Frontlines – News Briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner – 

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
(Ephesians 5:1-2)

Johnny Carino’s helps out
Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant in Sierra Vista, Arizona, planned to give 15 percent of its total Labor Day sales to The Salvation Army hurricane efforts in the Gulf Coast region. In all, the day brought in over $500 for the relief effort. Jeff Barnado, general manager of the restaurant, said that the original donation was to be 10 percent, but he made the decision to “up” it to 15. Barnardo, along with Captain Bob Schmig, are planning a similar day to help raise funds for local Salvation Army efforts.

High Council to convene
On January 20, 2006, the High Council will convene at Sunbury Court to elect the 18th General of The Salvation Army. General John Larsson will retire at midnight on April 1, 2006. The Chief of the Staff will issue summonses on December 1, 2005 to all who qualify as members on that date. The High Council will be the largest-ever, with a likely membership of 102—comprised of 86 commissioners and 16 colonels. Be in prayer for this important event!

2005 Red Kettle Campaign
The Salvation Army and Wal-Mart Stores announced an expansion of their long-term partnership with an agreement to extend the duration of the Army’s annual holiday fundraising efforts at all 3,800 Wal-Mart and SAM’S Club locations nationwide. In doing so, the Army will double the number of days for its traditional holiday “Red Kettle Campaign” at Wal-Mart facilities from November 18 through Christmas Eve. Last year, $102 million was raised through the kettles, including more than $17 million in front of Wal-Marts and SAM’s Clubs.

Update on NSE
Majors Ralph and Ivy Hood, Personnel Sec. and Terr. Community Care Ministries & Women’s Aux. Sec., respectively, were the executive officers at the National Seminar on Evangelism, held in August. Major Ivy and six other Western officers were staff members; 25 Western delegates attended.

Colorado Springs celebrates
Colorado Springs Corps Officer Major David Howarth reports on a special Sunday: “It was our monthly Celebration Sunday, which is our attempt at making church accessible to those who don’t usually go. This month it fell on Grandparents Day. The hall was packed; the message was taken from Deuteronomy 6, that the older generations should pass on to those who follow the stories of God. Perhaps the highlight was Major Willdonna Rich doing a feature seated in a rocking chair, dressed as a grandmother. She spoke of how her mother had told her the stories of Jesus, and how she was now doing the same. She then invited all the grandparents to come and help her sing ‘Tell me the story of Jesus.’ Around 30 grandparents came forward.”

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