Periodic support and educational meetings for help
AA- Sunday, 1:00-2:00pm / Wednesday, 7:00-8:00pm St John’s Room: (Farthest door to South and west of Church)
Al Anon- Sunday, 4:00-5:00pm St John’s Room HELP IS OUT THERE! Does someone you know drink too much or have a drug problem? Help IS available by calling 816 471-7229 for ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS meeting or 816 531-2250 for NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS meeting. Or you can ask for the family support groups called AL-ANON, ALATEEN, or NAR-ANON at 913 384-4653. Or the following web site:http://www.kc-aa.org/
Here is a GREAT article on the need of spiritual healing with addictions:The 12 step Review
Why do people take drugs?
In general, people begin taking drugs for a variety of reasons:
To feel good. Most abused drugs produce intense feelings of pleasure. This initial sensation of euphoria is followed by other effects, which differ with the type of drug used. For example, with stimulants such as cocaine, the “high” is followed by feelings of power, self-confidence, and increased energy. In contrast, the euphoria caused by opiates such as heroin is followed by feelings of relaxation and satisfaction.
To feel better. Some people who suffer from social anxiety, stress-related disorders, and depression begin abusing drugs in an attempt to lessen feelings of distress. Stress can play a major role in beginning drug use, continuing drug abuse, or relapse in patients recovering from addiction.
To do better. The increasing pressure that some individuals feel to chemically enhance or improve their athletic or cognitive performance can similarly play a role in initial experimentation and continued drug abuse.
Curiosity and “because others are doing it.” In this respect adolescents are particularly vulnerable because of the strong influence of peer pressure; they are more likely, for example, to engage in “thrilling” and “daring” behaviors.
So how do I resist peer pressure and live my life in a healthy, smart and uncomplicated way that helps ME be the best I can be?!
Peer pressure will be a fleeting thing in our lives. Peer pressure is largely about insecurity and a desire for acceptance for all involved. Most people eventually realize that intimidating others to feel important is manipulative and immature. Those who have been followers will usually realize it is more important to make their own decisions and be their own person than to be controlled by someone else. We must not give in to peer pressure, whatever the situation. Standing up for what we believe and what the Bible teaches will please God.
Throughout history, those who have been unafraid to stand on unpopular beliefs have been the ones to change the world and make things happen. There is so much in this world that we need to change, and so many people who need to be told about Christ. Letting other people decide what we do and how we behave is exactly what Satan hopes we will do; if we never stand up for what is right because of peer pressure, we are actually standing up for what is wrong.
Choose a Path
The following video illustrates a realistic scenario in which teens might be confronted with a decision about whether to abuse prescription drugs. How It Works : Click here for a choices video
First, a video clip sets up the scenario. At the end of each scene, viewers are asked to choose between two different paths. After viewers make their selection, the chosen scenario plays out. The video can be restarted to explore the outcomes of different decisions.
In addition the following materials are available at no charge from the National Catholic Council on Alcoholism and Related Drug Problems: “Prayers for the Addicted Persons and Their Loved Ones”, Serenity Prayer Bookmarks, Spirituality and Recovery from Addictions, “When They Won’t (or Can’t) Quit Alcohol or Drugs. 1 800 626-6910 or check out their web site: Council on addictions
IS YOUR CHILD VISITING STRANGE AND EXOTIC PLACES ONLINE?? Cyber Dangers are EVERYWHERE! Our primary concern as parents is safety. Find practical steps to protect computers, cell phones, and wireless devices along with positive resources about love and sexuality to help your family (and marriage) thrive at arch kck
Web sites for alcoholics anonymous and Al Anon: click here
PARENTS 1. Remember our adolescent children are watching us. Be a good example!
2. At adolescent events, should the adults be drinking alcohol?
3.Get to know your son or daughters friends and their parents.
4. Develop a code to get your son or daughter out of a bad situation.
5.Really question if sleep overs are necessary in the teenage years, especially those last minute sleep overs.(The Johnson county DA’s office reports more problems reach his desk that started with a sleep over.)
6.The average age of first drink in Johnson County is 13!!
7.Drinking before twenty-one is illegal and not a right of passage. The adolescent brain is still developing and in some cases the prefrontal lobe is not fully developed until age 25. Give them time to grow up.
8.Talk to your children about drugs and alcohol.
9.Grab and hug your kids even if they act like you’re smothering them. A parents love is what they need.
10. Pray! These are hard years because your child is discovering who they are and there will be difficult moments, but be there for them as a teacher of their faith.
SAFEHOME’s Mission is to break the cycle domestic violence and partner abuse for victims and their children by providing shelter, advocacy, counseling, and prevention education in our community.
24-Hour Crisis Hotline:913.262.2868
Administrative Phone Number: 913.432.9300
All SAFEHOME services are free and confidential
SAFEHOME is the only accredited provider of shelter and comprehensive support services for victims of domestic violence in Johnson and Miami Counties, Kansas. At the shelter, SAFEHOME offers counseling and services to help victims of domestic violence and their children heal emotionally and physically, find employment and housing, and successfully transition to emotional and financial independence. Outreach Counseling offers support to individuals and families not living at the shelter and to those who are participating in SAFEHOME’s Transitional Living Program. SAFEHOME also provides community education and prevention, legal services provided by an on-site, licensed attorney and on-site advocacy at the Johnson County District Court and all local hospitals.
Spiritual Work of Mercy:To instruct the ignorant ; To counsel the doubtful;To comfort the afflicted; To pray for the living and the dead.
Family Friendly Opportunities:
1) Hillcrest Transitional Living is a ministry we already support at Ascension. They are ready to open a homeless adolescent shelter in Johnson County (yes, we have that problem!) They need some help getting it “turn key ready” for the new youth residents. Saturday October 7th from 9 am to noon then 1 pm to 5 pm. (Flexible hours within these hours okay also if you only have an hour or two.) 9324 Blue Jacket OP, Ks 66213. Bring the kids! There will be plenty for them to do also. Tasks: Move furniture, Deep clean apartments , Set up kitchens/ stock apartments/decorate, Make beds, Hook up a washer and dryer, Repair and clean up outside trash receptacle, Replace toilet
They also need some items you may have and want to donate:
Small desks and chairs (2), Small TV stand or wall unit, refrigerator, 2 twin bed frames, 2 twin box springs ,Decoration items (bathroom, kitchen, living area, bedroom)
Needs volunteers for their new thrift store! FAMILY FRIENDLY!!
MISSION HOPE THRIFT IS LOOKING FOR INVIDIVUALS WITH A HEART FOR SERVING!! WE DIRECTLY IMPACT THE LIVES OF THE HOMELESS IN OUR COMMUNITY!
We need volunteers to help us with the thrift store:
Cleaning and repairing furniture
Working with electronics and appliances
Driving a box truck to pick up donations
Sorting, cleaning, and pricing incoming donations
Merchandising and displaying
… And MORE!
Training is available! We welcome your service one time, weekly, or daily. We welcome you on your own, with a friend,
with your family, or with a group! Only certain volunteer roles
require committed scheduling.
To volunteer, or to learn more: Please call 913.831.8222 or email email@example.com.
MISSION HOPE THRIFT is located at:
Regency Park Shopping Center
9148 Metcalf Avenue
Overland Park, KS 66212
(We’re southwest of 9st& Metcalf near New Theatre Restaurant,
Michael’s, Micro Center, and Natural Grocers, in the corner of the shopping center.)
Ascension sponsors 2 apartments (ONE NEW APARTMENT IN JO CO!) through this Kansas City area charity. We restock the apartments when the families graduate. We also sponsor several families for their Christmas needs through the Angel Tree at Ascension. We also help with monetary needs .
Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers homeless families, singles & youth a disciplined educational program within a caring, supportive environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is one-time or emergency care, Hillcrest’s primary objective is to move clients from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total life situation of the homeless families they serve. Hillcrest also provides a transitional housing program for homeless teens and young adults, ages 16-21, who have an educational goal. This unique program offers housing & supportive services for up to 24 months.
In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, aduts are required by written agreement to find full-time employment, obey program guidelines and attend weekly volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides to clients in the transitoinal housing programs the following, through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc. Always looking for volunteers to teach classes!
Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build simple, decent homes and communities in partnership with God’s people in need all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. In fact, Church of the Ascension volunteers have been helping Heartland Habitat for Humanity to build decent homes and communities right here in Kansas City for the past several years, primarily in Wyandotte and Johnson County, KS.
Volunteering With Habitat For Humanity:
Volunteers drive Habitat for Humanity and people from all walks of life and ages are welcomed. Don’t have construction experience or building skills? No worries. There are many different ways to help out. You can help build homes, beautify neighborhoods by cleaning them up, volunteer at one of the Heartland Habitat ReStores, assist in the office, or even serve on committees and help with special projects that benefit the organization. Time commitments vary; some dedicate every day of the week. Others spend just a few hours each year. As a volunteer for Heartland Habitat for Humanity, you choose. All positions are a tremendous help that result, directly or indirectly, in the construction or repair of simple, decent and affordable homes and communities.
Upcoming Events: June 2016
Heartland Habitat for Humanity has reached out to the various churches of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS to participate in their “Building on Faith” program. This event involves the construction of one, single family home solely by volunteers from the Archdiocese of Kansas City in KS, including Church of the Ascension. Each church is being asked to provide between 6-8 volunteers for one day. There are also many volunteer hours needed on an ongoing basis, Tuesday through Saturday.
What to bring: Work clothes (long pants, work boots/shoes, work gloves, sun screen, tool belt/tools if you have them)
Volunteer Opportunities: Framing, installing siding, installing shingle roofing, installing sheetrock, electrical work, plumbing, painting, cleanup, landscape planting, general assistance, etc.
Must be 16 years or older and pre-registered (contact Greg Malmgren to do so)
Tuesday November 4th at 7:00pm will be our Introductory kickoff for the 33 Days to Morning Glory study on consecrating our lives and our families to Jesus through Mary. If you purchased any materials for this program, you may pick them up at this introductory session where we will show the 1st video session. If you are unable to attend Tuesday night, you may pick up your materials in the parish office on or after Wednesday 11/5.
The other 30 minute video sessions will be shown in the church at 7:00pm Tuesday evenings through December 2nd.
Please contact Ray Martin at the parish office with questions or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.