Sixth Annual Le Concours de Livingston August 6th!

Take time out of your busy summer to enjoy a truly memorable afternoon on August 6th, from 2-6pm, at Le Concours de Livingston. Hosted by Whispering Pines Golf Club in Pinckney, Michigan, this year's exciting theme is American Hero. The event will feature prewar, unique, and museum quality automobiles. Guests will enjoy live music by Anna Moore (Marilyn Monroe), Chuck Horan (Elvis), and the Leaky Tikis, while enjoying a wonderful selection of heavy appetizers and beverages. Have fun participating in our exciting Live and Silent Auctions for one-of-a-kind items and opportunities -- all to benefit Love INC. Proceeds will help provide matching grants to partner churches in order to help launch or improve their service ministries. Become part of making a change and serving others in our community through over 50 service ministries coordinated by Love INC. For exhibitor, auction, and ticket information please visit us or phone us at 517-552-3816. 

Transforming Lives

The Love INC Board is committed to ministries that truly transform lives, but sometimes it can seem like a daunting task. Like any journey, however, you need to take the first step. Plans are being formulated now to begin classes that transform lives in the name of Christ.

Whether the class focuses on setting boundaries, affirming potential, or budgeting money these skills can truly transform how our clients live their lives in Christ Jesus. We are working toward a goal of demonstrating “Redemptive Compassion”. If you haven’t read this book by Lois M. Tupyi I would strongly encourage you to order a copy. Clearly, how we have delivered services to God’s blessed poor as a country has not worked. We have largely met an immediate need and ignored how we might change lives so as to eliminate the need. We are good at giving a handout but poor at giving a hand up.

 Transformational Ministry seeks to teach people to change their lives and do for themselves instead of relying on others to do for them. We should never provide something to someone that they can provide for themselves. This robs people of their dignity. If we continue to meet their immediate need without providing training to eliminate the need we perpetuate a broken system.

 Recently, four of us from Love INC witnessed testimonies of people transformed in Christ. Without exception their lives had been completely changed in a year’s time. They graduated from the transformational ministry program with renewed hope and the light of Christ in their eyes and in their hearts. Join Love in the Name of Christ as we transform our ministry to walk with our brothers and sisters in Christ through their dark times and in to God’s radiant light. 

Leave A Legacy

You may have seen this logo floating around in recent weeks, or maybe you've heard a radio ad about Leave A Legacy.

Leave a Legacy is a public awareness campaign regarding charitable/planned giving. Now as you finish your yawn let me share some astounding facts:

  • only 45% of American adults have a will  according to Legal Zoom
  • only 5.3% of people over 50 have made a charitable bequest commitment (from Michael Rosen CFRE; 20 Factoids about Planned Giving)
  • of those over 30, only 22% have been asked to make a planned gift.

Even more importantly, the planned gifts you make to Love INC can help a family eat, or help someone get a ride to work, or help people gain valuable life skills. You can help generations to come. Contact me to talk about how you can help your neighbors in Livingston County. We're asking.

Heart for Giving Dinner Coming Up!

For those of you who have planned or prepared for an event, I’m sure you know how many details go into it. Love INC has several events during the year, and our first for 2016 is the 9th Annual Heart For Giving Fundraising Dinner. This year it’s being held on Thursday, February 18th at Cornerstone EPC Church, and the event preparation is in full swing!

You can purchase tickets at livingstonloveinc.org, or call us at 517-552-3816 to save your spot.

 It promises to be a great evening. Our speaker this year is Dave Barrett from Cascade Engineering. He helped develop Cascade’s Welfare-to-Career program, which started in 1998 and has successfully guided over 800 individuals off welfare into meaningful, thriving careers. Dave will offer insights for all of us who care about people in need, moving people from assistance to careers, and high school students who want to consider something other than college. We hope you can join us.

 

 

Grace and Compassion

Today one of our board members shares a heartfelt blog. We may not know why we face adversity, but it changes us and allows us to empathize with others in a deeper way. We can all find our way; sometimes with the help of friends, family, our faith community, or Love INC.

Sometimes as we go through life we don’t know why there are so many challenges.  When I was a young girl I remember looking at my parents thinking they had it so easy.  They just went to work during the day, came home and relaxed in the evening.  Now as an adult I can really grasp the challenges they were probably faced with.  It is such a different perspective later in life. 

As a board member of Love INC I have always had a desire to help others.  It really is my number one aspiration in life.  I work as a clerk at a large hospital and even though it will never be a lucrative career I know it feeds my soul and my passion to help others in need.   

I am not currently a client of Love INC but can relate to many who are.  In the last several years I have experienced a cancer diagnosis with extensive treatment, losing both of my parents and a wonderful mother-in-law after long illnesses, a crisis in my marriage that was repaired and healed by God, and the most challenging of all was losing my husband of 21 years last year after his short 8 week battle with cancer.  I am left to raise my sons and bring them into adulthood without the male figure at my side and it creates new challenges every day.  No one ever said life was going to be easy.

Sometimes I wonder why I have endured so much at still a fairly young age.  I am convinced that the Lord will humble me and continue to use me to come along side others in times of trouble.  There is no other way to continue through life without Him, and helping others is just a way to let the grace and compassion of our Lord shine through me. 

By Becky Cwiek, Love INC Board Member

 

Stepping Into Grief

A lovely woman came into the Love INC office last week to donate cloths; a simple, loving act to give what someone else could use. And in an instant she shared her husband’s story. Her husband had been ill and bedridden for more than a decade. He was unable to get out of bed himself, and uninterested in engaging in life. He had been a singer, but not any longer.

One day she heard the shower running and some music. She thought the radio was playing. When she went to check on him she realized he was singing in the shower!! How shocked she was by this, and even more shocked when he asked for a nice hot breakfast. That day was amazing! Her husband walked outside with her, ate robustly, chatted joyously.

That evening, after dinner, he asked to walk the dogs. He went outside, just he and the dogs, enjoying the evening air. As she walked with him into the house he turned and smiled at her and said, “I made it”. Then he sat on the floor and quietly passed away.

Stepping into someone’s story, for even a moment, changes your life.

#LoveINC #inspired #grief

 

Merry Christmas!

"9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

                                                    Luke 2:9-12

Amazed!

This happens so often, and it's so perfect I'll give this to you straight from our volunteer:

"I was so encouraged after talking to a young woman today who we were able to help. She was encouraged and uplifted not only because of our conversation, but also because of the way Love INC helped through the churches and with prayer. What a blessing it was to me to be able to encourage her and show her Christ's love."

Raising the Talent Level of Michigan Workers

This article was originally printed in Bridge Magazine, October 27, 2015. It seems so many of the challenges we face are completely intertwined.

 

Raising the Talent Level of Michigan Workers

27 October 2015

by Phil Power
Bridge Magazine

Michigan’s unemployment rate for September was 5.0 percent. That was better than the national rate (5.1 percent) for the first time in 15 years.

Speaking of dramatic progress, our jobless rate was nearly seven percent last year and more than double that – 10.3 percent – just four years ago.

That’s the good news.

But at the same time…

  • The average weekly paycheck for workers decreased in more than half of Michigan counties since the year 2000.

  • Five out of seven projected fastest-growing occupations in Michigan over the next few year offer pay so low that workers might qualify for food stamps.

  • A quarter of Michigan workers are barely above the poverty line and – in a world of unreliable mass transit — just one car breakdown away from unemployment.

  • In the city of Detroit, where the unemployment rate for 2010 (the most recent year available) was 24.8 percent, there are still too many residents who suffer from being functionally illiterate.

    For the most part, we’ve survived the Great Recession. But there’s a long, long way to go to a widely prosperous economy. That – and the realization that we all need to become more entrepreneurial – is sinking in all around our state. Consider three new and significant workforce development startups:
    In West Michigan,
    Talent 2025 was started in 2010 by 70 employers, with more than 70,000 workers who recognized that worker skills and talent were the keys to the region’s prosperity. The organization works to “dramatically improve the quality and quantity of the region’s talent to meet increasingly more complex and diverse workforce needs.”

    Just last week came news of the new Detroit Workforce Development Board, bringing together 21 CEO’s from southeast Michigan, along with foundation, education and labor leaders. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also announced the appointment of Jeff Donofrio as workforce development director. Donofrio, a veteran of Ford Motor Co.’s government affairs staff, has also run the offices of Congressmen Sander Levin and John Dingell.

    At the state level, the Michigan Talent Investment Agency was created in March to fill the gap between workers with the right skills and employers “in need of highly skilled workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.” It is designed to link together state efforts in job preparedness, career-based education, worker training, employment assistance and unemployment insurance.

    Time was when a young person could graduate from high school – or maybe even drop out – and go down the road for a good-paying job bolting on right fenders at Ford, Oldsmobile or Pontiac. No more. Fiat-Chrysler’s Dundee Engine Plant, for example, requires new hires to have at least an associate’s degree from community colleges.

    The fundamental fact of today’s economy is that virtually every future job that earns enough to support a family requires some post-high school credential. Stephanie Comai, director of the Talent Investment Agency, says her greatest ambition is “for every kid who graduates from high school to have a concrete career-and-skills plan.”

    Consistent with Comai’s hopes, the state has just published “Michigan’s HOT 50,” a listing of tomorrow’s high-demand, high-wage careers that demand education and training after high school. The list starts with Accountants and Auditors ($29.67 median hourly wage), proceeds through Licensed Practical and Vocational Nurses ($21.27) and ends with Veterinarians, who pull down a median wage of $43.71.

    But while education beyond high school is clearly needed, there’s also pretty good evidence that families who think their kids must have a four-year college degree to survive need to think again. Both big Michigan utility companies have openings for linemen that pay upwards of $100,000 a year. I don’t know many starting lawyers who make that much.

    Probably because of the now-extinct pipeline for low-skilled young people into the auto industry, Michigan is notable nationally for lacking clear and far-reaching policies to improve the workings of the labor and skills markets. Recognizing the enormous benefits resulting from encouraging investment in human capital is without doubt one of the most important policy priorities for the next decade for all of our leaders.

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We Can All Help

You may not know that these thing are going on in Livingston County:

  • Sue and her children are homeless and in need of temporary housing.

  • Bob, a veteran, is moving into a new apartment and needs kitchen utensils.

  • Anne has ill children that need to see a doctor, and she needs gas to get there.

  • James needs laundry detergent so he can wear clean clothes to his job.

Love INC works efficiently to help families and individuals like these by working in collaboration with area churches.  Volunteers at Love INC build relationships, assess the need, validate the individual, and match resources from one or more of the service ministries. Service ministries provide a number of items including personal hygiene items, rent, utility assistance, mortgage assistance, food, furniture, and temporary shelter. In 2014 Love INC and its partner churches mobilized 6,143 volunteers, contributing 16,851 hours to assist people in need in Livingston County.

We are asking that you help make a difference in the lives of families and individuals experiencing poverty in Livingston County by donating to Love INC.

A generous family has offered to match your donation to Love INC. That means your $100 gift makes a $200 impact. Be the person to change and transform lives in the name of Christ. The time frame is limited, so double your gift by mailing in your donation with the enclosed card by December 15. You can also donate online at www.livingstonloveinc.org.

Many Thanks and Blessings,

Katherine B. Janego, Executive Director

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