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Fort Belvoir Gathering: US Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association, DC-Area Chapter

Our group, at about 50% strength, met on Tuesday, October 11th at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club for our quarterly luncheon.  Our gathering included Bill Jokela, Brian Tung, Eric and Paula Wester, Gary and Susan Dahl, Wayne Lehrer, Rick Cantrell, Donna Weddle, Timothy Mallard, Pedro Reyes and Randall Bowen.   It was a great chance to reconnect to catch up on Summer travels and hear updates about ministry developments.  We were especially blessed to have senior chaplains and the chapel NCOIC welcoming us and leading us in prayer.

More than half of our group, however, were away and many sent greetings.  For Ben and Betty Ness it was moving day to their new home, Renee Klish, Bob Richter, Dennis Madtes, Ivan Ives and Kristi Pappas all sent their regrets.  Jeff and Monika Young and Jerry and Sherry Reynolds explained they are looking forward to the national gathering in San Antonio.  Benchuck Manning was committed to a VA Hospital Pastoral Care luncheon.  Doug Lee and Ron Crews were both traveling (to Hawaii and North Carolina), and David and Janice Hicks let us know they will soon depart for a visit with their son and family in England.

Our Washington DC-area chapter of the USACCRA will be well-represented at the San Antonio gathering at the end of the month.  And we will look ahead to our next gathering when we will reconvene in the new year with two dates set:   Thursday, 2 February at Ft Myer and Tuesday, 16 May at Ft Belvoir. 

To be added to our chaplaincy contact email list, please contact SGM Susan Dahl, USA (Ret) at susan.dahl@outlook.com

Jeffrey Mitchell

Email
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David Sobel

Address
21134 Carmel Hills
San Antonio, TX 78259
United States
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Email
OHthenowTX@aol.com
Phone
(210) 481-3463
Date
09/24/2016
Ministry Report
The older I get the more my focus has become seeing that my ten grand children all come to know the Lord first of all. Then I want them to know what they believe but why they believe it. In my walk with the Lord all these years I have been blessed with great teachers of theology. So when I was talking to my grand daughters about vacation Bible School and what they were learning, I sat them down and I played twenty questions with them. I asked them about Grace, Salvation, Justification and Baptism. They had been going to a good church ( I thought ). After a week of VBS three of my grand daughters failed to answer from scripture any question I had about the Christian Faith. When I asked why they thought they were Christians the response from the eldest floored me ” mommy said I was “. I took her aside and told her that was the worse response that I had ever had in my 45 years. I told them that I would be right back and I drove right to the church and wanted to see the Pastor ASAP. I told him what had just happened and that my grand daughters were scheduled to be baptized the following week. I asked him HOW do you baptize an unbeliever as that is not what we practice as part of our faith. Well he said he would pray about it and I walked out. This is a church of 5000. Well I did not attend as I had a line in the sand. A few months later the Pastor gives an invitation and my three grand daughters go forward to become Christians. I told them I was proud of them and I will Baptize them at the pool myself. This is why the Church is where it is!!!

John “Jack” Torp

Address
1620 N San Marcos de Niza Dr
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-9271
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Email
jtorp@reagan.com
Phone
(520) 458-1985
Date
08/18/2016
Ministry Report
In 1990 I retired from active duty at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Then I served as chaplain/therapist at a local mental hospital and RTC. For another two years I was in private practice as professional counselor in Sierra Vista. After that I served as “Interim” pastor of a local Korean/American church for five years. That was enough and I finally retired. My great joy and blessing has come from many of the young boys and girls in the church are now grown adults. At least a dozen of them have asked me to officiate at their weddings. What an honor! My wife, Jacquie, died in 2005, and I have since remarried to a wonderful lady named Rosemary. We love to travel all over the United States and Canada, so some time we just might be in your area.

Rev Dr Ivan Chubb

Address
14091 ne 49 ln
williston, florida 32696
United States
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ivanchubb@centurylink.net
Phone
(352) 528-3328
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belong to military chaplains assoc.ordained methodist with completed doctorate.retired military chaplain at va.present military chaplain 5 county nursing home areas. Marriages, funerals, memorials and services.go to military vets posts and talk to them about christianity.was us army 1954-1956, us navy 1956-1961/

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David Paap

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David Paap
Address
5 Flowery Branch Place
Wildwood, MO 63040
United States
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chapdap47@gmail.com
Phone
(636) 821-1182

Introducing Mariachi Los Soberanos

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Mariachi Los Soberanos in front of Mission San Juan

one of the five UNESCO world heritage sites in San Antonio.

 

Mariachi goes back hundreds of years.  Most of the sound we hear today is from the 19th century.  Mariachi Los Soberanos consists of young, talented individuals with years of experience in the music industry, performing arts, and public relations. Each member has played for over seven years, and contributes their musical knowledge achieved from performing with other groups and studying with different masters in this area. From the European influence of the violins, trumpets and a classical guitar to the rustic hybrid adaptation of the vihuela and guitarrón from classical versions of the guitar and bass, Mariachi Los Soberanos offers the whole instrumental gamma of resonance variety in modern mariachis. 

 

San Antonio USACCRA Chapter

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On July 29th the local San Antonio USACCRA Chapter sponsored a memorial service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  This was the second annual service.  Last year our first one was very small.  We were thrilled to have such a great turn out this year.

Each year we select a representative Chaplain and Chaplain Assistant who is laid to rest at the Fort Sam Houston Cemetery.   We honor their memory on behalf of the thousands of Chaplains and Assistants who have served our nation from the American Revolution until today.  This year our attendance was bolstered by a great turn out of active duty Chaplains and Assistants.  Also, we were pleased to have family members of our two honorees, Chaplain Conrad Walker and SSG Manuel Barrera.  We also received excellent support from the National Cemetery administration and the MSD organization.

 

 

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Introducing “The Telling Project”

Introducing “The Telling Project”

a telling projectJonathan Wei, the founder and director of The Telling Project, is a playwright, writer and producer. Jonathan’s dramatic work has been staged at the Guthrie Theater, Library of Congress; Maryland Center for the Performing arts; The Alley Theater in Houston, Texas; and Portland Centre Stage in Portland, Oregon among others.  His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Village Voice, Iowa Review, and the North American Review and Glimmer Train, and his work featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Inside Higher Ed, the Associated Press, and National Public Radio.  He has received support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, Metabolic Studios, Minnesota Humanities Center, Humanities Iowa, Oregon Humanities Center and others.  Jonathan lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

 

The Telling Project began with Jonathan Wei working with a veteran’s student discussion group in order to help them have meaningful conversations about their experiences. This discussion has led to a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world.

Since 2008, The Telling Project has produced 40+ original performances, put over 180 veterans and family members on stage and performed in 16 states across the nation.  The cast members are all local veterans where the production is being presented. So far productions have been in Washington DC, Baltimore, New York, Houston, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Denver, Austin, San Antonio, Tampa Bay, San Antonio and many other locations plus more are scheduled.

Jonathan will be involving five veterans from the local San Antonio cast in his presentation.

The Telling Project will soon be launching a new forum for veterans to tell their stories. It is called “Planting the Oar.”