THE OZARK LETTER
A Publication of the Mid-Missouri Church of God
Lake of the Ozarks Volume X, Issue 9 SEPTEMBER,
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)
SEPTEMBER GREETINGS: I don’t know about your area, but in our neck of the woods, we are
looking forward to fall, cooler temperatures, and much needed rain.
As you can tell by the above calendar, September will be a busy month. MMCG does plan to have
services on September 13 which is the Feast of Trumpets. Roger Day will be the speaker. Services will
start at 1:00pm with a potluck meal immediately after the service.
On September 22 we will observe the Day of Atonement. This year it falls on the fourth Sabbath and we
would normally have a potluck, but being the Day of Atonement – no potluck. We do plan to have
services and a Bible study at the regular times. There will be a song service at 6pm and after the song
service, interested parties are welcome to break the fast with us at Denny’s Restaurant at Lake Ozark.
We do need an approximate count for the restaurant; therefore, if you plan to partake of the meal, please
contact Ambrose Whaley at 573-392-1232.
I would like to remind the ladies that the regular “ladies meeting” will be Wednesday, September 5.
With a busy summer schedule, attendance has been down. I believe there are plans to show a DVD by a
Don’t forget that MMCG will not be sponsoring a Feast site this year. We will be attending with Ray
Wooten’s group. See the information that follows this paragraph. Csh>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The following information is from Ray Wooten’s United Christian Ministries
NEWS FOR YOU, August, 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. For reservations at the Inn at Grand Glaize call 1-
A Feast schedule for the Lake of the Ozarks will be available soon. There will be lots of activities,
including a children’s puppet show, and all of them related to God’s family. The theme of this year’s
F.O.T. is “God’s Eternal Family” and all sermons and Bible studies will be relevant to that theme.
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
The following is from Afterglow, May 2007, a newsletter for seniors, co-editor Lorraine Carr and
submitted by Charleen Gitthens
A few years ago the women from our local church were busy planning a Women’s retreat for our
district. Things went smoothly at first as enthusiasm grew and volunteers came together. Our topic was
selected and we quickly had a good outline and advertising. Registrations began to pour in, but then the
RAIN began to pour and it started to flood! South Texas was awash, but we pressed on, undaunted even
after it looked like some of the registrants would not make it. Sadly, word reached us that one of the dear
sisters who had been so enthusiastic about attending and bringing several from her local church died
suddenly. Still, arrangements had been made, and we needed to go on, but by the time we reached the
camp we began to feel we had a problem. Several who had accepted responsibilities had fallen victim to
the current flu epidemic, plus one of the guest speakers was not going to make it. Our praise leader had
become ill and couldn’t come and another leader was forced to her bed after arriving at the camp. It was
hard to remember our topic was about God’s PEACE!
After some quick changes and with the help of volunteers, we were able to continue and, in spite of how
our best laid plans had crumbled, the Spirit of the Lord was evident. We began the weekend with an
invitation to come away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy God’s peace and we hastily substituted
new things for what we had prepared. Very little we had planned was the way we pictured it, but no one
seemed to mind, and, in spite of our circumstances, we began to experience a strange and wonderful
peace. When the weekend was over, by friend, Ellen, observed “It was a good retreat—after the Lord
Peace isn’t just the absence of war or problems. Peace isn’t getting your own way or having everything
you need. Isaiah long ago wrote about God’s perfect peace in Isa. 26:3. The Amplified Bible expands
this idea with the words “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind
[both its inclination and its character], is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on
You, and hopes on You.” Peace is a state of mind. When we can allow God to live in us and to control
our inclination and character, a most glorious peace may fill our lives and we will find ourselves able to
live above the circumstances around us.
I see that wonderful peace when I look into the eyes of my friend fighting cancer who smiles and says
“whatever God wills”, or my single friend who is willing to wait for the mate the Lord chooses, or the
Mother whose heart is breaking over a wayward child. The circumstances don’t change – but God’s
peace – that wonderful peace that passes all our understanding – makes life bearable and gives us
something to cling to. It gives us the courage to go on and the strength to rest secure in God’s love. It
helps us find the faith to trust Him for what we can’t know or change.
It is my prayer that you know God’s peace today and that we all will be able to look back on our lives
and say with satisfaction “It was a good life – after the Lord took
By Henry Van Dyke
With eager heart and will on fire,
I strove to win my great desire.
“Peace shall be mine,” I said; but life
Grew bitter in the barren strife.
My soul was weary, and my pride
Was wounded deep; to Heaven I cried,
“God grant me peace or I must die”;
The dumb stars glittered no reply.
Broken at last, I bowed my head,
Forgetting all myself, and said,
“Whatever comes, His will be done”;
And in that moment peace was won.
The following article about Leadership is from the ACTS Magazine, January, 2006 and was
written by Andy Hassen
John Maxwell says that an organization rises and falls on leadership. The importance of good leadership
can be seen everywhere whether we are talking about the business world, sports teams, or the church.
Leadership is a critical element in the degree of success and effectiveness a group of people can achieve.
The Bible bears out the fact that God has endorsed leadership as an integral part of fulfilling His will in
our lives. Whenever God made any major changes in the course of history, He always raised up a leader
to step forward to lead and facilitate the change. He chose Moses to lead the children of Israel out of the
land of Egypt. He chose David to be the king over His people and through him establish an everlasting
lineage. When God wanted the gospel of Christ to go to the gentile world, He called Paul to lead that
endeavor. Leadership and leadership principles started with God. Understanding these principles and
incorporating them in our lives only make us more successful in life, especially in our service to Him.
An organization can have the right ideas and plans but needs good leadership to make it a reality. A
church, for instance, that is really getting things done will have a strong leader in place. He is excited,
forward thinking, and motivational. He knows where he is going and where he wants to take the people
he leads. Look at a group that is stagnant and you will see that it is most likely languishing from a lack
of good leadership.
Leadership is critical because people need a cause to invest in, a vision to reach for, and a plan to
achieve that vision. This is where a leader comes in. Leaders are vision casters, motivators, and the
catalysts to move forward. It is a leader that says we need to go this way to achieve this objective. They
help people see where they are going and the plan of how they are going to get there. This makes their
followers get excited and invest in the process. Good leaders rally people to the cause.
Take fifty people and ask them what they think their church should do and how it should be done. There
will be 50 different answers and no clear plan of how to proceed. A leader takes those 50 people with all
their ideas and through good communication sets a course, determines what will be done, and how it
will be done. Then the leader rallies people to the cause by helping them find a place to invest.
Leadership is not the same as management. A manger takes the programs, or procedures that already
exist, and finds ways to make them more effective and efficient. A manager is preoccupied with doing
things right. Leaders are not satisfied with what is already in place. They are constantly asking, “Is this
what we are supposed to be doing? Is this the best use of our time, talent, and resources?” They are more
interested in doing the right thing rather than doing things right. Leaders look forward, create challenge,
and motivate people to productive change. The words “We have always done it this way” or “we’ve
never done it that way before” are not in the leaders’ vocabulary. The status quo is never acceptable.
This is important especially in the church where the task to be like Christ is never done. We are always
striving to be better. An organization needs both good leaders and good managers, but the two should
not be confused.
God is the ultimate leader. Nothing happens unless God moves and decides. To seriously discuss
leadership, especially in the church, it begins with God’s leadership. The vision for the church is
ultimately His. A good leader will always remember that his success depends on remembering that he
needs to be a good follower of the Lord. From here the church needs individuals to assume roles of
leadership to begin to achieve the God-given mission of the church. They begin to set the vision and
goals for the church, determining the best methods to accomplish its purpose. They then assess the
abilities of the people in the church. This is done by helping them find places where they will be the
most effective, making sure all people know their place in the body and how to use their gifts and talents
well. Leadership like this is needed on every level of the church. Every board, committee, ministry,
project, program needs good leadership. So if you are not a pastor or church board member, don’t think
that God can’t use your leadership skills. He can and He will.
Every organization or church needs to be honest in its search for the leaders in its midst. The true leaders
need to be identified. Many times we run the risk of placing people in leadership positions based on
factors other than their talents and gifts.
God has given the purposes that He wants the church to be involved in. It will take good, godly, and
determined leaders to make that happen. It is imperative that we all identify our leadership abilities and
be ready to serve as God sees fit. It is also important that as we identify our leaders and that we are
willing to follow them.
If we will humbly lead and humbly follow as each circumstance requires, then God’s purposes will be
accomplished in our midst. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>
The following poem was submitted via internet by Diane Whaley
A Letter from God to Women
If you ever look at yourself & feel
that you don’t measure up, read this & your outlook
will change before you finish reading it!
This is good to keep, not just to read from time to time,
but to also keep stored in your heart!
Enjoy, & remember who you are!!!
When I created the heavens and the earth,
I spoke them into being.
When I created man, I formed him and
breathed life into his nostrils.
But you, I fashioned
after I breathed the breath of life into man
because your nostrils are too delicate.
I allowed a deep sleep to come over him so
I could patiently and perfectly fashion you.
Man was put to sleep so that
he could not interfere with the creativity.
From one bone, I fashioned you.
I chose the bone that protects man’s life.
I chose the rib,
which protects his heart and lungs and supports him,
as you are meant to do.
Around this one bone, I shaped you …….
I molded you.
I created you perfectly and beautifully.
Your characteristics are as the rib,
strong yet delicate and fragile.
You provide protection for
the most delicate organ in man, his heart.
His heart is the center of his being;
his lungs hold the breath of life.
The rib cage will allow itself to be broken
before it will allow damage to the heart.
You are my perfect angel….You are my beautiful little girl.
You have grown to be a splendid woman of excellence,
and my eyes fill when I see the virtues in your heart.
Your eyes……don’t change them.
Your lips — how lovely when they part in prayer.
Your nose, so perfect in form.
Your hands so gentle to touch.
I’ve caressed your face in your deepest sleep.
I’ve held your heart close to mine.
Of all that lives and breathes, you are most like me.
Adam walked with me in the cool of the day,
yet he was lonely.
He could not see me or touch me. He could only feel me.
So everything I wanted Adam to share
and experience with me, I fashioned in you;
my holiness, my strength, my purity,
my love, my protection and support.
You are special because you are an extension of Me.
Man represents my image, woman my emotions.
Together, you represent the totality of God.
You are loved, respected and fragile.
Find the correct letters to read this Bible verse:
SYJA WDE YJ YK YWCVKKYPBD, PLJ
EVJ SYJA ZVI; HVO SYJA ZVI FBB
JAYEZK FOD CVKKYPBD. WFOX 10:27
Hints – A=H D=E F=A J=T K=S Y=I
MID-MISSOURI CHURCH OF GOD
PO Box 92, Eldon, MO 65026/mailing address. Actual physical address is: 602 East North Street.
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! Also, the first Wednesday of
each month at 6:30p.m., the ladies meet for a “get together” and you can contact Martha Roberts at 573-
496-3203 if you plan to attend this function.