Computer Training Ministries
Depression / Suicide          Support Groups
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Basic Computer Classes -- Contact Mrs. Wheeler at 826-4322 ext 117 to set up an appointment. FREE! Cornerstone Assembly of God, 55 Tide Mill Lane Hampton, VA
Emotions Anonymous – 12 Step program designed to improve your mental health. There is no cost in attending these meetings. Three locations in Hampton Roads. Virginia Beach United Methodist Church 18th Street and Pacific Ave., Virginia Beach Tuesdays at 1:00 pm. FMI: Dave 351-3413 St. Pius Catholic Church 7800 Halpren Drive, Norfolk Wednesdays at 7 pm. FMI: Pauline 464-6715. Emotions Annonymous -- Support ministry at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, 1100 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, and Saturdays at 5:30 pm. FMI: Anne 515-7552. www.emotionsanonymous.org for more info. Restoring the Hurting – Support Group Ministry of the World Outreach Worship Center. Thursdays at 7:00 pm. 757-874-1223. 1233 Shields Rd., Newport News Still Standing, Surviving Suicide Support Group -- meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-9 pm at Spring Branch Community Church, 1500 N. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach. Facilitators include Charlie Liggio, LCSW and Sue Dempsey, LCSW of FIrst Colonial Psychotherapy Services, and Elaine ROberts, survivor. FREE. FMI: 757.464.9289.
Living in Holland A Christian support group for parents raising children with special needs. Meeting the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7-8:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament Church, 170 Painter Street, Norfolk (next to Bon Secours) . FMI: Karen Jackson 757- 282-8000. Meeting the first Friday of the month at 6:30 pm at Kempsville Presbyterian Church, Kempsville Rd., Virginia Beach. Young Life Capernaum A place where kids and people with disabilities come together to hang out, have fun and learn about life. Club is a free weekly event that has tons of fun, music, snacks, skits, and more. All Clubs meet 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Three clubs locally: Mondays - Tab Church, Norfolk and Holy Family Church, Virginia Beach. Tuesdays - Church of the Messiah, Chesapeake Thursdays, Kings Grant Baptist, Virginia Beach FMI: Tara Criste 705.6248 Hope Disability Ministry A Sunday evening service that is designed for families affected by autism. To learn more visit http://tbcnn.org FMI: Pastor Wes Taylor Tabernacle Baptist Church, 401 Lucas Creek Rd., Newport News. Faith Inclusion Network – Faith communities committed to ministering to children with disabilities. This interfaith, all volunteer organization also works to help include those with disabilities in church ministries and worship. Contact Karen Jackson at 757.282.8000 faithinclusionnetwork@gmail.com  www.faithinclusionnetwork.org  
For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37
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PENETRATING THE DARKNESS
Cover story from the September 2013 issue of The Church Guide
By Ray Boetcher
There are people in the pews every week, including  ministers, struggling with depression. So often the members of a  church pretend this is not a real issue because they have a  difficult time understanding it.  They think, “why don't they just  snap out of it,” or “why don't they just pray and let God fix it.”  Perhaps we say a prayer for them, or add them to the prayer list,  but that's about all we feel we can do.  So we continue to minister  to the “normal” people in the church or the ones with “real”  problems that we better see the effects of …  like cancer, physical injuries, heart problems or dementia.  Christians feel guilty about being depressed. They feel that  their faith in God should prevent such suffering.  They have been  hooked by health and wealth preaching, and come to believe that  the truly faithful should prosper both physically and financially …  so they reason, if they were truly faithful they should be free of  any mental problems like depression.  This leads to denial, which only makes matters worse.  Well-meaning friends, including pastors, who don't understand  what is going on, encourage them to “rise above it,” and offer  prayer or advice on “becoming stronger in their faith.”   But what happens after someone has attempted to “let go  and let God,” and now feels unworthy and forsaken …  They  begin to question their faith.  They begin to question their God.  So those who are feeling depressed feel that they must  hide their sufferings from the brethren. They feel  shamed, so  they pull away from the church, they pull away from their friends  and family, and they pull away from seeking the compassionate  and professional help that they truly need. 
SUICIDE
CHOOSING DEATH OVER LIFE
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  -  John 10:10
By Ray Boetcher Phoebe, a seventh grader, was constantly  teased at school. Then the teasing turned into  bullying as derogatory remarks were posted on her  Facebook page.   Her mother often checked her daughter's  Facebook page to make sure there wasn't anything  inappropriate being sent or received, and she  noticed that Phoebe was getting some threatening  messages. Other girls were calling her daughter a  slut and a whore. Little did she know that the  onslaught of bullying extended to Twitter, Craigslist  and Formspring.    When she talked to Phoebe about these  messages, Phoebe unfriended her so she was no  longer able to read her page.  Then one Thursday morning, Phoebe stayed  home from school while her parents went to work.  The last message she posted on her Facebook  page said that she would easily be forgotten, and  ....
that she was just a stupid little naïve girl that nobody  would miss. When her parents returned home from work that  evening, they found that Phoebe had hanged herself. A  suicide note said that she couldn't handle what others  were saying about her.  28-year-old Army soldier Brandon Barnett showed  up at his parents' home after a brutal, year-long  deployment in Afghanistan.   His mom and dad thought his Army experience  seemed to be helping their son mature. He seemed to be  more aggressive and not quite so shy anymore.  Three days later, Brandon drove to a neighboring city where he donned his combat fatigues, boots and  helmet. After stopping to purchase some beer, he  checked into a hotel and shot himself in the middle of the night.
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