Frontlines – News briefs of the West

by Sue Schumann Warner –

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Romans 12:1 (The Message)

Multicultural in Alaska
Corps Officers Captains Ron and Debbie Davis, who serve in the small, mainly Tlingit village of Klawock, blended cultures for the recent Multicultural Sunday. During the holiness meeting, Salvationist and native Tlingit speaker Mary Guthrie spoke Tlingit, and Capt. Debbie repeated the phrase in English. The opening prayer and welcome were spoken in both languages; Joan Smith joined Mary to lead praise songs in English and Tlingit. Jose Reyes, originally from Guatemala, shared a song in Spanish and Jon Rowan, a native carver, gave the benediction in Tlingit and English.

Jones: Tops in Blue
Airman 1st Class Shane Jones, 21, son of Leila Jones (THQ Business Administration) will tour with Tops In Blue, a premier touring performance ensemble made up of active duty members of the U. S. Air Force. A 55-year tradition, the band travels to Air Force bases around the world. Airmen audition for their spot, and signs up for a one-year tour of duty. One of the youngest members in the band’s history, Jones plays the electrical guitar.

Friday food market
Railton Place, at the San Francisco Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center, held its first Friday food market recently. “Managed and operated primarily by 20 volunteer residents, the market is designed to empower participants with an opportunity to learn a wide range of life skills and receive weekly bags of nutritious free food,” said case manager Geoffrey Lippert. Residents came by and selected food items; volunteers learned about food handling and safety, and how to work in a group project. The San Francisco Food Bank donated the food.

Weather delays Kroc opening
Frigid temperatures delayed the opening of the Ray & Joan Kroc Community Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The $35 million center will open in early May, instead of April 4. It will be the third center to open since Joan Kroc passed away in 2003, leaving $1.5 billion to the Army to build 28-32 centers across the country.

SATERN showcases disaster communication
The Inland Empire’s Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) held its 13th annual introduction and seminar recently at the San Bernardino, Calif., corps. Speakers included Trace Wilette, Captain Stephen Ball, Jay Jones, Suzi Woodruff Lacey, and Marty Woll. Attendees learned of the many ways the Army uses amateur radio in its disaster relief efforts. Go to: for more information.

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