Changes at PPL Print E-mail

j0409656Change comes with new life.

Change sometimes disrupts our lives.

Even welcome change, like the birth of a baby, can throw our lives into chaos for a time. Surely the lives of those in the path of Hurricane Sandy have been changed in devastating ways. It will take a long time for families displaced from their homes to find 'normal' again.You may have noticed that PPL did not post a newsletter in October. There is a reason for that. The Bowen Family was busy moving. Oh! No, we did not change our residence. Instead, we moved the PPL Office. We have moved (from a 950 square foot 6-room office space) into the Bowen home. Most of the office remains in our garage while we strive to make space in our home for the furniture, technology, and files necessary to carry on the work of PPL.

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Heart to Heart: Three phone calls that changed my life Print E-mail

Marie smAugust 1988

A report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted a 1983 document, Covenant and Creation, a policy statement of the PCUSA which said that abortion could be morally acceptable in certain circumstances. I read that article and that statement and out of the depths of my being rose the cry, "The Church should not say that!" I was disturbed to the point that I told my children, "Mommy needs to go to her room for a few minutes." I went into my bedroom, closed the door, and fell to my knees saying, "God, you have tied me to a dead body" (meaning the PCUSA which I had joined only a few months earlier) "You have to let me leave this denomination." A silence fell in my spirit and I sensed that God did not approve of my reaction. Weakly, I added, "But if you show me clearly within 24 hours that you want me to stay, I will obey You."

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ALZHEIMER’S DEMENTIA Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Martha Leatherman, PPL Medical Advisory Board   

OldWoman 36921294 MAlzheimer's disease is one disease among many known as the dementias. Strictly speaking, dementia is a very general term that describes changes in brain function marked by changes in behavior and thinking (cognition). There are many different causes for the changes in the brain which cause dementia, and with a very few exceptions, they are irreversible.

While there are over 50 different kinds of dementia, common to all these different forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's, is the fact that brain cells (neurons) are damaged. These damaged neurons disrupt the normal way the brain functions and when the brain can't do its job, the afflicted person will experience cognitive (i.e. thinking), behavioral, emotional or movement problems—and often a combination of all of these.

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A Tribute to The Rev. Benjamin E. Sheldon Print E-mail

Ben2The Rev. Benjamin E. Sheldon, President Emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-Life went home to be with his Creator and Savior on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. He was 83. We are saddened by the loss of a dear friend and a tireless voice on behalf of the unborn.

Ben attended countless General Assemblies in the Presbyterian Church (USA) to speak out against denomination policies that condoned abortion, because "it is the right thing to do." I (Marie Bowen) was privileged to work closely with Ben in producing Daily Delivery, PPL's GA newsletter in my first years as a volunteer for PPL. In those hours of editing to meet a deadline, I had opportunity to observe Ben's gentle patience and servant leadership. His faith in God was authentic and the fruits of the Holy Spirit were evident in his life. Ben was a mentor and pastor to many on the PPL Board and the GA team as he provided leadership during years of explosive growth in the scope and work of PPL.

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Encouraging Life at Presbytery Meetings Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam, PPL Board of Directors   

SouthamDisplayWhen I first became a pastor, I took a large stack of Presbyterian Pro-Life’s newsletters to my presbytery meetings and left them out for others to take. Most of the time they were all picked up and I didn’t have to take any home with me. I was always heartened to see that.

After many years of hearing about Di Lupton's witness at her presbytery meetings with a display for PPL, and also of Martha Leatherman's witness at her presbytery, I decided to do more than I had been doing. Upon my request, the PPL office sent me a box of brochures, and Di Lupton emailed me two images as pdf files. Now, I just had to get to work! I am married to a talented artist, who actually assisted greatly in creating this display.

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