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Silver State Post, March 16, 2011 5 I l I I My 18-year old son Daniel came home last Smnmer with the "find" of a lifetime. A 1970s era Chevy Nova. It was scheduled to go to the junkyard, so for just the price of towing, he got a GREAT classic automobile. Being a little older and wiser than Daniel (and having done this before), I thought I would check into the condition of the car a little closer. It was a 70s Nova," and yes, I do realize they don't make them anymore. It was in completely original condition - - except for the body rust, missing pieces of dashboard, flat tires, Bernie Schillo oh, and did I mention the engine was mostly sitting i.n Pastor's Pen the trunk - lots of little pieces. Don't let me forget the broken windshield, and a few other minor details. Being the practical (and cheap) type, I made a mental list & added up what it would cost to fix this car up, and decided that Daniel could buy one completly restored for about half the pric e of what it would cost to restore this hulk. When I mentioned that to him, he gave me a blank look and simply said "so?" It's a guy thing - we love a challenge. The more rusted-out and ruined the hulk is, the more fun it is to put ft back together even BETTER than General Motors intended. I know, I've done it myself - - I have a van project that will be worth almost $500 if it's completely restored, but I like the van, and so far I've spent at least $500, and it's barely running & will take lots more $$ to rebuild. Now you might think that Daniel and I are crazy (especially if you're my wife), but what's happened is that we simply can't stand to see these cars that we're attached to rusting away in the weeds. Luckily for us, God feels the same way about us - - no matter how messed-up we are, God wants to restore us to showpiece condition. One of the neat things about being a pastor is that we sometimes get to see God doing his restoration work. God loves to restore lives just like Daniel and like to restore old cars. I've been doing Prison Ministry now for several years, and a lot of the people I meet there have made "wrecks" of their lives. They look just like Daniel's Nova. Pretty rough, qrhat's why they're inside the walls in the first place. The last few months, I've seen several of the guys I know from MSP - - on the outside. They're the ones who have served their time, and resolved with God's help to put their lives back together again. Let me share some of these stories with you. I was at a restaraunt the other day, and a man came up to me who looked familiar. I couldn't place him. I'm not real good with names, anyway. So I asked him where I knew him from and he mentioned to me that he had met me at the "resort". OK, I got it, MSP! This man had been out for 2 1/2 years, staying out of trouble, gotten married, had a child, and was working as a manager at a local eatery. It's nice to see God working in people's lives like that. Another inmate I ran into the other day is volunteering his time washing dishes at a "soup kitchen" for the homeles in one of our local Montana cit- ies. God is working in his life. It's nice to see him wanting to help others. We took our youth group to a Christian concert in Missoula a week ago, and one of the men helping with the event was an inmate who had been released from MSP about a year ago. It's nice to see these men getting involved in Christian events. I think my favorite encounter was with a young man in one of the larger cities in Eastern Montana. He was working in a second-hand store & was pretty excited to see someone he knew. This is what he said to me "I've got this job - it doesn't pay much, but I'm blessed to have a job. I have a place of my own. I get to see my family. And I'm staying out of trouble. Our God is in the restoration business. I'm excited to see that - - so think about this: No matter how big a mess you've made of your life, or how many of your friends you've lost because of those things, God will NEVER give up on you. "Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you, So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6 (NIV) Take the time to understand the impact of violence Your odds of falling victim to violence at some point in your lifetime are high. Even if you don't encounter violence yourself, chances are that you know someone who has or will experience trauma. While the victim ropes with the direct impact of trauma, those close to the victim also struggle in the aftermath. What do I say? What do I do? Why does my loved one seem so distant? Victims of violence often face a wide range of struggles. They often question what has happened or what they may have done to cause or prevent it. Many wonder how they will heal and why they cannot con- aect with their loved ones as they once did. It is also zommon for survivors to feel anger or frustration as they ponder whether they will ever feel "normal" again. While every survivor's experience is unique, violent trauma is almost always a life-changing experience that can affect everything from one's ability to sleep to his or his ability to concentrate at work or school. Understanding the nature and impact of trauma can be key to helping your loved one. Many survivors become depressed. It is common for them to endure intense feelings of isolation (I am the only one this happens to), and insecurity and fear (will it happen again, will he come back again?) Some may suffer from PTSD. Many victims turn to alcohol or other substances in an attempt to get some relief from their emotional pain. Since each individual's experience is unique, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy. Finding ways to be helpful and maintaining a healthy relationship can be challenging. The healing process takes time; ques- tions, hurdles, and frustrations may surface along the way. Following are some tips to help your loved one: LISTEN. Talking about the experience, when the survivor is ready, will help acknowledge and validate what has happened to her or him and can reduce stress and feelings of isolation. Let your loved one take the lead, and try not to jump in with too many comments or questions right away. RESEARCH. If the victim wants more information, would like to report a crime, or had other questions, you can help find answers and resolution. A Victim's Advocate can help you in this search. REASSURE. Survivors often question whether an incident was their fault or what they could have done to prevent the crime against them. They may need to hear that it was not their fault and be assured that they are not alone. EMPOWER. Following the trauma, victims can feel as though much of their lives are beyond their control. Aiding them in maintaining routines can be helpful, as can offering options or possible solutions. BE PATIENT. Every journey through the healing pro- cess is unique. Try to understand that it will take time, and do what you can to be supportive. The healing process has no predetermined timeline. ASK. Your loved one may need help with any number of things or have questions on many different topics. Even a favor as mundane as running a few errands or walking the dog can be a big help, so consider lending a hand. This information is directly from the US Dept of Health & Human Services, Remember, Love is Respect - Love shouldn't hurt. If someone is hurting you, it is NOT your fault and you are not alone. Talk with someone who will: listen to you, believe you, not blame you, not discriminate against you, and will allow you to make your own decisions. And remember, I am  advocate and available 24/7 - Call 846- 3680 or 846-2177 and ask for Diana Solle. Diana Solle Victims Advocate [ The Victim-Witness office is supported by Grant No. 10-V01- 90513 awarded by the Montana Board of Crime Control ( MBCC ) through the Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.] Community Calendar Wednesday, March 16 *Knotty Knitters - Knit, crochet and needle- work group - meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the William Kohrs Memorial Library. Bring your projects. *Drivers Station open 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:30- 4:30 p.m. at 1003 Buckskin Dr.  FOr info call 846-6000. rhursday, March 17 *Library board meets in the William K. Kohrs Memorial Library at 5 p.m. *Open AA meeting will be held in the Depot Church at 7 p.m. at 400 Railroad Ave. *Cribbage group meets at the Elks Lodge No. 1737 at 7 p.m. *Weight Watchers meets at the Pen Conven- tion Center at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome. Monday, March 21 *Open AA meeting will be held in the Depot Church at noon at 400 Railroad Ave. Tuesday, March 22 *The Sober Project, a 12-step recovery pro- gram based on faith, from 7-8 p.m. every Tues- day. For more information, call Diane or Joe at 846-3333. * 12-step Bible study at the Vineyard Church from 6-7 p.m. except for the first Tuesday of month when there is a "Meet and Greet" (soup, bread and dessert). For more information, call Diane or Joe at 846-3333. *Closed AA meeting will be held in the Depot Church at 7 p.m. at 400 Railroad Ave. *A1 Anon meets in the Depot Church at 7 p.m. at 400 Railroad Avenue. Call 491-2189 for more information. *Attention writers- writing group meets at Browsing Bison Books at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Wednesday, March 23 *Knotty Knitters - Knit, crochet and needle- work group - meets every Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the William Kohrs Memorial Library. Bring your projects. *Elks Lodge No. 1737 meets at their new facil- ity at the corner of Main Street and Cottonwood Avenue at 7 p.m. Good choice, good choice Elizabeth McClendon, left and her sister, Isabel are new patrons at Kohrs library. The girls are looking at the traditional Irish exhibit for March, installed by Friends of the Library. They recently moved to Deer Lodge with their mother, the former Bernadette Warner and their father. SSP photo by P.J. Wright. Church .Service Director00 St. James Eois(onal Church Traditional Anglican Worship Cottonwood Avenue & Fourth Street John Toles, Priest 563-3625" Joyce Scharf, Vestry 846-3500 Holy Communion - Sunday, 9 a.m. Nursery available Adult Spiritual Education - Wednesday 6 p.m. Youth Group-Wednesday afterschool until 5 p.m. Visit Web site for more information. First Presbyterian Church of Deer Lodge Milwaukee & Fifth St. 846-2121 "Proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the salvation of humankind" Sunday Worship & Children Sunday School 11 a.m. Communion 1 't Sunday of each month Youth Group (fifth grade- senior high), Monday at 6 p.m. Adult Bible Study-Tuesday at 7 p.m. Potlucks - 1st Wednesday of month at 6 p.m. Clerk of Session -Dolores Kemmesat 846-2216 De not Church(Evangelical Freel "Loving God and Loving People" 400 Railroad St. - 846-2410 * Pastor Caleb Burton - 560-2252 Adult Sunday Study 9:30 a.m. and Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Bible Study- Mondays at 6 p.m. Youth Group - Sunday 5 p.m. (5th-12th) Caleb Burton 560-2252 Men's and Women's Discipleship Groups Men's Fellowship - John Wilson 846-3993 Women's FelloWship- Shelly Burton 846-2685 Pre-school (Pam Bmmley - 846-1868) Immaculate Concention Catholic Church Father Robert Porter, Pastor- 846-1444 Saturday, 11 to 11:30 a.m. Confessions Communal Penance Services during Advent and Lent as announced Weekend Celebrations of the Most Holy Mass: Saturday, 5 p.m. Mass at Deer Lodge Sunday, 9 a.m. Mass at Deer Lodge Weekday Celebrations of the Most Holy Mass: Monday, 8 a.m., at Deer Lodge Tuesday, 8 a.m., at Deer Lodge Wednesday, 10 a.m., at Colonial Manor Friday, 8 a.m. Communion Services: As announced. St. John Lutheran Church-tCMS 410 Missouri Ave. The Lutheran Hour- KBOW 550 AM, KDRG 1400 AM, KANA 680 AM - Sunday, 8 a.m. Bible Study and Sunday School - Sunday, 9:30 a.m. The Divine Service- Sunday, 11 a.m. Christ Fellowship Church Fourth Street & Montana Avenue* Church Study - 846-1086 Rev. Tom Wood - 563-2907 9 a.m. Adult Bible Class 10 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 am Fellowship Time Sonshine Ladies Fellowship, Home Bible Studies and Family Night as announced. Member of the Rocky Mountain Bible Mission Deer Lodge Assembly 5th St. and Montana Ave- 846-1056 "Building Relationships with God and Each Other" * Senior Pastor David Baker - 491-1687 * Associate Pastors Chris and Bliss Benedict - 533-9575 9:45 a.m. Sunday School, 10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service (Nursery/Toddler Church/Children's Church) Sunday morning bus service available 6 p.m. Evening Worship Events Wednesday, 7 p.m. - Youth Group/Adult Bible Study An Assembly of God Church First Baptist Church 140 Sam Beck Road - 846-2623 *"Serving the Risen Savior" 9:45 a.m. Sunday School/Adult Bible Study 11 a.m. Worship Service/Children's Church 6:30 p.m. Tuesday- Youth Group 6:30 p.m. Wednesday- Adult Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Kid's Club for kids 3 years- fifth grade. Community of Christ Church 200 Fifth Street Pastor Joyce Martin 846-1125 Classes 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11 a.m. The ChaPel at Riverfront Park 115 Riverfront Lane, Garrison * Call Bernie or Sharon at 846-2158 Non-denominational Christian Worship and Children's Church - Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Communion/Family Sunday: first Sunday of month. Potluck after service. 7 p.m. Wednesday Night Fellowship Frontier Bible Fellowship Gold Creek Community Center, Gold Creek Dave Bluford - Pastor* 288-3396 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship The Vineyard "Genuine Disciples, Authentic Community" Pastors Tom & Sheri Wilson * 846-2578 Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. at 709 Mill Street Espresso bar opens around 10 a.m. Children's Church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday Home Group 6:45 p.m. at 1200 4th Street Youth 7th-12th grade Tuesdays, 7 p.m. * 846-1773