Celebrate Recovery

Welcome! — CR is open for On-Location Meetings

Celebrate Recovery at New Song is open with meetings every Tuesday evening– come join us. Doors open at 6:15pm and our meeting starts promptly at 6:30pm.

Contact Judy Bergenske at 503-964-0496 or judybergenske@yahoo.com with any questions.

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Doors open at 6:15pm

Large Group: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
(Here we come together for a time of worship and hear a testimonial or a teaching.)

Open Share Groups: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
(These are gender specific groups.)


New Song Community Church
Located in our Community Center west of main building
220 NE Russell St.
Portland OR 97212-3733
Phone: 503-493-1301

The purpose of New Song Community Church’s “Celebrate Recovery” is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to “be changed.” We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our lives’ problems.

By working the Christ-centered steps and applying their Biblical principles found in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5), we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.

As we progress through the principles and the steps, we discover our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power – Jesus Christ.

We welcome you to this amazing spiritual adventure

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups Can:

  • Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with others who are going through the “Principles” in a Christ-Centered recovery program.
  • Provide you a group leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up or habit that will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular principle each week. The leader will also keep Celebrate Recovery’s “5 Group Guidelines.”
  • Provide you with the opportunity to find accountability partner(s) and a sponsor.
  • Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week.

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups Will Not:

  • Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors.
  • Allow its members to attempt to fix one another.

Age 18 and older. Currently no childcare or children’s program available; check back for further updates.

The Road to Recovery: 8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes

Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.Matthew 5:3
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.Matthew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Happy are the meek.Matthew 5:5
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart.Matthew 5:8
Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.Matthew 5:6
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
Happy are the merciful.Matthew 5:7
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Happy are the peacemakers.Matthew 5:9
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.Matthew 5:10

The Twelve Steps and their Biblical Comparisons

Step 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5Step 6Step 7Step 8Step 9Step 10Step 11Step 12
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors. That our lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature, for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.Romans 7:18
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.Philippians 2:13
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.Romans 12:1
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.Lamentations 3:40
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.James 5:16a
We’re entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.James 4:10
We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.Luke 6:31
We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.Matthew 5:23-24
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!1 Corinthians 10:12
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.Colossians 3:16a
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him.Galatians 6:1