Pulaski’s Celebrate Recovery Program Kicks Off Next Week
by Emmy Slaughter Williams
The widely renowned Celebrate Recovery program will start in Pulaski April 23.
Everyone is welcome to attend and get help dealing with addictions of any type.
Eddie Woodard is pastor of Sunrise Chapel in Elkton where his church has had a Celebrate Recovery group for five years. He hopes people in Pulaski will have the same successes and be open to its many facets.
“The program has been one of the best we’ve ever experienced,” Woodard said. “People being able to break through the stereotype of it not just being drugs and alcohol. People come who have trust issues, anger issues.
“One man came with an eating disorder. Through that process, he found it was the fruit and not the root of the problem. Once he got to the root of the problem, his whole life began to change.
“Celebrate Recovery addresses all issues people have, as far as weaknesses and issues people need to get ahold of. It’s not just drugs and alcohol; it’s far deeper than that.”
In Pulaski, attendees will meet in the newly renovated CB Outreach building, fulfilling what First Baptist Church of Pulaski (FBCP) set out to do after they acquired the property: help the community and glorify God.
The property’s board of directors now consists of representatives from six local churches who envision the ministry as a “launch-pad” to possibly include other helpful programs like GriefShare, DivorceCare and periodic medical clinics.
Celebrate Recovery began back in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., with only 43 people attending the first meeting.
According to the organization’s website, the ministry has now grown to more than 35,000 Celebrate Recovery groups around the world and counting, “bringing the healing power of Jesus Christ to the hurting and broken through working Celebrate Recovery’s Step Studies, The Journey Begins and the Journey Continues.”
There are even Celebrate Recovery-specific Bibles to help.
You do not have to be a church member to participate in the new program. In fact, more than 27,000 people have participated in the program at Saddleback Church with more than 70 percent of program attendees now visiting from outside the congregation.
Organizers here at home hope you won’t hesitate to give it a try.
“There will be others there,” said David Vann, one of the coordinators helping establish the new Pulaski program. “Come meet your friends and see what they’re getting out of it. You don’t have to make any commitments. All you have to do is share some food and share some thoughts with us; then see if you want to come back on a weekly basis. You can use Celebrate Recovery for as long as you need. It strengthens my relationship with God. Hurts, habits and hang-ups are something everyone has. We can work on your issues. You can pray or talk to somebody about them.”
If you would like to attend, meetings begin Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. in the CB Outreach Building located at 511 S. First St. in Pulaski. A meal is always included. Come one, come all; let’s celebrate recovery!