Summer Orientation Giveaways!

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During freshmen summer orientations, students get the chance to visit RSO tables to help them decide how to be involved on campus.  We can’t wait to meet the incoming freshmen and hope they stop by our table for the following items! If you have any suggestions for additional giveaways, please leave a comment below.

*Precious Feet Pins
The exact size and shape of a 10-week unborn baby’s feet
A U of L athlete shared that she and her teammates kept these to honor a teammate who became pregnant!
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*AWC Wristbands
Our wristbands are U of L colors and have our website printed on them.  They also say A Woman’s Choice on Campus.

*Information Cards with Free Services
Read a list of these services on our downtown center’s main website

*Candy!

What else would you like to see us give away this summer?

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Meeting Notes from 4/1/14 from our VP

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Hi ladies, Here are the notes from the meeting yesterday. 

April 1, 2014
A Woman’s Choice on Campus Monthly Meeting

Tour of Family Scholar House
I have been interning at the Family Scholar House which provides assistance to single parents who are working on their four year college degree. I would love to give you all a tour this semester, over the summer or even next year. I have really enjoyed my time here and am excited to share it with all of you.

Panel for the Fall
Lauren is thinking about doing another panel in the fall. We are still thinking about what topic to have the panel over. We thought about adoption, but if you ladies have any suggestions please feel free to let us know.

Good Luck on Finals
You probably remember last year when we walked around the sororities and handed them buckets of information and goodies. Last year we did it for Valentines Day. This year we are thinking about doing it for finals and dropping them off during finals week. We are still thinking about what to put into them so if you have any ideas, please drop us a line.

Orientation over the Summer
Last year we had a great time at the summer orientation telling students about how they can get involved with AWC on Campus. We are hoping to do that again this year. There will be a meeting about RSO’s that want to participate in orientation again. We are not sure when this meeting will be, but when we find out we will let you know. I should be going if I am available. I would love to have someone else there if anyone could make it.

Recruiting Students
We are trying to think of some creative ways to get more students on campus involved with us. If you have any ideas please let us know. Right now we are working on putting flyers up around campus. You can also suggest to your friends that they like us on Facebook and post about the group on your Facebook telling your friends.

If you have any questions about all of this, please feel free to ask. I know this sort of turned into a long winded message.
Praying for you all today and trusting that you are having a great week!
Alex

P.S. You can also add people to this conversation if they are interested in getting involved.

Five Ways to Partner With A Woman’s Choice on Campus

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1. Pray!!!
Read our post with specific prayer concerns here. Will you commit to pray regularly for us?

..The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:16

2. Come to our monthly meetings
If you are a campus leader, encourage your students to come to our monthly meetings.  We post our meetings on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter and would encourage you to follow us there. Students can also find us on OrgSync.  If you are a student, consider challenging your friends to attend meetings with you and to get involved.

3. Co-host an event with us on campus
We hold 1-2 “big” events per semester but can get more publicity and support with more groups to promote them.  Our events range from hosting pro-life speakers to hearing from panels of men and women who regret abortion. All of our events aim to be gospel centered and evangelistic in nature.

4. Hold a diaper/clothing drive for single student parents
This requires very little planning and could greatly benefit single parents at U of L. Donated supplies could be split up between students at the Family Scholar House and clients at A Woman’s Choice Resource Center.

5. Schedule a service day at A Woman’s Choice Resource Center
A service day can be a wonderful way to learn more about the ministry while meeting the practical needs we have.  Call 502-589-9400 and ask to speak to our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more.

Three Ways to Pray for A Woman’s Choice on Campus

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1. Pray for students in crisis pregnancies

Pray for these women who may feel scared, alone, and anxious. Pray for the father of the baby. Pray that these students would providentially see our flyers, online info, or our Resource Guide at Campus Health and would then make an appointment at A Woman’s Choice Resource Center.  Pray that they would have affection for their unborn child and would seek wise counsel instead of listening to the world’s advice to have an abortion in order to make their lives easier.   
 

2. Pray for us to stand strong in the face of adversity

There have been times when our flyers have been viciously ripped down and thrown into the trash.  We have had students attend our events with the goal to ask disruptive questions, and we have even had one event “protested.” Pray that though there are those who will do anything to keep students from finding us, that we would trust God and we would love those who hate us.

3. To be a gospel centered student organization

Pray that we would proclaim the gospel at all times. That it would be clearly communicated at all of our events, and that students would read the gospel tracts we hand out at these events and they would be saved. Pray that our love for Christ would fill us with compassion for pregnant students and single moms and that we would serve them well with our words and actions. To share the forgiveness found in Christ’s death and resurrection with students who have already had abortions. Pray also that like-minded Christian students would join our group in order to reach more students with the gospel.

Silent No More 2014

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On Tuesday night in the Red Barn we hosted our 5th Silent No More event! The room was full of students and friends who came to hear the stories of Dennis, Alecia, Danny, MeLisa, and Diana. Free pizza and drinks were served to our audience, and the general agreement was that students were listening intently to the panel.  Silent No More is our favorite event to host at U of L and we hope to do it again next year!

If you were at our event, what were your thoughts?

STUCK Adoption Documentary

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Have you heard of STUCK? It is a recently released adoption documentary that sets out to show how international adoptions are rapidly declining and the heartache this creates for underprivileged children across the globe.

Check out this video above. The video begins with an excellent explanation of why adoption from Jedd Medefind President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, and concludes with the film’s trailer. Trailer begins around 2:52.

View official website for the film here: http://buy.stuckdocumentary.com/

What do you think of the trailer? Would you watch STUCK?

Spring Breakers…Have fun but be safe

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Spring Break Cautions & Tips
You made it U of L students!  It’s Spring Break!

According to a recent article about Spring Break, the travel industry predicts that 1.5 million students will partake in spring break this year, some even out of country. That’s a lot of students. Enough to make anyone second guess that decision to stay home on the couch instead of heading south for a few days.

But are you missing out? The article weighs in

 Large numbers of students reported getting sick from alcohol and having unprotected sex, sex with more than one partner, or group sex. A night of wild, unprotected sex with a stranger or two may sound like an adventure, but for too many it leads to a lifelong disease (like herpes or hepatitis) or an unwanted pregnancy. Alcohol poisoning can result in a trip to the local hospital and an unpleasant, highly dangerous end to the vacation.

Unplanned pregnancies or STDs are certainly possible consequences of a wild spring break.  (Check out this anti #YOLO picture here.)

But don’t judge too soon.  According to a study in 2009 at Penn State, many students are not succumbing to social pressures or even the “norms” of Spring Break:

Participants in a 2009 study of students’ motivations for going on spring break that was done at Penn State showed that most didn’t go to get wasted or to have uninhibited sex. Most students, in fact, reported that they go to vacation spots simply to get away from the usual routine of school, to have a relaxed vacation, to spend time with friends and family or just because they have nowhere else to spend the week their schools shut down.

However you spend your Spring Break keep in mind there are consequences for each and every action. But at the same time rest, relax, get a tan, and socialize.  And check out these tips below (from the same article) about how to stay safe!

Safety Tips from Students Who Have Been There

Tips from students who have gone on spring break and had a good time without getting into trouble sound terribly like what any good parent will tell you. Don’t let that stop you from taking care of yourself.

  1. Tell your parents or other people at home where you are going, who you’ll be with, and when to expect you back. Let them know how to reach you if necessary. Stay in touch to let them know you’re okay. They will worry less. You will be safer. Hopefully you won’t be one of those who drop out of sight. But if you are, it’s important that someone knows where you were supposed to be and who was with you.
  2. Use the buddy system. When you are in a bar or in a partying crowd, take care of each other. Don’t let yourselves get separated.
  3. Don’t go anywhere with strangers. No exceptions. See number 2. If you meet up with people who want to show you the town or take you to their homes, don’t.
  4. Be aware of your surroundings. Take a moment to assess the scene and to decide if it’s where you really want to be. Know where the exits are. Don’t let yourself get isolated.
  5. Know the local laws, especially if you are traveling outside the U.S.
  6. Don’t drink to the point that you’re out of control. Don’t drink anything given to you by someone you don’t know.
  7. Stay hydrated. Alcohol and sun are a bad mix that can result in dehydration and sun poisoning. Use sunscreen and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. (No, beer doesn’t count for hydrating.)
  8. Be firm and clear about boundaries. Stay out of situations where your intentions about sex can be misunderstood.
  9. Don’t have unprotected sex or do anything sexual that is against your own moral principles. When you get home, you’ll still be with the you that was there.
  10. Don’t carry all your money. Keep your return ticket and some cash in the hotel safe so you are certain you can get home.

And, yes, have fun. Just use the good sense you were born with while you do it and you’ll go home with a nice tan and no regrets.

Read the entire article here.

A Woman’s Choice Resource Center is always here to help in the case of an unplanned pregnancy. Please visit our Contact Us tab above or call (502) 589-9400 for more information.