AUGUST 2014

FEATURES


Associates Board Member Serves & Speaks

Keeping the Care Giver Healthy, Inside & Out

Donate While Shopping

United Way 2014
On the Shelf


Dear Friends,

Many people responded with shock at the recent news of Robin William’s death. I think many have been struck at the irony of a comedian feeling desperately sad and alone at times. Yet, if we are honest, I expect each of us has times when we feel alone, abandoned, and without hope.

One of the greatest needs we as people have is to feel connected, to feel hope, and to feel loved. Let us pray for Mr. William’s family and for his friends. Let us also pray for and encourage each other. There are many Robin Williams walking amongst us right now—people of great courage who strive to put on a brave face who may be secretly hurting. May we show loving kindness and God’s grace to one another!

Warmly,

Heath Greene

 Associates Board Member Serves and Speaks

Bob Mills, board member for Associates since 1996, has a longtime history of involvement in Forsyth County with the world of mental health care and advocacy.

Mills was quoted in the Winston-Salem Journal on Wednesday following the news of comedian Robin Williams’ suicide. The article expressed hope and resolve from a variety of people for support and understanding of those living with a mental illness. READ MORE

Keeping the Care Giver Healthy, Inside and Out

Caring for a loved one during a long or terminal illness can be rewarding, but it comes with a range of challenges that go far beyond grief or weariness.

Kathleen Kellum, psychologist and clinical supervisor at Associates, believes the stressful parts of caregiving can “undo us” without care and community.

“It is vital to use the support systems in your life—professional, personal, and spiritual,” she says. “Make a list of possibilities. There are medical professionals, support groups, counselors, family members, friends, and church supports that are available to you.” READ MORE

Donating While Shopping—Feeling Good about Spending!

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Instead of beginning at the Amazon site, instead go to smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to choose a charity, and Associates is on the list.

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of purchased goods to Associates—it couldn’t be easier.

Articles in coming months will highlight other ways to give:

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On the Shelf for August

Suffering Redeemed: Stories of Grace in the Midst of Personal Tragedy
compiled by the editors of Christianity Today

E-book available on christianitytoday.com or amazon.com

This book is the furthest thing from glib advice for those who are hurting. Instead, it holds the stories of fellow sufferers. Instead of walking away with five things to do to relieve pain, readers may walk away encouraged, with a deeper trust in the presence and power of Christ.

I am Robin Williams by Jeff Gissing
http://jeffgissing.com/2014/08/13/i-am-robin-williams/

This blog, written by a Presbyterian pastor, delivers a vulnerable and helpful message about the everyday face of depression.

What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matthew Perman

This book tackles the idea of doing work that matters and how to make sound decisions about which things to do in an era of schedule overload.  

 


Words to Keep

“Ever console or scold people hurt in human relationships that satisfaction comes from God alone? Stop. Adam’s fellowship with God was perfect, and God himself declared Adam needed other humans.”
John Ortberg

“A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out.”
Isaiah 42:3




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