Monday, February 17, 2014

2014 Fundraising Banquet Featuring Dr. Alveda King

Defending the Dream


Dr. Alveda King

 "Abortion is an attack on the family and the humanity that unites us all."

 A Woman's Concern is thrilled to welcome Dr. Alveda King (niece of Martin Luther King Jr.) as our special guest and speaker at this year's banquet on May 1, 2014 at Calvary Church. The evening will feature a special guest client speaker as well.
"Dr. King currently serves as a Pastoral Associate and Director of African-American Outreach Priests for Life and Gospel of Life. She is a voice for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign and frequently shares her testimony of two abortions, God's forgiveness, and healing.
The daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King, Alveda grew up in the civil rights movement led by her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her family home in Birmingham, Alabama, was bombed, as was her father’s church office in Louisville, Kentucky. Alveda was jailed during the open housing movement. She sees the prolife movement as a continuation of the civil rights struggle. Dr. King lives in Atlanta. where she is the grateful mother of six and a doting grandmother." 
Tickets are complementary, and a love offering will be taken to benefit A Woman's Concern. Reservations may be made HERE or by calling 717.394.1136 (ext. 5).
Source: Priests for Life

A special thank you to one of our faithful event sponsors, WDAC.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


A Woman's Concern has entered the world of "outdoor campaigning". 
A few weeks out of the year you will find our billboard at various locations in Lancaster County.
Our hope is that in posting these boards more young women will learn about our services and choose to seek counsel as they make difficult pregnancy related decisions.

*Look for our billboards and let us know what you think by joining
our Facebook page and leaving us a comment*

"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."Henry David Thoreau

Staffing News...

In August welcomed Rebecca Lapp as our new part time office manager.  Rebecca lives in Morgantown with her husband.  She is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her family and her new pet gecko, Mazzie.  Rebecca has quickly become a part of the AWC family and has proven her ability to remain calm in what is often a busy office environment.

We are also in the process of training some new volunteer counselors who have selflessly commited to putting in time in our office every week.  We are excited to see our volunteer staff growing and anticipate reaching even more young women in our community who are facing unplanned pregnancies.

"There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
Denis Waitley

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Join Us for Guest Chef Night on October 18, 2012

Make your reservations now for the annual Guest Chef Night and Silent Auction on Thursday, October 18, 2012, from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM at the Lancaster Country Club. Please call 717.394.1136. Tickets may be purchased for $60 each. A portion of the evening’s proceeds benefits the ongoing ministry of A Woman’s Concern. Our guest chefs for this fall’s event will be Jack and Lena Hohenadel.

In addition to the scrumptious food to tempt your palate (including Butler Passed Hors d’oeuvres, Buffet Table, Dessert), we will hold a Silent Auction, featuring artwork, gift certificates to local businesses, jewelry, and other unique items. We are accepting donations for the silent auction, such as “weekend getaways,” vacation home stays, theater tickets, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, retail store/mall gift cards, restaurant or spa gift cards, personal services gifts, gift baskets, jewelry items, and art pieces.

Call to make your reservations by October 9. Payment for the tickets should be mailed to A Woman’s Concern, PO Box 1018, Lancaster, PA 17608 by October 9.

Bequests for A Woman's Concern

One of the most common ways that gifts are left to an institution is through bequests, which are pre-determined amounts or percentages that are included in a will. Other ways of giving include stocks, deferred gifts through annuities and gifts of life insurance. The key to planned giving is to give something that is meaningful and appropriate to the causes that an individual is passionate about. For anyone interested in planned giving, we encourage you to talk to your financial advisor for all legal matters.

Building this Ministry is Not Always About Us

In Rick Warren’s best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life, he points out in his first sentence, “It’s not about you.” He’s right, that’s for sure.
As we watch the ministry of A Woman’s Concern grow, it’s truly God’s work, not our own. And this ministry will keep reaching out, long after all of us are gone. So it isn’t about us, but about Him.

And one day—perhaps a long time from now—all of us will be gone. A morbid thought? Absolutely not. If we’re faithful, we’ll leave behind a legacy of love, of hope and of perseverance. Our prayer is that others will follow in our footsteps and take this ministry to new heights—that lives will be changed and lives saved.

When we go, we can leave something else as well—and this is where planning comes in. And if we think ahead, we can leave a lasting financial gift through our will, trust or estate plans.

In thinking about this possibility, let’s consider the question, “What if our ministry had a group of supporters committed to remembering the ministry in their estate plans?”

Let’s say—just so that we can add it up—that seven people reading this newsletter committed themselves to remembering the ministry with an estate plan. If each year, seven more people made this decision, that’s 70 people over ten years. That’s not a lot, but it’s certainly a significant number of supporters.

Estates grow over time, when we factor in life insurance, homes, 401K plans and other additions. Again speaking hypothetically, what if the average estate was worth $500,000? Some will be worth less, some much more. What if each of these seven people—each year—committed 1% of their estates to a local pregnancy care center? Again, some would give more, others less.

Over ten years then, with 70 people—that would mean that over those ten years, this ministry would receive more than $350,000 in pledged gifts. Our hope of course, would be that these gifts would not arrive for a long time.

Every day we work to pass on a legacy of love, hope and perseverance to those who will follow. If you are one who understands the importance of planning for the long term, you might consider placing A Woman’s Concern in your will or other estate plans. Every gift makes a difference, and will strengthen this ministry in the race the Lord has set before us.

Would you consider making that gift? If you do, contact Cathy at 717.394.1136 or by email at at your convenience.