A Note About Mental Health Awareness

Poplar Springs is working to help people who are living with mental illness find freedom via our life group, Celebrate Recovery.

Here are some common questions we have heard from people in ministry as it relates to mental health.

How can I stop the stigma of mental illness? What does it look like to have mental illness? How do I know if I have a mental illness? Where can I find support for mental illness? What does mental illness mean to me if I am a Christian? How do I support someone with mental illness? What is the church's role in mental health? How do mental health and the church connect? What does mental health look like in the church? How can my church help with suicide prevention?

Help break the stigma that surrounds mental health issues in the church.

We desire to help the Church rethink mental illness and how it effects those coming into our congregations across the world. We hope to bring a greater mental illness awareness to our churches and in turn equip them with the tools to meet our friends in this struggle. We believe that the Church is one of the greatest and most effective partners in providing mental health services with the love of Christ. It is our belief that mental health struggles are not a flaw in character and it is not a sin to be sick. With this in mind, we hope to shed light on the realities of the biological makeup of the brain. In the same way, we desire to help to end stigma associated with this issue.

It is our goal at Celebrate Recovery to provide a safe and supportive environment for people to openly discuss their mental health struggles as one of life’s hurts, hang-ups & habits.
It is our belief that a person is not defined by their hurts, hang-ups or habits or their diagnosis. Our goal is that participants feel no shame, but instead find freedom within this recovery community.

Celebrate Recovery is a place of support and resources for those who want to live in recovery as it relates to a mental health issue. Sometimes a mental health issue is temporary and requires short term support. Sometimes the struggle can be life-long. Just because a mental health issue doesn’t necessarily go away doesn’t mean a person cannot live a life filled with meaning and purpose. In both instances, we want to be a safe place for people to reach out to others for help and find outside resources that best meets their individual needs. Our desire is to walk alongside the person in their journey while recognizing the most important words in recovery are, “You are not alone.”

The Mental Health Initiative began in 2016 as a way to better address mental health within the Celebrate Recovery ministry and to make sure that our meeting nights are a safe place for people who want to explore what recovery looks like for them in this area.

Celebrate Recovery does not employ counselors, therapists or any other kind of clinical treatment practitioners. Celebrate Recovery will never claim to cure any mental health issue and is not meant to be a substitute for clinical treatments or any type of therapy. We do not have separate mental health groups. What we do strive to offer is a safe place which is a vital part of the recovery process.

A Note From Pastor Chuck

Max Lucado, in his book, “Six Hours One Friday,” tells the story of a missionary in Brazil who discovered a tribe of Indians in a remote part of the jungle. They lived near a large river. The tribe was in need of medical attention. A contagious disease was ravaging the population. People were dying daily.
A hospital was not too terribly far away — across the river, but the Indians would not cross it because they believed the river was inhabited by evil spirits. And to enter its water would mean certain death.
The missionary explained how he had crossed the river & was unharmed. But they were not impressed. He then took them to the bank & placed his hand in the water. They still wouldn’tgo in. He walked into the water up to his waist & splashed water on his face. It didn’t matter. They were still afraid to enter the river.
Finally, he dove into the river, swam beneath the surface until he emerged on the other side. He raised a triumphant fist into the air. He had entered the water & escaped. It was then that the Indians broke into a cheer & followed him across.
On April 21 this year, we celebrate Easter. We celebrate when Christ victoriously came out on the other side of death, when the price of sin was paid in full, and when the tomb was found empty. We celebrate!
I hope you will be able to join us for the celebration on Easter Sunday. Join us for the sunrise service at 6:45, followed by breakfast. Join us for our blended service at 9am or our contemporary service at 10:30am. We will celebrate that our Savior and Messiah, Jesus, is alive!
I love you guys,

Get Involved: Winston Salem Rescue Mission

Mission Outreach is sponsoring a food drive for the Winston Salem Rescue Mission. There will be a box in the lobby. Mission Outreach will be collecting these items for 4 weeks. They are in need of: sugar, flour, corn oil, oatmeal, hamburger helper, peanut butter, condiments, basic spices, and salad dressing.

Mission Outreach began in May 1936 by women "whose desire to help carry out the Great Commission, by studying the scriptures, reading and studying about mission fields, the life and work of our missionaries, helping in benevolent & evangelistic endeavors, & by prayers, means and influence." We continue this vision by welcoming men and women to join us each 2nd Friday @ 6:30 pm, as we seek to Serve God and Others. Contact Laurie Dunkelberger 336-983-0164

February Happenings

February 7 - Forever Young Meeting - 10am - FLC February 6 - Elders Meeting - 7:45pm

February 10 - Board Meeting - 5pm

February 8 - Mission Outreach Meeting - 6:30pm - FLC

- Parents Night Out - 6-9pm (Birth - 5th grade) - A Kid Fusion Event, hosted at Jefferson Church

February 13 - Singing For Jesus - 9:45am - Priddy Manor

February 18 - Let us Pray - 7pm - Room 123 (Basement of Worship Center)

February 21 - Community Meal (volunteers needed)

In The Spotlight: Mission of Hope Haiti

Our Story

Mission of Hope was founded in 1998 by Brad and Vanessa Johnson. Ten years prior, Brad’s parents, Boband Sharon Johnson, acquired a piece of barren land 20 miles north of Port au Prince. Their vision was to build a mission that would help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people of Haiti.
n 1996, Brad and Vanessa were serving in Haiti on a week-long mission trip where they watched an 18-month-old baby die as her father held her on their way to a clinic. They learned the baby had starved to death from the parents not having enough food. This moment was etched in their minds forever, and they could not escape the image of the grieving parents as they mourned the loss of their daughter.
Brad and Vanessa felt the call on their lives to make Haiti their home, and in 1998 they moved to Haiti to officially start Mission of Hope.
Mission of Hope has grown from a small mission located on a barren piece of land to a fruitful organization that houses an onsite orphanage, medical facility, school, and church. Through partnerships, Mission of Hope also helps other orphanages, churches, and schools throughout the country.

Vision, Mission, & Resolutions


As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. We desire to serve the nation of Haiti, and see lives changed.


Our mission is to fulfill our Vision in every endeavor we undertake by successfully executing on our five core Resolutions


  • Relational Proclamation: Intentionally modeling Christ’s love through relationships

  • Evangelistic Saturation: Repeatedly sharing the Gospel message in targeted geographies

  • Indigenous Mobilization: Strategically developing national leaders to carry the vision to the nation

  • Holistic Transformation: Continuously pursuing God’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual destiny for every man, woman, and child

  • Excellent Implementation: Responsibly utilizing all resources and talents to their fullest potential for God’s glory

In The Spotlight: Central India Christian Ministries

CICM responds to the needs of people in India and surrounding countries through outreach initiatives including providing medical care, disaster relief, shelter, food, education, training and more. It is through this ability to meet physical needs that the door is opened to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, bring hope to the hopeless, love the unlovable and freethose in bondage. CICM’s aim is to meet the spiritual and physical needsof those the Lord brings to us.

India borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bur- ma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. Due to its land mass and geographical lo- cation in the heart of the 10/40 Win- dow, India is of key significance when we think about answering the call to“Go and make disciples of all nations... .” (Matthew 28:19)
India is situated in southern Asia, bordering the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.
With one-sixth of the world residing there, India is one of the most popu- lous nations in world. Nearly 1.2 billion people are crammed into a space one-third the size of the U.S. Within this population 2,533 separate people groups are represented.

Out of these, 2,233 have never been exposed to the Gospel. Christians are by far the minority, constituting only 2.3% of the total population. Most Indians are Hindu, worshipping 330 million different gods.
Socially, the ancient Hindu caste system is still practiced throughout India. Under this system, people are assigned to a rank in a hierarchy of classes and this rank often limits their access to jobs, care and opportunity. Persecution is common for Indian Christians. Often, due to religiously fa- natic rebel groups, Christians are forced to renounce their religion in order to keep their homes and businesses and even their lives. As an example, in August 2008, Hindu extremists reacted violently to the murder of one of their leaders, leaving 110 Christians dead, at least 170 churches and 4,500 homes destroyed, and over 54,000 people displaced. The arrests, physical beatings and church attacks across India were innumerable. Since then, this anti-Christian violence has persisted, leaving hundreds of Christians ostracized and abused.

Thousands of lives have been touched by the still, small voice of Jesus Christ as He has worked through the founding family of CICM and theevangelists in India since the Mission’s inception in 1982. The work that’sbeen done has set a solid foundation on which CICM can grow and con- tinue to share the good news with countless more unreached people groups in India and surrounding countries. Join us.

January Happenings

January 3 - Forever Young Meeting - 10am - FLC January 9 - Elders Meeting - 7:45pm

January 9 - Singing For Jesus - 9:45am - Priddy Manor

January 11 - Mission Outreach Meeting - 6:30pm - FLC

January 13 - Board Meeting - 5pm

Let us Pray - 1st and 3rd Monday - 7pm - Room 123 (Basement of the Worship Center)

Community Meal - 1st & 3rd Thursday’s @ 6pm

We are in need of volunteers for the community meal. If you are interested please see Chuck Bower, Don Wallace, or Scott & Nann Phillips.

Help us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors and community.

January 27 - Grow Kick-Off - 5-7pm (Pizza dinner provided!)