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Youth Councils 2017 Recap

We had an awesome time at Youth Councils 2017, didn’t we?  God taught us so much about our identity; so much that we tried to condense the entire weekend into a single post.  We most definitely failed there, but we hope you enjoy our hand picked assortment of treats from the weekend: videos, pictures, podcasts and survey for YC 2018.  Enjoy!

Identity Videos

Eden Sjogren from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Shane Olivera from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Ashley Blackwood from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

Red Carpet Video (From the Hollywood Banquet)

YC Red Carpet from MetroProductions on Vimeo.

We had an awesome Hollywood banquet on Saturday night, and part of that experience included a red carpet where the celebs were interviewed.  Enjoy!

Official Photos (Including Photo Booth Photos from the Hollywood Banquet)!

Thanks to photographers Laura Allan and Cody Forney, we have some AMAZING photos from the weekend.  Check out the slideshow below, or click here to view them on our Flickr page.

High School Track Podcasts

Looking for the sermons from Pastor Harvey Carey and Lt. Amanda Keene?  You can stream them from our website here, or stream them from the podcast app on your iPhone (search Metro Youth Network).

Main Session 1 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 2 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 3 – Pastor Harvey Carey

Main Session 5 – Lt. Amanda Keene

Youth Councils 2017 Survey

Last, but not least, we’d love to hear your feedback about YC 17.  Take 10 minutes to fill out this quick survey, please!  We take your input very seriously.  You can access the survey by clicking here.

Lt. Betsy Clark and the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk

Hunger is an issue that is very important to Lt. Betsy Clark. She’s walking in the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk and needs your help.

Your donations will provide assistance for hungry people in the St. Charles community through The Salvation Army Food Pantry and around the world by supporting Church World Service’s life-saving programs. Join with her to work together to solve this global challenge.

You – yes you! – can make a BIG difference. Visit Lt. Clark’s personal page where you can make a secure online donation. Your gift can help save a life! Her personal goal is $200, and her team, The Salvation Army, hopes to raise $2,000!

To visit her personal page, and to make a donation, click here.

Major Merill Powers on the Today Show!

Get ready to pull out the tissues! A few days ago, Major Nancy Powers (Program Development Officer at the Freedom Center) surprised her husband in a huge way. Her husband, Major Merrill, thought they were throwing one of their delicious BBQ open houses for the neighborhood. In reality, the get together was to honor him and his life of service to the broken. The surprise included visits from Hoda from the Today Show, and chef Bobby Flay – one of his heroes – and much more.

After watching that, you have to ask yourself. No matter where you are in life, are you living for the glory of God and the service of others?

To read the original article from the people at the Today Show, click here.

Rio 2016 Recap Video

During the Rio Olympics, the Central Territory sent a missions team down to run VBS’s, build relationships, and spread the Gospel. Since the team has been state side, someone created a recap video, and it’s a good 5 minute watch. You’ll recognize some friendly faces from Metro, and see the other teams that were sent from New Zeeland, Australia, and Canada. Enjoy!

BOLD Movie Festival

BOLD Movie Festival Promo 1

BOLD Movie Festival Promo 2

Example (Alexandria, VA Corps Cadets)

As a brigade, you are invited to make a short movie (8 minutes or less) about one of the themes you have recently studied:


Use your creativity to tell your story and deliver your message: art, photography, calligraphy, animation, drama, voice-over, dance, music, etc. The sky’s the limit! Be sure to have all participants sign and return a Publication Release Form.

Please submit the film by URL link to your DYS by May 2, 2016 using the Festival Submission Form. Include a working link to an online version of your movie on an external site (e.g., your own website, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) and any necessary passwords to view the link at the time of the submission. This link must be active and working through October 2016. Sorry, DVD copies will not be considered.

The DYS will review and send the movie links to the TYS, who will select the top two movies to send to the NYS. The NYS will release the top eight movie selections along with promotional material. Plan to include your own movie and host a BOLD Movie Festival at your Corps in December 2016! This is an excellent opportunity to reach out to your local community while featuring the talents of your local Corps Cadet brigade.

As a Division, at this time we are asking that only those Corps who are current in getting their lessons turned in (Course C completed) participate in this activity. If you are unaware of whether you are current or not, please ask and we will let you know.

United Meeting Selfie Videos

The theme for the next United Meeting on Sunday, March 13 is Unity, and it’s based on John 17:23: “I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” The truth is, the unity of all believers in Jesus is what can distinguish us. This unity can be our witness to the world.

At the meeting we’re hoping to feature a video with people from around the Division. The idea is for people to send us their selfie videos telling us what “unity” means to them. Check out the video above to learn more, and submit those videos!

Share Your Christmas Joy!

Share Your Christmas Joy from Salvation Army Media on Vimeo.

The Salvation Army Central Territory Sponsorship Program provides the opportunity for YOU to participate in a different Christmas Tradition this year:

Many children in Salvation Army children’s homes, schools and centers around the world have never experienced the JOY that Christmas can bring. The SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS JOY campaign is designed to give these children that unique feeling of excitement, love and joy that only happens at Christmas when we celebrate the birth of our Savior. We invite YOU to take part in the JOY that will be experienced by children in need by contributing to SHARE YOUR CHRISTMAS JOY.

For this 13th annual campaign, the goal is to raise $15,000. With these funds, 150 overseas children’s homes, schools and centers will receive $100 each to help celebrate Christmas.

To follow the campaign online and donate now, head to their website today!

General Cox Responds to Paris Attacks

Following Friday evening’s terrorist attacks in Paris, The Salvation Army’s world leader General André Cox has written these words to Salvationists and friends. One of the most forceful statements comes at the 2:49 mark:

“There will possibly be strong voices within the public sphere calling for vengeful retribution against those who had nothing to do with these atrocities. In some small way the voice of the Church, of you and I, can call for added grace and care in these days. We can bring light into the gloom.”

In keeping with the prayers we offer at Prayer & Praise Night as a body, let us pray “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.”

The Salvation Army Kicks Off 2015 Christmas Campaign with Legendary Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka

CHICAGO, IL (November 11, 2015) – On Friday, November 13, The Salvation Army will officially kick off its 2015 Christmas campaign with the iconic red kettles hitting the Chicagoland streets.

The 2015 Christmas campaign’s goal is to raise $17 million. The Salvation Army receives nearly 70 percent of its yearly donations during the campaign. The funds are used not only to support local holiday programs and services, but also to help it serve those in need throughout the entire year.

Mike Ditka, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Super Bowl-winning coach and Chicago Bears head coach (1982-1992), will serve as The Salvation Army Metropolitan Division’s 2015 Christmas campaign honorary chairperson.

“I have always had the utmost respect for The Salvation Army and the work that it does throughout Chicagoland, across the country and around the world,” said Ditka. “I am honored to serve as this year’s chair and look forward to helping raise awareness of the tremendous work of The Salvation Army – a team that’s ‘Doing the Most Good,’ right here in our hometown.”

Last year during the holiday season, The Salvation Army served more than 105,000 people in the Chicago area, distributing more than 16,000 food baskets, 42,000 articles of clothing and 131,000 toys.

Throughout the year, Christmas funds helped The Salvation Army’s Metropolitan Division provide a wide variety of services, including:

  • 1.4 million meals to the hungry
  • shelter for more than 200 families at the Evangeline Booth Lodge
  • emergency rent, mortgage, clothing or utility assistance to 140,000 people in crisis
  • 24,700 days worth of child care to low-income children

“For the past 130 years, The Salvation Army has been serving people in need in the Chicagoland area thanks to the generosity of our fellow Chicagoans,” said Lt. Colonel Charles Smith, Divisional Commander. “We are so thankful to Mike Ditka for helping us raise awareness and encourage much-needed donations to the red kettles that allow us to continue helping Chicago’s most vulnerable. I hope people will find it in their hearts to support our efforts, and we invite them to share their reasons for giving with the hashtag #RedKettleReason.”

The iconic red kettles will be on the streets through December 24. For those wishing to volunteer as bell ringers, The Salvation Army has launched the Register To Ring program that makes it easier than ever: Prospective volunteers can go to and choose the locations, dates and times.

The Christmas campaign will continue online at through January 31, 2016, where donors can host their own online red kettle. In addition, donations may be made by texting ChicagoKettle to the number 71777. Yet another way to donate is by buying a toy or gift for a child in need through the new virtual Angel Tree program at