THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 6
JUNE GREETINGS: If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their
sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
This will be the first combined mailing of the newsletter from the Elston group and The Ozark Letter.
Terry Craig has submitted her mailing list and they are now combined. This month Terry is busy helping
prepare for her brother, Steve Fouts and LeighAnn Kiral’s wedding on June 2. We look forward to future
articles submitted by her. Again, Terry is the one who does the “graphics” on this newsletter and we
certainly are grateful for her willingness to share her talents.
The annual picnic at the Gitthens will be June 23. Regular services will be held at Eldon before the
picnic. We look forward to having you with us. The meat, buns, and tableware will be furnished. Bring a
covered dish and come and join us for a day of fellowship and fun.
The May newsletter said that Mid-Missouri Church of God would sponsor a Feast site this year at their
new location at Eldon, MO. Since that time we have learned that Ray Wooten plans to have a Feast site at
the Inn at Grand Glaize at Osage Beach and the Mid-Missouri Church of God Board of Trustees and
congregation have decided to meet with him this year. We sincerely hope that this does not cause an
inconvenience to anyone who normally meets with us. The following are rates that were quoted to
MMCG when we planned to sponsor a Feast site in the Lake of the Ozarks area. I would encourage
anyone who plans to stay in this area to make your reservations as soon as possible. The Feast is early
this year and the weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks will be especially busy. Also, we have been notified
that an International Boat Race will be held at the Lake that weekend. More information about Ray
Wooten’s site starts on page 3 of this newsletter. Tentative plans for Mr. Wooten’s Feast site are to have a
Bible study every morning from 9am to 10am, with services starting at 10:30am and ending around
12:30pm. Where ever you spend the Feast, we hope you have a safe and blessed Feast of Tabernacles,
There are no reserved blocks of rooms….simply first come, first served….so it’s a good idea to make
your reservations early. And to ensure the discounted rates below, be sure to mention MMCG. Tax must
be added to most of the rates. Outdoor pools will be closed at this time of year. Csh>>>>>>>>>>
Baymont Inn & Suites: (573-365-2700) Lake Ozark-Junction of US 54 and Business Hwy 54. Ample
level parking. Adjoining rooms and suites are available. Complimentary breakfast. Heated indoor pool.
Fitness room. Free local calls, cable TV, telephone data ports, executive desk and chair, irons and ironing
boards, coffeemakers and small refrigerators in each room. Children 18 and under stay free in parents’
room. Microwave in breakfast area. Guest laundry room. Rooms with queen beds also have small
balconies or patios. Second story rooms have nice view, but no elevator. Denny’s Restaurant adjacent.
Rates: (King bed: $89, 2 Queen beds: $99, Suites: Jacuzzi, single room with king bed $144, executive
connecting room with recliner, $119.)
Heritage Inn & Suites: (573-293-2100 or toll free 1-888-950-1555)-newly remodeled and upgraded this
year. Located at junction of US 54 and US 52, just south of Eldon, MO . Heated indoor pool and hot
tub. Continental breakfast. Coffee maker in all rooms. Microwave and refrigerator in suites. Maximum
5 persons per room. Rates: All room (double,queen or king single or king plus which is a bigger room
with a sofa sleeper) $66.50 plus $3.80 tax – Suites $82.50 plus $4.72 tax$3.04 tax; Suite w/1K and
sofa/Queen–$65.00 plus $3.72 tax. Manager, Shannon Crowell — People calling must tell them Feast of
Tabernacles to get these rates. Must request ground floor when making reservation — there is no
elevator. Email: email@example.com.
Sunset Beach Resort: (573-348-2650 or 888-786-5253)-Osage Beach, MO. On the lakefront off Lake
Road 55-42 (starts across from the Pasta House which is next to Wal-Mart, on US 54), left — on to Sunset
Drive. Most units have kitchenettes. Provided: linens, air conditioning, cable TV, routine kitchen
utensils, coffee pot and toaster, picnic tables and BBQ grills. Also available – covered boat slips, private
concrete boat ramp, gas docks. Rates: (Stay 6 nights and 7th night is free) – motel type unit (2 beds) $50;
1BR cottage $65; 1BR shoreline unit $55; 2BR shoreline unit $65; Penthouse w/fireplace $75; 3BR home
Riverview RV Park (573-365-1122)-Lake Ozark-on US 54. 60 RV hookups and shaded grassy tent
sites. Located below Bagnell Dam–good fishing. A store is available, selling propane, bait and tackle,
camping supplies and groceries. Modern showers, boat dock and ramp, stocked fishing pond,
playground, picnic shelter, heated club room, video games, laundry facilities and cable TV. Rates: RV
hookups (1-2 people (30 amp) $23/day, $142/wk. $2/day for each extra person. (50 amp) $25/day,
$154/wk. Cable TV $1.00. Primitive camping for two $20.00. Additional people (8 years and older) add
$2.00 each. Email: riverviewrvparkllc.com.
Southwood Shores: (573-365-4644 or 800-331-0965)-on Horseshoe Bend, 799 Hwy HH, Lake Ozark,
MO 65049. Four miles west of junction of Bus Hwy 54 and Horseshoe Bend Parkway. Indoor pool,
clubhouse, BB court, covered boat slips. All units have refrigerator, dishwasher, microware, linens, cable
TV and VCR, phone, range, kitchen supplies, and private deck with lake view. Tennis court, playground,
gas BBQ grills, fishing off docks, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, Washer and dryer in some units. Queen
sized sofa sleepers. Rates (includes tax): the following rates are for a minimum 5 night stay. 1 bedroom
w/sofa sleeper, accommodates 4 people/$109.73 per night; 2 bedroom w/sofa sleeper accommodates 6
people/$131.67 per night; 3 bedroom w/sofa sleeper accommodates 8 people/$186.53 per night; studio
accommodates 4/$82.29 per night.
2007 HOLY DAY CALENDAR:
September 13 – Feast of Trumpets (THURS)
September 22 – Day of Atonement (SABBATH)
September 27/October 3 – Feast of Tabernacles (THURS/WED)
October 4 – Eighth Day Festival (THURS)
The following information is from Ray Wooten’s United Christian Ministries
NEWS FOR YOU, April, 2007:
FEAST OF TABERNACLES 2007: Plans are completed for 2007 Feast Of Tabernacles. UCM
is sponsoring the FOT in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. This year’s location will be the Inn at
Grand Glaize in Osage Beach. We have brochures for you. It is located on Highway 54, 2
blocks west of the Grand Glaize bridge. This facility was built and operated by Stan Musial. The
present owner bought it about 8 years ago. The sign is next to the highway but it is located
directly behind Hawks Nest Lodge and Condos. It overlooks the lake and is a very nice facility.
The Inn is not the Ritz but it is clean, comfortable and convenient, and there is room for you.
The rate is $75 per room for single, double, triple or quad. The meeting rooms are very nice
with comfortable seating (padded chairs) and by staying in the hotel you don’t have to drive to
services. For reservations at the Inn at Grand Glaize call 1-800-348-4731.
If you prefer, some very nice 2 & 3 bedroom condos are available about 20-30 minutes away.
The Ledges has 2 bedroom condos @ $1023.18 for 8/9 days or 3 bedroom condos @
$1419.99 for 8/9 days. For reservations call PMG Management Company @ 1-800-237-3434.
For a virtual tour visit their web site: www.PMGLake.com. The Hawks Nest Condos, which are
next door, has a walkway (uncovered) to the Inn. These are not as luxurious as the other
condos but are clean, nice and more convenient. You may contact Haws Nest Lodge directly by
calling 1-877-429-5763. Whichever lodging you choose, remember to tell them you are with
UCM to get the special rates.
On the Sunday during the Feast there will be a special Family Day. For the young and hardy
souls among us there will be some very challenging activities such as a climbing wall with ropes
or without, boating, and swimming, etc. For those who prefer less strenuous activities there will
be walking trails and other activities. For those who prefer, there will be time for fellowship along
with whatever else you like to do. The day will begin with a 9:00 a.m. Bible study in the meeting
hall followed by a 20 to 30 minute trip to Windermere, a Christian facility that sponsors,
oversees, and assists in the events. The emphasis will be to promote and teach teamwork. Not
how to beat everyone else but how to work together to accomplish goals. After the morning
activities there will be lunch at their dining hall, then back to more activities for the rest of they
day. There will be something for everyone who wants to participate.
One entertaining program and learning tool at the Feast this year will be a puppet show based
on biblical principals. It is very well presented by Wes and Nancy White along with a few others.
So, the FOT at the Inn should be very active and a lot of fun. Most importantly, spiritual, it will
be very meaty and profound. See the web site or call the toll free number for more information.
United Christian Ministries, PO Box 608, Roanoke, IN 46783
1-888-985-9066 or 1-260-672-9800
A PUZZLE FOR YOU: (this was submitted by Charleen Gitthens)
There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most
remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los
Angeles to Honolulu keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much he passed it on to
some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another
friend studied it while playing the banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it
she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this
puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that
are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam,
especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we
get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the
worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have
in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this
puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, the Chronicle,
surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had
ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden
from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to
be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur
without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are
normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the
answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible
lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless. (Look for the answers in
the July newsletter). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
PLASTIC MAN: DON’T BE THAT GUY
(an article submitted by Arlo Giselman – sources: CNN.com, Kiplinger’s Magazine, Bottom Line
He spends faster than a speeding bullet. He’s able to leap tall prices with a single card. It’s a
bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Plastic Man! Fighting for refinancing, easy credit, and never-ending
debit: Don’t be that guy. When cash is scarce, many of us use credit cards to make ends meet.
Americans have nearly $800 billion in credit card debt and even worse, late fees account for 77
percent of outstanding balances. Get real, come down to earth, and fight your urge to splurge.
Credit card debt is fine for comic book characters, but in real life it’s no joke. Here are tips to
help you turn “Plastic Man” into “Super Saver.”
Land of the fee
Last year Americans paid $14.8 billion in late payment and over-limit fees. In order to keep
yourself fee free, simply try the following:
On a first offence, call the company and ask to have the late fee waived. This will keep
money in your pocket and your Annual Percentage Rate (APR) from skyrocketing.
If the due date for your credit card bill falls at a time of the month when you are always
strapped for cash, ask to have the due date changed.
If you know you are going to need a lot of extra cash soon for a special occasion or trip,
ask for a higher limit on your card to prevent over-limit fees.
Keep up with your payments. Make payments on time every month. This will improve your
credit score and keep you from getting into further debt.
May the card be with you
If you spend responsibly, credit cards can be a good thing: they can help beef up your credit
rating for important purchases in the future. But be careful! Make sure you choose a card with
features that can help you, such as:
Low-rate cards with low Annual Percentage Rates and low or no annual fees.
Rewards cards that pay you back with cash, discounts, or even frequent flyer miles to
reward you for your responsible spending.
Secured Card – if you have poor credit, these deposit-and-spend cards offer you a way
back in the black.
Most importantly, stay out of trouble! Make sure that you spend less than 15 percent of
your disposable income on monthly credit card payments.
Think your Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is set in stone? Think again. The interest rates for
“fixed” cards can change dramatically with only 15 days notice from the lender. Make sure you
read the enclosures your credit card company sends with your monthly bill to keep up with any
interest rate changes that could drain your wallet.
Are you using credit cards to pay living expenses? Are you unsure of just how much you owe?
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re living on the edge and should consider
serious steps for clearing up your debt problem. >>>>>>>>
What is a Christian to do?
(This article is from the American Decency Association)
We received a phone call from a lady from the Detroit area. She called to express concern
regarding a swimsuit calendar of the Detroit Piston’s dance team known as “Automotion.”
Finding the concern legitimate, I emailed the president of the Detroit Pistons, Tom Wilson. He
“… This is a swimsuit calendar, and as such, there are always going to be some shots that
some will have problems with – but, I believe, if you do some checking, that not only is our
calendar far more modest than those of other dance teams, but our girls performance outfits are
far more concealing than others…”
This is what pornography does. Pornography desensitizes, causing the unsuspecting to find
acceptable that which once upon a time was unacceptable.
According to Webster’s dictionary pornography is “material created for the purposes of illiciting
a sexual response.”
Yes. That’s what the “Automotion” calendar is. With all due respect, then, the issue isn’t
whether it was more modest than some or that their girl’s outfits were “far more concealing than
In recent years, there has been the introduction of the Jr. Automotion for those 8 years old and
up. [As one person wrote recently, “…What are they telling these little kids? Hey, kids, in a few
years you too can take your clothes off for anyone to see. It seems like a really inappropriate
situation to have Automotion Jr. emulating the older group when they do these risqué
Pornography guts spiritual vitality. Millions are desensitized to wickedness in America.
Individuals view programs using the Lord’s name in vain, depicting debauchery, legitimizing
homosexuality and lust-producing imagery. Having seen too much, they have lost their
capability of becoming indignant at degrading television programs, magazines, television
advertisements, wall and window displays at the mall, etc. Little to no outrage. No salt. No light.
Pornography is trivialized, as Detroit Piston’s President Tom Wilson seems to have done in his
response to my communication to him: “…The girls themselves are very proud of this
Pornography is surrounded with spiritual warfare. Many pleasure and/or profit from
pornography. They find nothing wrong with leering after erotica. Spiritual warfare? The battle for
truth, purity and righteousness is very real. Below is a sampling of testimonies from several
individuals regarding the impact of pornography in their lives.
I would like to say that my son is/was addicted to pornography. I am praying and believing for
his full deliverance. He is 24 years old. This started at an early age for him I believe around 12
years old. Of course at that time I did all that I could to keep the dirty magazines away from him,
but he kept getting them from friends. I do agree with you on the swimsuit issue. Even though
others do not completely understand. As a mom who has watched her son struggle with this
issue, if he cannot get his hands on a really bad magazine his next choice is a swimsuit edition.
Keep up the good fight. Be blessed!!:
….My cousin’s marriage of over 20 years is breaking up because of his addiction to internet
porn. My cousin literally had to take breaks to vomit as she gathered the evidence off his
computer of the websites he frequented nightly. She has tried to keep the marriage together for
at least 10 years since his odd behavior began. They are church-going, Bible-believing
Christians, but when he started becoming violent to their 5 children and refused counseling, she
realized that she needed to leave him. He prefers the pornography over his family. What a
Please, Bill, keep doing what you are doing and know that there is a crown with many jewels in
heaven for you and the men like you who are courageous enough to stand up for what is right.
God bless you mightily. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation,
April 30, 1863, for a Nation Day of
Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer
We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved,
these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as
no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious
hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we
have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced
by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have
become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud
to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended
Power, to confess our nation’s sin, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness. >>>>>>>>>>
The following is from the April, 2007 Legacy Institute Newsletter…..
(Editor’s comments: I am humbled every time I read a letter from this group, but the April letter
really touched me. For those who might not be familiar with this letter, it comes from Leon and
Gloria Sexton, who with God’s help, have established a school in Thailand; a school that
promotes the Sabbath and teaches the Bible. This letter writes about the obstacles that had to
be overcome just to keep Passover. How they prayed about these obstacles and how God
removed those obstacles. How did you observe the Passover? Did you have to wait in fear
behind closed doors? Did you have to travel a great distance? Did you have to walk?) “The
brethren struggle. But no matter how difficult their lives are, they remain faithful to God and the
true teachings of the Bible. May God bless them and keep them under His wing always.”
They may be considering a new location in Burma – one that would be better because of
logistics and health reasons. “Please pray that God reveal His Will to us. And please pray for
the spiritual growth and development of the Legacy graduates He will use to accomplish His
Work in Thailand, Burma and southern China. Let us all pray to the Lord of the Harvest that He
send more trained workers into His fields. Pray for me also. I need God’s constant guidance
and grace if I am going to accomplish what He wants me to do. Sometimes the future is like
‘looking through a dark glass.’ We know WHAT He wants us to do. We know the WHY. We see
the clear outline of the vision. But the WHEN and HOW is not always clear. This demands
constant and relentless prayer. Please increase your prayers for us.”>>>>>>>>>>>
The following was sent via email by Larry St. Clair of Springfield, MO.
Sorry but I just couldn’t resist sending this: Enjoy!
In Florida, an atheist became incensed over the preparation of Easter and Passover holidays.
He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant
celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday
The case was brought before a wise judge. After listening to the long passionate presentation
by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared “Case dismissed!”
The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, “Your honor, how can you
possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other
observances. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah…yet my client and all other
atheists have no such holiday!”
The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, “Obviously your client is too confused to
even know about, much less celebrate his own atheists’ holiday!”
The lawyer pompously said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just
when might that holiday be, your Honor?”
The judge said, “Well it comes every year on exactly the same date—April 1st! Since our
calendar sets April 1st as ‘April Fools Day,’ consider that Psalm 14:1, Psalm 53 states, ‘The fool
says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then
by scripture he is a fool, thus April 1st is his holiday! Get it?”
PRAY THAT SOME DAY OUR COURTS WILL BE FULL OF THESE KIND OF JUDGES……
MAYBE THEN, WE CAN PUT GOD BACK WHERE HE BELONGS — IN EVERYTHING WE
Way to go, Judge!
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026/mailing address. Actual physical address is: 602 East North Street. Phone:
The Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) holds Christian Sabbath services each Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
at 602 East North Street, Eldon, MO… A Bible Study and song service is scheduled at 10:30am before
Sabbath services. Potluck meals after services are planned for the fourth Sabbath of each month. A
weekly Bible study is held each Thursday at 6:30pm. It is best to call ahead and confirm times if you are
traveling any distance to visit us (see the phone numbers above). Occasionally we will cancel local
services to attend en masse elsewhere. Come and enjoy the fellowship!