February 2016   
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Cowboy Church Worship Service
7:00 PM
The worship Service begins 7 pm, then our Fellowship time with cowboy goodies begins about 8 pm.


Cowboy Church Worship Service
7:00 PM
The worship Service begins 7 pm, then our Fellowship time with cowboy goodies begins about 8 pm.
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Clark, MO

Fair, 41 F

     Partly Cloudy. High: 38 Low: 29
     Sunny. High: 49 Low: 34
     AM Clouds/PM Sun. High: 50 Low: 27
     Cloudy/Wind. High: 28 Low: 13
     Mostly Sunny. High: 29 Low: 17
  • Young cowgirls get in some riding after Cowboy Church.
  • Rev Scott and Laurie Paris from Boonville FBC sing at our 4th Anniversary Service.
  • A cool display of Cowboy Gear from the Old Days!
  • Band Concert brings a whopper crowd!
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band draws a big crowd at our June2014 Concert and Potluck Dinner.
  • These gals know how to shoot from a galluping horse.
  • Jan Bradley rides again on the Spring Trail Ride in 2014.
  • Ready for a great day on the trail at the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area.
  • Cowboys ready for the 2014 Spring Trail Ride.
  • The Kentucky Derby Tea was great fun! $200 was raised for the Cowboy Church Building Fund.
  • Ladies enjoying the Kentucky Derby Tea at the Victorian Country Inn, Love the Hats!
  • All the Sharp-Shooters at the First Annual Easter Peep Skeet at the Spencers'.
  • Pastor Dale shares with the Buckaroos and the Adults enjoy it too!
  • 2013 Fall Shoot Participants
  • Great Crowd at Band Appreciation Night
  • Everyone Welcome Mondays at 7 pm.
  • We know how to do Potluck Dinners!
  • Pastor Dale explains the Christian Cowboy Way.
  • The messages are biblical, about the Christian walk, and from the heart.
  • People of all ages enjoy Cowboy Church.
  • There is plenty of room for you. Come as you are!
  • Christian Cowboy music is what we love!
  • Our offerings are put in a pair of Cowboy boots.
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls of all ages love Cowboy Church.
  • A young Roy Rogers?
  • A chance to give your horse some arena experience before and after the worship service.
  • Cowboy Church is a family experience.
  • Sandy and her horse, Dixie.
  • "Best looking crowd ever!"
  • Crack shot, Mike Martin.
  • Wade Vandelicht shows the clay targets no mercy.
  • Our Spring Shoot at Riverhills.
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band plays in New Franklin, MO.
  • The Stick Pony Race at our Summer Cowboy Church Fun Show in Ashland.
  • Rick Gunier, former US Marine, flys the Colors at the Fun Show.
  • Hold your tongue just right and ride smooth.
  • Now I know why they call it a "Fun Show."
  • Mike McDow on his pretty pony.
  • Barb Spencer prepares the Cowboy Grub at the Fun Show.
  • Kids had a blast at the Fun Show.
  • Rick helps Joey ride his trusty steed.
  • We have Cowboy Church T-Shirts and Caps.
  • Picnicing at the Spring Trail Ride.
  • The Boy Scouts join us for worship at the Trail Ride.
  • Cowpokes are hungry after a 3 hour Trail Ride.
  • Fred and Jane Craig ride the Bennett Trail.
  • 35 riders participated in our Spring 2013 Trail Ride.
  • A beautiful day on the trail.
  • Mules like the trail too!
  • Pink ribbon on a pretty mare.
  • A day they will remember.
  • Patienty waiting for the service to end and the riding to begin.
  • Meeting in the arena at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
  • The Ten Gallon Hat Cowboy Band.
  • Marking our second year. Thanks, Jan Bradley, for the cake.
  • Ray Spencer brings his Chuck Wagon to Cowboy Church.
  • The Buckaroos enjoy Pastor Dale's Stories.
  • We dress warm in the winter and do just fine. Cowboys are tough!
  • Our musicians during our Sunday experiment.
  • Barb and Ray Spencer serve up the warm grub at the Chuck Wagon.
  • The kids named our Carpet Pony Prophet.
  • Some songs you just have to stand to sing.
  • A lot of bull.
  • Cowboys and Cowgirls are hungry to learn about the Lord and His Word.
  • Something poetic about Cowboys out on the range.
  • Tuning up and about ready to rock.
  • A Cowboy's Cathedral.

Dean Rhine (right) and Bruce Carter (left) install the beautiful rustic shutters in our Cowboy Church Building's windows. Dean is the carpenter and Bruce welded the crosses and horseshoes for the decorations.


A great crowd enjoyed our warm new building for our Christmas service on Monday, December 21st.


The wonderful Christmas carry-in dinner was outstanding!  Thanks to everyone that brought the delicious dishes!


2016 Western Frontier Calendars

2016 Cowboy Church Calendars are here.  The proceeds from the sale of our Calendars will go to our Building Fund!



Praising the Lord for Our New Cowboy Church Building and Land!

Our Cowboy Church is now the proud owner of a great new 112' x 52' building and 5 acres located at the Junction of Hwy 63 and Hwy B at Clark, Missouri in Randolph County.  It is about a 20 minute drive north of Columbia and 13 minute drive south of Moberly on Hwy 63.

Ray Spencer and MaryAnn Larison, Church Trustees, sign all the closing papers with Ralph Gates, President of the Mid America Mortgage Company on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Wayne Walker, our third Trustee signed the day before. 


Ray and Barb Spencer's Chuck Wagon Has a New Home at the Cowboy Church Building!

Thanks to the Good Lord and so many that contributed to our Insulation Fund!

Our entire building has now been insulated for the winter thanks to you who gave to make it possible.


Howdy Pardner

We Welcome You! 


Our New Meeting Location

The photos below are of our first night in our new building! Thank you, Good Lord!


Our Cowboy Church Trustees (from left to right below), MaryAnn Larsion, Ray Spencer, and Wayne Walker, sign the contract to purchase the new building and 5 acres it sits on for the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church. Thank you, Lord, for this great new facility!

The photo below is of the great crowd of 60 cowboys and cowgirls we had at our new building for our Thanksgiving Service and Carry-in Dinner.

Barb and Ray Spencer, members of the Cowboy Church and owners of the Victorian Country Inn, hosted a Chuck Wagon Dinner and Wild West Show on Saturday October 17  (The Victorian Country Inn B&B is located about 10 mintes north of Columbia and one mile east of Hwy 63 on Hwy 124.) The night was great fun and $4060 was raised that night for the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church's Building Fund. Thanks to Ray and Barb for their great work and thanks to all who gave the funds to the Building Fund!

 Victorian Country Inn, 1850 East Hwy 124, Hallsville, MO 65255.  Web: www.victoriancountryinn.com


Our Cowboy Church Annual Trail Ride on Saturday, September 26th, at the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area in Randolph County was great fun.  A nice group of cowboys and cowgirls enjoyed the 2 hour ride and picnic dinner that followed. Was a great day the Lord gave us!



Take a gander at the future home of the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church. We made an offer on this 110' x 50' pole barn on 5 acres at the junction of Hwy 63 and Hwy B in Randolph County, just west of Clark, Mo. The owner accepted the offer. Praise the Lord for this nice new facility and all who helped us get together the down payment. We still need plenty of funds to make it all we want it to be, to God's glory! If you can help with that, we would be much obliged. Some heat and insulation would be a high priority as winter sets in.



The Trail Ride for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at the Rudolf Bennitt Conservation Area was a great success on Saturday, September 19th.  71 riders and horses participated in the ride.  The riders came to the Reed's Farm to begin the ride and later many more came  to their farm for the dinner and auction.  Kudos to David and Brenda Reed for hosting another great event - the 16th Annual "Saddle-Up for St. Judes's Trail Ride". A number of our Cowboy Church members helped with the event, raised funds for it, and rode on the trail ride.



Pastor Dale and MaryAnn Larison welcome you to the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church.  Put on your blue jeans, saddle up (your car or truck) and head out some Monday evening at 7 pm to our new building at Hwy 63 and Hwy B in Randoph County just across Hwy 63 from Clark, Missouri, for great Christian Cowboy Worship and Cowboy Fellowship.

Everyone is Welcome!


 From Columbia, take Hwy 63 north for about a 20 minute drive, turn left (west) at the Clark, Missouri exit onto Hwy B and you are there.

     From Moberly. go south about 12 minutes on Hwy 63 and then turn right (west) at the Clark, Missouri Hwy B exit and you are there.






We took a step back into the Old West Monday, March 9th, at Cowboy Church.  Point Riders, Butch Filkins and Ray Spencer showed their great collection of cowboy gear from days gone by. 


The Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church welcomes Mrs. MaryAnn Larison to the Cowboy Church Family!

Pastor Dale and MaryAnn Larison



Our Wranglers and Point Riders Meeting Tuesday night, February 3rd at Bandanas BBQ, was attended by 18 church leaders.  Many events and activities were discussed and a number of those attending agreed to be Point Riders for those various events and activities.  The activities discussed included a Fun Show, a Spring Trail Ride, A Weekend Retreat with horse riding and Bible studies, an NRA sponsored course on How Not to be a Victim, and a Western Museum Display Night at the Cowboy Church.  Also discussed at the meeting was the work of our Building Committee and the process the Committee is taking. (You may read the weekly Round-up Newsletter on this website under the Information Center tab above.)

Our Services are on Monday evenings at 7 PM.


Haley Schrimpf put on quite a Barrel Racing Demo October 27th, as the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church met for the last time in the Central Missouri Events Center.




To see this week's Cowboy Church Newsletter, "The Round-Up", look at the Info Center tab above and then "Weekly Round-Up Newsletter".



We had a great day for our Trail Ride and Picnic at Pastor Dale's Ranch.  Thanks to all who attended and brought their horses and the wonderful food! (Photos by Jan Bradley)



The Fall Chuck Wagon Dinner Theater - 30 people attended at the Spencers' on Saturday October 18th.


Larry McDaniel, From the Coyote Hill Children's Home Spoke at the Cowboy Church Monday Night, Sept 22nd 

Larry McDaniel, and several of the staff from Coyote Hill Children's Home were with us Monday night, September 22nd.  Larry played his piano keyboard, with Wayne Walker on bass and Jerry Kilgore on guitar, then he told us about the Children's Home and their Horse Therapy Program.  Larry also provided a Horse/people interactive exercise during our Fellowship Time after the Worship Service. We had a great crowd of nearly 70 people and 10 horses at the service.

Fall Cowboy Church Trophy Shoots were Oct. 4th and 11th.

 The Five Stand Shoot was at Prairie Grove Saturday, October 4th at 10 am.  The Sporting Clays Shoot was also at Prairie Grove Saturday, October 11th..


The Five-Stand Winners were 1st - Butch Filkins, 2nd - John Egloff, 3rd - Jan Bradley, 4th - Ray Spencer.  It was a windy day and a challenging course, but all the participants had a great time!

Our Annual Fall Cowboy Church Sporting Clays Shoot was a great success. The winners of the contest were 1st - Wade Vandelicht, 2nd - Mike Martin, 3rd - Ray Spencer, 4th - Jerry Kilgore, and 5th -Jan Bradley. Congratulations to these sharp-shooters! Everyone had a fun time of shooting and fellowship! Thanks to Ray Spencer for organizing these Fall Shoots in successive weekends.


83 people enjoyed our worship service Monday night, June 23rd and then a great demonstration of horseback riding and pistol shooting.  Thanks to the Central Missouri Mounted Shooters for a great show!


You don't have to have a horse to attend the Cowboy Church.  This Cowboy Church is for anyone that has that independent American Cowboy Spirit and likes the idea of a laid-back, come as you are church, in a unique setting.






Contact Us  
Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church
Hwy 63 & Hwy B
Clark, Missouri 65243
Map  •   Directions
Phone 573-808-6595
Regular Schedule  
  • 7:00 PM
    Cowboy Church Worship Service Every Monday
Weekly Cowboy Church Newsletter

Howdy Folks! To read our weekly Cowboy Church Newsletter, "The Round-Up", just click here: http://www.gtthccc.com/message.php?messageID=43025 and you will be able to take a gander at it in a matter of seconds. Ya'll take care and we'll see you at Cowboy Church this Monday night at 7 pm. Pastor Dale

Our New Building Has Insulation!

Our New Cowboy Church Building now has insulation throughout the entire building, ready for the New Year ON Monday nights at 7 pm.  THANKS TO ALL WHO GAVE TO MAKE THE INSULATION POSSIBLE! Come join us and see this new addition to our Cowboy Church Building.

A Christmas Cowboy Canned Food Drive

Bring canned goods and non-perishables to Cowboy Church through December for the Central Missouri Food Bank. Thanks to everyone who plans to share with our neighbors.

The Training Classic and Saddle Club Congress
The Training Classic and Saddle Club Congress will be in Sedalia May 14 & 15, 2016. Stalls open on Friday evening with a guest speaker/Clinician (Not the speed classes) and then 'Open ride' and pattern practice time.  We are planning an exhibitor dinner/party possibly that Friday evening. The show will be Saturday with a possible set of beginner and intermediate Western Dressage classes Saturday afternoon after the regular set of classes.  Our next show meeting will be the first week of February.
Horses and class options will again be possible for all levels of riders.
Sabrina Graham
Chuck Wagon Dinner Theater a great fundraiser for the Cowboy Church Building Fund Saturday October 17th

We had an awesome time at the Chuck Wagon Dinner Theater Saturday October 17th.at Ray and Barb Spencer's Victorian Country Inn. Over 40 people attended and we raised $4060 for our Cowboy Church Building Fund. Thanks to Ray and Barb for their great work and to all who participated and all who gave the money for our Building Fund. And thanks to our gracious Lord for such a wonderful night!

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