the boutique is being spearheaded by volunteer Jamie Denton, who has a history of working in high-end boutiques. With Denton’s expertise in elaborate boutiques, Sadler said this gives the clinic a way to make the patients feel appreciated. “This would be a great way to honor them and make them feel appreciated,” she said. “The whole purpose is to love on them.” Giving parents who come from a low income background the experience of shopping at a high-end boutique for their children, on top of the classes they offer, is a way for the clinic to encourage the parents in choosing to go ahead with a pregnancy. “We see so many moms coming in scared and not knowing what to do,” she said. “We see it as a good way to reach out to them. They’re learning how to be good moms and dads.”

Since it is a non-profit organization, the clinic relies on donations from businesses and organizations, individuals and churches to keep the free services provided. Sadler is looking for hands to help paint the boutique and to help keep the boutique open throughout the year. Clothes from birth to size 4T and baby accessories new or gently-used are being sought by Sadler. Because of liability issues, the clinic cannot accept or distribute cribs or car seats. Donations can be made at the Greenville and Commerce locations between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For more information on the clinic, or to volunteer or make a donation, visit friendsofraffa.org or call 903-454-9751. -

Life and Justice: One Call with Many Faces

This is the first of multiple posts targeted to pastors and church leaders to provide resources to equip the church to be a voice for life. Please pass along to your fellow church members and leaders. ~Threesa 
 

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.” ~Proverbs 31:8

 

In the church today, there is sometimes an unhealthy — and unnecessary division between what are commonly seen as “life” and “justice” issues.

Life: Within the Body you have courageous Christians who focus on the beginning of life, who are committed to speaking up for preborn children and meeting the needs of their mothers. They understand that those who have believed the lie that abortion is just a choice like any other choice — to their sorrow and regret — and offer healing and restoration to those wounded by abortion.

Justice: Also within the Body are committed Christians who focus on justice issues, such as orphan care, serving those with special needs, as well as victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and caring for the immigrant and those in poverty. They take to heart the sobering words of Jesus: “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

The Image of God: BOTH issues stem from the understanding that from the formation of a child’s first tiny cell to life’s final breath, all life has dignity and value because each and every one of us is made in the image of God.

And that is why when we talk about being “pro-life,” it’s not just about a political issue. It’s a worldview…it’s a life-view. It’s a way of looking at each human life that transcends culture, class, race, age and opinion. It’s like a new set of glasses that helps us to see the world with greater clarity: seeing people through God’s eyes changes how we respond to them.

 

Focus on the Family 2013, Thriving Pastor: Life and Justice “A Resource Guide for Churches”

2014 Raffa Run is HERE!!!

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It’s Time for the

4th Annual Raffa Run!!

Join us at the beautiful Geoffrey A Sweeney Environmental Education Center in Quinlan, Texas on Saturday, April 26th for the 4th annual Raffa Run Cross Country 5K & 1 K Fun Run.

The Run will start promptly at 8:00am. On-site registration and check-in will begin at 7:30am.

 

NEW THIS YEAR:

  • We have added a 1K FUN RUN that will be walked on the streets of Boles ISD! This is a great alternative to those who prefer a paved surface over the cross country terrain of the nature preserve. It is perfect for strollers, children and those of us that need sure footing while walking.
  • We now have pledge forms available for those that would like a paper form to register their sponsors! (Contact Raffa Clinic at 903.454.9711 to get your pledge form)

There is a $25 participant fee for each runner/walker.

This is a NON-TIMED race. Runners are responsible for their own time.

Participants can set a goal to raise money from their own sponsors or simply pay the registration fee.

To register, donate to, or get more info: 

www.RaffaRun.com

 Share the event with your friends and let’s work together to make this year’s Raffa Run the largest Run yet!

“Share Hope” Ballet in Greenville on March 1st to Benefit Raffa Clinic! Purchase Tickets HERE!

 

 

 

ShareHope-CoverPhoto-FB-2The professional modern dance company, Ad Deum, will perform Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 pm, at the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, to raise money benefiting Greenville’s Raffa Clinic.

Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas, directed by founder Randall Flinn. Since being established in 2000, Ad Deum has toured across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, and received outstanding reviews of their performances worldwide. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope.

Since 2000, Raffa Clinic has been meeting the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of women, men and families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Initial prenatal services are offered (pregnancy testing and ultrasound) and options counseling is provided. Raffa Clinic also offers an education program that teaches topics such as parenting, budgeting, nutrition, and pregnancy. Clients earn “credit” for each class that can be used towards material assistance (clothes, cribs, strollers, diapers, etc.) All services are free of charge.

Threesa Sadler, Executive Director of Raffa Clinic said, “Never has our world needed hope more than it does today. Raffa Clinic has the unique opportunity to help those around us in very practical ways. We have the ability to share a life-affirming, hope-giving message to the community. Your support enables us to help those facing difficult decisions during their pregnancy. We are very grateful to Ad Deum and Timbrel School of Dance for their support.”

The benefit performance is hosted in conjunction with Timbrel School of Dance in Greenville, which offers instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Theatre Dance and Irish Step for students ages 3 and up. Timbrel School of Dance exists to explore the relationship between artistic expression and faith by focusing on strong technical and artistic instruction in a personally enriching and uplifting environment.

Proceeds from tickets sales for this performance will go to Raffa Clinic, helping women and their families face unplanned pregnancies and challenging parenting circumstances. Tickets are $15.00 each for adult general admission and $10.00 each for seniors 65 and older and children 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at the door, or in advance through Raffa Clinic here:purchase tickets button.

For more information or details about Raffa Clinic, Ad Deum, or Timbrel School of Dance:

http://www.friendsofraffa.org

http://www.danceaddeum.com

http://www.timbreldance.com

Love: An action verb worth using

Some will tell us that the motivation behind Raffa Clinic is “anti-abortion” or “pro-life,” and I suppose there is truth in this. There’s no question; we are a life-affirming entity.

But there is something deeper, stronger. The word I’m looking for is “Love.”

We are a life-affirming ministry not just because life is an excellent choice or because it is the right choice. We believe in life because we love.

With love as our motivation, we want more for our clients. We want– as Jesus offered us all– abundant life for those we see. We desire for each of them to love fully, and to be loved completely. We want every decision a client makes to be couched in love for themselves and for others, including the child she may be  carrying. We believe that if we love her first, and love her with actions, she is much more likely to project this love in her decision-making process.

Jesus was asked about the “Greatest Commandment.” His response was all about love: “You shall love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all of your soul and with all your mind,” Jesus said. Then, he added another thought; “And you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Our highest calling here is to love God with everything within us. But to carry out that calling well, we must love our neighbors — each person who comes in our door (even those we cannot see) — as ourselves.

Love. It is not a feeling; not a warm, fuzzy moment when we feel tingly inside. No, love is an action.

Love takes time with those we see. Love listens. Love reaches out. Love offers hope. And love never gives up.

Love is why we do what we do, every day. If this is your calling, join us. Because love always has room to grow, too.

Our next volunteer orientation is Wednesday, February 26th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Raffa Clinic’s Greenville office. If you would like more information about you you can serve at Raffa Clinic, you can RSVP to info@raffaclinic.org.

~Threesa

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