This quarter we begin a new feature in First Choice Quarterly, the Church Spotlight. The support of our local churches is key to our mission of sharing the love of Jesus and the truth of LIFE to the clients we see each week. In appreciation of our supporting churches, we will be highlighting a different church in each newsletter.
First up, is a church that has sacrificially supported First Choice for over 18 years, Westminster Presbyterian Church. It is located on the corner of Tillotson and Riverside Avenue, in Muncie, just one block from the Ball State University campus. Westminster celebrated its 50th Anniversary this year. Their mission is to glorify God, enjoy Him, and make Him known. Approximately 350 members attend services on Sundays at 8:30 am, 11 am and at 6 pm.
Along with their financial support of First Choice, Westminster is also a long-time host of our Muncie location’s Annual Walk for Life, one of our largest fundraising events of the year. They also provide beautiful handmade diaper bags for our new mothers. This summer, we were honored to be the Mission Spotlight at their annual Vacation Bible School. We had the opportunity to visit with the children and volunteers each morning and share about the work of First Choice for Women. The group collected over 2,700 diapers that week for our ministry!
Westminster also has a number of First Choice volunteers, many who give of their time and talents on a weekly basis. One of those volunteers is Debbie Rose. She has been with First Choice since 1988! “I first heard about First Choice, then Heart to Heart, at Westminster,” stated Debbie. “Raising my daughter as a single parent, I have been shown much kindness, friendship, and generosity from my church family. Westminster has always been a church that honors life, yet also has shown compassion to post-abortive women. I have appreciated the Christ centered teaching and preaching I have received over the last 33 years, and have grown a lot in my Christian faith.”
Pastor Holroyd added, “The Bible calls us to love life from the beginning, through the middle and at the end. When we care for the mothers in our community that is the best way to promote life and to oppose abortion. If we are not committed to these families, we are not committed to life.”
On behalf of the First Choice for Women staff, clients and volunteers, thank you Westminster Presbyterian Church for your unwavering support for this ministry!