Monday, June 24, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

June 24 - The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup finals with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins tonight.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

THE SALVATION ARMY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY WELCOMES NEW OFFICERS - Press Release


THE SALVATION ARMY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY
WELCOMES NEW OFFICERS;
Majors Steve and Christine Merritt


FOR IMMEDIATE  RELEASE
June 19, 2013

WHAT             Welcome of new officers to Rockford Temple Corps and Winnebago County

WHEN              Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE            The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps, 500 S. Rockford Ave., Rockford

WHY                As the Rockford community says farewell to Majors Randy and Kathy Hellstrom we also say hello to Majors Steve and Christine Merritt.  Helen Hill, The Salvation Army advisory board president, states, “While we will truly miss the Hellstroms, it is with great pleasure that we welcome the Merritts knowing that the good work of The Salvation Army will continue under their leadership.” The Merritts are being transferred from Omaha, Nebraska to the Rockford Temple Corps effective Wednesday, June 26, 2013 as the corps officers (pastors/administrators) with additional appointment of Winnebago County coordinator for Major Steve Merritt.  Accompanying them will be their youngest child, daughter Abigail (15), a sophomore in high school. Their oldest child, Benjamin, is at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas finishing his AIT in Army Medics.  He will graduate from this program August 9, 2013.  Their second child, Matthew is a sophomore at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan where he is enrolled in the IT program.

Steven Merritt and Christine (Diaz) Merritt were both born to Salvation Army officers.  Growing up, Steve lived with his family in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois.  Christine lived in Michigan, Nebraska, and Illinois with her officer parents.  They met as children while both families were stationed in Omaha, Nebraska.  Their paths crossed again in Chicago, Illinois.  From Chicago Steve went into the US Marine Corps in 1981 and spent three years at Camp Pendleton, CA.  Christine attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL from 1980-1984 and graduated with a BA in Ed/K-9.   Steve has earned his BS from Olivet Nazarene University in Practical Ministries.

After Steve returned to Chicago he was employed at Schiele Graphics as a Journeyman Printer.   Christine returned to Chicago and worked at Burson-Marsteller Public Relations Firm. Both were active soldiers at The Salvation Army Oakbrook Terrace Corps.  They were married in 1986 and resided in Oak Park, IL.  They had their first child, Benjamin, in 1990. 

In 1991, Steve and Christine entered The College For Officer Training in Chicago, IL.  After being commissioned and ordained in 1993, they were appointed as corps officers in Lafayette, IN.  Their responsibilities included, preaching, teaching, and oversight of The Salvation Army work in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County.  Under their direction were social services, a family shelter, and an Advisory Board. They also added a second child, Matthew, to their family in 1994.  In 1995 Steve and Christine were appointed to Oak Creek, WI as corps officers.  They remained in the ministry in Oak Creek for eight years.  They were responsible for the congregational life, community relations, a 78-unit HUD housing for Seniors, and an extensive childcare and afterschool program.  The last of their three children, Abigail, was born in 1998. 

The Salvation Army transferred the Merritts to Dearborn Heights Citadel (one of the oldest established corps in the Central Territory) in the Metro Detroit area as corps officers.  They worked very closely with the Ford Motor Company community.  Their area of service included the largest population of immigrants from Iraq, outside of the Mideast.  They served in this appointment from July, 2003-June, 2010. 

 Steve and Christine were then appointed to the Western Division in Omaha, Nebraska.  Steve serving as the Divisional Secretary and Christine as the Women’s Ministries Secretary.  They took up these responsibilities on July 1, 2010 until their transfer to Rockford on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Ironically, the Hellstroms and Merritts are trading positions within The Salvation Army.

PUBLIC INVITED

Welcome Sunday for Majors Steve and Christine Merritt will be June 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. and the public is invited. Major Steve Merritt will be preaching, and following that is a catered lunch and an informal “get to know the Merritts” time of fellowship.  Please call Dawn at 815-226-4400 to RSVP for the luncheon. 


INTERVIEWS      Available with the individuals above
• Major Steve Merritt, Winnebago County coordinator and corps officer 

• Major Christine Merritt, corps officer, Rockford Temple Corps
                       

PHOTO OP      Available with above individuals after Thursday, June 27, 2013.
                        Photo attached.


ABOUT THE SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army is a religious and charitable organization that has been meeting human needs since 1865. The Salvation Army’s mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. In Winnebago County, The Salvation Army has been assisting families and individuals since 1888.

The Salvation Army provides many programs and services for the needy, including food, clothing, prescription, and utility assistance, disaster relief, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, transitional housing and supportive services for men and women, citizenship classes, mentoring, violence-prevention classes, and recreational activities.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Beverly Peterson
The Salvation Army, Director of Community Relations
Office: 815-962-7207
Cell: 779-537-9976

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Barbara Olson Center of Hope Open House, June 26, 2013

The Barbara Olson Center of Hope is having an open house June 26, 2013. Below is excerpt from a recent email describing the event...

The Barbara Olson Center of Hope’s 65th Anniversary year is in full swing, and you’re invited to an Open House at the Center of Hope on Wednesday, June 26th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We’re inviting the entire community! The parents of the Center’s participants will be providing tours of the Center during regular business hours. They will explain the many unique programs and their benefits that our adults with developmental disabilities work through every day. You’ll have a chance to see our Occupational Therapy Clinic that is available to the public, our in-house businesses (Super Shredders and Hope Industries) at work, providing paid jobs and skills development for our participants.

We’d like to invite the community to celebrate with us and to acquaint people with the amazing programs and opportunities presented to our almost 200 participants on a daily basis.
Refreshments will be served. No RSVP is necessary, but if you have any questions, please phone Pam Sondell at the COH. Her number is 815-964-9275 ext 266.
You’ve wondered what we do here. Now come see for yourself and “Be in the Know”!

Tornado Warning - Wed until 4:30 PM

Event: Tornado Warning

Alert: ...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWEST WINNEBAGO COUNTY UNTIL 430 PM CDT... AT 402 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR WINNEBAGO...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH. HAZARD...DEVELOPING TORNADO AND HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL. SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. IMPACT...MOBILE HOMES WILL BE HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DEADLY TO PEOPLE AND ANIMALS. EXTENSIVE TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY. A TORNADIC CIRCULATION IS HEADING TOWARD WINNEBAGO. TAKE COVER NOW. ...RADAR INDICATED HAIL...1.25IN

Instructions:

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.


Target Area:

Winnebago

Friday, June 07, 2013

Love Your River Day – Celebrate the Kishwaukee River – June 8th


Love Your River Day – Celebrate the Kishwaukee River – June 8th

The public is invited to Espenscheid Forest Preserve, on the banks of the Kishwaukee River in Cherry Valley, IL, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday June 8th for Love Your River Day. The festival will feature a Loot for Litter river clean-up, prize drawings, giveaways, river safety demonstrations, wildlife exhibits, environmental education activities and free four-color Kishwaukee River wildlife posters. Cash prizes will be awarded to individuals collecting the most litter. Admission is free.

Love Your River Day is a kick-off celebration for a summer-long campaign sponsored by Friends of the Kishwaukee River, the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, and the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. The purpose of the Love Your River campaign is to raise public awareness of the ecological and recreational value of the Kishwaukee River and to educate and advocate for its protection and safe and respectful use.

The mission of Friends of the Kishwaukee River is to promote and enhance good stewardship of the river and the surrounding lands, encourage safe and responsible recreation, protect its watershed from degradation, and increase the community’s appreciation of its natural beauty.
Friends of the Kishwaukee River partnering organizations: Blackhawk Sierra Club, Four Rivers Environmental Coalition, Illinois Paddling Council, Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, Kishwaukee River Ecosystem Partnership, Natural Land Institute, Rockford Park District, Village of Cherry Valley, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Water Trail Keepers.
Contact: Jamie B. Johannsen, Friends of the Kishwaukee River, Publicity Chair
Phone: 815/494-6977

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