Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:14
Thank you to those of you who answered our call for help for our young friend Mike last week. He called me today telling me how nice some of you had been to him. Someone gave him $50 and he told me he put it with the $100 someone gave him last week and is saving it for expenses for gas or other expenses that might come up. I asked him today how much his utilities were this month. They were $500 and he and his wife combined only draw $700. Someone brought him some cooked food as well as some staples and a nice lady made him some chicken noodle soup which he said was the best he ever ate.It doesn’t take a lot of effort on our part to make a big difference in someone else’s life. It also makes a difference in our own lives also. I know the people who helped Mike went home with love in their hearts.
For those of you who may have missed my former column Mike has cancer of the liver, Hepatitis C and now heart trouble and is going to have two stents when his heart gets strong enough for the surgery. He lives at 907 Webb Street and his phone number is 256-259-2587 if someone wants to check in on him from time to time. He called me today to see how I was doing. He knew my house had been flooded from a faulty hot water heater while I was out of town and he calls me from time to time to see if I have been able to move back into my house. I haven’t but soon I hope.
We continue to have large crowds coming to Celebrate Recovery. We are more and more like a family every week. It does my heart good to see people returning week after week and even coming to church when they had not attended church in a long time. We have a wonderful team that also keeps growing and the First United Methodist Church is wonderful to us. Because of them we don’t have to rent a building (one CR pays $5,000 a month...or their congregation does) for a place to meet. They furnish all our paper goods, plates, cookware, flatware, napkins, placemats, tea and coffee, and whatever else we need. The ladies in the office are wonderful to us not to mention our pastor Dr. Steve Screws. He offers so much encouragement to us all, team members as well as our guests who attend on Thursday nights.
Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who has habits, hurts or hang-ups that keep them from having a fruitful life whether it is depression, grief, divorce, abusive relationships, alcohol or drugs. Our small groups have grown. We now offer groups for Grief, Women’s Habits, Women’s Hurts and Hang-ups, Co-dependency, Mens Habits, Hurts and Hangups. We start new Small Groups as the need arises.
Whether you have problems or not (God Bless you if you don’t) please join us for a wonderful, spiritual service every Thursday night beginning with a free meal at 5:15, service at 6:00 and Small Group at 7:00 at The Mercy Place, Fellowship Hall, First United Methodist Church. We’d love to see you there.