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Volume mmXI, Issue 2 · 2011

In BrIef Getting Through the Storm

"there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up." Page 2

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An alumni testimony by Colleen Augustin, Donor Relations Coordinator

Christ's Home for Children has touched the lives of hundreds of children over the years, and we know our supporters are encouraged when we share alumni stories. The personal story below is one example of the impact our children's program has had on many lives since it's beginning in 1903. On July 7th, 1980 Sonya Naugle came to the Paradise campus of Christ's Home for Children at the age of 9 along with her younger brother, Lenny who was 6 years old. Sonya mentioned that she was "given the gift of being at Christ's Home to restore her life and now has many great memories" of her time here at the children's home. When Sonya and her brother left Christ's Home in the summer of 1985 they went to live with their dad in Wildwood, NJ. Sonya started high school that September and graduated in 1989 as valedictorian from Wildwood High School. During the summer of 1987, she returned to the Paradise campus for the summer to volunteer as a lifeguard for the children at the campus swimming pool, an activity for which she had so many fond memories of her own. After High School graduation Sonya attended Lancaster Bible College (LBC) where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Bible in 3 ½ years. Upon graduating from LBC she went on to earn a degree as a Registered Nurse in 1996 from Alvernia College. Sonya met her husband Nathanael in 1993 at LBC and they were married in 1994. They have 4 children: Rachel (14), Benjamin (12), Samuel (9) and Susanna (8). Nathanael is a full time associate pastor at Fleetwood Bible Church in Fleetwood, PA where he oversees ministries in counseling and mentoring as well as teaching Sunday School classes. Sonya conducts Bible studies, mentors women, and teaches Sunday School classes with her husband along with speaking to women's groups occasionally. She had assisted with couples counseling before deciding to home school their 3 younger children. Sonya enjoys writing music and loves to sing

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How Do I Know My Plan Will Work

Nearly 60 percent of Americans do not have a will and are taking the risk that someone else will decide who will take care of their children and what to do with their estate. Page 3

2011 Alumni Annual Meeting

The Alumni Association annual meeting will be held on June 11, 2011 at the Clubhouse ... Page 4

The Gift of Being at Christ's Home, Continued from Page 1

GeTTinG ThrouGh The sTorm

The Christ's Home staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of our residents in the Children's Program and at the Retirement Community, and our greatest resource for helping them all is Jesus Christ, the one for whom this organization is named. Senior adults and disadvantaged children can go through some very challenging and disheartening times that leave them feeling helpless, abandoned, and afraid. But there "there arose a fierce are no circumstances that are beyond the knowledge of our Savior gale of wind, and and His power to overcome. the waves were In Matthew 8 and Mark 4 we breaking over are given the account of Jesus and His disciples when they set out late the boat so much in the afternoon to cross the Sea of that the boat was Galilee. This was a 7 mile trip across a body of water known for frequent already filling up." storms that could easily swallow up small boats. As the story unfolds, they do indeed encounter a violent storm. In Mark 4:37 it says "there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up." Real rolling waves viciously attacked their boat and it was taking on water fast. There was no bilge pump, no radio to summon the Coast Guard for help. The men cried out and turned to the one they loved and trusted, Jesus, who was asleep in the stern of the boat, seemingly unaware of the fear that was consuming His followers. Daryl Witmer in his sermon titled "Crossing Over" likens this picture of Jesus sleeping to the "silence of God". He says, "The silence of God is perhaps the greatest ordeal of faith... when we need Him most is when He seems to be most distant." The disciples "were men who had walked with the Lord and personally witnessed the miracles. But it is easy for even the giants of the faith to lose their way in the middle of the storm when God is silent." Well, you know how the story ends, Mark 5:1 says, "And they came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes." They made it through the storm, a little wet, a bit shook up, but also marveling at the person and power of Jesus. This is the same Jesus that cares about the storms of life encountered by our senior adult residents and the children placed in our care who have suffered abuse and neglect in their homes. The storms of life come in many forms: a chronic health problem, severe and constant pain, a financial crisis, the loss of a loved one, a strained relationship, or a broken family. The message of the Gospels is that God cares about you, He knows the trials of your life, and He will lead you to the other side.

Nathanael, Sonya, Rachel (back) Benjamin, Samuel, Susanna (front)

as well. She loves to write and hopes to publish a children's book soon. When I asked Sonya if she could share her special recollections of Christ's Home, without hesitation she said "Christmas time was a highlight" in her life. She recalls her Teaching Parents, Uncle Gerry and Aunt Ginny, holding a Christmas tree lighting ceremony when the kids would come down stairs and see the Christmas tree lit and then have a snack in front of the tree. She remembered some special gifts and also enjoyed shoeboxes donated by people from the community filled with presents for each child, which made it easier to deal with the pain of being separated from their families during the holidays. Sonya said "donors may think it's a small gift, but to a child it's the world". A couple of other memories were spending every summer at the pool on campus and Aunt Ginny reading a story to the kids at bedtime. Sonya feels that one of the most valued lessons she learned while living at Christ's Home was "to go before the Lord with everything. The Lord is intimately concerned with every detail. He is our Jehovah Jireh (which means "the Lord will provide"), believe in the power of prayer and rest in Him". I asked Sonya if she had a message to our faithful supporters and she said she would like to "thank you for giving to the children at Christ's Home. Thank you for always giving generously and sacrificially. I was a life that was changed at Christ's Home. Anytime a supporter impacts a child's life at Christ's Home they are impacting a life for the Kingdom." We are grateful that Sonya so graciously shared her story with us, and we are thankful to the Lord for her testimony, her dedication as a wife and mother, and her Christian service.

Colleen Augustin Donor Relations Coordinator www.christshome.org

In You, O LORD, I have taken refuge; Let me never be ashamed; In Your righteousness deliver me.

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Ps. 31:1 (NAS)

-- Board of Trustees -- David A. Shoemaker - Chairman June Maurer - Vice Chairwoman Donald P. Worthington - Treasurer Brett Griffith - Secretary

how Do i Know my Plan will worK

If you have a written will you are already off to a good start. Nearly 60 percent of Americans do not have a will and are taking the risk that someone else will decide who will take care of their children and what to do with their estate. Even with a plan it is important to review your will periodically to make sure it still fulfills your intentions. Numerous attendees at a recent workshop on estate planning sponsored by estate planning attorney, Peter Gilbert and Christ's Home admitted that they had not reviewed their will for 10, 15, and even 20 years. Having an older will doesn't mean that it no longer matches your intentions, however, a lot can change in a few years, so it is worth the thirty minutes it would take to review the provisions it contains and see if any of the instructions are truly out of date. Answer some questions such as: is the executor or executrix named in your will still a valid choice; have you gotten rid of an asset you planned to leave to a specific person (like a vacation house) which would leave them unintentionally written out of your will. Are named beneficiaries no longer living, or have your charitable interests changed over the years. Another important document to review is your living will and Power of Attorney designation. Even the best plan can't last forever. Major life events like births, marriage, divorce, and death might signal the need for changes to this living document. If you have children, you should view your estate plan as your final act of parenting, let it be a thoughtful and loving memory for those you love. The absence of a will can cause the unnecessary payment of estate taxes based on the way some states distribute the assets of the deceased. It can also require more work to settle the estate resulting in higher fees to professionals thereby leaving less to the intended heirs. So in the long run, while it requires some expense, work and diligence on your part, being organized and having current documents will prevent a scavenger hunt when you are gone. This will allow your family to focus on their memories and supporting one another during a time of grief and loss. Many supporters have graciously helped us care for the children of Christ's Home over the years; we encourage each one to consider making a provision in your will to sustain your giving after your lifetime? Simply remember the needs of Christ's Home in your will. Many donors have found peace in knowing that their commitment to the services we provide will not end, but will continue for generations to come. For more information on how you can direct such a planned gift, contact Vernon Wright: 717.687.9424 (ext 11), [email protected]

www.christshome.org

Robert D. Feller Peter J. Gilbert Bernard J. Lajeunesse George Zauflik CEO: Richard F. Smyth -- Mission Statement -- The heart of Christ's Home is to serve the Lord by providing services to senior adults and disadvantaged children in an atmosphere graced with love, dignity, compassion and respect.

Children's Campuses 800 North York Road Warminster, PA 18974 (215) 956-2260 3182 Lincoln Highway East Paradise, PA 17562 (717) 687-6072 www.christshomeforchildren.org Retirement Community 1220 West Street Road Warminster, PA 18974 (215) 956-2270 www.christshome.org Photos and names may or may not depict the children of the home. The Connection is a publication of the Development Department Vernon Wright, Director Colleen Augustin, Donor Relations Coordinator

-- Donor Choice Program -- Christ's Home is qualified member of and participant in the United Way Donor Choice Program. You may contribute to United Way through payroll deduction or by giving an outright gift. Please be sure to ask for a Donor Choice Form. For the Southeastern PA region (Delaware Valley only) our number is: 00981. All other regions must use our national number: 007689. Christ's Home is a 501(c)(3) organization. Gifts are deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. The official registration and financial information of Christ's Home, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. (Certificate of Registration No. 13865)

Director of Development

Vernon Wright

Registration does not imply endorsement.

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2011 alumni annual meeTinG

The Alumni Association annual meeting will be held on June 11, 2011 at the Clubhouse on the retirement community campus. The gathering will begin at 12:00 PM and conclude at 4:00 PM. The afternoon will begin with a picnic lunch and end with the annual business meeting. The photo albums that were such a hit at the 2010 Homecoming will again be on display. Alumni are also encouraged to continue their fellowship after the annual meeting at a local restaurant during dinner. The cost for the picnic lunch is $6 per person and registrations should be made through June Dewey Hamer no later than June 1, 2011. Register with June at 171 Overlook Court, Kingston Springs, TN 37082, and make checks payable to Christ's Home Alumni Association. Further information will be forthcoming from the Alumni Association.

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