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Religious education office to host unique community Holy Week events Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017
By Derek Gean
 Assistant editor
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 As the Christian Holy Week approaches, the Fort Leonard Wood Religious Support Office is offering several worship opportunities, including two unique programs for the community.


 Maundy Thursday

 The RSO’s religious education office is scheduled to sponsor a special Maundy Thursday event from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Main Post Chapel activity room.

 Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter each year. In Christian tradition, it is also the day to commemorate the last supper of Jesus.

 The event will include a foot washing service from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a community last supper meal from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 Cindy Dack, director of religious education, said the event will commemorate historic events leading to the death of Jesus.

 “As Jewish people celebrate the Passover on this evening, Christians celebrate the last night of Christ’s life, here on earth,” Dack said.

 Chaplain (Capt.) Tiann Morgner, 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment chaplain, is scheduled to lead participants through the last supper meal, also known as the Christian Seder.

 “We ask that you bring a traditional Jewish dish to share; the items for the traditional Seder Plates will be provided,” Dack said.

 Child care will be available, but parents are asked to feed their children prior to the event if they are not planning on having them take part in the meal.

 Dack said the event is free and open to all  denominations.

 Resurrection Fest
 The religious education office is scheduled to host a Resurrection Fest from 10 a.m. to noon April 15 at the Main Post Chapel.

 According to Dack, this event will allow Families to learn more about Christian history as they experience stories from the life of Jesus through his death and resurrection.

 “Easter is about so much more than bunnies, chicks and Peeps,” Dack said.  “Come experience a user-friendly, non-threatening Easter experience that is for the whole Family to participate in, and learn about (Easter) together.”

 Dack said the public is welcome to attend.

 “You will experience the different scenes that led to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Costumed tour guides will lead you through hands on learning. Each person will get a passport that will take them from learning site to learning site,” Dack said.

 “(This will) provide an opportunity for your Family to draw together and to learn about Easter in a whole new way,” Dack added.

 Crafts and snacks will be provided at this free event.   

 For more information on either event, contact Dack at 573.596.0131, ext. 60089 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Other traditional Catholic and Protestant  Easter events and services are listed in the “What’s Up” section on Page A3. For more information on those events, contact the RSO at 573.596.0131, ext. 62127.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 April 2017 )
In the Works: National Library Week events begin Sunday Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017
By Claretta Crawford and Katie Sleyko
 Special to GUIDON

 Join the Bruce C. Clarke Library Sunday through April 15 in celebrating National Library Week.  

 Libraries across the country will be reflecting on this year’s theme, “Libraries Transform.” The theme will help highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers.

 Libraries aren’t only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies, accessing computers, using Wi-Fi or asking a librarian for research help after doing a Google search. Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of community members.

   By providing resources such as e-books and technology, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or being a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.

  Libraries also offer something unique: the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today’s digital society.

 Bruce C. Clarke Library community services staff members have scheduled several events for patrons to help celebrate National Library Week.

 A special Family Monday Movie event is scheduled at 4 p.m. Monday. The Children’s Library will feature a Princess Story Time at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.  The program will provide a princess and her friends who will read a story, and be available for pictures and a visit with children and parents.

 An On-Demand Story Time is scheduled for April 13. Kids can pick a book and have it read to them by Lacie McMillin, children’s library technician, anytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patrons and staff are also encouraged to wear library T-shirts all week.  

 Tuesday is National Library Workers’ Day.  It’s a day set aside to recognize the contributions made by all library staff.  Clarke library supervisors will be hosting a luncheon for library staff that day.

 Patrons are invited to have cookies and punch from 1 to 3 p.m. April 13, which will be served on both floors of the library.  

 The library staff would like to invite anyone in the community to post on the Fort Leonard Wood MWR Facebook page,, about how they have seen libraries transform lives and especially anything about the Bruce C. Clarke Library.

 (Editor’s note: Crawford is the library director and Sleyko serves as a librarian at the Bruce C. Clarke Library.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 April 2017 )
April time to ‘light it up blue,’ ACS can help Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017
By Cinda Holloway
 Special to GUIDON

 To highlight April as Autism Awareness Month, “Light It Up Blue” began Sunday, encouraging people to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

 By understanding autism, we can establish an environment where one is accepted for  their abilities and not their  disabilities.

 ASD is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviors or interests.  

 According to Autism Speaks, a leading national organization on advocacy, ASD now affects one in 66 people. Over the years, the number of individuals diagnosed with ASD has increased. This is not because ASD is a new condition, but because it is being diagnosed more frequently as medical providers are able to recognize signs and symptoms at an earlier age and in the milder form.  

 People with ASD do not have any physical markers that identify them as having ASD, nor is there a lab test, X-ray, or scan to diagnosis. Diagnosis is based on a series of symptoms, behaviors and a combination of responses on empirical supported assessments. Their behaviors and how they interact or appear to perceive the environment is what sets them apart in general  society.  

 Although it is widely known that people with ASD have above-average intelligence, their world is concrete while trying to exist in a conceptual world.  Some have said it is like a game where no one shared the rules or gave instructions on how to use the equipment.  Others think of ASD as a puzzle, where a person is trying to figure out how all the pieces fit. For many, things like social norms, understanding nuances, and reacting appropriately to vague statements or requests, become very difficult and almost prohibit the person from readily participating in the world.   

 ASD is a wide framework of different indicators and impairments that can readily be impacted by early intervention. Everyone is unique and has different indicators that add up to determine the level of severity.  

 The earlier the diagnosis and the more engaged Families are with comprehensive supports, therapies, and strategies, the more readily the person and Family can lower the negative impact.  

 Genetics may be a contributing factor; if one Family member has been diagnosed, the possibility of another  Family member having ASD increases.  

 In addition, ASD appears to affect boys more frequently than girls; it does not appear to be affected by financial or environmental factors, or by configuration of a Family. That said, ASD does not discriminate and impacts the individual and Family without regard to who it affects.  

 As with many things in life, a situation or condition can either be viewed in a dark,  dim light or in a bright,  positive light.  

 Light It Up Blue suggests just that; placing ASD in a positive and unique light. Some use AUTISM as an acronym; Always Unique, Totally  Interesting and Sometimes Mysterious.

  Even though Autism Awareness Month is in April, we need to promote awareness throughout the year. We realize that when we meet one person with autism, that is it — we have met that one individual person with autism.

 To learn more, or to speak with someone about information, resources, or programs available to people diagnosed with autism, visit the  Army Community Service  Exceptional Family Member Program located in Building 486 or call 573.596.0131, ext. 60212.

 (Editor’s note: Holloway is the EFMP manager.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 April 2017 )
Bandit eligible for top award Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017
GUIDON staff

Bandit, the unofficial mascot for the USO of Missouri, Inc.  — Fort Leonard Wood, has been nominated for the 2017 Hero Dog Awards for his service as a therapy dog.

 One of 31 dogs picked in the nation, Bandit, a 5-year-old Great Dane, is now eligible to make it to the top three dogs after the first round  of online voting ends May 3.

 Bandit’s owner, Kelly Brownfield, USO center director, said she is hoping to spread the word and have people vote for Bandit.

 “Maybe with a little luck, he can become the No. 1 dog in the nation,” Brownfield said.

 Aside from serving at the USO, Bandit has provided support to wounded Soldiers, and also teams up with educators to promote literacy at Thayer Elementary School.

 To vote for Bandit, visit
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 April 2017 )
Moving too fast, to fast Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 April 2017
By Chaplain Jordan Henricks
 Special to GUIDON

 A friend once told me that in our culture we each have three resources in varying quantities — time, energy, and money.

 We rely on these for just about everything. Unfortunately, activities we cut from our time and energy budget can also be the most vital — spiritual disciplines that sustain us and enrich our lives.

 Prayer, meditation, reading scripture, and fasting are disciplines that Richard Foster refers to in his book “Celebration of Discipline” as the ‘inward disciplines.’ Practice of these disciplines creates a foundation of our spirituality and has significant impacts on our health.

 Reading, meditation, and prayer have long been recognized as invaluable investments. There is renewed interest in making time for these activities, but what about fasting?

 We make decisions about what to eat and what not to eat for all kinds of reasons—health, emotions, traditions, culture, etc.—but most of us consider deciding not to eat to be a negative one. There are certainly good reasons for this, but with wisdom we can reap the benefits of fasting, both spiritual and health-related.

 A recent article in “National Geographic” stated, “Recent studies show that occasionally going without food, even for a day, can provide health benefits.” The article noted that putting cells into survival mode causes the cells to produce fewer free radicals, which helps to strengthen arteries, brain cells, and skin.

 Fasting has significant health benefits, and provides a person with the opportunity to reflect on those things that matter most.

 Our hunger reminds us of those things for which we truly hunger in life. Thus, fasting has been a part of spiritual traditions for millennia, and this coming week is a great week to consider fasting as we enter religious celebrations in both Christian and Jewish communities.

 Firstborns in Jewish Families fast on the night before Passover in remembrance of the story of the Exodus, and millions of Christians have taken the opportunity to fast during Holy Week, often from Maundy Thursday to Easter morning, in remembrance of the Easter story.

 I encourage you to set aside time this week to a fast — to turn inward and hunger for what is most important.

 (Editor’s note: Henricks is the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment chaplain.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 April 2017 )
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