JULY 2016


Annual Banquet

Annual Banquet Photos
On the Shelf

From the Director’s Desk

Dear friends,

As the summer rolls on, many of us enjoy the fruit (and vegetables!) of our labor outside, bringing in food from gardens or from farmer’s markets. The bounty of summer produce comes only after planting, watering, weeding, and picking.

Our work here at Associates often mirrors this cycle from the garden. We sit with men, women, couples, or children who share their experiences, and time and prayer and wisdom begin to work. Sometimes the work is slow, but the Holy Spirit is there and wants to bring a harvest of wholeness and healing.

This is work we are called to, but we are doing it in a deeply challenging climate. As a nonprofit with a God-given mission, we have competing important demands. One current example is this year’s annual fundraising banquet.

On the one hand, we have received incredibly positive feedback regarding the banquet as a whole and the message that Mark Whitacre gave specifically regarding mental illness. We are grateful for the ways his story helps to remove stigma from mental illness, raise awareness of it and show how much work remains to be done.

It was truly a success in important ways. But the other purpose of the banquet allows us to offer therapy to those who need it at a drastically reduced price, and this year’s event fell short by about $25,000.

This is a snapshot of life inside a nonprofit---often more faith than financial margin, and many partners needed to help carry the load. Please continue to pray for the work God does here.

In addition, would you please consider supporting us financially this summer? One idea that makes partnership simple is online monthly giving. Click here to learn more about giving online. A monthly gift of $25 would be a true blessing to our Client Assistance Fund.

We are grateful for your partnership, because we truly cannot do it alone.

The peace of Christ,

Heath Greene
Executive Director

Associates Hosts 25th Annual Fundraising Banquet

Around 365 guests gathered inside the ballroom of the historic Millennium Center April 19 to hear a compelling message from Mark Whitacre, subject of the Hollywood hit The Informant.

Mark wore a wire for the FBI for three years while traveling and working in a high-powered, pressure-filled environment. His journey was complicated by undiagnosed bipolar disorder. More than a story of business success or failure, Mark’s story is about hope, family commitment, redemption, and working for mental and emotional health.

“This year's banquet was a fabulous event. The Millennium Center is a great venue and Mark Whitacre, our speaker delivered a very captivating message about his own personal journey that involved mental illness,” said Charlie Williams, who just concluded his service as board chair. “Although we didn't raise as much money as we had hoped, we are grateful for those that continue to support ACC with their giving and their prayers.”

Karen Googe, member of the Associates board and chair of the banquet committee, echoed Williams’ praise. She pointed out that Mark’s message was a real gift to those present with bipolar or other mental illness, as well as those in the room in relationship with someone dealing with a mental illness.

“Some of the feedback I heard from other guests was how Mark’s story made their own mental illness feel more accepted and real. He was so relatable.”

“I think Mark’s message was as closely aligned to the message and mission of Associates as any speaker we have ever had,” she said.

New Books for Your Shelf for Summer

How to Survive a Shipwreck: Help Is on the Way and Love Is Already Here
by Jonathan Martin

In this deeply personal book, Jonathan Martin draws from his own stories of failure and loss to find the love that can only be discovered on the bottom. How to Survive a Shipwreck is an invitation to trust the goodness of God and the resilience of your soul. Jonathan’s clarion call is this: No matter how hard you’ve fallen, no matter how much you’ve been hurt, help is on the way—just when you need it most.

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living
by Chad Veach

In a culture that values speed, efficiency, image, and busyness, some of us are aching for another way to live: more intentional, more connected. Simpler, slower, richer. Many of us have believed the myth that achievement and success bring us contentment, only to find it’s actually things like connection and meaning, not success and achievement, that provide true peace and genuine happiness.  Present Over Perfect is bestselling author Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. 



Words to Keep

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.  
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

I tell you this
to break your heart,
by which I mean only
that it break open and never close again
to the rest of the world.
Mary OliverNew and Selected Poems, Vol. 2

Only in the darkness can you see the stars.
Martin Luther King Jr.

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