Missouri Campers on Mission
Gasconade Valley Baptist Camp Bland, MO
April 25-29, 2022
“What a Day That Will Be”
Can I guess that you who remained in MO for the winter are ready for it to be over? John and I cannot complain as we have enjoyed good weather in SW Georgia. We really appreciate not having to remove snow! In light of the continuance of COVID and the horrible crisis in Ukraine, we consider ourselves blessed to once again gather with all of you, our brothers and sisters, at Bland. I have the hardest time wrapping my head around their situation yet our abundance. Do we realize how blessed we are as a nation? How blessed we are to live here in freedom? We should truly be anticipating ‘that day’. Thank you, Jesus, is all I can say.
Looking forward to our revival week (that’s what it is, isn’t it?). All the information you should need is in this letter. However, if you have any questions, please call us.
See you soon! John and Nancy
Directions: 4300 State Highway B, Bland, MO 665014. GPS Coordinates: 38.2267323, -91.5950587
Arrival Time: Your wagon masters will be preparing on Friday for Saturday arrivals. You are welcome to come ANY TIME on Saturday. Sunday arrivals begin at noon.
RV Facilities: We will have electricity, water, and a central disposal for sewer. PLEASE PLAN TO BRING PLENTY OF YOUR OWN WATERHOSES AND WATER “Y’S” to connect to the water supply.
Housing: I am limited on couples rooms and they have been taken. They have to share a bathroom that divides the two rooms full of bunks so they will have to work that out. All I have left is men’s and women’s dorms available. These are also divided with a bathroom in the middle of two rooms with bunks. Showers houses are available, men’s and women’s. That’s what is available. Bring bedding for twin bed, pillows, blankets, towels, soap, etc., food for breakfast, lunch (some food may be left over from evening meals??), mark your food items your name if you put it in the refrigerator in the kitchen. Motels in Owensville 10 miles or St. James 17 miles. (417)-846-3816 (c), or email@example.com for reservations.
Registration: You will receive registration packets as you arrive. Please return them by Monday morning chapel. Direct any questions to the wagon masters’ wives who will be on duty from 10-4 Saturday and 12-4 Sunday in the dining hall. There will be a box in the worship center Sunday and Monday to drop your forms. Please remember that your liability and health forms must be signed before you can work on Monday morning.
Meals: The evening meal on Saturday will be provided just as they are MondayFriday. Monday through Friday you will be responsible for your own breakfast and noon meals, the exception being that the hospitality crew furnishes Tuesday breakfast. Supper Monday through Friday will be graciously provided by churches in the association. For those staying in camp housing, please refer to the HOUSING article for food storage.
Crafts: We would like to have gallon jugs like distilled water comes in and milk and gallon laundry soap jugs. We would also like to have rocks to paint. Not giant ones and not tiny ones. We’re going to paint stuff on and then we’re going to hide them around the camp and places like that so the kids can find them.
Sewing: Our sewing, tacking and hand-quilting space may be a bit of a challenge this rally, but we shall persevere and work with whatever is provided. To those who are new to the sewing room: Welcome!! Bring your sewing machine, your favorite quilting accessories, and fabric if you want. We do have cutting mats, rotary cutters and rulers available. Also, Bonnie Licklider has made a few ‘kits’ with patterns if you need a project. She is also bringing some panels (all the same print) to which borders could be added to make larger. She is also bringing some bolts of fabric which she would like to dispense as needed rather than putting it on fabric table. Rooster Creek has been very generous! Plus, there will be a table set up to accommodate a variety of donated fabric. If you have questions, please call.
Linda Thomas 417-662-0085 (h); text or call 417-846-3120 (c).
Camp work projects: Many hands make light work. And many hands are needed at Gasconade Valley Camp in April at the rally. #1 priority is the dining hall. Removing old oak wood siding and windows, insulate, put on metal and install 18 windows filling in other window openings, digging a drainage ditch. #2 24X40 enclosed metal building, installing a garage door, attaching existing small shed to back and adding leanto on side. Other: take down 2 old cabins, build horseshoe pit, build sand volleyball court, remove some trees, clear trails or make new trails, make new curtains, and if have time, install sink and toilet and some sheetrock put up in office of parsonage, trim-coil some door jams. Come join the fun.
Denny Ball (417-847-6810)
Woodworking: Sitting here watching it snow, I can’t wait for our rally, but until then…Ellis Lambert brought 200+ cars. He designed a new hut mobile, can’t wait to show you. Painted wheels, axles and all. Will do several more projects if time allows. Don’t know where we will be working yet, but plan on fun and fellowship. We welcome anyone to join us! As usual we will start slow, then taper off! Looking forward to seeing everyone.
Roger Jeffries (573-099-4448)
RV Maintenance: David Raines and I will be happy with minor repairs on RVs.
Larry Morgan (417-840-0688)
Hospitality: It is that time again and the hospitality committee is looking forward to seeing and catching up with our COM family. This time we are hoping to go back to the pre-covid format where you will be able to serve yourself at break time. We are asking that you contribute HOMEMADE cookies, candies and sweet breads or fresh fruit. We have been told that freezer, refrigerator, storage and space will be limited at this camp, so please check with Cheryl, Pat or Rowena before bringing your contributions. We want to be sure we will have space to store everything because there will also be some work being done on the kitchen. We have been told that cooking facilities are basic (when they have their camps, most of the food is brought in prepared), so this may be an interesting adventure for the kitchen help, but we are convinced we will be successful. We will continue our sign in list but ask that you check frequently if you bring a container that needs to be returned. We thank you in advance for your help and your contributions.
The Kitchen Crew, Cheryl Rohrbach
Music: Anyone who wants to do special music during the rally, please come prepared. No need to call ahead. Check with Gary Morrow when you arrive.
Nominating committee: We need a willing person(s) to assume the duties of Secretary. In brief, this position requires taking minutes at the board meeting and business meeting and ordering and selling of COM merchandise. If you would consider serving in this position, please contact a committee member for further information. Mark Harpham (816.805.0903), Ramona Jameson (417.839.8769), or VC Cunningham (417.350.6372).
Love Packages: Materials for Love Packages will be collected by Tom and Sue Wright. Please bring Bibles and literature you no longer need. This time Tom and Sue are also collecting crutches, wheelchairs and walkers. Please bring them to the rally to be redistributed.
Ronald McDonald House: Hank and Liz Nash collect tabs from aluminum cans for this ministry. Bring any you may have and give to them.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact John at 573-248-5588 or Nancy at 573-248-7389. Looking forward to another great rally.
John and Nancy Janes……………………..……Co-President
Denny & Linda Ball………………………Co-Vice President
Stanley and Janet Casady…Co-Secretary/Treasurer
Here is a brief schedule of events for the week (subject to change).
Friday: wagon masters prepare for arrival of members
Saturday: campers arrive anytime--registration open from 10-4 Supper provided by a Gasconade Valley church
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. morning worship Terry Hogan
Campers arrive 12-5
6:00 p.m. evening worship Chris Slocum
Monday: morning-organizational time
Tuesday: morning devotion-Jim Rawlings
evening- FBC Owensville
Wednesday: morning devotion-Lynn Gay
evening- Trent Young
Thursday: morning devotion-Len Stitt
Friday: morning devotion-Deane McArthur
evening-7:00 week’s praise report
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