John Chaplain's Rehabilitation Center in Water Color
- Dear listmembers,
Greetings in Christ our Savior.
If anyone would like to view the water color painting of John and Maura
Chaplain's proposed rehabilitation complex dedicated to St. Xenia, please
use the following link:
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 24, 2001 7:17 AM
Subject: [orthodox-synod] "True Sobriety
> "TRUE SOBRIETY"
> Our mission now has available, the book "True Sobriety". ( the writer
> spent the last year in court successfully resolving issues with the
> publisher) The book also can be purchased from Amazon.com or
> Borders. ISBN: 1-893181-16-2. It is shown on their respective
> websites with a sub title, "An Alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous"
> Our mission price is $6.00 + $2.00 postage and handling ($2 is the
> total for 1 or 2 copies). Checks payable to: St. Peter the Aleut
> Orthodox Mission, 1001 N. Palm Ave., Fresno CA 93728.
> "True Sobriety" presents a practical application of Orthodoxy as a
> means of overcoming alcoholism and drug addiction, while also leading
> to a path seeking eternal salvation. (Hence, the title,"True
> Sobriety") This critical view of the more than 90% failure rate of
> Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, and honest assessment
> of the Roman Catholic Church beginning with the alteration of the
> Nicene Creed, also validates Orthodoxy as the source of the life
> changing, grace laden, strength of the Holy Sacraments, especially
> Holy Communion.
> Nearly all of the existing drug treatment programs in existence
> today, embrace AA's teaching that; "unless you come to believe in a
> god or higher power, that their program will not work for you." "True
> Sobriety" reveals many of the benefits reaped from a belief in the
> one true God, and the healing powers of the Holy Sacraments of
> His "One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church."
> Our mission is the preliminary stage of our further intent to build a
> 144-bed, drug treatment center, dedicated to St. Xenia. "True
> Sobriety" will be used in conjunction with the structured teachings
> at the center. Existing treatment centers, whether either "medical"
> or "social" models, have a more than 85% failure rate on average.
> Our center is not innovative, but rather it will be patterned and
> defined as a "monastic model"; a spiritual hospital, where a person
> can hopefully heal their wounds. The estimated cost of this project
> is approximately $5 million. We are not accepting donations, but we
> do ask for your prayers as we are nearing our anticipated 15 minute
> window with the California State Assembly. We also will be looking
> to someday staff the facility with people who embrace an Orthodox
> approach towards dealing with addiction.
> We have a 2'x3' water color architectural rendering of the proposed
> center that we intend to use as a backdrop while making our
> presentation to the State. I have sent copies to a few people on
> Orthodox Lists and was hoping that perhaps one of you all could post
> the picture because I don't know how to to send it to the lists.
> Because of our recent three year successful project of working on the
> streets and in the jails with addicts, and also because of the
> anticipated success of a monastic type of environment, based on it's
> known value to our Faith, and through the continued prayers of the
> miracle working St. Xenia of St. Petersburg, we are praying that our
> Saviour continues to bless our efforts. (We have a laminated
> abbreviated version of the Akathist to St. Xenia that is read twice
> daily at our mission.)
> We have distributed several earlier rejected copies of "True
> Sobriety" and have received testimonies from jails and prisons
> stating that the book has helped to change people's lives, and in
> three cases that the book has greatly helped to save a person's life,
> all Glory be to God!
> Please assist us by praying for our Saviour's will, especially since
> we sometimes get a little ahead of ourselves.
> Respectfully, your brother and sister in Jesus Christ,
> John and Maura Chaplain,
> Wardens, at St. Peter the Aleut Orthodox Mission