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New hymnals

for a new chapel

January's first Sunday brought the first worship service held in the renovated chapel of the Atlanta Adult Rehabilitation Center, one phase of a $7 million renovation project underway at the ARC. Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener, as well as Lt. Colonels David and Barbara Jeffrey, were on hand for the service. During the service, 150 new Celebration Hymnals provided by the Atlanta Women's Auxiliary were dedicated.  Shown at right are Marilyn Schramm, chair of the auxiliary's ARC Committee, Major Judy Ward, director of special services at the ARC and Major Karol Seiler, coordinator of women's ministries for Atlanta.  



Casey nurtures corps prayer life at Morehead City, N.C., Corps

By Major Frank Duracher

Southern Spirit staff

Joan Casey has believed in prayer since she became a Christian at age 13. So when she and husband, Harold, decided in 1997 to become Salvation Army soldiers in Jonesboro, Ga., she naturally brought with her an active prayer life.

"It was a very small corps back then, but they made Harold and me feel like we were family," Casey said of her first encounter with the Jonesboro Corps. "Right away we became encouragers to our corps officers and fellow members by praying for them regularly."

Many prayers were answered, she recalls, one of which was the growth of the corps to a fellowship of about 75 members.

Harold retired and the couple decided to move to Morehead City, N.C., because they'd always wanted to live by the ocean. In the Morehead City Corps they found a situation very similar to the Jonesboro Corps some years earlier: a small group of soldiers and an officer couple in need of encouragement. It was natural for the Caseys to bring with them a practice of fervent prayer which they gladly shared with their new corps home. Joan became the unofficial "prayer sergeant," keeping tabs on prayer requests and reporting every Sunday on how God was answering their petitions.

"We pray for many things, like our three Marines who belong to our corps but are currently serving in Iraq," she said. "Intercessory prayer is so important, and as a corps we lift each other up before the Father. Even neighbors of our corps members know that we are a praying congregation, and they want us to pray for them as well."



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