Our Christmas Eve Service will be taking place this evening at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you there!!!!

The Grand Christmas Kettle Total 2008

Our Grand Total for our Christmas Kettles is $176,712.84!!!
We have exceeded our Christmas Goal by $26,692.84!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!!
We want to send a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated, both in time and money. Without your generous support we could have never made it!!!
We will have a grand total for our mailout after December 31st.

We have a new total, as of Monday, December 22nd...$155,099.80!!!! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

Christmas Kettle Total Update

Our Christmas Kettle total, as of Thursday, December 18th is....$122,124.00!!!!!

Christmas Kettle Total Update...

Our new updated Christmas Kettle total, as of December 17th...$114,259.00. We're $35,741.00 away from our goal of $150,000.


Our new Christmas Kettle Total, as of December 16th is...$108,140.50. There are only SEVEN kettle days left!!!! Help us ensure we meet our goal of 150,000...we still need $41,859.50!
Our Christmas Mail-out total is $38,145.00.

Christmas Kettle Update

Our New Christmas Kettle Total, as of Monday, December 15th is...$101,642. PRAISE THE LORD!!! We're getting closer to our goal of $150,000...help us to ensure that we get there, volunteer on a kettle today. Call Donna @ 780 458-1937.

Our new updated Christmas Kettle total, as of Thursday, December 11th is...$82,986.50!!! Thank you for your generosity St. Albert & Spruce Grove!!!
Our Christmas Mailout Total is...$30,490.00...GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

Christmas Kettle Update...As of December 10th, 2008

Our new total is $76,991.00!!!!! This is AWESOME progress...Thank You St. Albert & Spruce Grove!!!

Christmas Kettle Update...As of Tuesday, December 9th!!!

Our Christmas Kettle Total Update, as of Tuesday, December 9th is....$71,826.50!! Help us to keep going strong...Call Donna @ 780 458-1937, ext 303, and book your kettle shift today!!

Christmas Kettle Update ~ As of Monday, December 8th!!!

Our new Christmas Kettle total as of Monday, December 8th is...$68,316.50. There are only 13 days left on the Christmas Kettles...call Donna today @ 780 458-1937 to schedule your shift! Thank You St. Albert & Spruce Grove...you're helping us to give hope to others!!!!

Christmas Kettle Update...As of Saturday, December 6th, 2008

We have a new Christmas Kettle total update, as of Saturday, December 6th, 2008 our new total is $64,532.50. Saturday proved to be another great day!! Thank you St. Albert and Spruce Grove!!! We are still in need of volunteers to man our Kettles...please call Donna at 780 458-1937 if you are able to give of your time. Our shifts and locations are flexible.
Our new grand total as of Friday, December 5th, 2008 is $55,560.50!!!!
Thank you for your generous giving...we couldn't do it without YOU!!!

St. Albert Christmas Kettle Kickoff

Our Annual Christmas Kettle Kick-off took on November 21st at the St. Albert Steels Hockey Game. Many members from our Corps came along for support, as well as Majors Fred and Wendy Waters, Major Ken Percy, and we were pleased to have the presence of our mascot "Sallyann"...and although she may look a little more plump than last year, her enthusiasm was as magical as ever!! Below (L-R) are some pictures...The first is of Sallyann with Jennifer Lutz and the Kwak Family...they love Sallyann as if she were their own. Secondly, Captain Jason with Mayor Nolan Crouse...and in the final picture is Kianna King with Captain Gaye and Major Wendy. A great night was had by all!!!!

Christmas Kettle Update

We're on our way St. Albert and Spruce Grove...our new total, as of Thursday, December 4th is $49,893.50. WAY TO GO ST. ALBERT & SPRUCE GROVE!!!

Upcoming Christmas Events

Christmas Kettles – Ongoing until December 24th ~ We’re out and about in St. Albert with our Annual Kettle Campaign. If you’d like to volunteer on a Christmas Kettle, please call Donna at 780 458-1937. Our times and locations are flexible!

Sunday, December 14th @ 11:00 a.m. ~
Children’s Christmas Program “All I Want for Christmas is Jesus!!”

Sunshine Bag Delivery
2:30 p.m. ~ Edmonton’s Women’s Institute
7:30 ~ Edmonton Young Offenders Centre

Tuesday, December 16th
Sunshine Bag Delivery
9:45 a.m. ~ Citadel Care Centre
10:45 a.m. ~ Youville Senior’s Complex
2:00 p.m. ~ Northridge Senior’s Centre
3:30 p.m. ~ RiverRidge

Sunday, December 21st
11:00 a.m. ~ Corps Christmas Cantata
3:00 p.m. ~ Sunshine Bag Delivery to Sturgeon Hospital

Wednesday, December 24th
6:30 p.m. ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Kettle Update

Updated Christmas Kettle total, as of Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008...$45,030.00. Lets keep the momentum going...remember, we can't do this without YOU, so volunteer on a kettle today. Call Donna at 780-458-1937.

It's that time of the year again and we at The Salvation Army are out in full force!!! Our Christmas Kettles can be found in a number of locations throughout St. Albert and Spruce Grove. Our grand total, as of Monday, December 1st is $37,366...WAY TO GO ST. ALBERT & SPRUCE GROVE!!!! Our goal this year is $150,000. All of the funds raised on The Salvation Army Kettles in St. Albert and Spruce Grove stay in the communities to help those who are in need. We thank you for your generous support and know that as we work together we can give hope today. If you are interested in volunteering on a Salvation Army Kettle please call Donna at 780 458-1937. Our shifts and locations can meet your schedule, and remember to stay tuned for daily updated totals.

Corps Annual Golf Tournament

Here are some pictures of the St. Alberts Corps Annual Golf Tournament. Everyone had an awesome time at the Coyote Canyon Golf Course in St. Albert. We even had some first time golfers who did really well. After the Tournament everyone met back at the church for a delicious potluck supper and prize draw. This is definitely a much anticipated annual event. Hope to see you there next year!!!!

In the Coming Week....October 2-9

Thursday (October 2) @ 6:30 p.m. ~ Pioneer Club

Saturday @ 6:30 p.m. ~ "The Amazing (G)Race
For both Young Adults and Crave...ages 13-30

Sunday @ 11:00 a.m. ~ Family Worship
Sunday School happens during our service, so please feel free to bring your children along

Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m. ~ Fellowship Dinner
7:30 p.m. ~ Alpha II

Thursday (October 9th) @ 6:30 p.m. ~ Pioneer Club

Corps Rally Day Picnic a Success!!!

Members of The St. Albert Corps had an awesome day of fun and fellowship together as they shared in an afternoon of food, fun and games together at Cardiff Park. The afternoon started with a potluck meal, which, as always, was absolutely delicious. Then there were games for both young and old alike, as our Youth Pastor, Joe Ludlow, did an awesome job of organizing these games. There were piggy back races, sack races, a scavenger hunt, and loads of parachute games.

The whole purpose of our picnic was to "kick off", or as we refer to in The Salvation Army, "rally", everyone together to start another year of exciting ministry opportunities. Everyone left feeling refreshed and rallied...which was echoed by many people in attendance when they said, "we have to do this every year..." What a great way to start of another year of exciting, God-glorifying ministry!!!!!

Fall is in the Air

The saying goes "Spring is in the Air". Well, let us rephrase that by saying "Fall is in the Air"...and with that comes the start-up of our Corps Programs. There is so much happening at the St. Albert Corps and Community Centre...here are some upcoming events:

Sunday, September 14th @ 1:30 p.m. ~ Corps Picnic @ Cardiff Park in Celebration of Rally Day. There will be games for the kids and the adults...so come along, bring a dish for our potluck meal and your lawnchair or picnic blanket.

Thursday, September 18th @ 6:30 p.m. ~ Pioneer Club Start-up. Through Pioneer Club, children earn badges through fun, hands-on activities. The Pioneer Program creates the perfect environment for developing healthy relationships - with peers, leaders, and ultimately, Jesus Christ. Weekly Bible study, meaningful Scripture memory, and fun life-skills activities make each meeting memorable and full of variety. Snack is provided. Cost is $40 per child and $1 each week. Hope to see you there. For registration or for more information, please contact Donna at 780-458-1937.

Saturday, September 20th @ 7:30 a.m. ~ Men's Breakfast at Golden Dynasty Restaurant (St. Albert Rd.)
Saturday, September 20th @ 7:30 p.m. ~ Start-up of "Young Adults" Fellowship Group (ages 18-30).

Sunday, September 21st @ 1:30 p.m. ~ Annual Corps Golf Tournament. This will be held at Coyote Canyon Golf Course (54313 Range Rd. 260, St. Albert). It doesn't matter if this is your 50th time on the golf course, or your 1st (and there are a lot of first timers)...everyone is welcome to come along and have fun! Following our time of fun at the golf course we'll be coming back to the church for a potluck supper. You are required to pay in advance, which can be paid to Susan Kwak...the cost is $15.00 per person, and we ask the you also RSVP to Susan ASAP.

Tuesday, September 23rd ~ Small Groups Startup...Stay tuned for Small Groups Topics.

Wednesday, September 24th @ 7:00 p.m. ~ Ladies Night Out. This will be our first "Night Out" of the year...be sure to come along and bring another lady with you.
Saturday, September 27th @ 7:00 p.m. ~ Crave Start-up (ages 13-17).

If you wish to have any further information on any of the activities happening at our church please feel free to call our office (780) 458-1937.

Pioneer Club

Pioneer Club is back for our 4Th year.
Come, join the fun, and bring your friends. We will be starting up again on Thursday, Sept 18, 2008. Pioneer Club will be every Thursday night starting at 6:30 pm for Grades 1-7.
Through Pioneer Club, children earn badges through fun, hands-on activities. The Pioneer Program creates the perfect environment for developing healthy relationships - with peers, leaders, and ultimately, Jesus Christ. Weekly Bible study, meaningful Scripture memory, and fun life-skills activities make each meeting memorable and full of variety. Snack is provided. Cost is $40 per child and $1 each week.
Hope to see you there. For registration or for more information, please contact Donna at 780-458-1937.

God's Big Backyard

This summer has been a blast. We had 86 children registered this year. The children got the opportunity to go to the fire station, chateau mission, and the spray park. They also enjoyed participating in bible lessons, a talent show, games, crafts, music, and hearing from Nick and Cooper (our puppets). The best was watching them participate in the service projects. They packed hampers for those in need, visited the elderly, colored teddy bears for sick children, and decorated a parachute for children in a refugee camp in Afghanistan. We also had a successful year end BBQ!

Thank you to all who helped this summer in any way and a special thank you to the wonderful staff. This was an awesome summer.

Welcome & Installation of Captains Jason and Gaye King

Our Pastors, Captains Jason and Gaye King, and their daughter Kianna!!

On Sunday, July 6th, Captains Jason and Gaye King were installed as the new pastors of our Church. The Installation Service was performed by Majors Fred and Wendy Waters of Divisional Headquarters. In the Installation Service the King's pledged their love, pastoral support, and passion for ministry to the St. Albert Congregation and Community, and the Congregation pledged the same to the King's. Jason & Gaye are very excited to be here to share in ministry and were warmly welcomed by the Congregation. Their daughter Kianna, a.k.a, "The Social Butterfly", is also very happy to be here as she made friends very quickly in our congregation.

Last Days....

It is hard to believe that the Marshall's are now into their final week here in St Albert. The movers have already been and gone, and all that is left is some final last minute things.

Be sure to come out to the Marshall's farewell dinner at the Church (on Friday June 27 @ 6:30pm) and to next Sunday's Worship Service (June 29 @ 11:am) where you will be able to say so long and farewell.

Monday morning Capt's Les & Tiffany will be heading off to their new appointment in Winnipeg MB, their son Adam will be heading off to Pine Lake Camp for the summer and their daughter Courtney will be staying behind to live in St Albert and will be working at Soul Sportz and then attending NAIT in the fall.

It's United Days!

It is hard to believe that pastor transition day is just around the corner (officers must be in place by July 4).
The belongings for our new Pastors Jason & Gaye King was picked up yesterday in Hanover ON to make its way to St Albert.
Captains Les & Tiffany will have their belongings picked up Wednesday morning to head to Winnipeg.

We are definitely experiencing the winds of change before our very eyes.

Fathers Day

Dont forget - this weekend is a very special weekend - IT'S FATHERS DAY! Kids make sure that you put some time aside to spend with DAD!


This Sunday as the ladies enjoy a must deserved break at Pine Lake Camp, one of our Area Commanders Major Fred Waters will be coming to bring forth the message and the worship team will lead the service.

(Here is a picture of Fred taken just a few short years ago)

See you there - 11am sharp!

Mayors Walk for Charity

This annual 3km walk or 8 km run is coming very up very quickly. If you are able to volunteer some time to help out please see Marcia as soon as possible. If you would like to sponsor a participant, our very own Capt Les, Adam, and Justin will be running. Remember that 100% of your pledge will be donated to The Salvation Army if that is your desire.
For more information please go to...

Please pray for Zimbabwe & South Africa!

The following is a letter from Major Lindsay Rowe, a Canadian serving in the Republic of South Africa:

Dear Family & Friends:

I'm sending this recent THQ bulletin to you regarding Zimbabwe. Please continue to remember us in your prayers as we continue to trust God for whatever the future holds for us.

We also solicit your prayers for refugees and foreign immigrants in South Africa. Recent outbreaks of violent attacks against foreigners in the townships surrounding Johannesburg and Cape Town have resulted in forty-five deaths and more than 30,000 displaced refugees being forced from their burning homes and brutally assaulted. We are very concerned about the future of these victims of xenophobia.

The Salvation Army is very busy providing food, clothing, accommodation and counselling. Many of our volunteers are themselves refugees and must be very careful. We are not targets of this xenophobia so are not personally at risk. It is a black on black phenomenon unfortunately and is the result of a combination of social issues that include but is not restricted to xenophobia, poverty, unemployment, and government mismanagement of the refugee problem.

Incoming refugees have little choice but to head to the informal settlements where they can erect a shack and live economically. Unfortunately the townships are already bulging with South Africans desperately trying to eke out an existence on a day to day basis. The influx of refugees is the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back."

Please pray for us and our people as we minister to these dear people who came to South Africa to escape violence and poverty in their home land and are now headed back home bruised, bleeding, and broken in spirit. Pray that God will soften the hearts of those who are engineering the violence for their own benefit and pray that the general populace will come to their sense and refuse to be incited to join in the violence. Pray that they will recognize the image of God in these their brothers and sisters and stop the violence.

This Sunday will be a day of prayer for refugees and foreign immigrants in all churches in South Africa, please join us in prayer.

Edmonton Golf Classic

Here are some more pictures of yesterdays Golf Classic compliments of Major Fred Waters.

(from left to right - Captain Les Marshall, Major Ken Percy, Mr Dan Good)

(Oh the life of a Pastor)

It was a great day!

6th Annual Salvation Army Golf Classic

Today the Salvation Army hosted the annual golf classic at the Highlands Golf Club in Edmonton AB. This years proceeds have been designated to the construction of a new cabin at Pine Lake Camp. This year 144 Golfers took to the course and a great time was had by all. Great food, great prizes and great fellowship, a job well done by the Prairie Division PR team.

Women's Camp 2008

This coming weekend are ladies will be attending "Ladies Camp" at Pine Lake Camp. They plan on leaving Friday morning and will be returning Sunday afternoon!

Be sure to pray for the ladies of our Church and of the Division and they gather together to learn and enjoy fellowship with one another.


Sunday June 1st is YOUTH SUNDAY

Our young people will be leading us in worship this Sunday through drama and the little guys will be singing for us.
ALSO... it will be the debut of the youth worship team!

Donna Ludlow will be speaking on Michael Yaconelli's fantastic, life changing book "Messy Spirituality".


Disaster Relief

Dear Friends,

At such a time as this, we are calling on fellow Salvationists to join in prayer for the people of Myanmar and China. While we long to offer more practical support, our family in each of these countries has asked that above all we remember them in prayer.

· Pray for The Salvation Army community in both Myanmar and China as they respond to the needs of those around them despite the losses they have suffered personally

· Pray for those who have lost children, husbands, wives, parents and loved ones

· Pray for the ongoing rescue work in the rubble of buildings and structures

· Pray for those communities still isolated from emergency relief and support

· Pray for the injured that they will receive medical care quickly

“Hope is believing despite the evidence, and watching the evidence change.” Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners God is faithful and bends His ear to the cries of His children.

Donations to either of these disaster sites can be made at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, http://www.salvationarmy.ca/ or by mail. Please see Kerry (458-1937) if you would like more details on donating.

IHQ website - MAJOR Mike Caffull, The Salvation Army's International Emergency Services Field Operations Officer, has been granted a visa for entry into Myanmar and is en route to help and advise the local teams already working there. Despite the difficulties of getting assistance into Myanmar, The Salvation Army's in-country personnel have been working hard to give help and support to victims of the Cyclone Nargis, responding within hours of the cyclone.

Commissioner David Bringans, leader of The Salvation Army in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar, reports by telephone: 'Our people in Myanmar have been working tirelessly since the cyclone hit their country. There are four teams of people distributing aid in and around Yangon (Rangoon) and among the small, badly-damaged townships surrounding the city. Safe water, food and shelter equipment have been their priority and this work continues.'

The widely-reported difficulties of getting visas for aid workers has hampered potential further assistance by The Salvation Army from outside Myanmar. Even the territorial leaders, based in Singapore, have been unable to secure visas to visit and support their teams in Myanmar.
When Major Caffull reaches Myanmar, an assessment will be conducted in order to plan further assistance in the immediate and longer term. The most pressing task will be to assess the extent to which the local teams are able to carry out necessary emergency response and to work with them in deciding the most appropriate and needed action in the coming days.

Discussions have already taken place with other major humanitarian groups interested in partnering with The Salvation Army. With most groups finding difficulty in getting access to Myanmar, some organisations are grateful to be able to make the most of The Salvation Army's infrastructure and influence in the country.

Major Caffull says: 'Despite the difficulties being encountered regarding access and supplies, I am hoping that my visit to Myanmar will assist the teams already working there and help the international Salvation Army plan for the next phase of recovery for the people so badly affected by this disaster.'

Rainmaker Rodeo

Yes - it is that time of year once again and true to its name the rain will come but it doesnt have to dampen our spirits.

Be sure to come out and support us with the float, or cheer as we drive by or simply come out and enjoy the concerts and/or the midway.

See you there!

Summer Program Registration HAS STARTED!!

Get Ready for an Adventure
that gets bigger each day!

Kids will be challenged to serve their families, friends, neighbours, communities and Jesus through Bible lessons, puppets, games, sports, crafts, music, snack and much more!

Your kids won't want to miss this adventure in God's Big Backyard.
Registeration starts MAY 5, 2008.

Place: The Salvation Army St Albert Church & Community Centre

Date: July 14 to August 15

Time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Ages: 6 to 12

Cost: $40 a week

Contact Donna at 458-1937


It is our privilege and with great excitement that we introduce you to the newest St Albert Corps Officers - Jason & Gaye King along with their daughter Kianna. Please join with us as a unified voice in welcoming the King family to Alberta.

In the coming weeks as the transition takes place be sure to pray for them as they leave Hanover Ontario and head West. There are anticipating that they will arrive by July 4, 2008 with their first Sunday being July 6, 2008.

Let us assure you that they are extremely excited about coming and are very enthusiastic about getting to know each and every member of the Corps and Community family.

May God bless the Kings, the Marshall's, the St Albert Corps family and The Salvation Army.