Central celebrates Boundless Joy

You won’t want to miss the Commissioning weekend, June 12-14, 2015, themed Boundless Joy, at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Ind. Welcoming guests Commissioners Kenneth and Jolene Hodder and featuring the Chicago Staff Band and the Bill Booth Theater Company, the full three-day event will inspire you as we remember God’s blessings on the territory and look to the future.

Commissioners Kenneth and Jolene Hodder, territorial leaders of the Kenya West Territory, are in charge of one of the largest and fastest growing territories in the world! In addition to a variety of corps, training college and headquarters appointments, they were coordinators for the International Millennial Congress in Atlanta, Ga., and served at International Headquarters in London, England.

The Friday night keynote will celebrate the territory’s 130th anniversary. This gala will highlight some of the exceptional places, ministries and people since the territory’s founding in 1885. Not merely nostalgia, this glimpse at how God has blessed and used the people in our territory will reaffirm your faith.

“We have boundless joy because God has been with us, and we know He will continue to be with us in the future,” said Lt. Colonel Paul Smith, territorial secretary for program.

Prominently featuring the Hodders, the Saturday morning meeting will focus on the global Army during its 150th anniversary year. It will include the World Services/Self-Denial Ingathering and summer mission teams dedication.

Saturday evening will bring a dynamic festival by the Chicago Staff Band and Bill Booth Theater Company as they prepare to represent the Central Territory at the Boundless….The Whole World Redeeming International Congress in London.

“Although the Chicago Staff Band and Bill Booth Theater Company have always been mainstays of commissioning weekend programs, their principal role has been to serve as program support to featured speakers and guest artists,” said Bandmaster William Himes. “But this year, these territorial ensembles will be featured center stage in what is sure to be an inspiring concert.”

On Sunday, we’ll join together in worship and to support the cadets of the “Heralds of Grace” session as they are ordained and commissioned. In the afternoon, the weekend will conclude with the exciting service of appointments.

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