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10 churches team up to fight drugs

Effort will help build Celebrate Recovery Home in Springfield.

Ten local churches are teaming together to raise money to battle Springfield’s drug problem through a three-week sermon series titled, “Together, We Believe.”

“I have been a pastor for 42 years in the Springfield community. I have never participated or even heard of 10 churches preaching together and working together like this. It is a positive statement of answered prayer and the desire of God’s people to make a positive impact in our area,” senior pastor of Fellowship Christian Church Grant Edwards said.

Today is the second Sunday of the series in which the pastors preach about Jesus, the bible and the church.

“Nothing is more fundamental to the Christian Faith than who Jesus is; That the Bible is God’s revealed truth and that the Church is the Body of Christ on the earth,” Neil Haney of Vineyard Church of Northridge said.

On Feb. 23 all 10 churches will get together at Maiden Lane Church of God, 1201 Maiden Lane, for a combined celebration.

The churches include “My Church” – Built Upon The Rock, Fellowship Church, First Christian, Maiden Lane, Grace Lutheran, Vineyard Church of Northridge, High Street Church of the Nazarene, St. John’s Missionary Baptist, RiverSong and New Life Christian.

Also on the 23rd, all 10 congregations will pass out envelopes for people to donate to a nonprofit, Changing Lives Now, which is establishing a Celebrate Recovery Home for Men and Women who wish to seek sobriety, according to Pastor Sim Bowen of My Church - Built Upon The Rock.

“With the heroin epidemic that is sweeping our community, we believe that we as 10 churches we can lift together and try and address our biggest, most obvious and immediate need at this time in our community, which is drug addiction,” Bowen said.

Pastor Dan Powell of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church said he believes it’s past time the church get more involved in helping solve the drug problem in Springfield.

“Our Springfield community is ‘sick’ with drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. The cost, defining this in a variety of ways, is enormous and growing,” he said.

Bowen has asked his congregation to not only give financially to the Celebrate Recovery Home, but also give physically as well. He plans for his members to help run the home and help refurbish the building.

“Just like the lives of the people we meet, they are breached, broken and disgusted and God restores them. This home is the same, it also is in the same condition and needs restored so it can be a place of hope for the broken,” he said.

Bowen hopes this partnership is the start of a combined effort to help battle addictions in the community.

“I believe that the church is for sure the most underutilized army in the world, and I believe that together we can do more and attack the curses that is upon our city. Springfield has always been called and considered a City of God, and I believe this will magnify that God is up to something special right here in Springfield Ohio,” Bowen said.

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