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Name may be new, but Community Care

Ministries is still all about care for others

Commissioner Max Feener, territorial commander, recently announced a change in the department name of Territorial League of Mercy/Community Care Ministries to Territorial Community Care Ministries.

All Divisional League of Mercy/Community Care Ministries throughout the nine divisions are now to be known as Divisional Community Care Ministries. In the corps, all Corps League of Mercy sections have now become Community Care Ministries.

Community Care Ministries is a compassionate Christ-like ministry of The Salvation Army, with hands-on, heartfelt care for the community. This is demonstrated by volunteer service given through individuals and groups. Focus on the caregiver is a main goal.

Community Care Ministries is conducted by volunteers through visits to local nursing homes, hospitals and private homes. This ministry's membership is open to anyone 14 and over, while the Junior Community Care Ministries program is for ages 6-13.

Community Care Ministries members provide weekly, monthly and seasonal visits to hospitals, nursing homes, veterans medical centers and private homes. The members conduct spiritual and recreational activities. When possible, material assistance is also given.Major Frank Duracher

To Russia

with love

Southern officers lead

marriage enrichment

seminar in Moscow

As the Delta jet touched down on the runway in Moscow after an 11-hour journey from Atlanta, Lt. Colonels Don and Connie Canning and Captains Thomas and Julie Louden peered through the windows to get their first glimpse of a country they had only read about. They were in Russia for a teaching mission that would span 12 days of last November.

Hosted by Captains Bradley and Anita Caldwell (shown above, far left), the visitors spent three days of sightseeing and body clock adjustment. Among their stops was the territorial headquarters and officer training facility. On behalf of the Southern Territory and Commissioners Max and Lennie Feener, they presented the Eastern European territorial leaders, Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie, with a projector and two laptop computers.

The Cannings and Loudens participated in Sunday worship services at the Institute for Officer Training and the Moscow Corps and that afternoon were transported to a picturesque lodge in one of the city's wooded parks. There they would lead a marriage enrichment retreat and conduct marriage enrichment leadership training for 11 officer couples (shown below) from the five nations of the territory: Russia, the Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Romania.

The Americans were anxious about the training, language barriers, cultural differences and other concerns. "But our concerns quickly evaporated as we were lovingly and warmly received by all the delegates," said Don Canning. "They were delightful people, eager to learn and to appropriate this learning into life."

The initial stage of training focused on community building and included the sharing of objectives, ground rules and guidelines, introductory exercises, connecting with self, spouse and group and the role of the leader couple. The second stage dealt with awareness and included reflections on one's marriage and marriage inventories. In the third stage, attention was given to communication skills, conflict resolution and intimacy. The fourth stage concentrated on planning for growth in the marriage, and stage five was about celebration and closure.

Each couple was asked to design a marriage enrichment event followed by a presentation of a sample teaching segment. At the conclusion of the week, participants were given the opportunity to share with the group about how the seminar had affected them and their marriages, and the time of sharing was punctuated with both tears and laughter.

The closing session on Sunday morning included the signing of marital growth plans designed by the couples and a renewal of marriage vows. Commissioner Barry Pobjie's message focused on the love that flows from the heart of God to all people.

Tuscaloosa Mercedes-Benz employees take record number of Angel Tree kids

In what may be a territorial record for corporate sponsorship of Angel Tree children, employees of the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., once again made Christmas merrier for about a third of the corps' annual effort, according to Major Mark Smith, corps officer.

"The Salvation Army's Angel Tree campaign is a unique opportunity for our team members to help those in need at this time of the year," said Bill Taylor, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) president and CEO. "I tell my team members, ‘Just imagine the hundreds of smiles that will be on their faces on Christmas morning!"

The MBUSI plant in Tuscaloosa provides jobs for over 4,000 employees. The annual Angel Tree campaign in the plant is very popular, resulting in as many as 800 sponsorships in each of the last few years.

"The Mercedes plant has a huge Christmas tree in their lobby, and another large tree in a separate part of the plant. The employees bring literally thousands of toys that are left under these trees. It's really a sight to behold!" Major Smith said.



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