Dear Forever Family,
When I first came to the Lord over 30 years ago, one of my first memory verses was Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope.” I love that nothing surprises our God. His plan for us is good! And with Him we have a future and He is our hope!
In the light of the newest guidelines from the CDC and the wisdom of God in dealing with the Corona Virus, our Tuesday night CR gatherings we will be cancelled for at least a month.
A big part of God’s plan for us is that we be in community. We are instructed in Hebrews 10:25, “not neglecting to meet together . . . but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” How can we be in community and be socially responsible during these times? My friend and pastor Chris Mead has said, “we are married to the mission, not the method.” Our mission in recovery is living out a Christ-centered life and leading people to pursue a Jesus-first life.
So let’s be creative in our methods of having community:
-Being at home doesn’t mean being alone.
-During this time we encourage you to invest time in prayer and honest dialogue with your family, friends, or roommates.
-Reach out to neighbors, accountability partners, and/or sponsors via text, phone, etc.
-Invite a friend for a prayer walk outside (weather permitting).
-Joining a prayer team. This is one of my favorites because it helps me take my eyes off of self and pray for others.
-Become an encourager via text. Ask a friend or two if you can send them scripture or an encouraging word.
-Please reach out to another person.
-The key in healthy community is to encourage one another.
We know that isolation is a major part of all our hurts, habits, and hang ups. We implore you to reach out, respond to others, and rest in the knowledge that you belong and are part of God’s forever family. You are not alone!
Your CR Leadership Team will be implementing various ways for promoting community via our Facebook page. We are also asking for your ideas for creative community gatherings. So please check our CR Facebook Page and send us your ideas, prayers, and encouragements.
We know that this is a fluid situation and that things can change quickly. We will continue to do our best and honor God and serve you in this process.
In His Service,
The purpose of Morning Star’s Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and Christ-centered 12 Steps. This experience changes us! It’s more than staying clean or sober. We open the door to healing by sharing our experiences, victories, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.
By working the Christ-centered Steps and applying their biblical principles found in the Beatitudes, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
As we progress through the principles and the Steps, we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power—Jesus Christ.
Welcome to an amazing spiritual adventure!
Celebrate Recovery is for the whole family. That’s why we’re developing a great program for the kids of those who attend CR. It’s not childcare, it’s ministry. We provide a safe and stable environment in which kids, too, can learn healthy ways of living . . . and have fun.
Every Tuesday Night
DINNER from 5:30 – 6:15 pm / Begin the evening with a great meal and time to fellowship with other people in recovery from various hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Suggested donation is $3/adult and $1/child.
WORSHIP @ 6:30 pm / This time is spent worshiping and praising our Lord through music, singing, and prayer.
TESTIMONIES & TEACHING @ 7 pm / Alternating weekly, we have a “mini” teaching on a recovery topic or personal testimony of the amazing work God is doing in someone’s life.
OPEN SHARE SMALL GROUPS from 7:30 – 8:30 pm / Here you can share your thoughts about the topic, your testimony, or the daily struggles you may be having. This is NOT a time to offer advice or attempt to fix others, but to provide a safe and loving environment for everybody to share.
SOLID ROCK CAFE from 8:30-9 pm / End the evening with a relaxed time of fellowship and food at the Cafe.
Groups for Men / Groups for Women
Are you currently struggling with or recovering from an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol? The Chemical Dependency group offers healing and is a place to celebrate your recovery and freedom from your addiction!
HURTS, HABITS & HANG-UPS
Groups for Men / Groups for Women
Do you struggle with regrets from past decisions in your life? Are you experiencing shame, guilt, or anger due to the harm someone caused you or the harm you caused another? Are you still hurting from a divorce or an unhealthy relationship? The HHH group offers a place with other people who have gone through the same kind of pain and provides a place for the healing love of Jesus to work in your life.
Groups for Men
Have you ever struggled with or are you currently struggling with unhealthy sexual concerns? Pornography, adultery, an inappropriate thought life, and sexual abuse issues can all cause immense shame and guilt. By sharing your struggles with other men and through prayer, you can start living a healthy thought life, growing closer to Christ and building strong and satisfying relationships.
Groups for Women
Does your fear of rejection determine what you say or do? Are you more aware of your partner’s feelings than your own? Do your spouse’s interests, hobbies, and values replace or supersede your own? Come to the Codependency group, learn healthy ways of relating to others, and begin to walk, live, and breathe in the freedom Jesus Christ gives.
Groups for Men
Anger can be constructive or destructive, depending on how we deal with it. The focus of this group is on giving Jesus a nanosecond (one billionth of a second) to help us learn to use all of our emotions according to God’s design for our lives, and to appropriately change our pattern of relating to others and our responsibilities.
CR Inside takes Celebrate Recovery to prisons, jails, and correctional facilities. Jesus truly sets the captive free, and CR Inside is proof positive. If you have a heart for those behind bars, CR Inside may be just the ministry for you. We provide all the training you need. To learn more, call Tom (541.285.3422) or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.