We volunteer as advocates for suicide prevention, for awareness, recovery and healing because in 2007 this became part of our story, when Erin attempted suicide at seventeen. Our journey was not exactly smooth, but we found out two crucial things in the process: suicide is not rare and is on the rise; and the church has not been prepared to cope with this epidemic. The hardest part for us was the silence, no one wanted to talk about suicide, but silence and inaction only lend more power to this terrible killer. Valley of the Shadow, was written to break the silence about a subject that has too long been taboo in religious circles, to jump start the conversations that lead to healing.
Elizabeth Stone brings Biblical truth to life, shares hope through faith, and empowers believers to know and understand their God-given gifts and vocations, living into their call by God's power. Her pastoral ministry spans over 18 years, and she is an acclaimed author and speaker for retreats, women's events, community and church gatherings. Her messages call us to deep spiritual places, whether advocating for suicide prevention or speaking to what makes the normal Christian life.
Churchy people. Or non-churchy people. These are our peeps. Curious people, determined people, shy people, wise people, seeking people, found people, we want to engage with all of you, because we're not proud and will talk to anyone. About anything. Not afraid of the hard questions, the hard topics, or the conscientious objectors.
Co-author and daughter extraordinaire, Erin advocates all the time. She advocates for life, she advocates for health, and she advocates for free cookies at all our events. Her story, her candor, her vulnerability make her an invaluable asset to our ministry, and she speaks with youth, camps, at conferences and schools. Erin's latest project is: the thriving project (see blog below).
If you need help today call the
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:
If you are a veteran, press 1 for specialized help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! YOUR LIFE MATTERS! THERE IS HOPE! THERE IS A FUTURE!
AFSP is a national organization that advocates for suicide prevention through volunteers who organize Out of the Darkness Walks, raise money, promote legistation, visit politicians, and provide resources to help those in suicidal depression or in recovery from an attempt or a completed suicide.
"For I know the plans that I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans for welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
Jesus said, "Behold, I make all things new!" We live in a fallen creation and we are broken people, but the hope of faith is resurrection power. So when problems come, and come they will, hit pause. Get help. Reach out. Christ will meet you where you are. He makes all things new. Do-overs are His specialty.
WVSPC advocates for suicide prevention and awareness in West Virginia. They provide programs and training for professionals, schools, and interested citizens.
"Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter." Proverbs 24:11
We support organizations that promote the sanctity of life and help people find new purpose and meaning in life.
WVLIVINGSTONE is a faith-based Christian ministry. We believe our loving and holy God exists and has saved the world through Jesus Christ.
We worship God, Who does not hide from us but reveals divine love and grace through the inerrant Word, the Bible.
Spiritual problems need spiritual solutions. Our books, events, and products are for soul care: for healing, for redemption, for finding purpose and joy in vocation. We are loved by God, saved by God, and sent by God.
Speaking, writing, pastoring requires education, accountability. Elizabeth Stone's undergrad was a B.S. in math, with French and education, and most recently a master of divinity. Erin Stone has completed a BBA with an emphasis in wedding and event planning. We have invested in accredited suicide prevention training to be the best and safest possible resources, and also to link people to our help network. Our calling to speaking and writing is enhanced with experience and education. How can we help you?
Come hear Pastor Elizabeth Stone at:
Stanford Presbyterian Church
213 E. Main Street
Stanford, KY 40514
Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
Worship at 11:00 a.m.
Our church family is Christ-centered, Spirit-filled and mission-driven, with something for everyone. Whatever you're looking for: group Bible Study, Sunday School, women's Bible Studies, youth group, elementary programs, mission trips at home and abroad, Fort Logan food drive and community ministry, AA weekly, a monthly community meal called "Barley Basket", and shared ministry with other churches, you'll find it at Stanford Presbyterian Church. Come check us out for great worship and shared fellowship.
Stanford Presbyterian Church: A Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven Church
"As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you." ~Jesus