Thursday, March 20, 2014

MN Adult and Teen Challenge

Teen Challenge was started in Brooklyn in 1958 by Rev. David Wilkerson, an Assembly of God pastor who left a rural Pennsylvania church to work among teen gang members in New York City.  Wilkerson also founded the Times Square Church in New York City and is the author of several best-selling books including “The Cross and the Switchblade” which tells the story of the early development of Teen Challenge.
Today, Teen Challenge is the largest non-profit, faith-based drug and alcohol recovery program in the United States.  This ministry also serves world-wide in about 100 countries.  The official Statement of Purpose of Teen Challenge is “To provide youth, adults and families with an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol problems in order to become productive members of society.”
Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge serves close to 450 residents on eight campuses around the state.  This Sunday, March 23, the Executive Director, Richard Scherber, along with about 40 men and women currently in treatment, will be leading worship at Christ Church as the Teen Challenge Choir.  They will share music and testimonies that will touch your heart and remind you that our God is in the transformation business!  I strongly encourage you to invite a friend!
Near the end of our worship services at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. we will receive a “second offering” just for Teen Challenge.  Checks should also be made out to Christ Church.  We will combine the offerings and pass on one check to Teen Challenge.  Please give generously to this awesome state-wide ministry partner!
You are also invited to stay for lunch and fellowship with the choir.  This will give you an opportunity to thank them personally and encourage them in their journey of recovery.  
Friends, you may not be struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, however, the message of scripture is that we are all “addicted to sin” and in need of a Savior.  His name is Jesus!  Whatever sin or sorrow… whatever trial or temptation has a grip on your life; I encourage you to call him today.  Only Jesus has the power to truly set you free!
Pastor Greg Pagh

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