Church of the Week: The Salvation Army, Middletown OH

The lovely Robin and I met her mom and dad for worship yesterday morning at The Salvation Army in their new digs on Central Avenue in Middletown.

We have many dear friends who worship at this corps (as Salvation Army churches are called), and it was such a joy to renew fellowship with them--including some we hadn't expected to see, like Majors Norm and Ruby Zanders, whom we assisted as cadets in 1979. We were greeted the moment we entered and welcomed generously.

The morning worship started soon after we entered, and we didn't have time to greet everyone we wanted to see (some of whom were already in their places, in the band, for example). It happened that the worship featured many of the children of the corps and the enrollment of new junior soldiers. It was a charming and heart-warming time (I especially loved the junior timbrel presentation!). Oh, and after church, the new corps officer (Lt. Bryan Demichael, who arrived in Middletown with his wife, Lt. Laura, last July) took us on a thorough tour of the facility. We are so happy for our friends, and so grateful to have worshiped with them again!

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