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Weekly Staying Connected While Apart

SEPTEMBER 14 - 20

It is really surreal that for the last six months we've been experiencing sickness, social distancing, changes in programs, a lot of online schooling and now fires, evacuations, hazardous air .... it can look pretty depressing and discouraging.


Be encouraged - Psalm 27:1-8 says:


1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.

4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.

7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!

8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”

And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”


What ever we are going through, we can experience God daily - He is with us. He just wants us to know Him and commune with Him to have His peace.


We praise the Lord for the safety of Larry, Tasha, Andrew, Hezekiah and TigerLilly. We also praise the Lord for giving Wayne the strength to record and lead us in worship online last week. We are also so glad that the Second Saturday Sons had a great time in fellowship over breakfast! Keep in touch with each other! God bless you!


Be blessed by our Salvation Army Hawaii KROC family! (You'll recognize Brooke and Brynne from visits to Gresham.)


Majors Celestine and Shoshannah

Salvation Song - Hawaii Kroc Corps Hula Halau

What is The Salvation Army Doing to Help?

THE SALVATION ARMY PROVIDES OVER 10,000 MEALS

AND COUNTING FOR EVACUEES ACROSS OREGON


(September 14, 2020) - Since Monday, September 6, The Salvation Army has provided 10,648 meals for evacuees across nine counties in Oregon.

Whenever we're asked by local and state agencies, The Salvation Army responds to our region's wildfires. As one of the nation’s major emergency relief organizations, The Salvation Army is on the ground before, during, and after a disaster strikes. Our Emergency Disaster Services teams provide food, hydration, emotional comfort, and more.

Right now, The Salvation Army continues to provide meals across nine counties in Oregon.


  • Clackamas County at the Clackamas Town Center at 12000 SE 82nd Ave, Happy Valley, OR 97086.
  • Douglas County: Meal services are available for pick-up and delivery only. To sign up please call 503-313-3438.
  • Jackson County Expo at 1 Peninger Rd, Central Point, OR 97502.
  • Lane County feeding 125 firefighters twice a day.
  • Linn and Benton Counties: Serving meals to evacuees at the Linn Benton Fairgrounds at 3700 Knox Butte Rd E, Albany, OR 97322.
  • Lincoln County: Emergency food boxes at 140 NE 4th St, Newport, OR 97365.
  • Marion County at the Oregon State Fairgrounds at 2330 17th St. NE, Salem, OR 97303, as well as Woodburn at the Super 8 at 821 Evergreen Rd, Woodburn, OR 97071
  • Multnomah County at the Oregon Convention Center at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232.


DONATIONS
The best way to help evacuees is to make a financial contribution. Monetary donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of the disaster. 100% of your donation stays in Oregon to respond directly to the needs of those impacted by the Oregon Wildfires. There are a variety of ways the public can support The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts:


ONLINE
cascade.salvationarmy.org

PHONE
Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY - Designate gift “Oregon Wildfire Relief"

MAIL
Designate “Oregon Wildfire Relief” on check and mail to:
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
8495 SE Monterey Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97086


Pray for Captains O'Brien as they lead the work at Clackamas Town Center supported by Divisional staff, Captains Stack, Lt. George, and Major Celestine. Major Celestine has been driving the truck down and helping to move supplies since Friday as he is called upon. If you'd like to help us, help our neighbors, please let us know.

Sunday School Link

Captains Simoes at Divisional Headquarters have lovingly put together Sunday School lessons for the youth who cannot make it to in person church. Please clink on this link at enjoy this week. Sunday School

Calling All Men

There have been studies that show that men coming to church helps bring growth in the family. So, men, we're looking for you - to strengthen, encourage, and lean on - so we can all grow. So, Men's Bible Study is now meeting on Tuesdays, from 6:30 - 8 pm at the church. Yes, that mean's tomorrow, September 15. We hope to see you then!

Upcoming Church Ministry

While we were disappointed that we had to cancel Second Saturday Sisters and not meet in person for worship on Sunday, there are things to look forward to in the weeks ahead:


1) Senior Soldership Class on Mondays @ 6 pm, starting September 28. This will be on Zoom - so stay tuned for the links and information to come. Taking the classes is not a commitment to become a soldier - but rather for believers to learn more about The Salvation Army and it's doctrine. A soldier is one who agrees with the teaching and wants to become a regularly attending member who tithes and gets involved with ministry as the Lord leads.


2) Life Group in person starting up again on Thursdays @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm. This will be held at the Major's home. You're welcome to come @ 6 pm for dinner. The first date is October 1st.


3) Youth/Teens - We have not forgotten about you. We are just trying to figure out how we can meet with you this year. Let's get together for fun on Friday, September 25, to have a movie night at the church and talk about our plans for the future. Notes:

- You'll need to get to/from the church on your own since we still cannot transport people.

- Please remember to bring your masks. (All programs in the church need masks.)

- Bring drinks as needed.


Why should we try to keep meeting? Isn't it dangerous? Are we forgetting that there are hurting people around us? Are we in our own bubble?


The answer is no one is immune to suffering, sadness and isolation, that's why we as the church are still trying to connected through in person and online means. They may not work, but we keep trying because it's so important to know that we are still part of a community that need each other. God put us in each other's lives for a reason, so let's keep meeting with precautions in mind, and see where it leads.

Afterschool Program

We plan on having an Afterschool program for Grades 1 - 6. Students must be between 6 and 12 years old upon enrollment. This will be starting the first week of October at rate of $325 per month/per child. For those who qualify for free/reduced lunches, the rate would be $300 per month/per child. Please contact Major Shoshannah for more details.

Music Instruction Opportunities

1) John Opina, our Divisional Music Director is offering free online music instruction in brass, guitar, and etc as slots are available. This is for youth that are already engaged in Salvation Army programming. If you're interested, please reply through this newsletter.


2) Joel, our former Music Instructor in the Afterschool program is also looking for clients interested in music instruction for in person instruction. Please feel free to contact him directly at ltjbeussink@gmail.com.


3) The Territorial Music Department is inviting people to join in virtual music rehearsals. Please email musicwest@usw.salvationarmy.org if you're interested. There are also instrumental groups that you can join.

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World Services 2020-2021

Did you know that The Salvation Army is in at least 131 countries around the world? Being part of this church gives us a chance to financially and prayerfully support ministry worldwide. Our territory this year is focusing on the work in four different countries: South Africa, India, Malaysia, and Ecuador.Last week's video was on South Africa. This week, we will hear from India. We encourage you to watch these videos each week and ask God how to respond, not only through prayer, but financially - the heart of Self-Denial/World Services.
Self Denial, Episode 3 - India

Weekly Schedule

SUNDAY

8:30 am

- Adult Sunday School - Facebook Watch Party

9:30 am

-Adult Sunday School (@ church)


10:30 am

-Worship Service (@ church),

-Facebook Live (The Salvation Army - Gresham Corps)


6:00 pm

-YouTube Live (The Salvation Army - Gresham Corps)


MONDAY

-12:00 pm Monday M'unch (@ church)


TUESDAY

-6:30 - 8 pm Women's Bible Study (Messenger Michelle VanAusdell/Marcia McQuade)

(Dinner from 6 - 6:30 pm if you can get there earlier.)

-6:30 - 8 pm Men's Bible Study at the church

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