Frontlines — News Briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann WarnerLove came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and Angels gave the sign.
Christina Rossetti

The Love that came at Christmas lives in the hearts of Salvationists throughout the West–they, in turn, express that love in acts of caring all year long. Read on for just a few examples…


Marlene Gerber reports that the Army’s “doughnut girl” of WWI–recreated by Major Jan Williams–was seen by over 400,000 at the “Mother Goose Parade Salutes the Military” in El Cajon, Calif. The Army’s parade entry was an opportunity to portray The Salvation Army’s tradition of providing free doughnuts, coffee and other services during difficult times.


Major Cynthia Lowcock and Captain Bob Rudd will be traveling to London this spring as delegates to the Army’s International College for Officers. Lowcock, a senior counselor at Crestmont College’s School for Officer Training, will participate in the 172th session, January 16 – March 11.

Rudd, territorial community relations secretary, will join the 173rd session April 17 – June 19.


Shalini Henry-John played the piano while her sister Sarai, mother, Captain Laura Henry-John, and brothers Arnold and Isaac, joined in at the Victorville, Calif., kettle kick-off. The corps is hoping to distribute 1,200 food and toy baskets this year, says Captain Emmanuel Henry-John.


Bob Bearchell reports that the newly-formed Key Ministry Resources has been created “solely to serve the message, ministry, and mission needs of The Salvation Army.” Check out its website at or call 866-725-4536 for information on products and prices.


The Calaveras Cement Company rewards its employees by offering a safety incentive based on individual safety performance. In turn, employees of two of its Central Valley operations have rewarded The Salvation Army for its work following September 11. A total of 113 employees turned over their earnings from the 2001 Safety Incentive Program for a grand total of $10,500.


Our nation’s recent tragedies have touched Salvation Army employees at the Southern Territory’s National Capital and Virginia Division. Joseph P. Curseen Jr., a postal worker at the Brentwood facility in northeast Washington, D.C., and husband of Celeste Curseen, who is the secretary to Divisional Commander Lt. Col. William Crabson, died of inhalation anthrax.

“His family and friends are grief-stricken and shocked over how such a caring, friendly and religious man could fall prey to such a senseless act,” reported the Southern Spirit. Curseen was the first postal worker to die of inhalation anthrax.

Another DHQ employee has an aunt who perished at the Pentagon, and whose body is still unaccounted for.


Major Gordon and Peggy Helm’s correct retirement address is 4608 Remington Park Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93313, not 4806.

Promoted to Glory

Promoted to Glory


“Joseph woke up…and took Mary home as his wife”

“Joseph woke up…and took Mary home as his wife”

He was very much in love

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