125 years … and count­ing

Car­bon­ear’s Sal­va­tion Army cel­e­brates quasqui­cen­ten­nial

The Compass - - ORTHTE - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

This year, the Sal­va­tion Army in the Town of Car­bon­ear is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of min­istry. About 130 peo­ple at­tended a ban­quet at the church hall on Oct. 1 to mark the oc­ca­sion.

In his open­ing re­marks, Ches Ash, corps sergeant ma­jor and the town’s deputy mayor, noted that the corps was one of the fist four corps that were es­tab­lished in New­found­land in 1886, the oth­ers be­ing at St. John’s, Bon­av­ista and Twill­ingate.

“Each is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of … pro­claim­ing the gospel of sal­va­tion, and we praise God for that,” he said.

Car­bon­ear town coun­cil­lor David Kennedy thanked the lo­cal Sal­va­tion­ists “ for ev­ery help­ing hand you have pro­vided to our cit­i­zens.” He added that their “ hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion to help oth­ers” is a trade­mark of “the world’s most rec­og­niz­able in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion and the largest non-gov­ern­men­tal provider of so­cial ser­vices in Canada.”

Eleanor Ash, speak­ing on be­half of the Car­bon­ear min­is­te­rial as­so­ci­a­tion, ob­served, “ You’re well-known for your ded­i­ca­tion to the ser­vice of God’s peo­ple … You em­body the face of Christ to all you meet.”

One of the best

Ma­jor Wavey Penney brought greet­ings on be­half of former corps of­fi­cers, speak­ing about what she deems “one of the best corps across our ter­ri­tory.” She chal­lenged Salva- tion­ists: “ keep the flag fly­ing. Don’t lose sight of our goal, sav­ing souls and grow­ing saints.”

Ma­jor Wendy Boone who, with her hus­band, Cap­tain Darin Boone, cur­rently serve as corps of­fi­cers, high­lighted the im­por­tance of “prayer and praise.” She en­cour­aged those in at­ten­dance to write on a pa­per leaf “some­thing you are thank­ful for, that God has blessed you with, some per­son God has placed in your life,” and at­tach it to a cen­tre­piece on each ta­ble.

Bai­ley Ma­haney and Phyl­lis Ash, rep­re­sent­ing the younger and older corps mem­bers, cut the an­niver­sary cake.

Mo­ments of humour

The ban­quet was not with­out its hu­mor­ous mo­ments.

“ We’re not be­yond hav­ing a laugh at our own ex­pense,” Ches Ash joked.

The brass band, made up of Woodrow Snow, Wes Rowe, Ches Ash, Elsie Rowe, Peggy Con­way and Lau­rie Baker, made a dra­matic pre­sen­ta­tion. “ They Got Me Drove,” which was writ­ten by corps sec­re­tary Wes Rowe, elicited much laugh­ter and ap­plause.

The corps’ male singing group, “ Ju­bilee,” made up of Wes Rowe, Woodrow Snow, Neville Penney, Bram Pil­grim and Capt. Darin Boone, pre­sented a vo­cal se­lec­tion, “ The Old Army Hall.”

Spe­cial speak­ers Lieu­tenant-Colonels David and Mar­garet His­cock in their de­vo­tional thoughts, “ Mo­ments in Mem­ory,” fo­cused on events that tran­spired in the corps un­der their of­fi­cer­ship.

Lieu­tenant-Colonels David and Mar­garet His­cock were the spe­cial speak­ers at the ban­quet com­mem­o­rat­ing the 125th an­niver­sary of the Sal­va­tion Army corps in Car­bon­ear on Oct. 1.

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