‘Celebrating Recovery’ Tamaqua community service Sept. 16
To promote the widespread observance of National Recovery Month, several Tamaqua organizations are banding together to sponsor “Celebrating Recovery,” an ecumenical community service Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. The service is being hosted by Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church.
The service is intended to support people in recovery and draw attention to critical prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. It will include music as well as messages from clergy, local people in recovery and representatives of service providers.
“The service will emphasize that individuals in recovery and their support systems can be change agents in our community,” said Micah Gursky, executive director of the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership. “It is critical that people experiencing mental and substance use disorders receive the support they need.”
“It is important that the momentum we established at this event carries over to the community the next day, week, and year,” Gursky said. “We all have the potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal, and valuable to help spread the message that recovery is possible.”
The worship service event is part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
Dr. Jill Peters, a faculty member at the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, will address ‘The Myth of the Good Old Days’ and ‘Church Culture’ in a workshop for area lay and ordained church leaders Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.
The workshop is sponsored by the Tamaqua Ministerial Association and the Tamaqua Area Faith Fellowship Network.
“The Myth of the Good Old Days” will examine how congregations often hang on to what they know, what is comfortable, what has worked in the past. But that means they never move forward to what could be and it leaves a lot of people behind.
“Church Culture” explores how church culture helps congregations stay together but it also keeps others out. How do congregations build a strong church culture that connects and at the same time welcomes others? Dr. Peters will talk about five aspects of culture in general and their impact, both positive and negative, on churches.
The workshop is open to all area congregations free of charge. In the interest of planning, however, workshop organizers would like to know by Oct. 1 how many people to expect.
Please contact George Taylor at 570-668-4451 or firstname.lastname@example.org by the Oct. 1 deadline.