Changing Lives with Chocolate Sponsors & Treats

Changing Lives with Chocolate is quickly approaching!  The event on Friday, April 20th at the Benton Event Center, has already sold 1/2 of the tickets!

To purchase tickets for the event: CALLchocolate2018.Eventbrite.com  Tickets are on sale now! $325 for a reserved table of 10 or $35 each.

Join us to support The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties with an an evening of delicious food and tempting desserts, heartwarming stories, and live music.

 

Please thank and support our sponsors for the event:

  • ACDI
  • Alweld Commercial Boats
  • Arkansas Federal Credit Union
  • Bryant Family Pharmacy
  • Century 21 Parker & Scroggins Reality
  • Dillard’s
  • Everett Buick GMC
  • McGinty Commercial Boats
  • MidSouth Mill Supply
  • Modern Woodman of America
  • Salem Pharmacy
  • Shelter Insurance & Agents Blake Jumper, Todd Matthews, Cory Pratt, and Matt Steele
  • Total Medical Supply

We are looking forward to treats such as Chocolate Crème Brûlée and Mini Pies from churches & establishments:

  • Ascent Children’s Health Services
  • Cupcakes on Kavanaugh
  • Employment Solutions
  • Holland Chapel
  • Houston Baptist Church
  • Pookie’s Popcorn
  • Sugar Dumplin’s Cupcakes
  • The Summit Church
  • Three Best Bakery

If you are interested in donating an auction item, serving as a financial sponsor, or participating as a chocolate vendor at the event, please email us at SalinePerry@TheCALLinArkansas.org.

 

Foster Care Crisis…or Faith Crisis?

Regardless of the state you live in, I’m certain you have seen a headline about the ‘foster care crisis’ in your community, in your state and our country. The number of children needing homes far outweigh the families willing to care for them. In Arkansas we have 8200 children in the foster care system every year with only 1600 families available to care for them. However, we have 5900 churches with more than enough families to meet this need. Churches who read the Book that holds the key to the ‘foster care crisis.’ The Book that commands followers of Christ to ‘visit the widows and orphans in their distress’ in James 1:27. The Book that commands Christians to share the Gospel, care for the poor, visit the prisoner… So do we have a ‘foster care crisis’ or do we have a faith crisis? An obedience crisis?

I am frequently told “I would love to be a foster parent but I just couldn’t…”  Is it ‘I could’t’ or ‘I wouldn’t?’ I wouldn’t trust God with my

Emotions– that the Holy Spirit will comfort us, strengthen us, calm us in the midst of difficulties or loss?
Finances– that He will provide enough to care for additional children? Or He has given us enough that we could help support a family who is struggling to feed and clothe their children or a family who has welcomed children through foster care or adoption?
Family– that He will strengthen and protect our family as we become a safe and healing environment for children who have experienced trauma?
Time-  to discern and prioritize our time to have an impact on God’s Kingdom instead of our own earthly kingdom? To volunteer, to earnestly pray, to care for another child?

As Christians we have the Provider of the resources we need to care for the broken families, the hurting children, and the overworked government system that had to step in the gap that we left when we stopped living out His commands.  The Church is the answer to the ‘crisis.’

What if the Church walked out of our doors and into our neighborhoods to seek the families who are truly in crisis and surrounded them before their children were taken into custody by the state?

What if the Church supported the foster and adoptive families through encouragement, meals, help with childcare and transportation, and marriage support?

What if experienced parents would fill their ’empty nest’ with teenagers who would benefit from an older & wiser parent to guide them into adulthood?
What if our local Department of Human Services had enough volunteers to help with filing, transporting children to appointments, and showing appreciation & lightening their burden that they could spend more time focusing on the children?
What if you took time today to pray for wisdom to utilize the gifts He has given you to volunteer, foster or adopt, or to support a family?

What would happen to the ‘foster care crisis’ if we first solved our faith crisis?

After prayer, what is the next step?  If you live in Arkansas, visit The CALL and find the next information meeting in your community.  Or contact your local Department of Human Services.

Also check out upcoming events with The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties:

Julia DesCarpentrie

 

 

Changing Lives with Chocolate 2018

Save the Date now and Join us for the 4th annual Changing Lives with Chocolate on Friday, April 20th at the Benton Event Center.

Support The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties with an an evening of delicious food and tempting desserts, heartwarming stories, and live music.

This year we are hosting a competition for local businesses, organizations, church small groups, etc. The challenge is to donate the most unique gift basket for auction. The winner of this competition will receive a catered dessert party for their group! Here are the details:

The baskets must have a value of $100-$150.

The baskets must have a clear theme (For example: Date night, camping, hunting, family fun night, etc.)

The basket should be filled with gift cards or physical items. Please do not include cash (Visa gift cards or the like are acceptable).

The baskets must be given a creative name.

Baskets will be judged based on the creativity of the theme, creativity of items chosen, and creativity of its name.

All entries must be turned in at The CALL office by 3 p.m. Thursday, March 15 (2010 Military Road Benton, AR 72015).

We hope you will join in this fun competition! Thank you for your continued support. If you are interested in donating a different type of auction item, or if you would prefer to support us by purchasing tickets to the event, serving as a financial sponsor, or participating as a chocolate vendor at the event, please email us at SalinePerry@TheCALLinArkansas.org.

To purchase tickets for the event: CALLchocolate2018.Eventbrite.com

Tickets are on sale now! $325 for a reserved table of 10 or $35 each.

The CALL Equipped 2018

Volunteers gathered at Park Place Baptist Church on February 10, 2018, for The CALL Equipped 2018. While enjoying a continental breakfast we heard updates with The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties. Some highlights included celebrating new foster & adoptive homes opened (19 families in 2017 and 11 more families in January 2018!!), opening The CALL Home, and adding an additional family visitation room.
We also heard from our volunteer Team Leaders as they shared how their team is serving with The CALL. Team Leaders also shared the needs with their team including:

  • Additional volunteers to serve Saturday mornings in the foster care closet
  • Gift baskets and other donations for the Changing Lives with Chocolate auction
  • 2 hosts to serve on a Tuesday or Thursday one day (9 am-3 pm) per month with The CALL
  • Church Advocates to share the mission of The CALL and equip within their church
  • Additional volunteers to serve on the Hospitality Team
  • Volunteers to help with filing at our local Department of Children & Family Services.

If you are interested in helping on any of these teams or with these needs please email us at SalinePerry@TheCALLinArkansas.org.

We look forward to The CALL Equipped 2019 and hope to have many more join our team! 

Amplify & The CALL

The CALL in Saline & Perry Counties is excited to partner with Amplify Festival again this year! Amplify is located behind Holland Chapel in Benton on August 25-26, 2017. The Christian music festival will include artists For King & Country, Crowder, Matt Maher, Hawk Nelson, Jamie Grace, Zach Williams, I Am They, Carrollton, and Flame.

Admission & parking are FREE, however registration is required. To register, for information on what to bring, and the schedule, please visit their website.