Santa Clara Clarion

Weekly Staying Connected, July 3

Major's Moment

I'm sitting in front of the TV working on the newsletter. I pause and take in what I'm seeing play on the my screen. They are beautiful scenes of God's creation. Mountains, trees, and sparkling water show just how creative God. The drone videos zoom slowly over each scene - amazing! It made me feel so relaxed and calm. Then I realized the music that was playing in the background was a big surprise.

The familiar instrumentals of Christmas songs such as "What Child is This" and "Silent Night" were the soundtrack to these sights. I thought it was so interesting to hear these songs outside of November and December. It was almost strange that they were being played without a nativity seen or Christmas lights in the background, but as the the backdrop to this unique beauty. It was a great reminder that our wonderful Creator even thought of the most unique solution to our constant state of being ... Jesus Christ with us, Emmanuel. Salvation, life everlasting with Him, freedom from sin and shame! What a good God!

This Independence Day, let's also recognize our birth in Christ.

Major Shoshannah Ruwethin

*Pray for the 12 youth we will be sending to Music camp this week.

*Please keep this church in prayer as we seek ways to share the love of God with the community - the outreach, programming, and etc.

*Update - Vacation Bible School will now be held during the school year.

*Scroll down to see pictures of this past week's blessings!

Welcome Bay Area Rescue Mission

We are so excited to have family visiting from the Bay Area Rescue Mission this Sunday. Will you come and give them a warm welcome? After church they will stay back and have some recreation time - feel free to play volleyball, basketball, pool, and ping pong with our guests.

Captains Ron and Roberta McKinney

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Promotion to Glory

Captain Ron McKinney was Promoted to Glory on Wednesday, June 29, 202. He and his wife Roberta were transitioning out of the San Jose Adult Rehabilitation Center this month. They served this past year with passion. His smile, boisterous laugh, love, and larger than life presence will be missed by all those he served. He is with God now.

Arrangements are pending and will be shared when available.

Please keep Captain Roberta in your prayers.

Cards and messages may be sent to:

Captain Roberta McKinney
4213 Haines Avenue
San Jose, CA 95136

Office Closed on Monday for 4th of July

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Camper Reunion on Sunday, July 17 2022

Calling all campers for Discovery and Music Camp! We are inviting you to join forces on Sunday, July 17 and share with The Salvation Army Church (your supporters) what you learned at camp. Share about your favorite foods, activities, and more. We especially want to learn some camp songs from you! Come at 9:30 am and figure out together what you'd like to share in church service. After church we'll have a special treat for you and prizes. We hope to see you and your family. Family - there are Group Discussion/Sunday school classes, coffee, and doughnuts available for you at 9:30 am.

Experience camp and recognize one of our own in the service!

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School Supplies Registration Deadline Extended Until July 16

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Young Adult Camping Weekend

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm to Sunday, Sep. 25th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Location, time, and other details are still to be determined - but the date is set!!! For those of you 18 - 35 years old - it's not too early to put this on your calendar! We had a great night on May 21 ... continue to connect and support each other!

France and Belgium Prayer Requests

The Salvation Army, USA Western Territory

Office of the Spiritual Life Development Secretary

Greetings Friends!

I am pleased to forward you the Prayer Focus requests for July 2022. 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 that you each give to this.

This July, we will be praying for the following territories:

04 - 10 July France and Belgium Territory

11 – 17 July India Northern Territory

18 – 24 July Japan Territory

25 – 31 July Kenya West Territory

Territorial leaders: Colonels Jacques and Claude-Evelyne Donzé

Prayer requests:

The officers and leaders of the France and Belgium territory are grateful for the prayers of our international Salvation Army family.


We ask that you pray for our officers who are moving this July, that transitions for them personally and in their ministry will be God-infused with treasures they could not otherwise expect or imagine.

Our territory has significant changes occurring at THQ within the executive leadership of both the Congregation and Foundation teams due to retirements and international moves. Please pray for Holy Spirit power to intercede for the blessing and binding together of these new teams.


The 5th wave of covid has washed over a number of our active officers. Please pray for restoration of their health. We pray that they will take time to heal fully and not race back into action preventing full health renewal.

Covid has also impacted our corps ministries in France and Belgium as it has around the globe. Please pray for our ministry teams to lean into God to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as He unfolds insights into the way forward. May each ministry accept the spiritual challenge not to return to the past, rather to press forward for the glory of God and salvation of humanity.


We are a territory that is receiving refugees from the Ukraine. Please pray for clarity for us in how to move forward in caring for these individuals and families as we embrace them. We desire to care for their needs so that they feel that they are valued as people, that they belong in community where safety can be felt and that the love of God is experienced.

Thank you for your intentional prayers for our territory.

Western Music Institute 2022

The Western Music Institute (WMI) is like a music camp for older youth and young adults age 14 - 26. You must be a dedicated participant in church to attend this event. This is a great week of fun and learning!!

The WMI Applications are now available. To fill out your application click here: This is a reminder that Territorial Youth Band and Choir members are required to attend WMI. Details of travel are still to be determined. The corps will help share in the delegate portion - participants from our corps will only be asked for $150 - a GREAT DEAL!

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Western Youth Institute - Details Coming

Monday, August 8th - Saturday, August 12th

Must be 18 by August 8th

Camp Redwood Glen
3100 Bean Creek Rd.

California Men's Retreat - Come On Men - A Treat For You!

Thursday, Aug. 18th, 9pm to Sunday, Aug. 21st, 11pm

This is an online event.

Who: Men from the Cal South, Golden State, and Del Oro divisions

What: All California Men’s Retreat (including S. Nevada too)

When: August 18-21, 2022 (Thursday – Sunday)

Where: Hume Lake Christian Conference Center.

Why: Because brotherly Christian fellowship strengthens the individual, the family, & the church.

How: This event is being heavily subsidized by DHQ. The total cost per delegate will be $200. Santa Clara Corps members will only need to be $130 for 3 nights lodging, 9 meals, and more snacks than anyone really needs. It also includes special guests, “Skit Guys”. Sign up in the foyer and we will get you signed up asap!!

*NOTE: due to issues with the USW Events website, please ask the Majors to register you.*

This extended weekend will be a great opportunity to give men’s ministries a much needed “reboot” after Covid has seemed to derail many in-person ministries. Please continue to pray for all the men attending this retreat. Lives will be changed and we’ll have lots of fun in the process.

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General Schedule


  • 9:30 AM Sunday School for Youth and Adults
  • 10:30 AM Worship service
  • 11:00 AM Junior Church
  • 12:30 PM Potluck & Fellowship (2nd Sunday)


  • 6:30 PM Family Night (for everyone)
  • Dinner, Bible Study, and Corps Cadets (Teen Study)


  • 7:00 PM Corps Council Meeting (Zoom Invite - 1st week)
  • 6:30 PM Men's Basketball (2nd and 4th week)


  • 7:00 PM Women's Fellowship - Ladies Night Out (3rd Friday - except for special dates)

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