MARCH 2015


Spotlight on Monthly Giving

Why I Serve—Jeff Williams
On the Shelf
Banquet Time

Dear friends,

This week we remember the steps Jesus took during Holy Week, from arriving in Jerusalem to praying in the garden to trial and crucifixion. As we wait to celebrate Easter, may you be filled with the joy, peace, and hope that comes from knowing Jesus, our resurrected Lord.

This issue of E-News introduces you to Jeff Williams, a new board member for Associates. He brings great knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to our board, and we are grateful for his service and friendship.

You can also read about Jay and Amy Shively and their experience with becoming involved with Associates. Their story will provide a perspective on being monthly donors by using automated giving.

Finally, we are one month from the Annual Banquet! I believe this will be a special time for the Associates family, and I hope to see you there.

With gratitude,

Heath Greene

 Spotlight on Monthly Giving: Two-way Benefits

For Associates, monthly donors have a unique value. “It gives us more ability to know what is coming in, and so of course that helps us plan more effectively,” says Heath Greene, executive director. “We also really hope that monthly donors enjoy the benefits and ease of automated giving—we want to make it a smooth process!”

For Jay and Amy Shively, being monthly givers has deepened and strengthened their connection to the work and mission of Associates.Read More

Why I Serve—Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams, new to the Associates Board in 2014, came to last year’s annual banquet after being introduced to Associates by a friend and colleague, Ric Wagner.

“I got to know Dr. Greene (Heath Greene, executive director), and just really felt like it was an organization with a strong mission and a great group of people.”

Jeff says he is consistently impressed with the therapists at Associates and feels a deep level of confidence in the quality of care they offer. He believes that the organization has a unique contribution to the community.

“Associates is unique even among other not-for-profit organizations,” Williams says. “I know there are plenty of Christian counseling organizations out there, but none of them are providing the depth and breadth of care and the amount of pro bono care that Associates does.”

This is the first time Williams has volunteered his time for a mental health care organization. He has many years of service under his belt for his church, Grace Community Church in Greensboro, in the area of finance. He served as treasurer and as a member and leader of the church’s finance team. After accepting a role on the church’s board, his role expanded to include both more strategic planning and also far more praying for and with the people of his church.

Jeff serves as president of the Alderman Company, a media and marketing management company based in High Point. Alderman serves a wide variety of clients, including Home Depot and Rooms to Go.

He hopes to serve Associates in the areas of marketing and advertising.

Jeff and his wife, Jennie, an elementary school principal in Randolph County, have been married for more than 19 years.

On the Springtime Shelf

Fight Back With Joy: Celebrate More. Regret Less. Stare Down Your Greatest Fears.
Margaret Feinberg

When Margaret Feinberg learned she had cancer, she knew she would need great strength to overcome it. She believed the weapon she selected for the battle would change everything. And she decided that weapon would be joy.

Through months of treatment, questions, and hopes, Margaret discovered that joy is a far more dynamic force than most of us realize. It has the power to reignite our passion for laughter and celebration. It can free us to rise above endless demands as we become more content and thankful. It can change unchangeable circumstances and bring a peace rooted in the remarkable love of God.

The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard
Kara Tippetts

Kara Tippetts, who died March 22, blogged and wrote about her journey living with stage four cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn't offer answers for when living is hard, but she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us, in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our pain into beauty.

Banquet Time—Just around the Corner
APRIL 28, 2015

This year’s event will be held at Winston-Salem’s Millennium Center, a popular downtown venue at the corner of 5th and Trade streets, on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s speaker is Ashley Smith Robinson. In 2005, Robinson was a young mother with substance abuse issues trying to turn her life around. When a desperate criminal burst into her apartment and held her hostage, Robinson shared the hope she found in Christ and a story from Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. Her story became a NY Times bestseller and will hit the screen this fall as Captive, a major Hollywood film starring Golden Globes nominee David Oyelowo (Martin Luther King in Selma) and Emmy nominee Kate Mara (Zoe Barnes in House of Cards).

Click here for ticket information or call 336-896-0065, ext. 305.


Easter Words to Keep

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3

“And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him.  For He departed, and behold, He is here.”
St. Augustine

“Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.”
Martin Luther

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