We launched National Salvation Army Week this past Saturday with the Nashville Sounds as the “Charity of the Night!” We had over 65 children and parents from our churches and programs attend the game, obtain autographs and pose for pictures with everyone’s favorite mascot, Ozzie!
Today and throughout the week, we are offering a FREE download of the tune “Others” which was written for The Salvation Army. Click Here to get your copy!
And on Tuesday:
Breakfast Brigade – May 14, 2013 @ 8:30am
Our regular Tuesday morning feeding of our “street family” where we will be joined by Nashville’s Mayor, Karl Dean
Location: East Nashville Cooperative Ministry 807 Main St., Nashville, TN 37206
And on Friday -
Soup Wagon – May 17, 2013 @ 6pm
Our regular Friday evening feeding of our “street family”
We’ll have a charcoal grill set up with hot dogs and burgers along with freshly prepared sides by our volunteers!
We will also launch our Red Shield Sessions for the summer with some of Nashville’s finest artists playing an acoustic set for our guests!
Location: Underneath the Jefferson St. Bridge 1122 2nd Ave N., Nashville, TN 37208
*photo courtesy of SA-Syracuse NY Area Command
The name says it all What Do You Run For Event Management hosts and manages several races here in the Middle TN area throughout the year encouraging people to run for a cause, a mission, a life! This July 4th, their “Music City 4th of July 5k/10k” will kick off to benefit The Salvation Army.
How can you help? By fundraising for the kids! We operate after school programming August thru May, a summer day camp from June thru July, a child care facility for families in our transitional housing program and a week at Camp Paradise, a sprawling 400 acre lot nestled amongst rolling hills, forests and Dale Hollow Lake!
By clicking here and setting up your fundraising page, you are not only raising awareness of what we do but you are personally ensuring that a child is able to benefit from these programs that operate year round.
So, what do you run for?
We are honored and excited to once again be the “Charity of the Night” at Greer Stadium here in beautiful Nashville, TN!
Our very own Sounds will take to the field on Saturday, May 11th against the Sacramento River Cats and families from our various programs will be on hand to cheer the home team while enjoying ball park favorites, hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn! Many of these kids would not have the opportunity to attend a Nashville Sounds game and everything that comes with it, so this is a very special treat for each one in attendance!
How can you help the many programs we offer in the city and enjoy a day at the game? Simply click here and you will be directed to the official site to purchase tickets. Once (50) tickets have been purchased, $4.00 from each ticket through the link will benefit the Salvation Army. To login, type username: SalvationArmy2013 and the password is SalArmy2013.
Can you imagine if we fill the stadium? Here’s where the money would go:
We thank you in advance for purchasing a ticket and for sharing this with friends and family. Together we can make a difference, a home run for sure!
Today is the day! If you haven’t already done so, your income tax returns need to be filed by today and for many, money had to go out and for others, a refund will be making it’s way back.
This is a process that is not new or recent but actually started back in 1861 when taxes were imposed to support the Civil War. After the war, the taxing of citizens was revisited, re-adjusted, dismissed, reviewed again until finally, in 1913, it became the 16th amendment to the constitution. Now, we could actually go further back in time and imagine ourselves walking with Jesus on the day, he stopped and recruited Matthew, a tax collector or when Jesus was approached, flipped a coin and asked who we should pay taxes to. The reply? “Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” (Mark 12:17 NIV)
Taxes have been and will always be a part of our society but it doesn’t always have to be a bitter subject or one that every one dreads. You can be a blessing to a local charity throughout the year by way of clothing and furniture donations, your time and talent as well as with monetary gifts and this in turn will help to lower your taxes. Make sure you have all of the necessary documentation to support the donations by December 31st and you are ready to file in the spring.
For more information on donating to The Salvation Army, click here! Remember, 82 cents of every dollar goes to your designation and if it’s for disaster relief, 100% of what you donate goes to the relief efforts!
Your change will make a difference!
Have you ever felt alone as you face your battle, your challenge; the obstacles before you. Though the tears fall, your heart breaks and the pain is unbearable, it may seem like no one can hear you call. Yet, God does and although he may seem silent for a moment, be rest assured that he will swiftly come to your aide and the outcome will be better than you could have ever imagined! His timing is perfect, his ways are flawless and his love for us is unwavering, unconditional and never ending.
This Good Friday, reflect on your struggles, then remember what Jesus endured for me and for you on the cross. A sacrifice that saved each and every one of us!
Today, we share Psalm 22, written by King David, a thousand years prior to the crucifixion of Christ. As you read each section, meditate on each word and realize that hope is not lost, you are not alone and God knows exactly what he is doing in your life!
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
But I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
“He trusts in the Lord,” they say,
“let the Lord rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
Do not be far from me,
for trouble is near
and there is no one to help.
Many bulls surround me;
strong bulls of Bashan encircle me.
Roaring lions that tear their prey
open their mouths wide against me.
I am poured out like water,
and all my bones are out of joint.
My heart has turned to wax;
it has melted within me.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce my hands and my feet.
All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
But you, Lord, do not be far from me.
You are my strength; come quickly to help me.
Deliver me from the sword,
my precious life from the power of the dogs.
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;
save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
I will declare your name to my people;
in the assembly I will praise you.
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear youI will fulfill my vows.
The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lord will praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!”
Spring is here!!!! Today officially launches the start of spring and with that comes the sweet scent of freshly cut grass, warm breezes sweeping across the landscape and the prospect of new beginnings.
New Beginnings can be found in the form of a seed, planted in the ground and in our lives from those who wish to see growth. In the ground we carefully scatter seeds in rows, specifically marked so we can monitor their progress. We encircle our garden with fencing to keep it out of harms way, allowing the plants to reach their full potential.
At The Salvation Army, in the lives of those we serve, seeds of love, hope, inspiration and encouragement are sown into their very core and then nurtured with tools and resources, commitment and dedication. A protective hedge is placed around them and then celebration as they elevate to new levels of learning and self sufficiency.
We see this with homeless families, single women and single men who move into The Salvation Army to reclaim their independence within our Transitional Housing program.
We see this with the children we serve in our after school and summer day camp program and we see this with residents of our community to venture to our building in search of acquiring their GED, sharpening computer skills or writing a resume.
The lives that are changed and brightened occur because of people like you! Your support, whether it’s through prayer, word of mouth or donations, enables us to reach the lost, the lonely, the hopeless and take them to a place of wholeness and renewal of self. For that we say, Thank you and Happy First Day of Spring!
Just a little trivia for you on this fine Thursday.
Did you know that 3 desk sized Salvation Army flags took a trip to the moon and back in 1972? They went with Captain John W. Young, USN, commander of Apollo 16 which landed on the moon in April 1972. He was given the flags by the wife of the Philadelphia Salvation Army Advisory Board Chair, Mrs. John Chatley, Jr. Captain Young returned the flags to Mrs. Chatley with a letter in June 1972. Two of the flags were auctioned off at the Philadelphia Volunteers Bazaar in September 1972 and one was given to the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia. Framed replica sets of the letter and flag were created, and The Salvation Army has one of the replica sets in their museum.
This was not the first flag other than the US flag on the moon. In July 1969, on Apollo 11, a large US flag was planted on the moon. Also small flags of all fifty US states and DC, the US territories, plus flags for all member countries of the UN and several other nations, were carried and returned for presentation.
Big thanks to Michael Nagy, Director and Archivist for The Salvation Army Southern Historical Center located in Atlanta, GA. for this fun fact!
This is such an amazing way to serve those who are trying to get back on their feet and improve their way of life through education and personal development! We offer FREE classes to our community throughout the week via our Life Skills Learning Program and we are always on the lookout for teachers and tutors. We offer classes such as:
We encourage you to scan your calendar and set aside some time to be a part of this ever growing program. Majority of classes are scheduled between 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday but can vary to just certain days of the week. For a more detailed list of volunteer opportunities, please contact Misty Ratcliff, Dir. of Volunteer Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dan Moranville, Life Skills Learning Program Director, email@example.com.
Yet another great opportunity for you to do more thank check a box on a list but rather, commit to a life changing event that you’ll never want to miss!
Grab your pen or get ready to tap on the screen of your phone as you mark off the gift of giving back! We have 2 weekly opportunities to feed members of our “street family” and we’d love to have you on board!
Every Tuesday morning, it’s our Breakfast Brigade!
- We meet at our 631 Dickerson Pike location to prepare the breakfast, 7:00 a.m. and drive over to 807 Main Street (East Nashville Cooperative Ministry). We begin serving the meal at 8:30 a.m. and we’re done by 9:15 a.m.
Every Friday night, it’s our Soup Wagon! - We meet at our 631 Dickerson Pike location around 5:30 p.m. to prepare the meal or you can meet us at the location, North 2nd Ave, under the Jefferson Street Bridge next door to DHS (1000 2nd Ave North, Nashville). We begin serving the meal at 6:00 p.m. and we’re done by 7:15 p.m. ( in the winter, sometimes 8:30 p.m.during the summer)
Join us, we promise this will become more than just a item to check off your list, it will become an opportunity you never stop doing!
For more information on volunteering with us, please contact MIsty Ratcliff at firstname.lastname@example.org