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May 31, 2012


Special weekend planned to commemorate anniversary

Columbia, S.C., May 31, 2012 – Major Richard Watts planted The Salvation Army Center for Worship and Service (7532 Irmo Drive, Columbia, SC 29212) in June 2002 in an effort to reach out to people in the Irmo community. Major Watts has since been appointed to The Salvation Army in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he serves as Commanding Officer for the Wilmington unit. But Major Watts and his wife Major Virginia Watts will return to The Salvation Army Irmo Corps on June 9 and 10 for a special celebration to mark ten years of ministry.

The anniversary weekend will begin with a Men’s Club sponsored cookout on Saturday at 5 p.m. which is open to the public. Activities will follow, including a night full of Salvation Army church music, where former band mates who once served together in the music ministry at the Irmo Corps will reunite.

Major Watts, who like all Salvation Army officers is an ordained minister, will preach the message on Sunday, June 10 at the 11 a.m. service. Seven senior soldiers and two junior soldiers will be enrolled.

“Nine people from the Irmo Corps have gone on to The Salvation Army School for Officers Training in Atlanta to become Salvation Army officers over a ten year period,” said Lt. Josh Morse, Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Irmo Corps. “That figure speaks volumes about the success of the ministry that my family and I have been blessed to be a part of for about two years.”

For more information about the weekend’s activities, please contact Lt. Josh Morse at 803-466-1071.

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