THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume IX, Issue 8 AUGUST 2006
Psalms 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him will I trust.
We hope that you took the time to fill out the postcard that came with the July Newsletter and that you indicated that
you wanted to stay on our mailing list. Some of you we have personally met, but most we just know by a mailing
address – all are important to us and just like old friends. It is only a couple of months until Feast of Tabernacles;
therefore, this newsletter will contain some information about resorts in our area in which you might want to stay,
should you decide to spend the Feast with us. These are only a few of the resorts that are available in the area. Also,
this is the only newsletter in which these places will be mentioned. Those of you who have internet access can find
the same information on our website: www.mmcg.org. Ambrose and Diane Whaley are the accommodations
coordinators and can be reached at 573-392-1232 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also included in this
newsletter are some of the activities planned for Feast of Tabernacles 2006.
2006 HOLY DAY CALENDAR
(All services will be held at the Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) unless otherwise specified below. MMCG’s
location is at the bottom of the last page of this newsletter.
Sep 23, Saturday, 1:30pm – Feast of Trumpets – potluck after service
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 ” ” ” ” ”
Mid-Missouri Church of God (MMCG) will again be sponsoring the Feast of Tabernacles (October 7th through
October 14th) at the 54,000 acre Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri…..to be held this year at the beautiful
Baymont Inn in the town of Lake Ozark. Information and registration will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Baymont
Conference Hall, with opening services commencing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, October 6th. (A traditional
format is planned — with worship services at 10:30 a.m. on most days.)
If you’re planning to be at the Lake of the Ozarks site, and would be interested in preparing a sermon, sermonette,
Bible study or seminar …..or serving as a music accompanist, soloist or youth classes teacher, please get in touch by
contacting Ambrose Whaley at 573-392-1232 or Rory Ries at 636-931-5511. Or perhaps you’d be interested in
helping out with such things as, literature display, greeting, coffee and snacks, photography, games organizer,
children’s activities, or variety show emcee.
Activities being considered for this year are a Ladies Luncheon, Variety Show, Table Games Night, Family
Picnic, Bible Studies, and others. We plan to leave one day completely open. There are many boat and houseboat
rental marinas, more than a dozen beautiful golf courses, miniature golf, go kart tracks, and an outlet mall with 102
stores. Day cruises and dinner cruises on the Lake are available from $15.00 to $45.00 per person. The historic
Bagnell Dam Strip is also being renovated with new retail shops and attractions.
The following facilities are all within a mile or two of the feast site except where otherwise noted. 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 of the rates. Outdoor
pools will be closed at this time of year.
Baymont Inn & Suites: (573-365-2700) This is the Festival site, Lake Ozark-Junction of US 54 and Business Hwy
54. Newly reconstructed in 2001–a prime facility. 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: (August 31 is the deadline for the discounted rate of $62.00.)
Country Hearth Inn: (formerly Motel 6): (573-365-4566 or toll free 866-889-4566)-Lake Ozark, Hwy 54 — next
to Staples. Quiet location. Ample level parking. Heated indoor pool. Free local calls. Free HBO and ESPN. Data
ports. Full breakfast, microwave in lobby. Rates: All rooms have 2 queen beds: 2 adults-$64.99 plus tax. Add $5
for each additional adult. Hosts: David & Valerie Lipka.
Tomahawk Inn: (573-365-5331)-Lake Ozark. All rooms are drive-up ground level entry. Microwave and snack
machines in game room. Guest laundry. Refrigerator, phone, and cable TV with remote in each room. Rates: 2
adults-1K or 2Q:$39. Add $6 for each additional adult. Manager says to call 7 days in advance and confirm
reservation for MMCG.
Heritage Inn & Suites: (573-293-2100 or toll free 1-888-950-1555)-located at junction of US 54 and US 52, just
south of Eldon, MO Easy 10 mile drive from Feast site. Heated indoor pool and hot tub. Continental breakfast.
Coffee maker in all rooms. Microwave and refrigerator in suites. Maximum 5 persons per room. Rates: 2-4
adults-1K or 2Q–$53.10 plus $3.04 tax; 2-4 adults-Suite w/1K and sofa/Queen–$65.00 plus $3.72 tax. Manager,
Trina Gunter — 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. Ten
minutes from Feast site. 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 $140. Email:
Riverview RV Park (573-365-1122)-Lake Ozark-on US 54 about a 5-minute drive north of the Baymont Inn. 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) $22/day, $132/wk. $2/day for each extra person. (50 amp) $24/day, $144/wk. Cable
TV $1.00. Primitive camping for two $19.00. Additional people (8 years and older) add $2.00 each. Email:
Osage Beach RV Park (573-348-3445) Located on Route 42, 1/3 mile east of US 54 and Route 42. (About a 15
minute drive to the Baymont Inn). RV Sites: 1-4 people. Water, electric, sewer, cable TV. Rate: $23.45/day, $60/3
days, $131/wk. (Pets OK, but you need to tell them if you will be bringing a pet). Rustic Log Cabins: 12’x12′, air
conditioned, bring own linens, no smoking, no cooking, no bathroom. Set of bunk beds and one double bed. Rates:
$29.95/day, $75/3 days. No weekly rate.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park: (573-348-2694 or toll free 800-334-6946)-US 54 to MO 42 to MO 134. About a
20 minute drive to the Feast site. Missouri’s largest state park, with approximately 230 tent and trailer campsites,
both basic and improved, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Many water stations scattered throughout the
park, but no water hookups at individual sites. RV sites have electric hookups. Dump station, wheelchair
accessible restrooms, laundry, store, hiking trails, horseback riding, good crappie and bass fishing, boat rentals,
paved boat ramps, picnic area, and an airstrip. Rates: RV sites with electric-$14. Tent sites-$8. Effective October
15th, no water will be available. To research campgrounds: mmstateparks.com or reservations: icampmo.com.
Southwood Shores: (573-365-4644 or 800-331-0965)-on Horseshoe Bend, 799 Hwy HH, Lake Ozark, MO 65049.
Six miles from Feast site. 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): one bedroom-$98.76 per night: two bedrooms-$120.70 per night, 3 bedroom $175.56 per night.
Premium units (closer to pool and better view of the lake) are available: one bedroom-$109.73 per night, two-
bedroom-$131.67 per night, no 3 bedrooms in the premium units. Studio unit rents for $71.32 a night.
For more information contact accommodations coordinators, Ambrose and Diane Whaley at 573-392-1232 or email:
Note: If you think you will be attending the feast at Lake of the Ozarks, it would be most helpful if you’d let us know as soon as
possible. This will help us to plan accordingly. Thank you!
The Vision Thing
Submitted by Lenny Cacchio, Lee’s Summit, MO (June 23, 2006)
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18 KJV)
If I were to ask you what a good mission statement for our country would be, could you recite one? Likely you
could come up with one with a little thought, but the fact that it takes some thought is symptomatic of the problem.
At critical times in our history, leadership has provided a unified vision around which the nation could rally.
Ronald Reagan had his shining city on the hill, borrowed from John Winthrop’s City on a Hill sermon. Lincoln had
his “last best hope of mankind” message. Roosevelt spoke of a rendezvous with destiny. Jefferson had his
inalienable rights. Woodrow Wilson wanted to make the world safe for democracy. Emma Lazarus wrote of the
huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
Is there such a vision today? The glue that holds a nation together is a vision that is greater than
itself, and it is up to the leadership of that nation to articulate that vision in such a way that the
people feel it, see it, and almost touch it. I would submit that the nation has every reason to have such a vision, but
for some reason does not.
Francis Schaeffer, in my opinion a great philosopher and theologian, observed Western culture and made the
following observation in his book “How Should We Then Live?”: ” . Will men stand for their liberties? Will they
not give up their liberties, inch by inch, as long as their own personal peace and prosperity is sustained and not
challenged, as long as the goods are delivered?” (Page 227, Crossway Books, c. 1976)
Schaeffer points out that a society bent on itself thinks only of its own peace and its own prosperity without regard
to what might be happening in Zimbabwe or even across town. As long as I am secure in my little corner of my
neighborhood and the pizza delivery truck can make it through the barricades, then I am content and will reelect the
guy who can guarantee it. Schaeffer continues: “I believe the majority of the silent majority, young and old, will
sustain the loss of liberties without raising their voices as long as their own lifestyles are not threatened. And since
personal peace and affluence are so often the only values that count with the majority, politicians know that to be
elected they must promise these things. Politics has largely become not a matter of ideals – and truth – but of
supplying a constituency with a frosting of personal peace and affluence. They know that voices will not be raised
as long as people have these things, or at
least an illusion of them.” (ibid)
This Congressional election year, listen to the stump speeches and posturing, and see Dr. Schaeffer’s prescience
from 30 years ago. And that is precisely the point. Every nation needs leadership to provide the focal point for a
vision greater than itself. If that vision does not come from inspired leadership, that nation risks domination by a
vision rooted in the baser elements of the world.
In the days of Ezekiel, God pictured the walls of the city as fractured and broken. In those days the walls of the city
provided protection from the enemy. He looked, he said, for a man who would “make a wall and stand in the gap
before me . But I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV). Leadership is the key to providing the vision thing.
Absent that from the politicians, we must learn to stand in the gap ourselves. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The Law: Blessing or Burden?
Submitted by Steve Kieler
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your
souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30)
Are the commandments and statutes of God a burden? Not too many people would argue with the boss if he told
them to “take an extra hour off for lunch.” Yet, man refuses to rest on the Sabbath day. We refuse to tithe even
though God promises great blessings for doing so. (Malachi 3:10) “Bring you all the tithes into the storehouse, that
there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the
windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Most people
look at the commandments of God as a burden or restriction yet they are described as “The law of liberty.” (James
1:25) “But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a
doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
That phrase seems an oxymoron, but if we would all live by the “law,” we would all be truly free. (John 8:32) “And
you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Look at the following verses.
… “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the
simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and
righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and
the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can
understand his errors? Cleanse you me from secret faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let
them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great
transgression.” (Psalm 19:7-13)
… “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
… “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” (1 John 3:4)
… “Know you not, that to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”(Romans 6:16)
The law can be a burden if you make it so. Like a rug, it is soft, comfortable, warm and safe if you rest on it. If you
carry it or wear it, it is a burden. The law delivers us from the dominion of sin. Look at the divine law as a blessing,
not a burden. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
FROM THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN (email from Terry Craig)
A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story.
From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She
was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again.
Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?”
“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,” she paused, “grandpa, did God make me too?”
“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t He?”
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
Lake of the Ozarks, PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026. Phone: 573-392-6677 or 573-392-1232; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:
www.mmcg.org 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 Village Park Senior Apartments building, 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 fellowship!