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Praise Report from DRCI

Scott Patterson, Oregon State Rep for Celebrate Recovery Inside shares this praise report:

Sunday June 25th we had our CRI meeting at DRCI and hosted Dusty Marshall  (Irregular4Christ). We blew the roof off the Chapel with his Hip Hop Style of bringing Glory to the Father with over 100 men in attendance. Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag teamed the

Dusty followed up his music with a C.R. testimony that touched every heart in the house. We tag-teamed the altar-call with many new faces – at least 60 fellows we have not seen before – coming to know Jesus and others making recommitments to the LORD.

We had a great time praying for the men and their new walk with God. Not living life looking through the rear view mirror any longer, but rising above their situations and circumstances to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1

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April 8th CRI Quarterly

cri-quarterly-4-2017Announcement and flyer for the April 8th CRI Quarterly… download the attachment by clicking the link below.

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The meeting will be held at the SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Road, Beaverton, OR 97007. (See the Google Map link below.)

 

We commence promptly at 10am and will finish at 2:30pm. There is a light lunch served at noon.

Come early for coffee & pastries to network and fellowship. Be prepared for learning all about the CR Inside ministry from the men and women who volunteer both on the inside of our correctional system and out in the community CR groups they attend.

 

Call for First Quarter 2015 Content Submittals

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“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” 1Cor 14:16

As 1Q winds down, we need to hear about what’s been happening “out there” and “inside the gate.”

Here’s a reminder: The NW CRI Newsletter exists as a funnel for stories, events art, poetry and other Godly content in service to the National Newsletter.

Our Regional Newsletter is intended to be a news pipeline to the National Newsletter.  The national staff relies regional sources on to monitor the CRI pulse across the US.

Please, if you have something to share, do so!

And / or remember that you’re welcome share the the submittals email address with anyone in CR / CRI who might wish to add to our dialogue:

submit@nwcrinewsletter.us

Thanks for reading!  Thanks in advance for your contributions to NWCRINewsletter.us

Finishing 2014 Strong.. ‘When I am weak, then I am strong.’

As the winter begins in earnest here in the Pacific Northwest, CR Inside is ‘warming itself’ with the appointment of Adam Rodriguez as the new National Director. Adam is identified as our ‘interim’ director until he’s officially named after the first of the year. When Hector Lozano stepped down last May, David Jones was named, but just as the weather changes these days, his appointment was pulled back in October. Like a ship without a rudder, nationally CRI has been wandering; several key leaders have jumped ship including our own Larry Courtain, stepping down as Oregon’s Mid-Valley rep in early November. Larry’s departure was due to his increasing responsibilities as an associate pastor at Morning Star, but none the less, many times when things seem to be in disarray, unnerving events multiply & cause increasing concern. Larry had provided for me personally, as well as for our Oregon team generally, a real key partner & advocate for our mission. Larry, & a few other CRI warriors, had started up the CR program in Mill Creek CI & OSP, & under Larry’s leadership Morning Star Church had opened its doors & supported CRI in many ways, including hosting several Quarterly meetings. Leaving our Mid-Valley post without local leadership was very troubling, as there are 4 prisons & 2 large jail populations in the greater Salem/Albany area. Many times, what I determine to be set-backs, negative events which will have negative consequences, however I’ve grown to understand that God is always working behind the scenes, in fact, He’s going out in front to set-up what needs to be done for His plans to unfold according to His will! It’s always so amazing to watch God as He’s building CRI in Oregon & now SW Washington too! And, if it’s true for us here in the rainy Pacific NW, it’s true for CRI nationally too. Adam’s taking over the reins at this point is a huge step forward, I have faith that he’ll make a very capable leader, taking CRI to the next levels of achievement & organization.

In fact, today Adam named Nicole Davis as Washington’s newest CRI rep, Nicole’s appointment brings with it more ‘warmth’ as the outside temperatures drop & the wind whips rain down on us. Yes, God’s game-plan is coming more clear every day & as we accept our weakness, His strength upholds us, carries us to higher levels, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2Cr12:9-10

We’ve been notified in the last few days that on January 8th our CR program will be launching inside the FDC at Sheridan! This is a process that was started back in June when Steve Hardgrove & myself met with Chaplain Kowalczyk, then months of searching to find a qualified team of CR volunteers. Matt Eggert, ML at COTH CR in McMinnville, was extremely supportive & helpful in finally putting this team together when we had almost lost hope. God is good.. as He provided what we needed when we needed it.

And lastly, but far from least, is the strength God allowed in us when we accepted our weakness & turned totally to Him in prayer for Scott Patterson being approved to lead CR inside Deer Ridge CI in Madras. Scott’s chances were not good, no.. non-existent. I had thought, when Scott explained his background to me, ‘this isn’t going to happen unless God intervenes’.. & that’s exactly what He did! Chaplain Woods at DRCI advocated for Scott & CR all the way to his superintendent & Scott was approved to serve at DRCI! We are humbled by our Lord’s care, comfort & strength in this matter; thank you Scott & Chaplain Tim Woods for following Christ, trusting in Him to prevail.

When we look to our Lord rather than ourselves, when no matter how how discouraging circumstances are we accept our inability to overcome them by ourselves, & when we trust in God for the outcomes of our efforts, accepting whatever they are, He delivers in His time, every time. Please take a few minutes every day to pray for us to trust God for our success as an individual & as a team this coming year. Pray that we will not be discouraged or distracted by people or events around us which seem to be evidence of failure but that we remember that God Himself has the final say in all. Pray that we remain true to the work Jesus Christ has called us to in this CR Inside ministry & find our strength solely in Him. 2015 is going to be an amazing year of growth for CRI here in the great NW.

By the way, that vacancy at Mid-Valley rep, stay tuned because God has raised up a terrific fix for us & we’ll be hearing some great news in January on what exactly it is!
Kent Whitaker, CRI Senior Rep, Oregon

Oregon CRI Quarterly on Oct 4th

Good Day Friends..

kent & W MugshotA sunny Saturday in the Pacific NW, a touch of Fall in the air, an amazing experience for sure! Two Saturdays from today, October 4th, we will be having our CRI Quarterly meeting at the SW Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton, OR 97007, room 222. The meeting will start promptly at10am & be finished by 1pm, there will be a short break somewhere in the middle. This quarter we won’t be having a meeting in Salem, only the one at SW Bible, the reason is, we are having a special re-entry training in addition to our normal CRI reports from all the inside groups, discussion & goal setting. Mike Cross, Portland Metro CRI Rep, will be highlighted in the training session, he has spent years as a professional mentor for Washington County in addition to being a HGO mentor & overseeing transitional housing/programing for Free On The Outside in Oregon City. This training will be to kick-off for CRI’s focus on re-entry for the coming year bringing it up in equal importance to our success with inside programming in prisons & jails. Since you all will be part of this in many ways please make being present at this meeting a priority, we will be looking to you for your input & assistance.
 
The CRI Quarterly usually happens on the first Saturday of each quarter, these are open meetings with the intention that curious individuals, or those wanting to get involved, can come to find out about all the different CRI groups & how they work, ask questions & meet the incredible leaders who are taking Celebrate Recovery to new levels! Please be encouraged to invite committed fellow CR friends, pastors or anyone you feel would benefit by being with us, we will be looking forward to welcome everyone.
 
We’re excited to announce that Ken Davis has been named as the new Washington CRI Rep & he will be with us on the 4th to share his first report as a rep! Ken, from Crossroads CR in Vancouver, is currently the ML for the men’s group at the Clark County Jail & part of the new team taking CR into the Larch Correctional Center. Ken is already a valuable part of CRI & we’re looking forward to working alongside him in his new role as a state rep.
 
You are receiving this email because you are either already part of the greater CRI team, a chaplain or associate of ours or, a CR Ministry Leader/State Rep. We’ve included you Ministry Leaders because of our new initiative on re-entry & the vital role the community CR groups will be playing, as we improve our ability to help offenders transition out of imprisonment into a new healthy & successful life. Going forward CRI in Oregon/Washington will be offering specific training for the community CR TEAM’s, general meetings & those individuals who identify themselves as wanting to help in CRI work with their ML’s approval. If you do not want to be on our email list & receive any further emails, please reply to Kent Whitaker (kentw@remax.net) & simply ask to be removed from the list & you will be. Also, we’ve tried to eliminate duplicate entries but if you’ve received 2 or more of this email please let us know so we can correct that.