Archive for December 2017

December USACCRA Greeting

December USACCRA Greeting

December is a time of holidays.  I stopped at the US Post Office recently to get some stamps and was presented with many choices.  There were Christmas (Christian) stamps both religious and secular.  I could get Hanukkah (Jewish) stamps.  They offered Diwali (Hindu) and Eid Greeting (Islamic) stamps, and I also could have purchased Kwanzaa (a non-religious observance primarily noted by African-Americans.)  Each of you will observe special days that relate to your faith and life.  May they be days and times that strengthen and renew your spiritual life.

Our chaplains, chaplain assistants, and Directors of Religious Education face challenges as they meet the variety of needs and desires of soldiers and families.  There is no doubt in my mind they will be up to the task as they provide for the spiritual needs of those whom they serve.  That is our Corps’ privilege and tradition.

On behalf of the U. S. Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association, I wish you the joys and peace of your holidays, and pray the Lord will richly bless 2018 for you and yours.

 

Chaplain (COL) Gilbert H. Pingel, Ret.
USACCRA President

Senior Chaplain Search Ad

Senior Chaplain Search Ad

 

We are seeking a retired (or soon to be retired) military chaplain of any branch of service to serve as our Senior Chaplain.  The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation – where the veteran is remembered – was established in 1966-67 to save the historic U.S. Army Post Chapel built 1927-28 from the wrecking ball.  The Chapel Foundation is an independent, non-denominational Christian congregation.  The Chapel is located about 1-mile from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and the VA Medical Center and VA National Cemetery in Minnesota.  Average attendance on Sunday mornings is about 170 with a membership of 190 households.  Our main floor of the sanctuary seats 220, another 65 in the balcony, and overflow of 75 in the fellowship hall via video projection.  There is a 45-minute intergenerational Christian education class prior to worship averaging 25-35 attendees; and a children’s church during the sermon for K-6th grade averaging 3-6 students.  Guest musicians (vocal/instrumental) perform at each service.  A time of fellowship follows each worship service.  The annual operating budget is $250K, and we tithe our plate offering to outside ministries.  Administrative offices and meeting conference room are located in Bloomington.  The chaplaincy does not provide housing.  For more information, visit our homepage [www.fortsnellingmcf.org].  For information as to how to apply for the position, please email us at info@fortsnellingmcf.org with the subject line “Senior Chaplain Inquiry” NLT 15 January 2018.