In schools across Texas this fall, students and teachers will observe Red Ribbon week during October 25th -29th. Communities will be planning prevention and education programs to communicate to students regarding the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.
The Christian Life Commission is sponsoring Recovery Sunday on October 24th to encourage churches in Texas to highlight the issues of addiction, recovery, and prevention. In addition, Recovery Sunday gives Texas Baptists an opportunity to affirm and encourage our students and teachers in their ongoing struggle against drugs and alcohol.
Red Ribbon week grew out of an effort to honor the memory of a DEA agent named KiKi Camarena who died in Mexico investigating a major drug cartel. Following his death, friends and family began to wear red ribbons to honor his memory. This tradition has developed into a national campaign to address the issues of prevention and education. Beginning this fall, the CLC will help congregations to promote Recovery Sunday by providing educational, sermonic, and promotional resources.
Please join us as we encourage churches across Texas to confront the issues of addiction in our congregations and communities. We encourage you to wear your red ribbon during the week of October 25-29 to show your support as students and teachers take a stand against substance abuse in their schools.
WE ARE ON FACEBOOK
We are excited to announce that the Christian Life Commission Substance Abuse Ministry is now on Facebook. The Facebook page will provide information and promote ministry opportunities for those interested in Substance Abuse Ministry and recovery issues. You can find the page on Facebook by searching “Addiction Ministry Education Network“. If you are on Facebook designate that you “like” the page and you will receive updates throughout the month.
The Substance Abuse Ministry is hosting a “Streaming Video” training event on Friday, September 24 at 10:00 am. No matter where you are located, you can log on to view the presentation by going to www.texasbaptists.org.
Carrie Beaird, Substance Abuse Consultant with CLC, Jana Jackson, Community Ministries Director at Dallas Baptist Association and Heath Marion, pastor of the Oaks Church will be discussing the challenges of churches and staffs in dealing with substance abuse issues, recovery and referral questions.
There will also be the opportunity to send in your questions live through Facebook for the panel to discuss.
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