A fierce war rages for our souls. Are we ready for battle?

This world is a difficult place right now. Like it or not, we are at war. We face a powerful enemy out to destroy us. We live on the battlefield, so we can’t escape the conflict.

With God’s help in Michigan, we have fought together the battle for the lives of the unborn, for aid to mothers and fathers in crisis and for those seeking healing after abortion.

Whether we talk about it or not, the Enemy is trying to make our life challenging so that we lose faith and give up the fight. The only solution is to embrace the tools that have been available to us for thousands of years. We seek the weapons such as the Sacraments, saints, and the Church to help us get through the Spiritual Warfare.

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To engage the Enemy, I have purchased the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, by Dr. Paul Thigpen, and read aloud the prayers for protection over me, my family, home, country, religious and lay friends, our military and our Church. For a book that teaches how anyone can live a life devoted to God, even while remaining in ordinary life, read Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. I highly recommend these two books to you as you respond to the call that God has given you in daily life.

Hurricane Harvey Collection Update

Thank you, friends who have contributed!

Please continue to bring your donations this week to the New Life Center to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

The last day to drop off donations for the flood victims in Houston at the New Life Center in Lansing is Friday, September 15. (NO cash donations are being accepted), 1601 East Grand River, between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm.

Thanks to NLC volunteer, Chuck Biewer, who will make the delivery to Ken’s Kar Kare in Fowler by September 16. The business owner of Ken’s Kar Kare, Ken Farley, is coordinating loading the semi trailer truck delivering the items to Texas.

The needed items include baby formulababy fooddiaperssoap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, unopened socks and underwear, new or gently used blankets, shoes and clothing and small toys and clean stuffed animals.

See the article published in the Ionia Sentinel Standard on two local car dealerships who are assisting with the effort to collect donations.  http://www.sentinel-standard.com/news/20170901/local-dealerships-collects-donations-for-hurricane-victims

The New Life Center has received a facelift!

Thanks to Matrix Engineering, the building owners at 1601 East Grand River, there is a new light gray paint on the brick and dark wood stain around the window trim of the New Life Center. Thank God for his faithfulness as He gives us the grace to continue to offer crisis pregnancy and post-abortion recovery programs for hope and healing. Please pray and fast for an end to abortion and keep our ministry in your prayers!

Finally, thank you for your kind words and prayers for me personally. I am thankful to God for his blessings over the years to work with you for life! May I ask you to pray for Fr. Steve Mattson, pastor at the Church of the Resurrection, as he works with the Diocese of Lansing and our pro-life community, to focus on plans for new leadership at the New Life Center?

Many have asked me what my plans are for the future after I made the announcement that I would be resigning from my position with the Church of the Resurrection as of September 20. Together, with my husband, Ric, we are refocusing our efforts on family life, marriage, our youngest children, and our domestic church, our home.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3

May the Divine Shepherd, Our Lord, who restores our soul and gives us rest, bless you!

Cecilia Tombelli

Director of Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing

Coordinator, New Life Center