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Kona Legacy Church launches ‘Year to Celebrate Recovery’

Over the weekend, Kona Legacy Church launched a new chapter of Celebrate Recovery (CR) — a Jesus-centered, biblically based, 12-step recovery program that is currently active in more than 17,000 churches around the world.

The nonprofit, inter-denominational ministry exists to serve the community, explained Kona CR Ministry Leader Chris Griesser. “The ministry is set on being a true depiction of who Jesus is. The goal is to reach the ‘unreached’, to create a judge-free and upbeat atmosphere; a safe and accepting place for all who have hurts, habits and hangups.”

During the upcoming “Year to Celebrate Recovery,” various art forms, including music, visual and poetic expression, will be employed to support the effort.

“The ministry is passionate about coming alongside of the hurting, and building a relationship based on love, transparency and truth,” said Griesser.

“With over 80,000 residents in the Kona area and an estimate of only 4 percent attending church on a weekly basis, there is a desperate need to reach the 76,800 people who are not plugged in. Not to mention the Christ followers who struggle within the church walls,” he said. “The ministry wants to walk together as a community in 2013 and allow Jesus Christ to transform and heal our city from the grip of addictive and destructive behaviors.”

Legacy Church is located at 73-4976 Kamanu St., mauka of Home Depot in Kailua-Kona. For more information, please call Griesser at 326-7370, ext. 3, or email him at Visit


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