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ECHELON – MOBILIZING TO DO THE MOST GOOD

The Chattanooga Salvation Army Echelon, a community of young adults, are committed to support the continued work of rebuilding the lives of men, women, children, and families throughout our community.

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Dr. Mirza Donates Award to Benefit Those in Need

Jennifer Mirza, DO, Cardiologist, was recently chosen for The Frist Humanitarian Award as a Parkridge Health System physician who displays a concern for the well-being of others beyond her day-to-day physician responsibilities and, consistent with the caring spirit that earned her the award, chose to donate the monetary gift to The Salvation Army to help people in need. She did so at the ministry’s most recent Advisory Board meeting.

Mirza is a cardiology specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 6 years. She graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2006 and specializes in cardiology and interventional cardiology. She told the board that she grew up in Chattanooga and values the work of The Salvation Army.

The Frist Humanitarian Award was created in 1971 to honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Sr., who founded HCA, this award recognizes individuals who serve the community and those in need, and whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. This award honors an exceptional individual whose work and life reflects HCA’s patient-centered, entrepreneurial and humanitarian values.

Thank you, Dr. Mirza!

 

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William Booth Society

The William Booth Society is The Salvation Army’s most distinguished donor recognition program. It is named for the founder of The Salvation Army who began helping individuals in London who were considered outcasts by society-the homeless, the poor and the destitute. William Booth Society members are the leaders who cause positive change in their communities. All are committed to making a difference in someone’s life by making an annual gift of $5,000 or more.

THE FOUNDER’S CIRCLE – $100,000+
William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army turned the world’s attention to the plight of the poor and changed the direction of Christianity.

THE CATHERINE MUMFORD BOOTH CIRCLE – $50,000-99,999
Co-founder of The Salvation Army, fighter for women’s rights and the wife of William Booth became one of the most influential women in modern religious history.

THE EVANGELINE BOOTH CIRCLE – $25,000-49,999
Evangeline Booth, the dynamic daughter of William and Catherine, served as Commander of The Salvation Army in the United States from 1904-1933 and was elected first woman General in 1934.

THE GEORGE SCOTT RAILTON CIRCLE – $10,000-24,999
Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven Lassies “invaded” New York in 1880 to launch the first work of The Salvation Army in the United States.

WILLIAM BOOTH SOCIETY – $5,000-9999
All leadership giving donors will be recognized on our website, in our annual report, receive opportunities to tour our facilities and interact with key staff and be invited to special celebrations.

JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION

 

Please plan now to join us for our 2018 Fundraising Banquet celebrating 125 years serving those in poverty throughout the Chattanooga region.

We are thrilled to announce our banquet speaker and music artist for this August!!

Jonathan Evans, son of Tony Evans, author, speaker, Chaplin for the Dallas Cowboys and former NFL fullback, treasures his relationship with Christ along with the opportunity to use his life to glorify God by equipping and encouraging people in their faith.

And, as if that’s not great enough!!! We’ve booked his brother, Anthony Evans, for our special music!! Anthony Evans, brother of Jonathan and son of Tony Evans, began his career as a backup singer for gospel music sensation Kirk Franklin. Anthony has released 8 albums, performed over 2000 concerts and appeared on the NBC show, The Voice. Although grateful for career opportunities, Anthony never forgets his first calling to lead God’s people in authentic and honest worship.

Here is Anthony’s latest single entitled See It Again:

We believe this event will be a wonderful experience for all.

Best of all, our banquet is completely underwritten, thanks to a gracious donor. That means 100% of gifts made at this fundraising event will go to the lifechanging work of The Salvation Army!

Seating is limited. To get more information on reservations, call Thomas Black at 423.308.7705.

 

IMPOSSIBLE LOVE

One of the most challenging and often quoted sections of scripture in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13, the chapter on love. It’s text that is commonly used at weddings to challenge young couples to love each other well. Unfortunately, on their own, it’s impossible.

The key to understanding this love Paul is describing to the church in Corinth is the context. Throughout chapters 12 and 14, Paul is describing spiritual gifts that benefit the body of Christ. In the last verse of chapter 12, after laying out how these gifts are to be used within the body of Christ, he writes, “But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.”

So, love, in the context of Paul’s letter, is the way in which we exercise our spiritual gifts. And if it seems that the bar Paul lays out for us is too high, you’re not wrong. Like our spiritual gifts, it’s a supernatural enablement of the Holy Spirit.

Without God’s sanctifying activity in my life, I can’t be patient, kind, never jealous, never arrogant. Unless I submit daily to him, I’ll always be unbecoming, seek my own way, easily offended, hold grudges and rejoice when bad things happen to those who’ve offended me.

Only in Him can I know truth and rejoice in it, bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things.

Not only is this love a supernatural enablement, it is central to God’s character. In this chapter, “love” is from the Greek word “agape” (aγάπη). It is the highest form of love, one that is unconditional and selfsacrificing. We see how God loves us. He never fails. He is perfect in how He loves us. And He calls us to be the same – with His help.

It is our joy to show this love to our homeless, poor and marginalized neighbors as a means of introducing them to the One who loves them perfectly. Without your sacrifice of time, money and gifts, it’s a love they might never know. Thank you for partnering with us to do the most good – sharing the gospel to those who need to know love.

Blessings,
Major Robert Lyle

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