This week, my husband and I attended a pre-retirement seminar at the College for Officers Training. It was a surreal feeling going back to where everything began as a cadet, a pastor in training in The Salvation Army, knowing that in several years, we will retire from active service.
Gwyn would actually hit retirement age before me. (I won't say how many!) But I may still have an opportunity to continue "working" even then. I started thinking about that. According to Webster's Dictionary, retire is to "leave one's job and cease to work, typically upon reaching the normal age for leaving employment." Whether we are officially retired or given the opportunity to work post-retirement, we never really ever "retire" as Christians.
Oh, sure, there may be more flexibility with our schedules in those days. Yet, I pray that we would still remain open to the Spirit's leading so that we can still share of His transformational love.
Colossians 3:23, NIV "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters."
Matthew 20:28, NIV "Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Major AnnMarguerite Jones
This Week's Schedule SUNDAY
9:00 AM - Praise & Worship Practice - Chapel 10:00 AM - Corps Cadets - Classroom 2 10:15 AM - Prayer Time - Prayer Room 11:00 AM - Worship Service - Chapel 12:15 PM - Food & Fellowship - Fireside Room 12:30 PM - Youth Music Rehearsals - Chapel
6:00 PM - Men's Bible Study - Fireside Room 6:00 PM - Rooted: Small Group - Library 7:00 PM - Songsters Practice - Chapel 8:00 PM - Senior Band Practice - Chapel
10:00 AM - CAMEO: Fancy Nancy Tea Party - Fireside Room
8:00 AM - Delegates leave for Jr. Soldier Rally - Sacramento Citadel 5:00 PM - Estimated time of arrival from Jr. Soldier Rally - Concord Corps
Valentine's Luncheon When: Sunday, February 12 Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM (following the Sunday service)
Cost: $10/adult and $5/child (ages 3-10)
The Corps Cadets (Youth Group) will be hosting our second annual Valentine's Luncheon. It will be an international lunch. You are invited to wear your cultural attire to join in the festivities.
Proceeds will support youth activities.
See a Corps Cadet to purchase a ticket and reserve your space.
International Headquarters Prayer Focus
RWANDA AND BURUNDI COMMAND
Command Leaders: Lt. Colonels Jean Laurore and Elianise Clenat
Legal issues in Burundi district.
The growth of the work in Burundi district.
Visit for the General and Women's President of Women's Ministries on 16-19 February 2023.
Commissioning and Ordination of the Reflectors of Holiness Session, 19 February 2023.
Officers' children and the health of their families.
Development work in the Command.
Work of the Women’s Ministries among single mothers.
Requests will be prayed for in our Prayer Room and distributed through our Prayer Chain. Requests can be made anonymously.
Creative Arts Conference
Hello Artists, Creatives + Worship Leaders!
Get ready for the Territorial Creative Arts Conference! Our theme for this year is "Rhythms" inspired by Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
We pray that you will find rhythms of rest, growth, and grace in Jesus and through our time together.
Date: March 10-12, 2023
Location: Camp Del Oro, Nevada City
Saturday-only attendance option available
Guest Speakers + Performers
Allen Arnold, author and speaker, will speak on 1) Eden Rest: Real Restoration for your Heart and Art and 2) God's Design for Growth: reclaiming voice, union and vision.
Dr. Bonnie Robb, educator and teacher leader, will teach about effective strategies of storytelling to reach more people.
Bill Booth Theater Company will share a drama presentation on Saturday evening.
Douglas Berry – Director of Contemporary Music USA Eastern Territory
Additional workshops in a variety of artistic expressions are available to train and resource individuals for local ministry. You can sign up for a total of 3 workshops. In the registration site, be sure to pick one workshop each workshop time.
Register at https://events.usawest.org
Workshop 1 @ 10:45 am (select one)
Dance: Learn a lyrical (slow) dance for worship.
Drama: Scripture Alive! Learn ways to dramatize scripture to use in a worship service.
Visual Arts: Using decoupage, paints, and a handful of journaling elements you will express your “heart, mind & soul” as you create your own 6” Tiny Me.
Creative Writing: Questions to ask when creating your next writing project or book. discover how to pursue your idea, your audience, your voice, and your project with renewed passion and purpose.
Praise and Worship: Worship Leading with Doug Berry
Workshop 2 @ 1:15 pm (select one)
Dance: Learn an upbeat praise dance.
Drama: Learn short sketches and scenes.
Visual Art: Mixed Medium Art Personal
Journal: Journey into the world of personal -expressive - healing art that will emerge from layers of mixed media you apply to tell your story of faith amidst struggle.
Creative Writing: The Three Stages of Creativity, how to avoid its pitfalls and insights to maximize your time.
Praise and Worship: Worship Leading with Doug Berry
Workshop 3 @ 2:45 pm (select one)
Dance : Foundations of movement, technique, and choreography.
Drama : Learn a Jesus Theater piece.
Visual Art : Mixed Medium continued
Creative Writing : Scriptwriting
Praise and Worship: Worship Leading with Doug Berry.
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