PLCC CR Announces Ministry Changes for 2017

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Dear Pine Lake CR Community,

I write to share with you some news concerning our CR ministry at Pine Lake Covenant Church.  This ministry started nearly eight years ago, and we are so grateful for the work Jesus has done in the life of each person who has joined us, whether for a few weeks or for several years.

Our attendance has been dwindling over recent months. Our leadership team has decided that it is best that we place a short term hold on the ministry.  We have decided that, effective immediately, we will end our formal Monday night program. 

We will host an open men’s accountability group on Mondays at 7:00 PM for those who are interested.  However, there will be no formal worship, program, lesson or testimony or women’s group.  The men’s accountability group will not meet on Monday holidays.

We ask that you lift this ministry up in prayer.  We hope that in the future, perhaps 9 to 12 months from now, we can re-launch a revitalized CR ministry at PLCC.

We also invite you to mark Monday, January 30, 2017 on your calendar.  We will gather again to have a night of celebration for the wonderful things that have occurred during the 8 years CR has been meeting at PLCC

The event will include a catered meal starting at 6 PM, followed by live music (a return of our beloved Rag Band) at 7 PM, and a celebratory program.

Thank you for your participation, support, and prayers.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please send an email to crontheplateau@gmail.com.  Also, please share this announcement with any of your friends that you know have joined us over the years.

Attached is a list of other local CR meeting to help you find another ministry close to you.

May God bless your continuing journey of recovery.

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Contributed by the leadership team at Celebrate Recovery on the Plateau.
©2017 CelebrateRecoveryOnThePlateau.org

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CR Mission Partners with Harvesters in Spain

The host church for the CR seminar in Rivas.

The host church for the CR seminar in Rivas.

My mind is flooded with memories of Spain.  It’s not just because this week marks the two-year anniversary of the CR mission to Spain.  It’s because of a recent development in Spain as a result of the mission.  It gets me (Ardis Nelson) all goose-bumpy to share the Good News!

As the one-year anniversary rolled around last year, I wrote a post, CR Mission Update & Partnership Opportunities.  In that 2015 post, I shared about a conference and prayer journey to be held in April 2016, hosted by Comunidad Cristiana Luz y Vida (Light and Life Christian Community), the same church in Rivas, Spain that hosted the Celebrate Recovery (Celebremos la Recuperación) seminar in October 2014.

I had high hopes of attending those events in April of this year, and reconnecting with Pastor Josh Fajardo and others who attended the CR seminar.  Unfortunately, due to personal obligations, my ministry and writing pursuits were put on hold since the beginning of this year.

It was about this same time that I became aware of a Florida couple, José and Ada Hernández, who, at the invitation of Pastor Josh, accepted the call to a 2-year missionary assignment in Spain.

Later this week, the Hernández’s start their mission and arrive in Spain!

I’ve been following their blog since its inception in January.   I reveled in reading each of their posts about the spiritual climate in locations across Spain:  Madrid, Valencia, Andalucía, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, and more, and about their preparations for their mission.  It gave me hope for spiritual renewal and healing in the country.

Although I am not actively involved in ministry or writing for this season, I am still connected with Spain on an invisible level through prayer.  Hearing of the Hernandez’s mission to Spain felt like answered prayer to me—all of the miles and footsteps I prayer-walked through Spain—tilling the spiritual soil for a harvest.

And then the Lord provided harvesters—not just any harvesters—but harvesters to work with Pastor Josh and the church in Rivas.

What does this have to do with Celebrate Recovery?

I am reminded of the 8th recovery principle:  Yield myself to God to be used to bring Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.

God personally called me to serve on a mission for Celebrate Recovery in Spain—not something I foresaw or would’ve expected.  Celebrate Recovery on the Plateau graciously supported and sponsored the mission.

The Lord abundantly provided donations for the mission.  So much so that there were funds remaining toward a future trip—funds I had hoped to use earlier this year for the prayer conference.

However, the Lord recently reminded me that the Hernández’s missional call was an answer to my prayers.  He wanted the funds released for His Kingdom work in Spain—to pay it forward.  That is truly Good News!

I’m delighted to report that the remaining funds from the 2014 CR mission have been reinvested in the heavenly storehouse for the Hernández’s missional call to Spain.  I want to personally thank everyone who supported the CR mission to Spain, either financially or through prayer.  You can also count yourself as part of this global outreach.

Pastor Josh Fajardo with new missionaries to Spain, José and Ada Hernández.

Pastor Josh Fajardo with new missionaries to Spain, José and Ada Hernández.

José and Ada head to Spain on September 30.  It is not too late to donate to this cause for Christ in Spain.  One-time donations or monthly support can be sent through this online link.

Additional information about their mission is available on their website, joseandadahernandez.org.

Please join me in continued prayer for spiritual renewal and healing in Spain—for a tilling of the spiritual soil—and for protection, provision, and blessings on these new harvesters in Spain.  And pray for new seeds to take root for Celebrate Recovery in Spain—for a plentiful harvest.

He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Luke 10:2, NIV

Contributed by a member at Celebrate Recovery on the Plateau.
©2016 CelebrateRecoveryOnThePlateau.org

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Celebrate Recovery: A Hymn of Thanksgiving

Hymn of Thanksgiving

I recently sat down with our Celebrate Recovery (CR) leadership team, men and women who have been engaged in the healing work of CR for several years.  I was curious:

  • What made them come back week after week to serve others in this ministry?
  • What gift had they received from involvement in CR that prompted them to give back?

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The Benefits of Recovery

grateful-todaySince the beginning of November I’ve seen little reminders on social media and in blog posts about the benefits of gratitude.  Some people like to post daily lists of gratitude.  Daily devotionals are also starting to point us to an attitude of gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Those of us in recovery learned about gratitude (Lesson 22) when we reached Read more ›

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CR Mission Update & Partnership Opportunities – One Year Later

It’s been a year since the Celebrate Recovery mission to Spain and France so I (Ardis Nelson) recently contacted our missionary partners in those countries for an update on CR.

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CR Update from Spain

If you were to look at the fruit one year later in Spain specifically, Read more ›

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Improving our Conscious Contact with God

What kind of pathway connects you to God?

What kind of pathway connects you to God?

By the time one reaches the end of their journey through Celebrate Recovery’s 12 Step program, participants have had many victories over their hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Those who honestly work the program Read more ›

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Step 9: Letters of Healing & Forgiveness

Forgiveness

I’ve been down this road before, through the sometimes grueling task of doing my 12-step work in the safety of a Step Study small group setting.    It’s a long process of committed weekly meetings for nine months or more.  I am presently in a group that is nearing the end of our journey through the Steps together.

As a Celebrate Recovery leader, I’m not above doing my own work.  It seems each time I go through the process, God reveals to me the next layer of healing.  Read more ›

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Special Meeting Announcement

Efffective 1/2/2017, official Monday night CR meetings are temporarily suspended. A men's accountability group will be meeting at 7 PM instead (except for Monday holidays). This is an open men's group.

Check the national CR meeting locator for other local programs. (http://locator.crgroups.info/)

Location & Time:
425-392-8636
Monday evenings, 7 PM, men's accountability group, in the UnderGround Cafe.
No meetings on holidays.
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