Fired up for recovery

From left, Ken DeGroff and Steve Atwater flip hamburgers
and turn hot dogs on the grill Friday night at Recovery in
the Park. The many volunteers were prepared to feed up to
1,000 people at the annual event in Hasting's Brickyard

For the fifth straight year, a local ministry dedicated to helping people overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups flipped burgers and lifted spirits during the barbecue Friday night for the Recovery in the Park Celebration at Brickyard Park.

Part of the national Celebrate Recovery ministry, the local ministry, which includes about 35 members, operates out of Evangelical Free Church at 2015 N. St. Joseph Ave. The grilling side of the Christian ministry includes eight church members.

Working the multi-step program, members strive to overcome any number of different challenges, including drug and alcohol abuse, overeating, pornography addiction, physical and sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and other burdens.

The Celebrate Recovery group meets at 7 p.m. each Saturday at the church for two-hour sessions that include fellowship and ministry with other members. Barbecues are often part of the summer session gatherings.

Utilizing a commercial-sized, pull-behind grill purchased through church donations, members offer their collective services by request to numerous not-for-profit groups hosting sizable gatherings each year. Preparing meat provided by the event sponsor, team members man tables as servers and take turns braving the heat and smoke to serve up numerous charbroiled offerings for guests to enjoy.

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