Saturday May 27th 2017
Grace Community Church 800 SE Hogan Road in Gresham
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
$15 Registration per family includes continental breakfast provided for moms, light lunch for moms and separate lunch for kids provided.
Child care provided for up to 10 years old – child care cost $5.00 extra
- Financial planning/budgeting
- Healthy Routines/Organization/
- Renters 101
- Employment Skills
- How to co-parent/get along with ex
- Warning signs of an abuser
Information tables with community resources will also be available during the event. Questions, call 503.567.1212.
Registration fees are being used exclusively for this event. Please pay if you can but your participation is the most important thing. All scholarships will be honored. Please contact us with any questions.
After completing your registration – please visit our PayPal Link per your registration.
Ladies, I must share this invaluable resource with you. I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Karen as we’ve shared the same heart for ministry to single moms on opposite ends of our metro area, in Portland, Oregon. In her book Karen gives a realistic, practical look at single parenting. Each vignette is only one to one and a half pages long. She gets that we single moms only have snatches of time to read for pleasure. As you read and re-read the short stories compiled here, she will touch that tender place in your heart and bring tears to your eyes, cause you to crack a smile and even guffaw at some of antics she recounts. Her stories are so relatable, you will find yourself saying “that’s ME she’s talking about!” You will feel as though you’ve found a friend in the pages of this book and better yet, she places your hand in the hand of Jesus to experience a true friendship that never wavers.
Check Out This Upcoming Parenting Series offered by:
Make Parenting a Pleasure Class:
10 week, FREE, evidence-based parenting class for parents of children from 0-8 years old.
Meeting Tuesday Afternoons from 12:30-2:00 pm
April 11, 2017 through June 13, 2017
Reformation Covenant Church
1201 John Quincy Adams Street • Oregon City, OR 97045
Single Mom Resource List
Car or Car Repair Assistance
- FreeCharityCars.org is an organization that provides cars to single mothers in need. For more information regarding qualifications and details, please visit their site.
- WorkingCarsForWorkingFamiles.org is an organization where you can find a program near you, where you can find new or used cars, assistance programs, etc.
Cell Phone Services
- Safelink.com provides low income families with free government issued cell phones.
- NeedHelpPayingBills.com offers a number of different sites and links to programs that help to pinch your pennies.
- Cacrc.com offers basic computers at $119 or laptops for $200 for qualifying families. They can shipped anywhere in the United States. For more information visit their site or call 225-379-3577.
“I’ll be honest, every time I see a “kids need both parents” bumper sticker I want to cry. I know it’s true and feel inadequate at the task of teaching my son to be a man. I do feel judged by others about circumstances that lead me to be a single parent. I feel absolutely bone weary from balancing work, kids, cooking, cleaning and friends. Cleaning is usually last in the equation and I feel judged about that too. After the kids go to bed and I am all alone, I am the only one worrying about bills, grades and “Did I handle that situation correctly?” But I am a good mom and my kids are happy.
It is incredibly hard to find community in this society due to all the restrictions, distractions and obligations isolating us. [single moms] I so appreciate the community I’ve found with this single moms group!
The truth is, married people in the church often do not know what to do with us. They may not pity us or look down upon us as much as I once feared but they also can’t be there for us in the same way.
As single moms, we need:
- A safe place to be real about our struggles (and joys!)
- To learn more about Jesus and to draw closer to Him
- Support with our kids. Most of us could not meet if not for children and youth programming happening at the same time. We can’t afford childcare, don’t have a second parent to help, and we feel so guilty when we take time away from our kids.
- To feel welcomed into the church body. My experience is not unique. So many hurting women are left feeling like they have no place at church. It is far too common in churches all over the country for divorces to be looked down upon as though the sin of divorce is the only unforgiveable sin out there.
- Help raising our boys into men.
I knew I had found a “home.” I had found a place where I was accepted for who I am, what I had been through, and where I was going in this crazy thing called life.
The single mom’s group was and has been instrumental in my recovery of feeling ashamed, broken, not good enough, and a flood of other thoughts and emotions that I still cannot quite put into words. Through being with these women who have come from all different walks of life but are living a life similar to me, facing the struggles that I face, having the same feelings that I have, gave me the strength, power and love that I needed to get through each day, sometimes even to get through minute by minute. The best way I can describe what this group has meant to me is this: It’s like being wrapped up in Jesus’ love in present, human form. I have seen Him in this group through the other single moms and through our leader.
The single mom’s group is the first group that I have joined in a church where I did not feel judged or ashamed for who I am or what my life path had been. Being with these women is like being at the well with Jesus. Being with these women and spending time with them fills my empty soul because it is like standing next to Jesus at the well.