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Upcoming Events
DEC

17

SUN
Lords Supper Served
11:00 AM
Sunday Dec. 17 and Monday Dec. 18
Sunday Worship Service
11:00 AM
God is Good and He has been blessing the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church mightily! Bring your family and friends to our New Sunday Morning Worship Services. (We also are still having our evening services at 7 PM on Mondays.) We are just 20 minutes north of Columbia, MO and just 12 minutes south of Moberly, MO. Bring a dish, if you can, on Monday evenings (or on the first Sunday of each month) of something to share for our Fellowship Meals after the worship service.
DEC

18

MON
The Lord Supper Served
7:00 PM
Sunday Dec. 17 and Monday Dec. 18
Cowboy Church Worship Service
7:00 PM
The worship Service begins 7 pm, then our Fellowship time with cowboy goodies begins about 8 pm.
DEC

24

SUN
Sunday Worship Service
11:00 AM
God is Good and He has been blessing the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church mightily! Bring your family and friends to our New Sunday Morning Worship Services. (We also are still having our evening services at 7 PM on Mondays.) We are just 20 minutes north of Columbia, MO and just 12 minutes south of Moberly, MO. Bring a dish, if you can, on Monday evenings (or on the first Sunday of each month) of something to share for our Fellowship Meals after the worship service.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
6:30 PM
Bring finger foods and desserts for the Fellowship after the service.
DEC

25

MON
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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Cowboy Church Round-Up Weekly Newsletter

Howdy Pardners,

The Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church had an interesting, and even exciting, evening worship service this past Monday at our 7 pm service.  A great crowd of about 70 people showed up at our church building just in time to find out that there was no power at the church building.  An intense lighting storm around 5 pm had knocked out the power in the whole Clark, Missouri area.  (We found out later that an F1 tornado had struck the areas of Higgbie and Renick, just west and then north of our building, and destroyed several homes and buildings.)

Everyone stayed at the church for the service that night because the battery operated emergency lights that Phil McMahan installed in our building when he wired it were all on.  With those emergency lights, some flashlights that we had at the church and that folks had in their cars, and some candles that Beth Davis brought from her home, we decided to go ahead and have church.  We had the potluck dinner first, since the crockpots of food would not be warm after the service if the power did not come on.  The food was great and the candles on the tables gave the feel of a fancy fine restaurant.

Then, though the power was still off, we started the worship service with Wayne, Jerry, Peter, Andrew and Gary all playing acoustic guitar and singing with flashlights on their music sheets. They did a great job! Then I shared with the kids, “The Trail Boss’ Buckaroos” (Children’s sermon). It just so happened that I had a light-up toy game that Bill Ankelman had brought a week ago for me to give away to someone as a gift. I used that multi-color light-up game to tell the kids about Jesus being the “Light of the World”.  After that, the kids joined Barb Spencer and Janet Dickson in Fort Apostle for Cowtown.  The kids had a great time hearing the Bible lesson and hearing how the Christmas Candy Cane portrays Jesus, - and all by flashlights.

Then I gave my message that night about God taking each of us on as His divine projects. I spoke from the pulpit using a flashlight to read the Scripture. The church building lights finally came on again in the middle of our closing prayer. Since many of our crafts people and artist had brought their wares to show and sell that night, the lights being finally back on made it easy to see their quality work and many folks picked up some nice Christmas presents that night from the artists.  (If you didn’t get to see the crafts, the artists will bring them back again this Sunday and Monday. We are extending the arts and crafts showing because of the storm Monday.)3

I think everyone that came that night agreed it had been a great night at the Gateway to the High Country Cowboy Church and God is certainly worthy of our worship, no matter what the challenges might be! (By-the-way, Phil said those emergency lights were designed to last only for 90 minutes before their batteries ran out.  They lasted nearly twice that long, 3 hours, and were still shining brightly when the power came back on.  I think God’s Spirit energized them for us that night so that we could worship Him and lift His name on high! We did just that!)

Now, here is the:

 “Church Calendar at a Glance”:

Sunday, Dec 10th and Monday 11th– 11 am, AND - Monday, Dec 4th- 7 PM – Our Christmas In-House Arts and Crafts Show and Sale WILL BE EXTENDED – Because of the storm last Monday, we decided to extend the arts and crafts displays – so during the Fellowship Time at the cowboy church, check out the work of these craftsmen. (This is for our own “crafty” cowboy church members to show their talents and the rest of us to perhaps get some homemade Christmas gifts.)

Movie Night at the Cowboy Church will be Friday, December 15th.  Dave and Sue Binney said the movie will be the Christmas Classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  So don’t watch it on TV this year! Come see it at the cowboy church with great cowboy fellowship, free popcorn and drinks, and without commercials!

Sunday Dec 17th and Monday Dec 18th – the Lord’s Supper will be served at our Cowboy Church Services.  Since we have not had our “Impromptu Theater Actors” show up for quite a while at the Cowboy Church, we just might see them at these two services sharing a bit of Christmas cheer.  Come and see! 

Sunday Dec 24th – 6:30 PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at the Cowboy Church with a fellowship time with finger foods and Christmas desserts, (Regular cowboy church services will also be held at the usual times on Sunday the 24th and Monday (Christmas Day) the 25th – we hope you can make it! (# Special Note – let’s just have cookies, candy, or desserts and finger foods Monday evening, Christmas Day, since most of you will already have been cooking that day for your family Christmas gatherings.)

 

This time of the year is especially hard for those who have lost close loved ones in the past. If that includes you, we are thinking of you and want you to know we know your hearts are hurting, at times, during this season of the year.  You are in MaryAnn’s and my prayers, as well as in the hearts and prayers of many others that love you. And certainly you are in the heart of the God of all comfort and love.  May He lift you up during this time of the year and bless your souls with His loving presence.

 

Finally – I read an article in a Baptist Magazine a while back on the subject of, “Children and Church”.  In the article, the author stated that 80% of the people who come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior, come to him before they are 16 years old.  That just points out how important it is for parents to take their children to church early - and often. Parents, bring your kids to church and teach them to worship God and that Jesus loves them.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not stop them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

See You Sunday morning and/or Monday night!

 

God Bless All and Happy Trails to You,

Pastor Dale and MaryAnn Larison c}:-{    Website www.gtthccc.com

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