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Celebrate Recovery in Keosauqua

October 18, 2017

Celebrate Recovery is coming to Van Buren County. The United Methodist Church in Keosauqua hosted its organizational meeting last Thursday, October 12th. The ministry, launched more than 25 years ago by Saddleback Church, is a biblical and balanced program that helps persons overcome hurts, hangups and bad habits.

Celebrate-Recovery-logoCelebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered ministry that relates the 12-step process of recovery to accompanying scriptures. Eight principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship. They encounter hope, freedom, sobriety, healing and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through Jesus Christ. The Twelve Steps and the Eight Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless biblical teaching.

Mary Hart, the church’s pastor, says that they will meet on a weekly basis and include worship testimonials as they learn about the 12 steps and 8 principles in group sessions. She is very excited about Celebrate Recovery coming to the area.

The closest programs to Van Buren County are at least 50 miles away in Fort Madison, Burlington and Ottumwa. “A group that met in Fairfield has recently disbanded,” she says, “and many of their folks are interested in coming to our new group once it is started.”

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