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Prison Fellowship and Celebrate Recovery Inside Volunteer

NW CR Inside News… Updates from Kent W.

Howdy CR Insiders..
We are coming off another great Quarterly held on Feb 3rd at the Horizon Church in Sherwood, this was an awesome venue! The Horizon CR Ministry Leader Todd Tomlinson, opened up for us at 8am, sound checked the band, ran our media all day, & led the clean-up.. thank you Todd for all you did to make this event happen & a success. Along with many encouraging reports, testimonies & mini-monies, we had a great worship time (thanks to Persevered), uplifting teachings & a yummy lunch. The best part always is seeing so many friends, brothers & sisters in Christ, getting together & sharing from their hearts, life-experiences, thoughts & words-of-wisdom. We serve a great God, who blesses us by allowing us to serve the incarcerated & their families! Getting together to celebrate this ministry is really important & it glorifies our Lord at the same time, come to the Quarterly whenever you can, you’ll always be welcome & glad you did.

The next Quarterly on April 7th will be at the Trinity Church of Pierce County in Tacoma, this will be the first Quarterly ever held in Washington! With all the excitement for the CR Inside ministry now happening in this area it will be an excellent event, today Nicole Antis is coaching a team of CR women for the King County Jail!! We’ve attached the flyer for this April 7th CRI Quarterly here, please see to it that copies are made available on your community CR group’s literature table ASAP. Community CR groups are developing their CRI Team & we encourage each group’s T.E.A.M. to attend as we will be covering that process & answering all their questions. Also, all the basics on how-to bring CR into the correctional settings will be taught by our CRI Reps & area Leads. Since the CR Training Conference is on March 10th in Gig Harbor we will be inviting those attending it to come back a month later to focus on the CRI ministry at the nearby Quarterly.

Following the April 7th Quarterly in Tacoma, WA, our goal is to continue to offer this event in a variety of locations around Washington & Oregon, with the other states in the NW Region joining in as we build the CRI ministry there. The next scheduled Quarterly following the April 7th in Tacoma, WA, is in Redmond, OR at the Word of Victory Church on July 7th & then in Eugene, OR at Crossfire West Eugene Campus on October 6th. Put these dates in your calendar today & start spreading the word. Our vision is to bring CR into each jail, prison & youth correctional facility.. and to provide a ready & able CRI Team to address the transitioning inmate & their family in the community CR group!

Please keep our new Washington CRI Rep, Richard Moody, & his family in prayer as he had a mild-stroke last Saturday & is at home now recuperating. I’m convinced, God has brought us all together in ministry so that, we can learn to love one another as He has loved us. When one of us is struggling or in need, is when the rest of us can lift them up in prayer, & as God leads, reach out with support, encouragement & assistance.

We have another request too, attached you’ll see the updated Oregon CR Directory which you are welcome to copy & use as necessary. At this time we don’t have a Washington CR Directory & need someone who will commit to creating it similar to the Oregon one. These directories are used in prisons & jails where permitted, as a way for inmates to identify a CR group where they will be released & make contact with them before they release. Many times an inmate will direct their spouse to make contact & begin attending before they’re released too. The person who can be responsible for this important task needs to keep the directory updated as well, with changes, & adding new groups or deleted ones that quit. If you are interested please contact Nicole or Richard so that they will know & work with you to get started.

CR Inside is the bridge from the correctional CR to the community CR.

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

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

Richard Moody
CRI Rep, Washington
(253) 222-4749
richardmoody1264

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

‘Creating a bridge from the correctional CR
to the community CR.’

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 4/7/2018
Trinity Church of Pierce County
4041 Tacoma Mall Blvd
Tacoma, WA 98409

CR OneDay Seminars:
Dallas, TX 3/3/18
Seattle, WA 3/10/18
Atlanta, GA 4/14/18
Washington DC 4/21/18
Lansing, MI 5/19/18

East Coast Summit 7/11-13/2018
West Coast CR Summit 8/8-10/2018

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

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

CR Dir Feb 2018.pdf

CRIQ 4:7:18.pdf

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Feb 3rd CR Inside Quarterly

Happy New Year CRI Friends & Family..

Kicking off 2018 for the first quarter we will be coming together, courtesy of the Horizon CR in Sherwood, OR, on Saturday, February 3rd. The Sherwood Campus of Horizon Church is located at 22240 SW Washington St, we will be having donuts & coffee at 9:30am with the event starting promptly at 10am. This Quarterly, as usual, is a FREE EVENT & includes a light lunch at noon! This is a perfect opportunity for the newcomer to learn about this exciting ministry.. perfect for community CR TEAM leaders to learn about setting up their CRI Team led by a CRI Coordinator.. & perfect for any other associated prison-ministry to network with CRI volunteers & share with us about their ministry or organization.

February 3rd is only 4 Saturdays from today & we need your help in getting the word out at your community CR group. Please make some copies of the attached flyer for the literature table at your CR group & ask the Ministry Leader to make an announcement about this event. Also, put the flyer into the hands of anyone that you feel would be interested in attending!

We will be sending out a complete agenda closer to the event but here’s some of the high-lights:

> worship by ‘Persevered’
> two testimonies, one lady & one man
> special CRI training
> mini-monies
> CR Inside group reports
> interactive Q&A
> much more..

Please let us know if you have questions,
may God bless & keep you throughout 2018.

Kent Whitaker
CRI NW Region Lead
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

‘Creating a bridge from the correctional CR
to the community CR.’

CRI Quarterly:
Saturday, 2/3/2018
Horizon Community Church
22240 SW Washington St
Sherwood, OR 97140

CR OneDay Seminars:
Brentwood, CA 1/27/2018
Gig Harbor, WA 3/10/2018

AllTogether Rally:
Austin, TX 1/13/18

East Coast Summit 7/11-13/2018
West Coast CR Summit 8/8-10/2018

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

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

CRIQ 2-3-18.pdf
CRIQ 2-3-18.docx

National CRI Director Danny Duchene in Tillamook this Saturday!

Pastor Danny Duchene, National CRI Director, will be at the Tillamook Church of the Nazarene this Sunday, 10/29.

He will be addressing both the 9:30 & 11:00AM services during their CR Sunday.

Tillamook Nazarene has two Sundays each year where their CR Ministry Leader Dave Westmark presents CR & featured speakers to the congregation!

The church is located at 2611 Third Street, Tillamook, OR 97141.

If you will be arriving on Saturday & spending the night, we are having an informal dinner get-together at at 7:00PM, Denny’s Restaurant, 2230 N Main Ave (close to Fred Meyers).

Should you have any questions contact Kent at 503-789-3756..

Danny-CR Sunday,10-29.pdf

Oct 7th CR Inside Quarterly

Hello Washington & Oregon CR Inside Friends,

Since we’re now only one month away from the CRI Quarterly, on Saturday October 7th, we wanted to make sure the word gets out to everyone.

We’ve attached a flyer which can be copied & available on your group’s literature table. Please help us to make this the best attended Quarterly yet, we’ve moved further south down the I-5 corridor to have the larger venue at the Salem Nazarene Church, 1550 Market St NE. We start at 10am sharp, so come early at 9:30am for coffee & donuts.. this is a free meeting.

Over the last few months we’ve seen several new correctional groups start-up both in Washington & Oregon. At our community CR’s, many dedicated members are interested in coming alongside those re-entering their group, hopefully including their families too, our Quarterly helps prepare these community CR group’s CRI Teams in many ways. Of course, everyone involved in CR will benefit by their attendance & is certainly encouraged join in with us as we build this important mission into our local prisons & jails.

Also remember, many who have a related ministry, counseling service, or organization focused on the incarcerated & those in the process of transition, will benefit by attending on October 7th. So spread the word to all those you know who might have an interest!

There will be great worship from ‘Lost & Found’, reports from all the areas correctional CR groups, two inspiring testimonies, free light lunch, ample Q&A session, & much more! Remember our Quarterly is open to anyone who has an interest in the CRI ministry both inside our correctional facilities & at the community CR working with men & women transitioning back home, everyone is welcome!

We’re asking you to be in prayer for all those participating as they ready themselves & make their preparations, in Christ. More info will be sent out over the next few weeks, but don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

10-7-17 Quarterly Flyer

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