THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 6 JUNE, 2006
Proverbs 3: 5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Summer arrives with the longest day of the year on the 21st. Children are out of school, hummingbirds
are slurping up sugar water, the martins are busy making nests and getting ready to lay their eggs. The
lilacs have quit blooming and the iris, poppies, roses and peonies have started blooming, the grass is
growing and the lawnmowers are busy. Oh, and don’t forget Gooseberry season. We understand that not
everybody like Gooseberries – but there are still a bunch of us that think having some good old
fashioned Gooseberry pie topped with cream, is pretty special. I’ll never forget when one of our ladies
brought Gooseberry pie for a potluck and we had a guest who took a bite, not knowing what he was
eating, on oh, the face – it should have been a Kodak moment.
Annual observances this month include US Flag Day on the 14th and Father’s Day on the 18th. MMCG
will observe Pentecost on Sunday, June 4th, at 1:30pm at their regular meeting place in Versailles. Come
join us for a potluck and enjoy our “new” rooms. The annual Elston/MMCG picnic “at the Gitthens” will
be held on June 24th. Bring your favorite picnic dish (preferably filled with your favorite picnic food)
and come join us for a day of fun and fellowship. There will be a combined service at the Eldon
Community Center at 12:00 noon in Rooms A & B. The speaker will be Lenny Cacchio from the Kansas
City area. There will be no MMCG services at Versailles on June 24 — just a reminder.
We are sorry that Wyatt L. (“Duke”) Schneider has given up his editing duties, but hope and pray that
the Ozark Letter can continue without any interruptions. If you have comments, articles, or suggestions
about the newsletter, you can write to MMCG, P.O. Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. All items submitted will be edited for content and space. Please pray that
this newsletter will continue to be a blessing to those that receive it.
MMCG does plan to host a Feast Site at the Baymont Inn, as we have done for the past several years. If
you are able to help in any capacity, it would be much appreciated. We do need speakers and various
other help. If you are interested in being a speaker or helping in any other way, contact Rory Ries at
636-931-5511 or you can contact Ambrose Whaley at 573-392-1232. We are a small group and every
year God has provided us with the speakers and various help that we have needed. God is so good!!!!!!
If at all possible, we hope you’ll consider Lake of the Ozarks for your Feast destination this year. Please
come and rejoice with us in the beauty of an Ozark autumn! — C.S.H. >>>>>>>
THE GOOD NEWS PRAISE REPORT – To glorify God and strengthen faith
(If you have a prayer answered or a blessing received that you would like share, please submit it to the
Mid-Missouri Church of God – see the address at the bottom of Page 4. Space may not permit
publication of all answered prayers in this newsletter, but all requests will be prayed to our Father God
in the same week received. To preserve privacy, names will be withheld for praise reports that are
published in the newsletter.)
2006 HOLY DAY CALENDAR
(All services will be held at the Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) unless otherwise specified
below. MMCG location is at the bottom of Page 8
June 4, Sunday, 1:30pm – Pentecost –Versailles
Sep 23, Saturday, 1:30pm – Feast of Trumpets
Oct 2, Monday, Day of Atonement
Oct 7-13, Sat-Fri, Feast of Tabernacles (Baymont Inn, Lake Ozark, MO)
Oct 14, Saturday Eighth Day Festival ” ” ” ” ”
(Submitted by Rory Ries Festus, MO)
And when the Day of Pentecost had come they were gathered together in one room (Acts 2:1).
The apostles and the followers of Christ were gathered together in one room, 120 of them.
They were there in Jerusalem keeping the Feast of Weeks also known as Pentecost. They
were following the instructions that were given to them by God in keeping the Feast of Weeks
and they were following the instructions of Jesus when he had told them to go to Jerusalem to
receive the Holy Spirit (Levi. 23:15-22).
They did receive the Holy Spirit and what a noise it made and the outsiders thought the
followers of Christ were drunk from drinking (Acts 2:13). Peter explained to them what was
going on and many were converted to the truth (Acts 2:41). This was the beginning of the
preaching of the gospel. Christ instructed his disciples to go out and preach the gospel and
baptize the ones who were willing to repent and turn their life over to Christ (Acts 1:8). They
were to go out and baptize all nations in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit. (Matt. 28:19-20).
Jesus also instructed his disciples to teach the newly converted to observe all things Christ has
commanded to observe.
As the disciples went out preaching the gospel they also continued to follow the instructions
that were given to them by Jesus Christ. They taught by the word and by their example and
they passed on their knowledge and understanding to the next generation.
The gospel which means “good news” will be preached. The good news is a person can repent
and turn their life over to Christ (John 3:16) and Christ is coming to set up his Kingdom in the
near future (Isa. 9:6). Along with his Kingdom comes eternal life (John 6:47). Can it get any
better than that?
This world is dying and the time of man is at hand. Satan’s rule is coming to a close too (Rev.
20:1-3). This world of suffering and misery is going to be replaced by a world that will be filled
with joy and peace (Isa. 65:20-25). The government will be set up by Christ himself and there
will be no corruption and abuse of power (Isa. 9:7). There will be no crime and injustice. No
one will have their life cut short because of crime or illness.
Christ preached this message (Luke 4:18-19), the apostles preached this same message, and
the church has always preached the message that has been passed down to it from one
generation to the next. This same church, all along, has been fighting against incorporating
heathen ideas and practices into church doctrine. The church that was founded by Jesus
Christ is still alive today and they are still practicing the same doctrines of God.
You may have never heard of these things and you may have been raised in following the
same worldy traditions that man has corrupted and has passed on from one generation to the
next. These man made traditions may lead to death while the doctrines of God and Jesus
Christ lead to abundance of life (John 10:10). Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever
(Heb.13:8). His doctrines have never changed. That is something you can count on and Jesus
Christ is someone you can count on with your life. There is a time coming when the whole
world will know God and the ways of the world will eventually be wiped out. Listen to the “Good
Nothing New in Politics
Lenny Cacchio, Lee’s Summit, Mo (May 13, 2005)
“There is nothing new under the sun,” wrote Solomon. That’s what I thought when reading Jim
Bishop’s book FDR’s Last Year. Bishop relates some of the difficulties Franklin Roosevelt had
with Congress as his Administration drew to a close.
According to Bishop, FDR’s enemies painted him as a “rich man who had betrayed his own
class with crushing taxes; a liar who had promised the mothers of America when he asked for
a third term: ‘I hate war! I promise you, your sons will not fight on foreign soil.’ GOP leaders
never tired of reminding the people that Mr. Roosevelt was spending $312 million every day on
the war and that it was ‘his war – he enticed the Japanese to attack.’ Mr. Roosevelt had begun
to prepare the nation for hostilities in June 1940 – a year and a half before the attack on Pearl
Harbor – and from that time until the spring of 1944, he had spent $168 billion on defense.” (pp.
21 – 22)
Change a few words, switch the political parties, and you could be reading about the current
rancor in Washington, DC. Times may change and political parties may trade positions of
power, but the story remains the same: Do what you must to win the next
election, including defaming the character and motives of the other side. It was striking how,
during the Mother of all wars, politics was as usual, myths to the contrary notwithstanding.
Lesson #1 from this sordid bit of history (which is representative of the norm during our nation’s
wars and not the exception) is to understand that it is better to trust in the Lord than to put
confidence in princes (Psalm 118:9). The church will not solve the
world’s problems through the election of the right leaders. Good leadership is a good thing,
but power is a temptation few can handle. The acquisition and preservation of power too often
becomes an end in itself.
Lesson #2 is to ignore the ground clutter of chatter coming from the wells of Congress and the
talking heads of network news. They have their own agendas, and truth is a part of that
agenda only if it serves their purposes. Jesus said the truth will set you free. Your obligation of
citizenship is to seek the truth, or else you will forfeit bit by bit your inheritance as free men and
Finally, lesson #3 is to heed the admonition of the Apostles. “Everyone must submit himself to
the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The
authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1
NIV) “Fear God. Honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17 NKJV)
Love them or hate them, we have what we have, and they are due our respect. More
importantly, we owe them our prayers, even if we voted for the other guy. For ultimately, we’re
in this thing together. – >>>>>>>>>>
CHILDREN AND THE CHURCH (submitted from TC via the Internet)
A little girl became restless as the preacher’s sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned
over to her mother and whispered, “Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us to?”
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Phone: 573-392-1232 or 573-392-6677; Email:
The Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) holds Christian Sabbath services each Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
at 308 Fairground Road in Versailles, Missouri. This location is at the old Good Shepherd nursing
home, two blocks south of McDonald’s Restaurant. Please park in the northeast parking lot. Our green
and gold signs indicate the entrance. Coffee is always served for one half hour before and after services.
A Bible Study is scheduled at 12:15pm before services on the third Sabbath of each month. Potluck
meals after services are planned for the fourth Sabbath of each month. It is best to call ahead and
confirm times and locations if you are traveling any distance to visit us (see phone numbers above).
Occasionally we will cancel local services to attend en masse elsewhere. Come and enjoy the