Front lines /News briefs of the West
By Karen Gleason,Editor
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13 NIV).
JUNEAU, ALASKA—The Juneau Corps is growing, reports Corps Officer Captain Donald Warriner. It has started a senior soldiership class with eight students, and a junior soldier class with two children. Some hope to attend The Gathering in June to be enrolled by General Linda Bond.
Juneau also had its most successful Kettle Campaign ever, raising $49,000 compared to $28,000 last year.
CONCORD, CALIF.—On New Year’s Day 2012 the Concord Corps and the Hamonah Presbyterian Church, a Korean congregation, united in worship for the seventh consecutive year. Members of the Hamonah Church came in traditional dress, adding color to the service. Churchgoers sang both in English and Korean. Major Pam Gardner, Concord corps officer with her husband, Clay, brought the message, and Pastor P. Young Han translated it into Korean. The Hamonah choir sang in Korean, and the Concord Band also provided music.
MODESTO, CALIF.—Over the last two months, the Modesto Red Shield Corps, led by Captains Martin and Tory Ross, has enrolled three junior soldiers, five senior soldiers, and one adherent. One 11-year-old junior soldier comes to the corps every Sunday by himself. The young people received children’s Bibles, and the adults received Starbucks cards to encourage them to continue reading the Bible over a hot drink.
More congregants expressed a desire to become soldiers, so the corps started a new “Soldiers/Good Christian Living” class.
GRESHAM, ORE.—To help low-income residents in East Multnomah County prepare their taxes, The Salvation Army will partner with the AARP Foundation—the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation program—from Feb. 11 until April 14 at the Gresham Corps. Assistance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For details, go to aarp.org/taxaide or call 1.888.AARP.NOW (1.888.227.7669).
SAN FRANCISCO—“God’s grace has been abundant,” said Captain David Oh, corps officer, of the Korean Corps, after it committed to 40 days and nights of prayer.
Three new people attended church the first week; in the second week, five came. Members who had stopped coming returned.
The corps will also be able to start a street evangelism program, for which it had lacked resources. After receiving a tract, “Go Evangelism” by Elder Young Cho, the corps contacted Cho, who led a seminar—free of charge—on Jan. 28.
SANTA ROSA, CALIF.—The Santa Rosa Silvercrest held its first Open House/Health and Wellness Fair in December 2011; many local agencies participated. The event was so well attended that it will be held annually.
Northern Regional Property manager Sharon King greeted everyone, along with Property Manager Mark Armstrong. Mayor Ernesto Olivares attended and honored longest Silvercrest resident Anastasia Von Emanuel, who has lived there for 28 years.
The Santa Rosa Silvercrest has been in operation for 36 years.