Friday – Workshops   Boundaries – When to Say No Turning co-dependent relationships into healthy relationships   Coping With Stress We can’t avoid stress, but we can change how we react to it. Come learn positive coping skills.   Dealing with Addiction Struggling to overcome addiction is not easy.  Gain coping skills to help others get help.   Dysfunctional Family – In the Church I Corinthians 12 “The Body of Christ”   Emotionally Healthy Transformation of our Mind and Spirit   Essential Oils Learn the benefits of essential oils in everyday living and for well-being.   Facing Life After Death Explore the beginning of a new life— marked by spiritual depth, joy, and compassion.   How Can I Exercise, I …

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by Larry and Jennifer Silver “I believe everything happens for a reason,” said Larry Silver. “In 2010, I lost my job. But, when that door closed, God opened another: a store manager position with The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Indianapolis, Ind. Initially I knew nothing about ARCs, but as I continued to work there, I saw the changes in men’s lives as they progressed through the rehabilitation program. “In 2012 I left the ARC for what I thought was a better opportunity. But, I kept thinking about the center. I finally called ARC Administrator Envoy Steve McNary to ask if I could come back. It was only part-time at first, but once I was back, I felt …

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Following are just a few reports from Salvation Army corps (churches) that have hosted campaign visits from Majors Joseph and Lois Wheeler, the USA Central territorial evangelists and spiritual formation secretaries. The reports reflect how God has used the Wheelers’ multifaceted ministries.   Oshkosh, Wis.—“Everyone who went through the Wheelers’ spiritual gifts seminar was excited to discover what their primary gifts were, and many discovered gifts they didn’t realize they had,” said Auxiliary Captain Don Karl, corps officer (pastor). “Our corps sergeant-major was totally amazed at how his spiritual gifts matched his position. It brought clarity and assuredness to him. Our congregation is now excited and eager to see how they can be more involved in ministry on a day-to-day …

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by John Marshall I was invited to attend the dedication of The Salvation Army’s new Johnson County Family Lodge in Olathe, Kan. Our firm was hired by the Olathe Corps (church) to raise the $2.2 million needed to build this beautiful, 14-unit shelter, and I was tapped to serve as the consultant throughout the 18-month campaign. The money was raised on time and, as is the Army’s policy, construction didn’t start until all the funds were secured. (Not a bad policy, actually.) And, now there’s a wonderful “safe harbor” in Olathe open to those in need who otherwise might be living in cars or worse. I’ve been to several Army building dedications over the years and wasn’t surprised with the …

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by Samuel Arias Being in The Singing Company has definitely been an eye-opening experience as a songwriter and musician. Despite being part of several music projects and creating my own music, I never wrote songs intended for congregational worship. I had the opportunity to write alongside my band members in preparation for our upcoming EP (Extended Play). The band got together and discussed various topics and themes our worship songs could focus on and we broke out into “Theme Teams” working on specific Bible passages that could potentially inspire a new song.  This process forced us to be intentional in finding the message in our song and to find a truth to proclaim in our worship. A weekend away was …

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What is The William Booth Society? The Salvation Army has established The William Booth Society as a nationwide program to recognize and honor individuals who make an annual gift of $5,000 or more to support Army programs and services in their local community.   Why is The William Booth Society important? It encourages personal major giving among individuals of financial ability and commitment. It develops a dependable source of funding for new or expanded programs and services. It identifies new and influential leadership so important to the Army’s future strength. It recognizes leadership giving and builds commitment to The Salvation Army. It directs these funds for local programs and services in the member’s own community.   What are the levels …

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One never knows exactly how things will turn out when planning something that has never been done. Plans are made, details reviewed and expectations set, but the outcome is uncertain. So when the formation of a Territorial Youth Band and Youth Chorus was announced last summer, who knew what the response would be. While the territorial music and gospel arts department hoped young people throughout the territory would be interested and give up two weekends to rehearse and to perform at the Festival of Worship Arts in June, how many actually would and what would their ability level be? Earlier this year the department got its answer when 63 young people showed up at Camp Wonderland on a weekend that …

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COLONELS MERLE AND DAWN HEATWOLE Colonels Merle and Dawn Heatwole, currently Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Central Territory, have been appointed respectively as National Chief Secretary and National Secretary for Women’s Ministries, effective October 1, 2014.       LT COLONELS JEFFREY AND DOROTHY SMITH Lt. Colonels Jeffrey and Dorothy Smith have been appointed respectively as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Central Territory. Effective October 1, 2014, they will take up their new appointment, with the rank of colonel.