by Captain Catherine Mount “Come Home…for the music, the spirit, the fellowship” was the focus of Royal Oak Citadel’s 90th Anniversary celebration. The four-day event exemplified the power of the grace of Jesus Christ at work within a community. Guests included former corps officers Commissioners Barry C. and Sue Swanson, Bandmaster William Himes, Captain Sally Broughton and Bandmaster James Curnow. The weekend began with the inaugural Army of Stars Celebration. Detroit radio legend Dick Purtan and his daughter, Emmy award-winning WXYZ news anchor Joanne Purtan, emceed this event highlighting The Salvation Army’s civic partners. The corps’ youth band and singing company selections wowed the crowd of 250. Community partners were honored for their work with The Salvation Army in service …

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“The ONE Conference: IMAGINE”—held in October 2013 by the USA Central territorial multicultural ministries department of The Salvation Army—featured a host of renowned speakers who addressed a myriad of critical issues on multiculturalism. The following books authored by conference speakers are recommended and available from Resource Connection: 1-800-937-8896 or shop.salvationarmy.org   Building a Healthy Multiethnic Church Mark DeYmaz Learn how healthy multi-ethnic congregations can be successfully established and sustained. Pastor of Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas Mark DeYmaz has developed his congregation into a highly successful multiracial congregation. He shares the seven core commitments necessary for a church of diverse cultures to flourish in a healthy context.   Leading a Healthy Multiethnic Church Mark DeYmaz Increasingly church leaders are recognizing …

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by Major Abe Tamayo Hastings, Neb., Salvation Army Corps Officer   “Exponential increase,” exclaimed my finance strategy professor, bouncing a tennis ball hard onto the classroom floor. With each glancing blow to the floor—“present value”—then recapturing and suspending the ball in midair—“future value,” the professor instilled into his students the value of money over time. It’s an important concept in the world of business, rightly so, as finance is the language of business. “Return on investment” is the bottom line in mankind’s economy; everything else is the cost of doing business. Not so in the Kingdom and economy of God, however.  In His economy, there are many “bottom lines” and measures of success. Yesterday was spent wrapping up a week-long …

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The effect of cold weather on brass instruments, which are used by several volunteer bellringers to attract crowds during the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Season, has generated many amusing incidents. The following tale is a favorite of Elgin, Ill., Corps volunteer Craig Johnson, who founded an all-volunteer band of adult and student musicians dedicated to increasing kettle contributions by playing every Friday night and all-day Saturday during the Christmas season. “This will be our 21st season manning the kettles as the Elgin Brass Band for the Salvation Army,” said Craig. “One season a talented, young trumpet player joined our volunteer band. His father, an accomplished accordion player, wanted to encourage his son by playing along with our group. “We …

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by Major Marlys Anderson Our women’s weight loss focus group meets once a week for 10 weeks. It’s a ladies encouragement group, and in addition to our regular meetings, we offer exercise opportunities throughout. I initiated this program because of the weight issues women deal with and how much a support system can really help. Some ladies I know have tried other weight loss programs, and although they’ve seen some results, they find the weight comes back because they don’t keep up the healthy routines. This focus group is not a weight loss program; there is no specific diet, no special gimmicks or required exercise routines; it’s simply women coming together to discuss what they can do to lose weight.  …

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by Lt. Brenna Logan 1. High Expectations After the training with Lt. Judith Fetzer, Omaha Kroc Center officer for youth development, our team implemented a new system of handling behavior, which we call the 3 Rs (Reminder of the rules, Removal from activity and Removal for the day). We have posted this plan throughout our building; this allows the children to be reminded of the standard for our programs. Since implementing this plan, both staff and students are reciting it. Our staff members are explaining why we have these expectations, and I’ve even heard children saying to one another, “Remember the 3Rs!” It’s encouraging to see the children realize these expectations, and how they hold themselves and each other to …

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by Rob Bonesteel Volunteer Services Director The Salvation Army USA Central Territory Our country has been blessed with generations of Americans who volunteer and are involved in making their communities better for all. However, no generation has given of their time as selflessly as the “Millennial Generation.” More than 16 million people under the age of 35 contributed 1.2 billion hours nationwide to causes they care about, according to a recent study. Not only are Millennials highly engaged civically, they’re the most socially connected generation. What this means is young adults are transforming our country by volunteering and making sure family, friends, and acquaintances know about their passions and what they’re doing about it. Over the last several years, The …

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The work of The Salvation Army officially began in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 1956 under the auspices of the AustraliaEasternTerritory. Worship services were initially held at the Royal Police Constabulary Barracks in Port Moresby, the country’s capital city. As the Army’s ministry grew in PNG, it became an independent command in 1994 and was elevated to territory status in 2000. In turn, the PNGTerritory began the Army’s work in the Solomon Islands in 2010, which was officially recognized and celebrated in 2011 with the enrollment of 20 senior soldiers and the commissioning of three local officers (lay leaders). Today the PNGTerritory has 58 corps, 82 outposts, 250 officers, almost 10,000 senior soldiers, 8,000 adherents and more than 3,000 junior …

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Growing up in a small Ohio town, Ryan Read had more or less raised himself with little moral input from parents who were “way too absorbed dealing with their own dysfunctional lives,” said Ryan. “I had no sense of right or wrong.” The few things he’d heard about Jesus over the years were as relevant to him as his knowledge about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. He just thought adults needed to believe in something, just like kids did. “I considered myself an atheist-realist. I was selfish and manipulative, using people and burning bridges wherever I went,” Ryan continued. In and out of juvenile detention, then jail, Ryan finally ended up in the state penitentiary at …

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