April Newsletter

April 2012

Spring is here! A time of new life and new beginnings. As pro-lifers, we are known for our celebration of life. This is the season when we celebrate the biggest victory of all – the victory of life over death in the dying and rising of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It certainly has been a time of new beginnings for MCRTL president, Kate Johnson and her husband. If you attended the Candlelight Vigil, you’ll remember that Kate was trying to allow her son, Bradley Alexander Johnson, to make a grand entrance that day. He was actually born a few hours after the vigil ended – at 1:37am on January 20th. Her doctor, Dr. Kevin Howell, was supposed to be the keynote speaker at the vigil. Some people will use any excuse to get out of public speaking! Our newest member happily attends every MCRTL meeting and event alongside his mom.

On March 23, Grand Junction joined with cities across the country to hold a Religious Freedom Rally in front of the Federal Courthouse. The purpose of the rally was to stand up for religious freedom and to pray for a reversal of the Health and Human Service mandate. This mandate requires all employer health plans to provide free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections from the employer. This is a direct assault on our country’s First Amendment and our cherished freedom of religion. For more information about the mandate and how to join in the effort to overturn it, visit http://www.StandUpForReligiousFreedom.com.

The Grand Junction Teens for Life group will be conducting a Maternity Clothes Drive on Friday, April 13th. The maternity clothes will go to pregnant teens at the R-5 High School as well as teens who visit the Pregnancy Center. If you would like to help, just drop off hip, new maternity clothes (they are for teens, after all) at the Four Winds Café (12th and Bookcliff) between 4pm and 8pm on April 13th. Please spread the word!

Thanks to all of you who fasted and prayed during the semi-annual 40 Days for Life Campaign! There was at least one prayer warrior designated to pray on each of the 40 days. Many Grand Valley residents even made the trek to Glenwood Springs to support them with their campaign. Though official numbers are not yet available, we know that at least 644 babies have been saved during this campaign worldwide. Praise God for that!

We’ve got big news for our 5th Annual Spring Banquet sponsored by the Hope Haven Foundation. We are thrilled to have Shawn Carney as our keynote speaker for the event. Shawn is known worldwide for his efforts in the pro-life movement. Not only is he the co-founder of 40 Days for Life and host of a pro-life TV series called being HUMAN on EWTN, he has also inspired audiences across America with his passion for helping women and the unborn. The banquet will be on Friday, May 4th at 6pm at Victory Life Church (2066 Hwy 6 &50). Tickets are $20 per person, $50 per family, and $10 for teens. To purchase tickets, use the enclosed envelope to mail a check and a note with type/number of tickets desired or contact Kate (information below).

Personhood Colorado is making another attempt to get a Personhood Amendment on Colorado’s November ballot. If you would like to assist in gathering signatures for this effort, please contact Colleen (information below).

Thank you for your continued support of Mesa County Right to Life, both in prayer and with your generous donations. We each have different gifts to be used to reach the goal of ending abortion. In John17:22, Jesus prays to His Father, “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.” As the Body of Christ, we are all called to be one. What better issue to unify the Body of Christ, than the issue of LIFE? During this beautiful Easter season, remember that life, not death, has the last word!

God bless you and thank you for standing up for life!

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