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Celebrate Recovery Begins Meetings In NM

By Staff | Mar 20, 2013

Pictured are members of New Martinsville’s chapter of Celebrate Recovery. The next session of the the ministry is scheduled for March 21, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Recovery meetings are now being held at the New Martinsville United Methodist Church, located on 10 Howard Jeffers Drive, off Route 2 behind Captain Richard’s. This group formerly met at the Sistersville United Methodist Church.

Celebrate Recovery is described as “a Biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.” Furthermore, Celebrate Recovery was designed as a program “to help those struggling by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process.”

The ministry is for all types of problems and addictions which are unhealed, unmet, or unresolved. These problems include overeating, overworking, overspending, sexual addiction, depression, codependency, drug/alcohol addiction, anger, pornography, fear/anxiety, past sexual abuse, controlling behavior, hurtful relationship, guilt/shame, gambling, and insecurity.

Members of the local chapter of Celebrate Recovery see the fact that the group is gender specific as a positive aspect of the group. They also note that the group is confidential and anonymous and possesses a 12-step study, an important part of the recovery process, according to well-known preacher and author Rick Warren, who helped to create Celebrate Recovery.

“Most people are familiar with the classic 12-step program of A.A. (Alcoholics Anonymous) and other groups. While undoubtedly many lives have been helped through the 12 steps, I’ve always been uncomfortable with that program’s vagueness about the nature of God, the saving power of Jesus Christ, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit,” Warren has said.

“So I began an intense study of the Scriptures to discover what God had to say about ‘recovery’. To my amazement, I found the principles of recovery, and even their logical order, given by Christ in his most famous message, the Sermon on the Mount.”

From that study Warren developed a 10-week series of messages called “The Road to Recovery.” During that series, Associate Preacher John Baker developed the workbooks, which became the heart of the Celebrate Recovery program. “I believe that this program is unlike any recovery program you may have seen,” said Warren.

He says the features that make it unique include that it is based on God’s Word, the Bible; is forward-looking; emphasizes personal responsibility; emphasizes spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ; utilizes the Biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally.

The March 21 meeting of Celebrate Recovery will host guest speaker Lou Artenzio of Clarksburg. Artenzio is the Regional Director of Celebrate Recovery and is described as having a “powerful story.” He is also the preacher of Centerbranch Assembly of God in Clarksburg. The March 21 meeting of Celebrate Recovery will be held at 7 p.m. The meetings are casual and also feature “Solid Rock Cafe”-a time of socializing and fellowship. Free childcare is also available.