Christmas Greetings Dear Friends!

What a joyous time of year this is as we celebrate our Savior’s birth. I pray you and your family are being blessed with the peace of this season.

I grew up in Indianapolis. Back “in those days”, when I was a kid, the hallowed event during the Christmas season was driving around town looking at all the Nativity Scenes. Churches would have life size manger scenes. They would be lit up and usually Christmas carols were playing through a scratchy sound speaker. It was glorious! Lots of people had manger scenes in their front yards. They were usually filled with 3 foot high plastic figures of Joseph, Mary, the wisemen, a shepherd or two and of course, baby Jesus in a manager. Baby Jesus was always right in the center of the scene and we kids would always say the same thing when the car pulled up at each scene, “There He is!”

To this day I love nativity scenes. We put one in our front yard every year and we even light it up with a fancy wheel that changes colors every few seconds. We have lots of nativity’s inside FreshStart, and we leave them out year round. People comment on them often. I love seeing those nativity’s all around because it reminds me of what we do at FreshStart. Every time we help someone who is hurting and they reach out to Jesus, when a broken heart cries, when someone says “no” to sin, when someone overcome by depression laughs again, when someone stands tall and embraces the dignity that Christ created in them , and when someone is courageous enough to share their healing story, that is when I say, “There He is!” There’s Jesus!

We have been blessed this year to help over 200 people through Biblical counseling, recovery and healing groups and food give aways. That number represents close to 2000 ministry encounters where we have been able to say, “There He Is!” Jesus at work through FreshStart Resources.

As we draw to the end of 2022, we would like to ask you to continue to be a part of our story by supporting our ministry through prayer and financial giving. FreshStart continues to provide all services through a “donation only” basis with those who cannot give financially giving their time to volunteer. We have been committed for 32 years to provide help for everyone regardless of finances, beliefs or ethnicity. This has been possible because of people just like yourself who embrace our mission to advance God’s kingdom through love and service. Our plans for the coming year include adding a new group program in the fall while continuing our current service, and the publications of a new curriculum next summer, written by myself.  We have a holy expectation for 2023!

We hope you will join us for our 32nd annual Christmas Drop-In Open House on Sunday, December 4th from 2-5PM. Come share in the joy of Christmas as well as eat a few tasty treats,  and attach a financial gift to our giving tree. If you are unable to attend our open house and want to give, there is giving information on the insert to this letter.

I pray your Christmas and the New Year are full of great peace and joy and that all your days are filled with numerous declarations of “There He Is!”

Joyfully In Christ,

Gidget Stewart
Founder, Director
FreshStart Resources

In Memory of Lynn Hargis Moody

Yesterday our dear, sweet sister and friend Lynn Hargis Moody left our presence and crossed into paradise to be with Jesus. There are no words to explain this loss as she leaves such a gapping void in our lives.

We praise God for the joy and hope she brought into so many people’s journey. Her answer to most everything was simply, “You just need Jesus!” She loved Jesus, her family, her friends and the broken hearted.

We at Freshstart Resources will always be indebted to Lynn for showing us how to be Jesus to others. We love you and will see you again sweet friend!

To make donations in Memory of Lynn Hargis Moody:

Secure donations can be made at:

  1. Venmo to: Freshstart Resources @Freshstart-Resources PREFERRED METHOD
  2. FreshStart Resources web site:    Online Donation
  3. Mail donations to our PO Box
    FreshStart Resources
    PO Box 87
    Hendersonville TN 37077
WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE… FRESHSTART OPENS 2ND LOCATION!

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE… FRESHSTART OPENS 2ND LOCATION!

FRESHSTART RESOURCES is excited to announce the opening of our 2nd office!  Our prime location is convenient as it sits just 1.7 mile off I-65 North at Exit 98 right on Hwy 31W. This location will help us conveniently reach the middle Tennessee area especially the northern part of Sumner and Robertson counties. We are offering all the same services at our new location that we have been doing in Hendersonville for 29 years. We officially opened our doors on Monday, November 5th just a few days after our 29th anniversary. Happy Anniversary to FreshStart! This new adventure is a priceless gift that will further the vision the Lord gave us in 1989. We hope you will drop in or join us for upcoming events.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BLESSED US BY GIVING SO GENEROUSLY TO OUR MARCH FUNDRAISER!

As a result of your giving we were able to provide 30 families with groceries during the COVID-19 outbreak as well as help with operating expenses for FreshStart. During this pandemic it has been incredible to see people coming together to give and serve in creative and unique ways. We at FreshStart continue to develop ways to reach out to people in our community. Meeting with clients via FaceTime, Skype and Zoom has made it possible to continue ministering on a daily basis to individuals and groups. In addition, I want you to know that we at FreshStart are praying daily for our community, our clients and their families to be healthy and wise. Thank you again for your support both through your prayers and finances. In the days ahead please remember the words of King David in Psalms 3:3-4 “But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from His holy mountain.” He is with us, for us, He is our shield! God’s peace to you all! Gidget Stewart

ALL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS ARE ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. We are seeing clients and doing groups via Facetime, Skype, and Zoom. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BEOURSPONSOR.ORG FOR THE INCREDIBLE SET UP OF OUR FUNDRAISING SITE. IF YOU HAVE A FUNDRAISING NEED, PLEASE CONTACT THEIR SITE AT THE ABOVE ADDRESS.

NEW CLASSES BEGIN 2020

Monday January 13th
6:30-7:45PM
Overcoming Codependency Millersville
Tuesday 10:30-Noon
(2nd & 4th)
Bible Study Book of ActsMillersville
Tuesday January 14th
6-7:30PM  
WONDERLIFE
(Who AM I And Why Am I Here)
Millersville
Tuesday February 4th
6-7:15PM
TRUEHEART 
(Living Free In Christ)
Hendersonville
Tuesday February 4th
7:30-8:30
Overcoming Codependency  Hendersonville

MINISTRY HIGHLIGHT

Ministry at Sumner County Jail going strong….

Currently FreshStart Resources has 4 teams going into Sumner Country Jail 4 times a week to minister to the women in the Homeward Bound Program. It is a blessing to see these women flourish spiritually and heal emotionally. Gidget Stewart, our Director, is playing an integral role in organizing the women’s program as well as the special events for the students. Please be in prayer for these women as they prepare to be released and start a new life. UPDATE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THIS PROGRAM HAS SHUT DOWN UNTIL THE FALL 2020. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE INMATES THAT WERE DOING SO WELL IN THIS PROGRAM TO CONTINUE THRIVING IN CHRIST.

 PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR MINISTRY AND UPCOMING EVENTS AND SCHEDULES. Be sure to type in the entire address to pull up the current site.

SPECIAL WAYS YOU CAN GIVE TO FRESHSTART

FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS YOU CAN GIVE TO HELP FAMILIES WHO NEED GROCERIES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS BY GOING TO OUR FUNDRAISING SITE : https://freshstart.beoursponsor.org/give/

DO YOUR ONLINE SHOPPING ON AMAZON SMILE

When customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.( IMPORTANT: When you go to smile.amazon.com you will be ask what charity you want to support, pls type in Freshstart Resources Inc)

Shop at Kroger and donate to FreshStart! Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com and link your Kroger Plus Card to our new account number:  KP508. Every time you shop FreshStart will receive a donation from Kroger. This is a great way to bless our ministry with no expense to you!

NEEDS LIST: Currently we are asking for gifts cards from Office Depot, Walmart or Sam’s. Any amount is helpful!

Online donations can be made on our website at www.freshstartresources.org  Please remember, all donations on our website cost us a 3% fee.

CONTACT US:

FRESHSTART RESOURCES

Phone or Text: 615-822-6772

Email: freshstartresource@gmail.com

Locations:
1189 Louisville Hwy, Goodlettsville, TN 3707

ALL Mail sent to PO Box 87, Hendersonville, TN 37077

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY FRESHSTART RESOUCES AND WE’RE MOVING!!!

HAPPY 28th BIRTHDAY FRESHSTART RESOUCES AND WE’RE MOVING!!!

It’s hard to believe it has been 28 years since we rented that first space in the Nelson Building on Gallatin Road and began a God Adventure that has been the most wonderful of adventures! And, it’s not over yet! This month we travel down a new road as we sold the building that has been home to FreshStart for the last 21 years and move to the building pictured below. As you can imagine, this is somewhat bittersweet as we love our welcoming rock cottage that holds so many sweet memories. God is so faithful and quite honestly when Wayne and I spent a significant time in prayer 18 months ago about planning ahead I did not expect to hear, “sell the building”. But we immediately kicked into obey mode and started getting the building ready to sell. We had a new roof put on and resided the back dormer and it looked wonderful. That’s when I began thinking, “Hmmm, I love it here Lord, maybe it wasn’t You that said put the building on the market.” So, in the name of “I didn’t hear it right” we didn’t put the house on the market that spring as planned. It was a challenging year and come January I was sure I had disobeyed the Lord and it was time to come in line with His plan! So, in March we called our dear friend, Ann Buchanan and had her come out and tell us what we needed to do to get going on listing the house. Within a month we were ready to go and so in May we listed it.

Friends, I would love to tell you I was all in and ready to sell, but I wasn’t. I was comfortable and constantly fed on comments from others like, “why would you sell this place, it’s so cute and welcoming?” I wanted to add to their comments how much I hate moving! But, inside I knew God had a plan and I had better stick with it this time. He doesn’t tell us His plan, He simply says He has one and we are to trust Him every minute with everything! So, even though I will learn that lesson over and over I am getting a little better at trusting Him, even when it doesn’t make sense or I can’t explain it to folks. It’s so funny I kept saying to people, “well, you know it’s an old building and it’s time to move on”, because when you say, “God told us to or lead us to”, people’s eyebrows go up and they get that “yeah, sure” look. Well friends, raise your eyebrows because the main reason we sold the building was because we believe God said to sell it!

Many have asked if FreshStart was continuing. The answer is a resounding yes! We will continue to minister as we always have but in a new location. We are so blessed with generous friends like Dr. Brandon Hodge, who has offered us space in his beautiful office building near Monthaven Mansion, at 1020 Antebellum Circle, Hendersonville.

Our phone number, email address and website remain the same. Our in- office hours are changing a little but we will let you know that when you call. Individual sessions will continue on Wed and Thurs afternoons and classes on Mon and Tues evenings. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us. We are excited about this new part of our adventure and look forward to sharing it with you!

We need help with packing and moving. If you are available to pack boxes Tues-Fri, Sept 11-14th please call Wayne at 615-822-6772 as soon as possible. If you can help move heavy objects on Friday afternoon the 13th or Saturday morning at 9AM the 14th please call Wayne. We need as much help as possible. We will also be moving the remainder of what’s left Saturday the 22nd at 9AM. If you can help at any of these times or if you can come pack at other times please call us. We need your help!