This Week's Schedule
9:15 AM - Senior Praise Team Practice - Chapel 10:00 AM - Adult Sunday School - Library 10:00 AM - Corps Cadets - Classroom 2 10:00 AM - Young Adult Bible Study - Classroom 3 NOTE: This is for high-school graduates and older. They will be starting the Get Out of Your Head: A Study in Philippians by Jennie Allen. 10:15 AM - Prayer Time - Prayer Room 11:00 AM - Worship Service - Chapel 12:15 PM - Food & Fellowship - Fireside Room 12:30 PM - Youth Chorus Practice - Chapel 1:30 PM - Beginner Band Practice - Chapel
5:00 PM - Craft Class - Classroom 2 6:00 PM - Men's Bible Study - Fireside Room 6:00 PM - Kingdom Heroes Bible Study - Classroom 2 & Zoom NOTE: If you'd like the Zoom link, please message Major Ann: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 7:00 PM - Songsters - Chapel 8:00 PM - Band - Chapel
10:00 AM - CAMEO: What's Brewing with You? - Fireside Room NOTE: Come prepared to share your favorite scripture verse, song, reading, or anything that encourages you.
SATURDAY - Divisional Music Rehearsals - Kroc Center
9:30 AM - Del Oro Chorus 11:00 AM - Del Oro Brass 12:30 PM - Lunch 1:15 PM - Divisional Youth Chorus 2:30 PM - Divisional Youth Electives 3:30 PM - Finish
Last Sunday's Worship Service
Band and Youth Chorus Rehearsals
CAMEO's Chair Exercise Fun!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities - September
12 - Songsters Practice Resumes - Concord Corps
16 - Divisional Music Rehearsals - Suisun Kroc Center
25-29 - Christmas Food & Gifts Sign-Ups - Concord Corps
30 - Community Care Ministry Rally & Senior Day - Suisun Kroc Center
Community Care Ministries and Senior Day
The event will include a time of worship, workshops, testimonies, lunch, and recognition of the Community Care Ministry members who have had an impact on their communities. Breakout sessions include the following options:
Picture frame decorating
Flower pot painting
Registration is due September 11. See Major Ann Jones.
Women's Ministries Newsletter
Click on the link below for helpful material for Women's Ministries
Meet Stephanie Bonilla
New to our Contra Costa County Team!
I am a full-time single parent of a teen and a toddler which brings me so much joy and laughter. I am currently going for my Doctorate Degree in Psychology at Walden University. I am a first-generation graduate and hope to be an example to my kids. In my free time, I like to play Just Dance with my kids or go to the movies.
I hope to bring my past life experience to the Pathway of Hope program by showing them that there are better days to come once you get out of your comfort zone. Helping families achieve their full potential is something that I find joy in.
Pathway of Hope Program
POH is designed to help families that want to change their current life situation. This could be help finding a job or a better paying job, help going back to school to earn their GED or college degree. They may need help to find stable housing, learn how to budget their money, learn new life skills, or help with overcoming barriers that have kept them in a cycle of poverty.
The first requirement is that they must be a family with at least one child under 18yrs at home. The second requirement is they must have a desire and motivation to change. Stephanie will help the family to set goals (minimum of 2) that they want to reach and will assist with creating a step-by-step action plan to help them to reach their goals. We do not require proof of income, but we are looking for families that fit within the Federal poverty income guidelines, so that is a soft third requirement to be in POH.
POH is free, weekly case management, where the family will have to commit to meeting for 1 hour each week for about 6-8 months with Stephanie. They can stay in POH for up to 2 years, but typically, families complete their goals within the first year. Successful completion of POH is to complete at least 1 goal, increase in their level of hope, and increase in their own self-sufficiency.
This position is being funded by THQ for the next three years and she reports to DHQ. She has been with us for a month now and we are excited to have her on the team.
International Prayer Focus
This initiative of turning our thoughts and prayers towards the same part of the world at some point in the same week is a beautiful way to unite us as a global Army family and I thank you for the commitment you each give to this.
Territorial Leaders: Colonels Daniel and Anne Kiama
Pray that the spirit of soul-winning is in all programs of the Youth and Children's ministries, Women's ministries, and Men's ministries and will continue to be our main priority.
Pray for the well-being and good health of all active and retired officers.
Pray for political stability in the country of Kenya.
Pray for the forthcoming Territorial Harvest Appeal ingathering on 15th October 2023, that God will bless the Territory both financially and spiritually.
Pray for a spiritual breakthrough in the forthcoming Brengle Institute in October 2023.
Pray for the success of the Silver Star Fellowship meeting, Ordination, Commissioning, and Appointment Weekend of the Defenders of Justice Session of Cadets, 2nd -3rd December 2023.
Pray for the spiritual growth of our young people during the forthcoming Territorial Youth Convention on 12th-16th December 2023.
Pray for the visit of the General and the World President of Women’s Ministries to Kenya for Centenary celebrations early next year (from February 21st to March 4th, 2024).
The Salvation Army Muthanthara Secondary School Classroom Funded by Salvation Army (Kenya Trust) was dedicated to God by our Territorial Commander, Colonel Daniel Kiama.
Conversely, Muthanthara Primary School has been blessed with the construction of two toilet blocks. The Territorial Commander heeding the call to the students to stay focused on their educational journey is the guiding light. "Students should shine brightly as they walk in the path of knowledge."
The San Francisco Kroc Center - Christmas Sweater - The Stories that Matter
We are forwarding the following communication received from the Golden State Divisional Commander regarding The San Francisco Kroc Center Red Kettle Campaign:
Last year, the San Francisco Kroc (located in the Tenderloin) started selling Christmas sweaters as a part of our Red Kettle Campaign. The vision was to tell the story of our collective narrative of the Red Kettle. The sweater was intentionally universally branded. We thought there would be some fun social media interaction and we would raise a little money. There were fun interactions and we did raise some money… but something even more magical happened. Our team in the Tenderloin got to hear stories of what God was doing all across the Army world. Last Christmas we looked up from the streets we love so much (that are in crisis) and were gifted with seeing God’s larger story. Every day we saw posts of people sharing about how they are serving and the hope God is providing. We got to celebrate with our extended family.
This year our offerings have expanded. Once again, we are selling our Red Kettle Sweater. If you like socks, we have Red Kettle socks to match. We are unveiling our Christmas 2023 limited edition Advent-themed sweater. Just like the Red Kettle sweater, our hope is that it is a conversation starter and that as you wear it, people come up to you and you have the opportunity to tell your story whether it is about the life-changing efforts of the Red Kettle or the incarnation of our loving Savior who moved into the neighborhood.
The proceeds from this fundraiser go to The San Francisco Kroc Center Red Kettle Campaign and are used to serve the vulnerable youth and families that call the Tenderloin their home. This is the fundraiser link: https://paybee.io/quickpay.html?handle=krocsf&ppid=3#optionList.html
We are currently taking pre-orders. Sweaters will start shipping the week of October 16th.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Arwyn.Rodriguera@usw.salvationarmy.org
Requests will be prayed for in our Prayer Room and distributed through our Prayer Chain. Requests can be made anonymously.
You can make a tithe payment, give an offering, or donate towards the World Services fund.