New Year Events 300GREENVILLE, Ky. (12/31/19) — Surviving the family-oriented holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas with sobriety intact can possibly be challenging for those in recovery.

Add in the stress of New Year’s, historically known as a holiday celebrated with alcoholic beverages, finding alternative ways to celebrate is a promising path.

Greenville United Methodist Church is meeting that challenge by sponsoring a New Years’ Formal — a recovery fundraising event to benefit the Muhlenberg County Drug Court participants. The public event requires a $5 cover charge.

Rachelle Boggess with GUMC said, “We usually host a game night for New Year’s, which is great for church members, but really doesn’t have outreach to it. In thinking of ways to welcome the unchurched and unloved into the church, we decided to partner with Drug Court to raise funds for their participants by hosting a dance.”

“The only thing spiking the punch is the sherbet,” Boggess said, adding there will be a DJ playing music as well as snacks. “It’s important to offer an alternative because people need to know they can have fun in sobriety, and they can have fun in church.”

Tim Martin, a peer support specialist of Pennyroyal Center noted, “This idea came about so that people in recovery could have some clean, sober fun on New Year’s Eve."

The event is a fundraiser for Drug Court, Martin explained, with the funds going toward pro-social activities, group gatherings, bowling or swimming at Lake Venus to help show people how to have fun in recovery.

“We usually have an education group meeting or a therapy group meeting, so instead of a meeting today, we got together to decorate for the party,” he said. “The participants in drug court are required to do so much community service or activities during a period of time. Some things are fun, but we will also try and help other organizations as well. We will go as a group to ‘Hope 2 All’ in Drakesboro to help distribute food.”

Members have also held fundraisers for organizations including New Creation Grace Home, a transitional women’s facility in Greenville and a coat drive in gathering new and gently used coats for distribution to those in need.

“We want people to know, we do recover,” Martin said. “We are active in the community and doing positive things.”

The evening’s festivities begin at 8 p.m. and end at approximately 12:15 a.m. at Greenville United Methodist Church, 144 N. Main St.

Kathrine Newman Timmons
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