Wow!! What a great Quarterly & the best attendance (100+) to date since we began in 2010!
The hosting of our meeting by Becky Fink & Salem First Nazarene was amazing & very appreciated!!
There were so many who made inspiring & uplifting contributions, but we want to give special recognition to the Lost&Found worship band with special guest Chrissy Davis; Dave Westmark from Tillamook Naz CR, SFFC CR & TCJ CR; Roy Hamilton from Tillamook Naz CR; Paul Arro from RHCC CR; Cory Davis & Toby Smith from COTH CR; new state CRI Rep Angie Kelly; James Ellis from Redmond AOG CR; Chaplain Larry Bowen from ODOC; Vivian Baker from PF Angel Tree; and, all the volunteers who made coffee (thank you Nicole for all the Krispy Kreme’s), served the lunch, ran the media&sound & made sure everything turned out great!
Of course as always we had incredible participation from our CRI leadership: Nicole Antis, Washington CRI Rep, Scott Patterson, Oregon CRI Rep, our 2 new Oregon CRI Reps Dan & Angie Kelly; Kent Kilgore, Mid-Valley CRI Lead; David Gerhart, NW CRI Newsletter Editor; & several of our CRI Coordinators featuring Cory Davis & Toby Smith. Joining us also were several CR Reps, Becky Fink, Chrissy Davis & Rick Booth from Oregon & Darla Lorbeski, Washington CR Rep. Rick Booth is also a CR Team Lead & serves as the ML at the LCJ CR! CR & CRI leadership are working more closely than ever to provide a better outreach to the incarcerated man or woman & their families; we’re building a better bridge from the correctional CR to the community CR.
The CRI Quarterly will next meet on October 7th & I hope you all make it a priority to be there. We spend the time & effort to provide a very jammed packed, entertaining & informative event, which includes donuts/coffee in the morning & a tasty light lunch. We want to encourage all who attend & equip them to better serve our Lord in this CR Inside ministry. We realize that for every incarcerated man or woman who is introduced to a new life through recovery in Jesus Christ, we also introduce their families, very importantly, their children! The CRI Quarterly is the best opportunity we offer for the newcomer to learn about what we’re doing, meet the volunteers who are serving & hear from them all the many great things they experience as a result. Those other organizations & ministries that we work along side of can attend & network with us so we can work better together!
The next focus, for those of us in Oregon, is the Home for Good in Oregon (HGO) mentor training on Saturday, August 26th at the Bethany Baptist Church in Salem. This training is one for all CR leadership to learn many important ideas & guidelines for welcoming into our community CR groups the ‘newcomer’ transitioning from incarceration. This is a free training by the Oregon Dept. of Corrections, Religious Services, & is taught by a DOC Chaplain, on 8/26 it will be SCI Chaplain Larry Bowen. Please note that prior to the 8/26 in-person class, there are 2 online modules that need to be completed along with a application submitted prior to the class. I’ve attached a flyer that covers all the details, I’m asking for copies to be made of this flyer & placed on the CR groups literature table. Please contact us with any questions, we’re happy to help.
Also attached is an updated Oregon CR Directory.
In Christ all things are possible,
CRI NW TeamLead
CRI Rep, Washington
CRI Rep, Oregon
CRI Rep, Oregon
CRI Rep, Oregon
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