The Social Concerns Committee at First Lutheran Church recently hosted a soup luncheon informational meeting about Celebrate Recovery for area ministers and helping agencies.

"Celebrate Recovery is designed to help hurting people," according to Marlene Sorenson, an organizer of the group. "It's made up of regular folks like you and me, who are on a journey toward wholeness. Trained leaders facilitate safe, confidential, Christ-centered groups where people can grow. Celebrate Recovery is for anyone with the courage to be honest about life's hurts, habits and hang-ups and is willing to open their life to healing and change."

At the informational meeting, Sorenson presented information on Celebrate Recovery and the necessity for the whole community to work together and support this program.

"A hurt, habit or hang-up is something in your life that hinders your walk with God and others," Sorenson said. "The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person's behavior or to a disturbing situation. A habit is an addiction to someone or something. Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. Healing is possible by applying the principles of Celebrate Recovery to your life."

Volunteers needed

People who have completed a 12-step program and have one year of sobriety or success, or people who have worked with a 12-step program, are needed to sign up as leaders and take leadership training.

The group also needs a volunteer counselor to come to one leadership training to discuss issues they have concerns about.

Other volunteer opportunities include providing child care during the meeting time; helping with brochures and bulletins; sharing musical talents at large group meetings; greeting; and helping with food before meetings.

"We are asking you to jump in on the ground floor of this exciting new group, whether in leadership or as a worker who is willing to offer some time," Sorenson said. "It takes us all to make a team."

To volunteer call First Lutheran Church at 382-2638 and leave a message for Celebrate Recovery, or call Marlene Sorenson at 382-5055.

To make a contribution for start-up funds for this community ministry, send them to Celebrate Recovery c/o First Lutheran Church, 604 W. Broadway, Decorah, IA 52101.