Jonesville UMC recognizes National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Jonesville UMC’s STAHL (Stigma takes away hope and life) committee has a lot of great happenings to celebrate recovery and bring about awareness of addiction.
The church has been selling purple flags for community members to put in their yard to promote recovery awareness.
On Sept. 25, Jonesville member Katelyn Bradwell will serve the congregation for the entire Sunday service. She will share her powerful story of restoration and recovery at God’s hand as well as scripture from The Book of Jeremiah and Psalm 91. Her message will share the never-ending hope that God holds out to us in even the most desolate and hopeless of situations. She will invite the recovery community and the congregation to invest in the recovery of those around them with the full belief in the possibility of their restoration to a state of grace and recovery from Substance/Alcohol Use Disorder or other Process Addictions such as Gambling or Sex Addiction
On Sept. 29, the church will welcome famous American Artist David Dillard from Dallas Texas. David will share his fight to survive the ravages of Substance Use Disorder complicated by mental health challenges and what he must do to protect that recovery.
David Mitchell Dillard is an American artist living in Dallas, Texas. David regenerated Dual Recovery Anonymous in Dallas and taught Mental Health Education and Art at Turtle Creek Recovery Center for 18 ½ years. David carried the message of recovery from mental illness and substance use in the court system, Salvation Army, VA system, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, and Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA). For his efforts David received the Mental Health America (MHA) PRISM Award and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Consumer Quality of Life Award from NAMI Texas. He continues to make art and is active in the world of recovery.
At the Sept. 29 event, music will be provided by John Dillon from his new album Hope Road: From Addiction to Recovery.
From Sept. 24 to Oct. 1, 2022, Jonesville UMC will have a lawn display is to celebrate individuals in recovery from Alcohol or Substance Use Disorders and their families. In addition, the display will honor those who tried but could not achieve recovery and succumbed to the disease of addiction.
To learn how your church can help the recovery community, contact STAHL founder Phyllis Mullaney at firstname.lastname@example.org.