• Protestant congregations gather for send-out

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  • Timothy R. Stiansen | Protestant Discipleship Ministry Coordinator
    More than 450 people gathered at Merritt Lake May 7 for the Protestant Chapel Community’s annual send-out celebration. It was a time of worship and prayer, fellowship and fun as the community met to celebrate the year and pray for individuals and families who are moving this summer.
    The Fort Leavenworth Protestant Chapel Community motto is “Bring In, Build Up and Send Out.” Throughout the year, this motto is lived out through ministries and programs for all ages from vacation Bible school to Sunday school; neighborhood, men’s, women’s and workplace Bible studies; a mentoring program; and weekly and monthly breakfasts, to name just a few. The focus is on building up and nurturing individuals and families so that they leave Fort Leavenworth spiritually stronger, ready to serve wherever they are sent.
    The send-out celebration joined the congregations from the traditional Protestant service, the gospel service and the contemporary Protestant service for a powerful worship experience. The gospel service praise team led the group in worship, the traditional service choir sang a special music number, and Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff McKinney shared a message from the book of Acts.
    Following the message, individuals and families were invited to come forward and be prayed for by chapel community leaders. Following the service, the combined congregations enjoyed a picnic lunch and inflatable games for the children.
    The annual send-out celebration, a unique happening in the Army world, was truly a blessing. Though the military families represented on Sunday are heading to all parts of the globe, they were reminded that they are not going out alone and that there is a community here at Fort Leavenworth that will miss them and pray for them as they go.
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