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Weekly Update March 20, 2013
Atlantic Seaboard Regional Coordinator Chaplain Vernon Landreth recently began working for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in Carroll County, Virginia, assisting them in developing their chaplaincy program. During late January, he was called to service after a terrible situation impacting their office. Chaplain Landreth, along with Chaplain Dr. Pam Frasier, serves as a part of a Critical Incident Management Team for the Western Virginia Emergency Medical Services Council that supports First Responders in Virginia. Chaplain Landreth and Dr. Frasier provided a de-fusing, a group de-briefing and several one to ones with appropriate follow ups as well as needed referrals for the department. In addition, Chaplain Landreth followed the conclusion of Critical Incident Stress Management activities with several ride-a-longs with Sheriff’s Deputies. This has been a tremendous opportunity being the first Chaplain for this office as well as the first experience for most of them with CISM.
As with Chaplain Landreth, we are seeing God open doors for our Community Service Chaplains across America and around the world. Community Service Chaplains are finding favor with important community agencies and programs. The Church of God Chaplains Commission, in alliance with The International Association of Community Service Chaplains, is moving from strength to strength in commitment of service and volunteerism to our churches and communities.
Once again, we will be highlighting various chaplains and their outreaches and ministries on the website www.tiacsc.com. By going to this site and then visiting the front-page section “Our Chaplains”, you will be able to read and meet Community Service Chaplains, who, like many of you, are doing incredible and outstanding jobs in their local communities.
(NEW) Level III CSC Training – May 29th – May 31st, 2013
Cleveland, Tennessee – USA
A new Level III Chaplain Course is being offered May 29th – 31st, 2013, in Cleveland, Tennessee, at the offices of the Church of God Chaplains Commission and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Online registration is available at www.cogcsc.com.
Reports from the field
Community Service Chaplain Mark Ledbetter, Sylacauga, Alabama, reports: Prayer and Needs: “Thank you for your prayers for my son, Daniel. Daniel survived two tours in Afghanistan and is now no longer an active member of the USMC, after serving 4 1/2 years and receiving an ‘early out.’” Significant Activities: “I taught a CERT Disaster Psychology class to health class students at Talladega High School, Talladega, Alabama.” Awards and Honors: “Awarded a certificate from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare for completing a course in Mental Health First Aid USA. The course was given by the Cheaha Regional Health Center in Sylacauga, Alabama, under the auspices of the Missouri and Maryland Departments of Mental Health.” Congratulations, Mark, on all of your fine achievements and also on the return of your son from combat duties.
Community Service Chaplain Dinora Bruno, Juno Beach, Florida, reports: Significant Activities: “Prison Ministry, Hospital Chaplaincy at Good Samaritan, preaching at soup kitchen. (Each activity is a minimum 6-8 hours weekly.)”
Chaplains Stafford Petersen, Takalani Mufamadi and Mornè Lötter are all hosting chaplaincy seminars this March and April in South Africa. They will be hosting Level I, Level II and Train the Trainer Seminars in Capetown, Pretoria and Durban. Please remember to pray for these chaplains as they reach their communities and nation.
The Church of God Irish Chaplains Commission will be hosting our 2nd Annual CSC Training the weekend of May 3-6, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
Please take note the CSC website is now located at www.tiacsc.com.
So come and visit us.
Please note that we are highlighting
Chaplain Matt Troskey, from Leavenworth, Washington,
on our website at www.tiacsc.com.
Dr. Jake Popejoy
Coordinator, Training and Community Service Chaplains