Front Lines – News briefs of the West
by Sue Schumann Warner
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Isaiah 52:7, English Standard Version
Anchorage celebrates sobriety
“Fish on!” is a term Alaskan fishermen use, telling those nearby that you have a “live one” on the line—alerting them to cheer you on for a potential struggle, as well as to move their lines so as to not get tangled up with yours. This was the theme for the sobriety banquet for the Anchorage Adult Rehabilitation Program. Alumni, residents, volunteers, staff, guest speaker Judge James Wannamaker, cofounder of drug court in Alaska, and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich attended the event. “As we all looked at the theme and shared the successes of the program over the past year, we also saw it as a charge for all who attended to cheer one another on as God continues to do his work in their lives,” said Majors John and Katherine Reed.
Kitsap honors Bakers
Bremerton, Wash., Corps Officers Majors Jim and Marcia Baker were recently honored as the latest recipients of the Healthy Tomorrow Award given by the Kitsap Sun newspaper and the Kitsap Credit Union. “Jim and Marcia help those who cannot help themselves, offering a hand-up as opposed to a hand out,” wrote Kristina Boewe, who nominated the pair.
Folks in the Southwest Division are keeping busy! The divisional headquarters recently hosted “A star is born” Senior Fun Day: Seniors from the corps, DHQ and outlying areas participated in the Hollywood themed event. Festivities included lunch, photos, bingo and devotion based on being a star in God’s eyes. The SW emergency disaster services and Project Hope participated in the Arizona Preparedness Fair at the state capital. The Mesa Hydration Truck handed out water to participants and state employees, and The Salvation Army passed out information on how to prepare for a disaster or state of emergency.
More youth awards
Congratulations to the following girls: General’s Guards: San Diego Citadel—Monica Guevara and Shannon Doom. Catherine Booth Leadership Award: Vancouver—Jamie Smith.
God & Family Award: Pasadena Tabernacle—Rebekah Gallop, Zoe Law, Isabel Lepe, Jazmin Riley, Niveah Turner, Alexia Young, Victoria Foley, Samantha Hill, and Brianna Giron.
50 years together
Santa Rosa Silvercrest residents Bill and Yvonne Lang recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a reception given by the residence. Over 100 people attended to wish them well. Their twin daughters, Alice and Sarah, their husbands, several grandchildren and other family members helped them celebrate. The Langs moved to Silvercrest in 2005. They serve as volunteers in teaching arts and crafts and Bill plays the piano for the dining room.