Message From the Commander
Our Post is so close to making the 100% goal from membership. It takes members to make this Post successful. For those of you who are reaching out and requesting members to renew or join, your efforts are paying off. We also need to thank Mr. John Ragsdale, Membership Chairman and 1 st Vice Commander for his efforts of getting the word out that we are here and
what events the Post offers.
We continue to keep our Post webpage updated, like our Super Bowl and NASCAR Parties where our Social Quarters was open showing the game/race. A huge thank you goes out to those who came out and enjoyed the camaraderie. We want to continue to provide events like these; however, they are not possible without volunteers and your support.
We received permission from The American Legion Department of Virginia to initiate a Satellite
Post at a local seniors’ home. On March 7th , we will be having a Meet and Greet at Spring Arbor inviting the veteran’s and their dependents to join ‘Task Force Alpha’ and tell them what the American Legion is about. Then, we will have a follow up meeting in July to accept in the
veterans and their dependents who want to join. Let’s help them understand that they are not
forgotten and that we are here for them.
Then, we will have our quarterly Food Drive on the March 14 (starts at 0800) to restock our food pantry that is supporting local families and Veterans in need. Come out and watch some racing on March 21 st where the Scouts will be holding a Pinewood Derby (starts at 1200). Then,
the Post is holding a Dinner and a Laugh Comedy Show on May 16th for $40 a person (starts at 1800) get your tickets early as we expect them to sell out. As you can see, we have a lot going on next month and more to come for the year. I am very grateful for your continued support.
Post 320 Commander
Chaplin's January Message
A LIVING SACRIFICE
Samuel stated “What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your
obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better
than offering the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22)
Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has
done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is
truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God
transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know
God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
God wants us to offer ourselves, not animals, not dieting (meat, bread, and potatoes), not the
celebration of certain events, not making promises and oaths for our sins, and not by making
restitution for mistreatment of another person. God wants more than the physical
performance of meaningless sacrifices. He desires the offerings to exemplify the heart of the
A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person
produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. This is why the Lord says, “Turn to me
now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful
and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”
God wants us daily to lay aside our own desires to follow him, putting all our energy and
resources at his disposal and trusting him to guide us. We do this out of gratitude that our sins
have been forgiven. Because God wants only what is best for us, and because he gave his Son
to make our new life possible, we should joyfully give ourselves as living sacrifices for his
Not Growing Old
They say that I am growing old; I’ve heard them tell it times untold,
In language plain and bold—But I’m not growing old.
This frail shell in which I dwell Is growing old, I know full well—
But I am not the shell.
What if my hair is turning gray? Gray hairs are honorable, they say.
What if my eyesight’s growing dim? I still can see to follow Him
Who sacrificed His life for me Upon the cross of Calvary.
What should I care if time’s old plow Has left its furrows on my brow?
Another house, not made with hands, Awaits me in the Glory Land.
GRACE, HOPE, and PEACE
Chaplain Gus Taylor
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