Author: David G

Prison Fellowship and Celebrate Recovery Inside Volunteer

Next CRI Quarterly Meeting Date Oct. 7th

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,

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW TeamLead
AK,WA,OR,ID,MT,WY
503-789-3756
dblactn

Nicole Antis
CRI Rep, Washington
(503) 793-2177
girl4godonly

Scott Patterson
CRI Rep, Oregon
(541) 848-8419
spatterson8419

Dan Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 871-8382

dankelly5051

Angie Kelly
CRI Rep, Oregon
(503) 269-0899
angela2017cr4life

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 7/8/2017
Salem 1st Church of the Nazarene
1550 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301

CR OneDay Seminars:
Fayetteville, AR 10/7/2117
Myrtle Beach, SC 10/21/2017
Pittsburgh, PA 11/4/2017
Jacksonville, FL 11/18/2017

East Coast Summit 7/12-14/2017
West Coast CR Summit 8/9-11/2017

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:
www.celebraterecovery.com

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:
www.cr-inside.org
www.nwcrinewsletter.us
www.facebook.com/crioregon

HGO Training 8.26.17.pdf

CR Dir July 2017.pdf

Saturday’s CRI Quarterly.. last check-in

Hi Brothers & Sisters,

As we’re closing in on our July 8th Quarterly & since we all are busy, we are sending out this agenda for the event, so that you can plan your presentation. If you’re receiving this email, it’s because we are anticipating your contribution that day & we want you to know how much we appreciate your extra effort to be with us & make this an excellent event for all.

Please check to see when you’ll be presenting & the time allowed, in order to have everyone included we all need to adhere to the set times. Please take the time to write out what you’ll be saying & practice a few times so you have a good feel for the time. if you’re sharing your testimony, email it to Kent at dblactn at least by July 5th.

All of the Correctional CR Group Reports will need to be only 1-2 minutes & we will follow the same order as in the agenda; we’ll have everyone up & staged, so when one is done the next can follow without the delay of getting up to the mic. Our ministry relies on all leaders being present at the Quarterly, it’s our opportunity to learn from each other but as important, it’s the best way for newcomers to be introduced to everyone & what we do.. we need so many more volunteers! If you cannot attend for some important reason, please take responsibility for having one of your co-leaders ready to fill in for you & give a good report on your group.

This Quarterly is set to be an awesome event, much time & effort goes into planning & preparing to make it a rewarding experience for all who will be joining us, some who are checking out CRI for the first time. In the Oregon-Washington area our ministries network is expanding, inmates lives are being impacted as well as their whole family. Let’s do all we can to promote our Quarterly over the next few days at our home CR group, encourage the TEAM members to come to hear what exciting things are happening & how right at the community CR group we’re forming CRI Teams.

Also, since there are individuals we come in contact with, who are not part of CR but are involved in some way with the needs of inmates or in the re-entry process, maybe with the families, invite them! Do you know someone who was incarcerated & would be interested in CRI, invite them, it’s a free event & we need them in the community CR group to mentor. Let’s make a real effort to invite everyone we can think of!

Please let Kent know if you have any questions or changes regarding this agenda, 503-789-3756.
Becky Fink is our host at Salem 1st Nazarene & can answer questions regarding the facility, (503) 269-8542.
May our Lord bless & keep you until we meet in Salem on July 8th.

QuarterlyAgenda 7:8:17.pdf

CRI Quarterly.. adding more value everyday..

Hey friends, had to let you know a couple of exciting recent developments for the Quarterly on July 8th.. first CR Rep Becky Fink will be able to register for the West Coast Summit at the event & give a 10% discount over the regular individual or group rate! This requires that full payment is made & complete name & information for everyone registered at the event, so come prepared if you want to take advantage of this opportunity!
Secondly, ODOC Chaplain Larry Bowen will be with us with information on the Home For Good In Oregon (HGO) program. Chaplain Bowen has been a CR advocate for over 20 years, even planted a few CR groups & was the mentoring chaplain to start CR inside of Oregon’s prisons in 2010. He & his wife Julia are an amazing team so come & meet them at the Quarterly!

This event is jammed packed with great content & of value to everyone, it’s only 3 weeks away from today on July 8th. If you haven’t yet, make your plans to be with us at the Salem Nazarene, 1550 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301 starting promptly at 10am. The Quarterly is the best opportunity to introduce the newcomer to the ministry-side of Celebrate Recovery that focuses on the incarcerated & is building a bridge from the correctional CR to the community CR. For someone who wants to learn about what CRI is, for the person involved in another associated ministry or organization wanted to network, for the man or woman who feels called to serve in this way by volunteering, and for all those whose are currently serving who want to share their experience, strength & hope, the CRI Quarterly is a must!

Below is a nice flyer, please make some copies & make them available where appropriate.
In Christ,

7:8 CRI Quarterly Flyer.pdf

Agenda for Saturday’s CRI Quarterly.. 3/11/17 OneDay discount available

Happy New Year friends,

Weather has moderated and we’re having the Quarterly meeting as scheduled this Saturday (Jan. 10th) at 10am. We’re aware that the weather has been very cold & snow is flying in certain areas, but here in Beaverton everything is clear today, we’re praying for God’s mercy that it will hold through Saturday!

Some, because of where you live, may choose to not try to drive over & we totally respect your decision, we’ll be having another Quarterly in April that will be better weather-wise.

Please reach out & invite someone you know would be interested to attend with you.. newcomers & any who would like to learn about what we do in CR Inside are welcome.. there is going to be a special training that all CR leaders, TEAM members especially, will really enjoy & benefit from.. please announce this meeting at your CR this week if you haven’t had it yet & show this attached flyer & agenda.. we look forward to meeting with you Saturday.

NOTE: CR state reps will be at the Quarterly & can register you, & your group members, for a 10% discount over & above the Early Bird & Group discount rates.. payment for all registrants is required when you register so come prepared!

Here are the Agenda and Poster:

QuarterlyAgenda 1:7:17.pdf

Quarterly, 1-7-17.pdf

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW TeamLead
Oregon CRI Rep

503-789-3756

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 1/7/2017
SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 07007

CR OneDay Seminars:
SanFrancisco, CA 1/28/2017
Austin, TX 2/11/2017
Williamsburg, VA 2/25/2017
Portland, OR 3/11/2017
DesMoines, IA 4/29/2017
Denver, CO 5/20/2017

East Coast Summit 7/12-14/2017
West Coast CR Summit 8/9-11/2017

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:
www.celebraterecovery.com

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:
www.cr-inside.org
www.nwcrinewsletter.us
www.facebook.com/crioregon

 

2016 CR Inside Updates. 2017, Just around the corner…

Merry Christmas Forever Family,

I can hardly believe that today is December 17th, around the corner is Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & a brand new year! What I’m really excited for, is spending time in the midst of it all abiding with the Christmas child Himself, Jesus is the reason for all of it & He chose to spend time with each of us. I’ve come to know that He has purpose for everything happening in my life, He doesn’t spare attention to any detail, God leads me back each year to celebrate His birth & then welcome a new year of life. I pray each of us will enjoy this special time with family & friends, that we will be safe & healthy, & that we remember to care for one another.

In 2017 we will see amazing growth in our CR Inside ministry, Danny Duchene has begun the processing of new CRI Reps, new volunteers are hearing our Lord’s call into service, & new inside CR groups are in the works. Also in 2017, an increased involvement by volunteers at the community CR group will take place: CRI Coordinators, Welcome Home Partners & CRI Mentors. At our Quarterly meeting on January 7th we will be going over all things CRI, both about the inside CR groups & about the CRI Team in the community CR group. The Quarterly is free & open to anyone with an interest to learn or become part of this ministry. I’ve attached a nice flyer of which copies can be put on your groups literature table, it’s a 2-sided flyer with info on the January 28th HGO mentor training on the flip side. Please promote both of these events during the announcements in large group, CR Inside is a great way to serve as a CR leader & faithful follower of Christ.

Feel free to contact myself or Nicole Davis with questions, our info is on the flyer & in this email signature.
In Christ,

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW TeamLead
Oregon CRI Rep
503-789-3756
kentw

Nicole Davis
Washington CRI Rep
(503) 793-2177
girl4godonly

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 1/7/2017
SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 07007

CR OneDay Seminars:
SanFrancisco, CA 1/28/2017
Austin, TX 2/11/2017
Williamsburg, VA 2/25/2017
Portland, OR 3/11/2017
DesMoines, IA 4/29/2017
Denver, CO 5/20/2017

East Coast Summit 7/12-14/2017
West Coast CR Summit 8/9-11/2017

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:
www.celebraterecovery.com

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:
www.cr-inside.org
www.nwcrinewsletter.us
www.facebook.com/crioregon

CRI-Q 1-7, HGO 1-28-17.pdf

CRI Quarterly Agenda for this Saturday 10/1/16

Hey Folks, This Quarterly is going to be ‘one for the books’, look what’s in store for us!

Once again we’ve attached the flyer so you can copy for your CR group literature table or to hand to someone you feel would really benefit from being with us on Saturday,

SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, OR 97007.


Agenda:

9:30AM Coffee&Donut Fellowship
10:00 Worship by ‘The Lost and Found’
10:15 Welcome
10:20 CRI Group Reports:

LCC +SS, WCCW, MCC-TwinRivers, SFFC +SS, CRCI +SS,
CCCF Min-A&D-Med/Max +SS, OSP, MCCF, SCCI, DRCI +SS,
SCI, FDC Sheridan
Jails: CCJ, TCJ, LCJ, WCJ, DsCJ, PCJ, DgCJ

11:20 CRI Coordinator Spotlight: Kent Bowen
11:25 Introductions
11:40 ‘Satisfied Customer’: Brandon Annunzio
11:50 Spousal Support: Nicole Davis & Jennie Whitaker
12:00PM Lunch Break
12:30 Worship by ‘Lost&Found’
12:40 Testimony: Karen Henry
1:00 From Cell to Community CR:

Overview & Goals Kent Whitaker
Where are you? Paul Arro
Into the outside. Scott Patterson

1:40 Open Q&A
2:00PM Summary & Closing Prayer


 

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep
CRI NW USA Team-Lead
503-789-3756
kentw

Nicole Davis
Washington CRI Rep
(503) 793-2177
girl4godonly

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 10/1/2016
SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 07007

CR OneDay Seminars:
Dayton, OH 10/1/2016
Oklahoma City, OK 10/15/2016
New Orleans, LA 10/29/2016
Chicago, IL 11/5/2016
Charlotte, NC 11/19/2016

East Coast Summit 7/12-14/2017
West Coast CR Summit 8/9-11/2017

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:
www.celebraterecovery.com

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:
www.cr-inside.org
www.nwcrinewsletter.us
www.facebook.com/crioregon

Quarterly, 10-1-16.pdf

Announcement: New National Director for CRI

This is such exciting news for the Celebrate Recovery Inside, Pastor Danny Duchene is the National Director for CRI!!

Nancy Dowd will continue as the NE CRI Team Lead & NY CRI Rep.

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep
CRI NW Team-Lead

Read more about Danny’s story: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/duchene-716753-prison-life.html

The Oct 1st Quarterly is really shaping up…

Dear Friends, Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

Well, this past weekend definitely has let me know that Summer is over, Fall is upon us! The rain is falling & the leaves on the trees are turning beautiful shades of red, yellow & orange; God’s creation is moving on into the next season which is like all those Falls before & yet unlike any we have ever seen. I hope & pray all is well with you & your families.

We’ve updated our Oregon & Washington CRI brochures & attached them here so, if you’d like to print some copies up for your literature table or other uses, you can. Also, attached is a flyer for the Quarterly which I hope you can print & share with those attending your weekly CR meeting. We’ll be sending out an agenda next week but here’s some of what to expect: pre-meeting coffee & pastries, opening worship trio, reports from our 26 ‘inside CR groups’, mini-mony from a CRI ‘satisfied customer’, overview & training on mentorship & transitional needs at the community CR level, short talk on spousal support, CR testimony from CRI volunteer, open Q&A sessions, and of course, a yummy light lunch!

This is a great opportunity to learn about CR Inside, this is a wonderful opportunity to network with CR leaders involved in the mission field behind the chain-link&razorwire, this is a very important meeting for the CR leader to learn about efforts now underway to train-up the community CR group to better serve the transitioning newcomer. All are welcome, newcomer, pastors, those in associated ministries & recovery programs.

This meeting is free, it starts promptly at 10am & is over at 2pm, lunch is served at noon (those with special dietary needs will need to bring the appropriate food).

The Quarterly is held in room #221 at the SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, OR 97007.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns & ideas.

Kent Whitaker
Oregon CRI Rep
CRI NW USA Team-Lead
503-789-3756
kentw

Nicole Davis
Washington CRI Rep
(503) 793-2177
girl4godonly

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 10/1/2016
SW Bible Church
14605 SW Weir Road
Beaverton, OR 07007

CR OneDay Seminars:
Dayton, OH 10/1/2016
Oklahoma City, OK 10/15/2016
New Orleans, LA 10/29/2016
Chicago, IL 11/5/2016
Charlotte, NC 11/19/2016

East Coast Summit 7/12-14/2017
West Coast CR Summit 8/9-11/2017

Event Registration, Tools & Group Finder:
www.celebraterecovery.com

CR Inside Information & Group Finder:
www.cr-inside.org
www.nwcrinewsletter.us
www.facebook.com/crioregon

CRI brochure 9-16OR.pdf

CRI brochure 9-16WA.pdf

Quarterly, 10-1-16.pdf