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St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church hosts PASS baby shower

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 10, 2020) – Approximately 30 people gathered in a downstairs fellowship room at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church this past Sunday to play shower games, give baby gifts, and socialize over lunch. No one was pregnant—they were holding a baby shower for Lansing’s PASS Pregnancy Care Center.

Kersten Kazen was at the shower to represent PASS. She explained that the faith-based center has four pillars of ministry:

  1. Prevention includes programs for students in fifth grade through college, with teaching and discussion about healthy relationship skills, choosing abstinence, honesty, trust, commitment, faithfulness, sexting, and cheating.
  2. Intervention is an opportunity to let people know what their options are when anticipating a pregnancy and help them navigate through the unique challenges that each option involves.
  3. Education— “We’re not just aiming for healthy births,” said Kazen, “but healthy families.” PASS parenting classes provide new mothers and fathers with pregnancy information and parenting skills through one-on-one mentoring and group classes. By participating in classes, new parents can earn baby supplies that have been donated through PASS baby showers.
  4. Restoration is available for people who have experienced a previous abortion and are suffering regret or questions.
Kersten Kazen (standing) speaks to about 30 people at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church about the ministry of PASS. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

PASS receives no government funding, so they rely on donations and volunteerism from churches and other sources. A variety of volunteer options are available, and interested individuals or groups can contact the main office at 708-614-9777.

Church members had donated a wealth of baby items for the shower. These supplies are awarded to parents who participate in the parenting classes PASS offers. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Baby Bingo was one of the games played at the shower. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Sue Planer sorts through the entries in the Guess-the-Number-of-Candies-in-the-Jar game. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Joan Douma shows off the houseplant she won. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Tina Funchion stirs the soup one more time, making sure the luncheon is ready for guests. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Kay Muller and other guests line up to partake of soup, sandwiches, and desserts. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Community support helps enrich the experience. The Commander Restaurant (745 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana) donated lemon rice soup for the PASS baby shower. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Petros Restaurant (6525 Indianapolis Boulevard, Hammond, Indiana) donated vats of chicken noodle soup. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Texas Roadhouse (2070 Calumet Avenue, Dyer, Indiana) donated salad, rolls, and their famous honey butter. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Other menu items were paid for with Thrivent Action Grant funds. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
A variety of homemade desserts completed the meal. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

After lunch and socializing, church members helped load the shower gifts into Kazen’s vehicle. They will be used at the Lansing PASS location, which is located at 3116 Ridge Road. PASS Lansing is open Mondays 10:00am–6:00pm and Tuesdays 12:00pm–8:00pm.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 18100 Wentworth Avenue in Lansing. Sunday services begin at 9:30am.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.