In This Issue
A Special Story
Behind The Childbirth Professional
The Secret Power ~ Part Five
Ask the Professional
What is Herpes Simplex 2?
Quick Yummy Soups
Letters To The Editor
Comments From Our Readers
Our Charis Family
Tidbits from Ebony
He Brings the Nation To Us
Adventures in Madagascar
Newsletter Archives ~
Dec. 2006 Jan. 2007
Feb. 2007 Mar. 2007
May 2007 Jun. 2007
Charis Childbirth Services is currently seeking an individual with
experience in fundraising and non-profit organizations to serve as
part-time fundraising coordinator. If you are interested in
interviewing for this position, please send your resume to
or 149 Business Park Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23462,
attn: Charis Administration.
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Mark Your Calendars
Charis Childbirth Education Class
Taught by: Elizabeth Lugmayer
January 1 - Feb. 19, 2008
Tuesday night 7:00 ~ 9:00 pm
Classes held at:
5228 Indian River Road,
Virginia Beach VA. 23464
Call 757-533-5135 or email
for further information.
Charis Teaching Birth Workshop
Our 2008 annual “Teaching Birth” Workshop will be held on
Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at New Life of
Virginia Beach (149 Business Park Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23462).
A delicious lunch is provided and, in addition to obtaining
valuable skills for presenting with confidence, all attendees will
take home new ideas, tips, and great gifts to assist them in
teaching birth to any audience. The cost is $200 for Charis
members and $230 for non-members (includes 1 year membership).
CEUs available for Charis CE/doula recertification.
Christian Midwives International
4th Annual Conference
The Joy of the Lord!
April 30 – May 3, 2008
Register online, advertise or have a table/booth
CEU’s available through MEAC
Why is this conference different than all the rest?
Spiritual Uplifting ~ Biblical Instruction
Need more reasons? Just come and see for yourself –
You will leave renewed and ready to continue serving God in the
Breastfeeding: Your How to Class,
Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Now Showing, Your Belly Boutique located at 741 First
Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Visit our site:
for class outline & to register.
149 Business Park Drive
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Our Charis Web Site is
currently Under Re-Construction
Kristin Schuchmann ~
(757)639-5325 Fax (757)497-2398
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
Kristin, Eric, Rose, Todd and Joy Schuchmann
The Grandest of
Greetings, Charis Family!!!
I love this time of year! Some of my fondest memories are of family
Christmas celebrations. My mother always makes holidays extra
special. She decorates our home for every occasion, which makes even
relatively unimportant events seem like grand occasions. Even though
she goes all out for all holidays, every single one of them pales in
comparison to Christmas. It isn’t just a day, but an entire month or
more of celebration! It starts the day after Thanksgiving and lasts
through the beginning of January. She even celebrates Christmas
whenever it snows!
When we were kids, Dad would take us out on a cold evening to pick
out just the right Christmas tree that would fill the house with the
smell of fresh cut pine. Mom always put tons of tinsel on the tree
that made the entire thing twinkle. It made me feel so special that
she would, every year, put a particular ornament on the tree that I
made out of a mason jar lid and glitter with a picture of me in the
middle. (One can still find that ornament in a place of honor on her
tree even now that I’m all grown up!)
I remember the aroma of cookies baking all season long, going
Christmas caroling, fires burning in the fireplace, putting on our
Christmas records and singing along in front of the stereo (which
back then was a huge piece of furniture). Just thinking about those
sounds and smells puts a smile on my face today!
Back then, Christmas Eve was spent at church. There was an early
service geared toward children where everyone would ring bells and
sing Christmas Carols. Then there was a late candlelight service
that ended at midnight. From the viewpoint of a child, it felt like
Jesus was right there with us in an even more special way than usual
as we sang all the verses of “Silent Night” by candlelight. I would
think to myself that He must like it when we honor Him that way.
My sister and I would often sleep in my room on Christmas Eve. Any
other night of the year, we couldn’t have done it. One or both of us
would not have survived. You see, Michelle and I are opposites in
many ways. She had to have the lights on to go to sleep and I needed
it completely dark. She decided, however, that On Christmas Eve it
was lighter even with the lights off, so we tried hard not to kick
each other or pull blankets and we did OK. It was great sister
Mom always prayed that it would snow on Christmas, but I prayed that
the weather would be good for playing outside in case I got a new
bike or something like that. Most of the time God answered my
prayer, but I think there were several snow flurries a few times
sent especially for Mom. December in Virginia Beach is just not
usually very cold. (She still prays for snow, but I don’t think it
will snow while she is here visiting us in Florida this Christmas.)
On Christmas Day, our friends and extended family would get together
to exchange gifts and eat all kinds of delicious food. The kids
would play or listen to stories told by the adults. The adults would
just talk and enjoy each other’s company. I especially loved going
to Nannie and Grandaddy’s house. They had a way of making their
grandchildren feel like the most important people in the world.
Although they are no longer with us, just remembering how they
believed in me and encouraged me causes my confidence to grow even
more. (Grandparents, don’t underestimate the impact you can have on
Once Christmas ended, my sister and I would wait in anticipation for
the next one, for it was sure to be fabulous!
The reason we celebrated so big was that there was something BIG to
celebrate! No matter what we were doing, my parents made it clear
that the reason we were celebrating was because God came to earth as
a man so that we could spend eternity with Him. Really, we
celebrated Christmas in light of resurrection day, Easter! There’s
nothing else more worthy of a Grand Celebration!
My prayer for you this season is that as you celebrate Christmas
with your families, you will remember the big reason we celebrate
and that you will celebrate big! Our Savior, Jesus Christ, is
certainly worthy of the grandest of celebrations!!!
Merry Christmas with love,
Charis Vision and Mission Statement
Charis Membership Application
Grants and other funding
for the expansion of the Charis ministry
For the Charis
Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students: sharp minds to
learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
For the Charis CE’s,
doulas, and midwives: rest, peace, protection, wisdom, discernment
For the Charis
missionaries: protection, peace, divine guidance, financial
Our 2008 missions trip
to Madagascar: details to be ironed out, funding
Unity among childbirth
Praise God for new
connections being made in Jamaica!