More than 160 applications poured in this year from throughout Nebraska vying for the $10,000 D.J.’s Hero Scholarship Awards. They told wonderful stories from the heart about young people facing adversity with goals, determination and grit. The number of great stories made the selection challenging.   Long-time supporter Suzanne Caruso stepped forward and generously offered to sponsor an eighth scholarship in honor of her brother through the Fred Arkoosh Jr. Foundation. The honored Heroes have faced struggles, but now look forward to a brighter future with the help of the scholarship named for D.J. Sokol. The son of David and Peggy Sokol battled cancer until his death at age 18, showing courage in his struggle and concern for other teens.   …

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The music of our lives: the harmonies and dissonance, the rhythms and themes, the melodies unexplored. While this year’s Festival of Worship Arts promised a high standard of music, it delivered much more for the 1,828 people who attended. It prompted heartfelt praise and reflection. Deviating from the traditional format of featuring groups throughout the territory, the festival’s streamlined schedule and line-up of guests and participants seemed to hone this focus. The weekend featured Commissioners Dick and Vibeke Krommenhoek, territorial leaders of the Norway, Iceland and the Faeroes Territory, who were introduced warmly by Territorial Commander Commissioner Paul R. Seiler. Throughout the festival, meetings were anchored by the Chicago Staff Band (CSB), the Bill Booth Theater Company (BBTC) and The …

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God So Loved the World Liner Notes               Featuring Heidi Strand, vocal soloist, accompanied by the Chicago Staff Band, Norridge Citadel Band and Peter McBride, piano   God So Loved The World (Words and music by Dick and Melodie Tunney, arr. William Himes) (4:53) ©1991 BMG Songs, Inc./Pamela Kay Music/Dick and Mel Music. Administered by BMG Savior Like A Shepherd (Words by Dorothy Ann Thrupp, music by Peter McBride) (2:45) He’s Always Been Faithful (Words and music by Sara Groves, arr. William Himes) (3:38) © Sara Groves Music 2000, ASCAP Administered by Music Services) Great is Thy Faithfulness © 1923, Renewed 1951          Hope Publishing) Holy Spirit (words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart …

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The Salvation Army’s work began in Latvia in 1923 but was closed in 1939 due to Soviet Union occupation and World War II. Salvation Army work was re-established on November 18, 1990. The Latvia Region falls under the Sweden and Latvia Territory, which is led by Commissioner Marie Willermark and Chief Secretary Lt. Colonel Joao Paula Ramos. Major Christine Bailey is the Latvian regional leader and Lt. Sarah Ilsters is the assistant regional leader. The country includes nine corps, four social institutions, a training college and a camp. There are 21 officers, two cadets and 55 employees. Most activities take place in the capital city of Riga; however, there is children’s support and a social care center located in the …

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Festival of Worship Arts & Commissioning Weekend The Salvation Army USA Central Territory June 6-8, 2014   Guitar Level 1 Aaron O’Neil Kankakee, Ill., Corps   Guitar Open Sean Jeon Chicago Mayfair, Ill., Corps   Piano Level 1 Ashley Villafuerte Des Plaines, Ill., Corps   Piano Level 2 Dakota Porter Marinette, Wis., Corps   Piano Open Moriah Hellstrom Omaha Citadel, Neb., Corps   Brass Level 1 Wichthach Riang—1st Place Omaha Citadel, Neb., Corps Maya Chapman—2nd Place Granite City, Ill., Corps Alexis Haslett—3rd Place Champaign, Ill., Corps   Brass Level 2 Jessica Haslett Champaign, Ill., Corps   Brass Level 3 Delaney West—1st Place St. Louis Gateway, Mo., Corps Trenton Leffel—2nd Place Janesville, Wis., Corps Chris Clarke—3rd Place Omaha Citadel, Neb., Corps …

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