|Please join me in welcoming|
|New York Times Bestselling AuthorDinesh D'Souzawill make his annual appearance at
Cedar Park Church
16300 112th Ave NE
Bothell, WA 98011
Sunday, September 26, 2010
9:00 AM and 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM
_______Dinesh D'Souza is an author with several of his books on the New York Times bestseller list. Most recently those books include What's So Great About Christianity and Life After Death, the Evidence.
His appearance at Cedar Park will coincide with the pre-release of his newest book, The Roots of Obama's Rage. This newest book is sure to spark considerable discussion
since he deals with President Obama's formative years and childhood
experiences. The book claims that his relationship with his father, such
as it was, has greatly shaped the values by which he is leading
LOOK INSIDE "The Roots of Obama's Rage" at Amazon
More about Dinesh:
Dinesh has recently become President of The King's College in New York City (read more). His aim as expressed in the mission statement of the college is" through commitment to the truths of Christianity and a biblical worldview, to transform society by preparing students for careers in which they help to shape and eventually to lead strategic public and private institutions, and by supporting faculty members as they directly engage culture through writing and speaking publicly on critical issues."
On Sunday night, after the evening service, Dinesh is offering a private dinner with fewer than 20 people benefiting The King's College. The cost per person is $500. For questions or to reserve a place contact Joe Fuiten at 425-770-5220.
| Welcoming the "New Face" of Pro-Life|
|Last Sunday, September 19, an historic service was held. Some have said it was the first such service in the entire history of Christianity. One couple told me it was the most inspirational service they had attended in their entire lives. That service was at Cedar Park Church in honor of a child who was once a frozen embryo. The baby Julian, who was presented by the parents Brian and Melanie.|
For the rest of this week you can view the entire service at http://live.cedarpark.org/. After this Sunday, September 26, it will go into the archive which is readily accessible.
Below is the transcript of the message, at least my part of the message. The comments by Maria Lancaster, parents Brian and Melanie, Scientist Dr. Theresa Deisher, and Attorney Kristen Waggoner are part of the service but not part of the text.
Welcoming the "New Face" of Pro-life
Transcript by Pastor Joe Fuiten: Sunday, September 19, 2010
The process of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) frequently has leftover human embryos. There are an unknown number of such frozen embryos in doctors' offices around the country. It is a real dilemma to know what to do with these leftovers. Those who understand biology know these are human lives in their tiniest forms. Those who want to deny the obvious biology for ideological reasons regard these embryos as simply medical waste or as objects to be used in medical research. We don't address the issues of IVF. Our interest begins with the reality that these embryos now exist. Because they exist, they are deserving of human dignity.
As a congregation that prays for couples to have children, particularly in our Presentation Sunday services, we are acutely aware of the problem of infertility. We have come to see that human embryo adoption can be an answer for some couples. About three years ago, Maria Lancaster and I had some conversations about this topic and about starting this ministry, Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park. I told Maria that if she was on board, I would be willing to do it. She said if I was on board she would be willing to go for it. So we gingerly advanced on that basis and finally launched the ministry in November of 2008.
Almost two years later we are still the only church in the world that does this. We are still the least expensive alternative in the world. We have also worked hard to make it the most ethical and professional program as well. We try to give proper concern to all involved. We regard the embryo as a pre-born child. We consider the donating family as well as the adopting family. We take great care to match families of similar values, background, ethnicity, physical characteristics, and religious faith because we have the born child's welfare in mind. We have our own social worker available to travel to every state to do home studies and evaluations.
We believe this is the first time in Christian history that a church service has been devoted to this topic. Today, we are celebrating the success of the ministry as measured in the family with the first born child. You will meet that family in a few moments along with their son Julian.
You might find it interesting to see what King 5 news said recently about this program: http://www.king5.com/health/Embryo-Adoption-100800164.html.
Here to further introduce the ministry is the coordinator of our Softer Sunday ministry and the Executive Director of Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park, Maria Lancaster.
Maria Lancaster, with husband Jeff and daughter Alisha
We have several families in church this morning who have been through the process or are presently in that process. In fact, these families represent most of the families in Washington who have adopted embryos.
Introduction of embryo adoption families. Besides Jeff and Maria, and Brian and Melanie who you will meet later, we have Tom and Stacy Luce featured on King 5. We also have Randy and Julie McClure with Asa and Jason and Heather Mayer with Amelia.
Today is an important milestone for Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park because our very first successful family has come out from Chicago to join us for this service. Please welcome Julian Theodore and his parents Brian and Melanie.
We are of the opinion that embryo adoption is a morally correct way to deal with leftover human embryos. Others prefer discarding them or using them for medical research. Federal law, under what is known as the Dickey-Wicker amendment, prohibits federal funding for an expansion of human embryo experimentation. President Obama thought he could get around the law by way of an Executive Order. However, with Dr. Theresa Deisher as a plaintiff, a judge has order the National Institutes of Health to stop this illegal funding.
We are very happy to have world renowned scientist Dr. Theresa Deisher with us today. Dr. Deisher was the first person world-wide to identify and patent stem cells from the adult heart, including what are now called 'very small embryonic-like stem cells'. Her research has resulted in 23 patents being issued. Dr. Theresa Deisher is the managing partner and R & D director for AVM Biotechnologies. She will be sharing with us "Scientific reasons why embryonic stem cell research is not a reasonable use of human embryos."
Dr. Theresa Deisher
So far we have seen the born babies that these human embryos can become. We have now seen that using them for scientific research is not a reasonable option even apart from moral considerations. Once you understand the human factor as well as the science, then we should do what we can to treat such human embryos with all human dignity. This understanding has led pharmacists to avoid prescribing medication which would lead to a death of the human embryo. Prescriptions that would do this include the so-called morning after pill, or Plan B drugs, and most recently the drug known as "Ella." However, Governor Gregoire has been absolutely committed to preventing pharmacists from exercising their conscience and has taken steps to force pharmacists into providing this medication. Thankfully, the Stormans family in Olympia who operate pharmacies has stood up against the attempted coercion of the Governor. They have been quite ably and successfully defended by attorney Kristen Waggoner who also happens to be a Deacon at Cedar Park. Here to talk about legal implications of dignity for the human embryo is Kristen Waggoner.
Attorney Kristen Waggoner, Ellis, Li, & McKinstry
Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park not only is having success bringing babies to birth, but it also helps people to think rightly about human existence. A person is a person no matter how small. A frozen embryo has all the potential to become a teenager and an adult. Once such embryos exist, people who have an ethic of life will want to make sure they have a future. Embryos are not simply human material to be used for medical experimentation, vaccine cultivation, or trash to be discarded.
How should we think about human life in its smallest forms? Psalm 139:13-16 gives us a way to think: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
We know that God is a father to the fatherless and sets the solitary in families (Psalm 68:5-6). He watches over and cares for the orphan (James 1:27). He loves to see children in families and the streets filled with boys and girls. In the words of Zechariah 8:4-5 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with cane in hand because of his age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there." All these things we advance with Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park.
God knows us from the tiniest moment. He has works created in advance for us to do. Even when these human embryos are only a cell or two, they are fully human and already have all the potential to fulfill the works that God has ordained for them. God knows them even in their frozen state. To make it personal to what we are celebrating today, we can say that little Julian was known to God in the years that he was frozen. Some of these embryos have been frozen for ten years and longer yet here they are. Elisha was frozen for four years yet here she was on this platform this morning. Her life has already been an influential one. It continues to be a lively testimony of what once was and what now is.