Continuing to Serve with Heart to God and Hand to Man was the theme for the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the Army’s work in Red Deer, Alta. Weekend events were led by Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle, territorial commander and territorial president of women’s ministries, supported by Majors Ron and Donna Millar, divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries, Alberta and Northern Territories Division, and Majors Larry and Marilyn Bridger, corps officers.
A banquet celebrated an Army on Fire for God with various dignitaries in attendance, including Mayor Morris Flewwelling, MLA Mary Anne Jablonski, MP Earl Dreeshen and Rev. George Bradley, president of the local Ministerial Association. Commissioner Rosalie Peddle reminded those in attendance that God had been blessing, using and transforming people through the ministry of The Salvation Army in Red Deer. “We celebrate because we know his blessings do not end. We rejoice in knowing that his anointing will be upon what is to come,” she said.
Nearly 500 people attended a concert at the Red Deer Memorial Centre that featured the Canadian Staff Band, musical guests for the weekend. Commissioner Brian Peddle addressed the crowd and reminded them that the phrase Heart to God and Hand to Man is more than a slogan—it is action on behalf of believers to do service in the name of Jesus.
On Sunday morning, the territorial commander challenged the congregation to share the gospel by their actions so others can see Christ in them. In the concluding moments of the weekend, people knelt for a time of recommitment and dedication.
Photo: From left, Mjrs Larry and Marilyn Bridger, Commissioners Rosalie and Brian Peddle, and Mjrs Donna and Ron Millar participate in the Red Deer anniversary celebrations