APRIL GREETINGS: Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands and that He had come forth from God, and was going back to God, rose from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself about. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples; feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. And so when He had washed their feet, and taken His garments, and reclined at the table again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, the Lord and Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. (John 13:3-5, 12-15 NAS emphasis added) And Paul (speaking to the church at Corinth) said….For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which he was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said. “This is my body which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” (1Cor 11:23 emphasis added)
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Volume XIII, Issue 4
The Ozark Newsletter
Lake of the Ozarks
Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; For seven days you shall
eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. (Lev. 23:6-
On the seventh day is a holy convocation; you shall not do any laborious work. (Lev. 23:8 NAS)
April 7, Tuesday, after sundown (apprx. 7:30-7:45pm), The Lord’s Supper (Passover Services) will be observed at the Mid-
Missouri Church of God location in Eldon. If you plan to observe with us, please bring a towel and basin for the foot wash-
ing portion. Passover Services will also be observed at Dannel and Martha Roberts’ House for more information please call
them at (573) 496-3203 or (573) 291-9937. April 8th
, Wednesday, after sundown (apprx. 7:30pm), the Night to Be Much
Remembered/Observed there will be a “Praise and Worship Service” at the Mid-Missouri Church of God location in Eldon
and we will share finger foods. The First Day of Unleavened Bread, Thursday, April 9, Dannel Roberts will be the speaker.
Services will begin at 11:30am followed by a potluck meal (MMCG will furnish the meat). The Last Day of Unleavened
Bread, which is Wednesday, April 15, Ray Wooten will be the guest speaker. Services will begin at 11:30am followed by a
potluck meal (MMCG will furnish the meat). You can check our website (shown at the bottom of this newsletter) for direc-
tions and you can check the calendar on the website for beginning service times and upcoming events. Csh
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER?
(submitted by Dotte Schneider in the April, 2001 Ozark Letter)
Later this month multitudes of both Catholics and Protestants will be involved in what is called “Good Friday” (April 10th
and “Easter” (April 12th
)…….very definitely days that were not observed by early Christians, but were actually instituted
by the Roman Catholic Church hundreds of years after the death of Christ. How tragic that the “appointed times” of Al-
mighty God were cast by the wayside in favor of days borrowed from paganism! Yes, there are those who will say,
“What?” You don’t observe Easter Sunday – the day of Jesus; resurrection!” But the ready response from many hundreds
of Christians will be …… “No, we don’t!” For nowhere in the Bible does it say that Christ died on a Friday, nor are there
any verses that say our Lord was raised from the grave on a Sunday! Should true Christians trust in the dictates of the 5th
Century Roman Catholic Church? Doesn’t it make more sense to base our beliefs on what is printed within the pages of our
Bibles, and what we believe to be the word of God? The apostle Paul wrote, All scripture is inspired by God and is useful
for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness so that everyone who belongs to God may be pro-
ficient, equipped for every good work. (2Tim 3:15-17 NRSV) Should we not then turn to the words of those that really
knew what happened ….Matthew, Mark, Luke and John ….. where we can look into the real truth of the matter: Surely it
would be of great benefit to study the Scriptures that tell of Jesus’ last supper with the twelve, His trial, crucifixion, and res-
An Involuntary Sabbatical
(From The Sabbath Morning Companion, by Lenny Cacchio)
As job losses mount and incomes drop, I along with many of you have begun to contemplate what might happen if I find
myself as a statistic next week. I have chosen to define any such event in my own terms and call it a “Self-funded Involun-
tary Sabbatical” (SIS). This phrase has a gentler ring than the traditional appellation.
A little time to stand back and reflect is a good thing, and an SIS can provide the opportunity to try. What if everyone were
to have a chance for a Sabbatical every few years, a time to reconnect with the important things in life? If the scriptures
offer any guide, a Sabbatical is supposed to be a blessing, unlike the SISs that so many experience today. The problem lies
in the ability to afford it.
In the Torah (the first five books of the Bible) the idea of a Sabbatical is addressed several times, most notably in Leviticus
25. “When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the LORD. For six years
sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a
Sabbath of rest, a Sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself
or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest.” (Leviticus 25:2-5 NIV)
The people of those days had the same concerns that we have about such involuntary Sabbaticals. Verse 20: “You may ask,
‘What will we eat in the seventh year [when I’m unemployed] if we do not plant or harvest our crops [and I don’t have a
paycheck coming in]?’” The passage contains a two-fold answer, both of which provide good advice even for those of us
who might be suffering from an unplanned Sabbatical.
First, verse 6 reminds us that God will provide our needs even if we can’t always see how he will. “Whatever the land
yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your manservant and maidservant, and the hired worker
and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the
land produces may be eaten.” If you’re unemployed, it’s good to remember that if our Father feeds the birds of the air, who
neither reap nor sow, then why not us? (Matthew 6:25-34).
The second answer is for those of us who are not on an involuntary Sabbatical just yet. In the modern world we are at a dis-
advantage when compared to our ancient counterparts. They knew when their Sabbaticals would be and could prepare for
them several years in advance. In today’s world, where SISs are unplanned and unwanted, planning has even more urgency.
The admonition to plan ahead is just as important now as it was anciently.
Leviticus 25: “I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you
plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year
comes in.” (Verses 21-22 NIV)
The injunction is to put back some of your production from the good years in anticipation of your SIS. If you are blessed
with employment, stuff some of your earnings into a low-risk place where you can get to it should the normal exigencies of
life happen. Losing your job will still be unpleasant, but it will buy you some time to refocus. It might just be that God can
turn your Self-funded Involuntary Sabbatical into a blessed time. If nothing else planning ahead for your SIS will allow you
to be a bit more choosy than you might otherwise be when testing the employment market.
From the Internet – Food for Thought
A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said. “Lord, I would like to know what
Heaven and Hell are like. The Lord led the holy man to two doors.
He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In
the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding
spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot
of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their
The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the
large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the
same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I
It is simple,” said the Lord. “It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think
only of themselves.”
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026/mailing address. Actual physical address is: 602 East North Street. Phone: 573-392-1232 or
573-498-3775; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mmcg.org 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 ser-
vice 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! Also, the first Wednesday of each month the ladies meet for a “get to-
gether” and you can contact Martha Roberts at 573-496-3203 or Charleen Gitthens at 573-392-5965 for location and time if
you plan to attend. You can also check the events calendar on the website.