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Life Together! Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Issue II: Volume 2

Spring 2009

“rivers of living water.” John 7:38

A Source of Hope for a Lifetime

From the Executive Director Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life in our region through collaborative outreach in the name of Jesus Christ, by doing together what can best be done together.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks Board of Directors Neil Stenger, President Roseann Bentley Kenneth Chumbley Dan Friberg Bill Gaut Gordon Kinne David Kunze Lori Matthews Ken McClure Kris Nau David Peck Tim Rosenbury Katherine Steinberg Patrick Sweeney Cindy Waites Bill Darr

The CCO Foundation Chair

627 N. Glenstone P.O. Box 3947 Springfield, MO 65808 Office: 417-862-3586 Fax: 417-862-2129


The cover is an interpretation of the Rosanna Bradshaw Memorial Fountain, located in the courtyard of the main office building for the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. The words of John 7:38 are inscribed around this fountain: “Out of the believer’s hearts shall flow rivers of living water.”


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A Source of Hope for a Lifetime! Dear Partners and Friends, With Easter hosannas still ringing in my ears, it is with great joy that I bring you greetings today. Thank you for your support of the ministry of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. With your partnership, we are a source of hope for a lifetime for thousands of our neighbors in the Ozarks. Of course, we are not THE source of hope. Like the ripple effect illustrated on the cover, our work and the hope we share is a response to the love of God in Jesus Christ who said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” (John 7:37-38) This issue of Life Together! features a variety of historical “ripples” within its pages. These serve to remind me of how deeply faithful God has been over the years to sustain the work of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. Much of our work is well known to many, so I want to briefly lift up three ministries that are less well known and are often underfunded. Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks (TRO) was launched by the Council of Churches in 1995 in collaboration with Missouri State University and Boys and Girls Town of Missouri. TRO uses the horse as a tool in the hands of skilled therapists and riding instructors and trained volunteers to provide therapy to clients aged two and up. TRO serves clients with a full range of disabilities and is a certified center of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Director Kent Crumpley says that the following poem by John Anthony Davies truly captures his feelings for TRO: I saw a child, who couldn’t walk, Sit on horse, laugh and talk. Then ride it through a field of daisies And yet he could not walk unaided. I saw a child no legs below, Sit on a horse, and make it go Through woods of green And places he had never been. To sit and stare, Except from a chair I saw a child who could only crawl Mount a horse and sit up tall. Put it through degrees of paces And laugh at the wonder in our faces. I saw a child born into strife, Take up and hold the reins of life And that same child was heard to say, Thank God for showing me the way. You can learn more about Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks on page 13 of this Life Together!

Connections Handyman Services (CHS) began in 1997 as an opportunity for church youth to get their hands dirty on summer missions trips by helping physically challenged folk with yard cleanup and minor home repairs. Today CHS provides essential home repairs for low income seniors and homeowners with disabilities so they may continue to live independently and safely in their own homes. Much of that work is still done by folk looking for mission opportunities. “We started out training young hands to do mission service work,” says director Richard Virnig. “Now we need trained hands wanting to grow young again doing God’s work.” You can learn more about CHS on page 11 of this Life Together! Ambassadors for Children began in 1999 under the name Families for Children with a mission for the recruitment and retention of local foster & adoptive parents. Several programs were developed over the years to provide resources to local foster children and foster families, including The Kid’s Clothes Closet and Project Self-Esteem. In February 2008, Families for Children became Ambassadors for Children. Ambassadors for Children exists to provide resources & support to abused & neglected children in our community. Ambassadors for Children provides new clothing, selfesteem enhancing items, tutoring, and hygiene items. Ambassadors for Children connects Child Protective Caseworkers with local community & faith groups to directly fulfill specific needs for children & families on a Caseworker’s caseload. To date, nearly 3,000 local abused & neglected children have been served through Ambassadors for Children programs. Director Sondra Uzzell told me recently: “It’s thrilling to be part of a ministry that serves children who have been victimized in order to help them regain a sense of confidence and courage to interact positively with their families, peers and within the community. Our programs truly invest in the future of our community through strengthening vulnerable children & families.” You can learn more about Ambassadors for Children on page 4 & 5 of this Life Together! As you pray about the support you so generously give, I ask you to remember that your undesignated gifts to the Council of Churches support all of our work and allow flexibility to use resources where the need is greatest. If you are a supporter of one of our specific ministries, I encourage you to continue that support. Together, we are truly a source of hope for a lifetime!

Operating Agencies Ambassadors For Children

Sondra Uzzell, msw, lcsw, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586

Child Care Food Program Vicki McMillen, Director 1531 E. Sunshine E-1 Springfield, MO 65804 1-800-818-6812

Child Care Resource & Referral Nicole Piper, Director 1910 E. Meadowmere Springfield, MO 65804 417-887-3545

Connections Handyman Service Richard Virnig, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586


Pam Copling, Director 1710 E. Chestnut Expressway Springfield, MO 65802 417-869-0563

Daybreak Adult Day Care Rick Stephenson, Director 1461 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804 417-881-0133 / 417-882-4243

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Connie Payne, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3598


Sharon Bradford, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3595

Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks

Dave Hockensmith, Executive Director

Kent Crumpley, Director 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586

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Partnerships Make It Possible The Kid’s Clothes Closet program is the result of true partnership between Ambassadors for Children (formerly Families for Children) and the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks. While Ambassadors for Children monitors outcomes, promotes the program and secures funding for & purchases new clothing to keep The Kid’s Clothes Closet stocked, the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks provides a convenient location for The Kid’s Clothes Closet and

HISTORY Families for Children began in mid October of 1999 to recruit local foster & adoptive homes for abused & neglected children.

Message from a local foster parent: “THANK you so much - Believe me

The Kid’s Closet program was born in 2001 as collaboration between Families for Children and the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks. In 2005, Project SelfEsteem began. In February 2008, Families for Children was officially renamed Ambassadors for Children.

many kind volunteers & staff who schedule and facilitate appointments 7 days per week from 9am-9pm. In fall 2008, The System, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, began partnering with The Kid’s Clothes Closet to provide a free haircut coupon to each child served, at each appointment. This program has been funded by the C.W. Titus Foundation, the Musgrave Foundation, The Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Junior League of Springfield, Pauly Trust, Binnie Clements Guild, Great Southern Bank, and The Gannett Foundation. To date, The Kid’s Clothes Closet has served nearly 2,700 Greene County foster children through a total of over 3,600 appointments.

It is so I will be passing the word to others. port sup the e hav nice to it is and nity of the commu nce such a learning experie as a foster parent and the caseworkers loads are so huge that sometimes you do feel alone. Finding out about support like this just gives one such a boost! May you be blessed abundantly for caring so much. Thanks for making a HUGE difference - you did for me.”

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any children cannot bring their personal belongings with them into foster care, and if they do bring items, they are often carried in a trash bag. This program offers a bit of comfort and security to these children. A local Caseworker recently shared that a 2 year old girl was recently taken into foster care from a drug home and received a bag with an Elmo doll and “she thought it was just the greatest thing.” To date, nearly 400 bags have been distributed to local foster care case management agencies.


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Adopt-a-Caseworker The Adopt-a-Caseworker program exists to match

Greene County Child Protective Caseworkers with a community Partner Group (churches, faith groups, businesses, civic groups, etc.) in order to fulfill the specific needs of children/families on each Caseworker’s caseload. Following one year of planning, the Adopt-a-Caseworker program began in January 2009 and the first matches were made between Partner

Groups and Caseworkers in March 2009. So far, there are 18 active matches and an additional 3 matches pending. This program continues to be an excellent way local community members can play an active and direct role in supporting abused & neglected children, their families, and the Caseworkers who work diligently to ensure their safety and well-being. Call Sondra Uzzell at 862-3586, ext. 236 to learn more about how to help abused and neglected children in our area.

Project Self-Esteem The Project Self-Esteem program pro-

vides funds for special items & activities for Greene County foster children such as contact lenses, eye glasses, prom attire, graduation announcements, summer camps, school trips, sports fees and much more. Through this program, abused & neglected children are provided opportunities to improve their social skills and participate in the same activities as other children. To date, Project Self-Esteem has approved and funded over 100 requests.

Ambassadors for Children

An Operating Agency of the The name Ambassadors for Children encompasses the new agency mission to Council of Churches of the Ozarks provide resources and support to local abused & neglected children through Sondra Uzzell, MSW, LCSW an array of programs. In an effort to promote the new Adopt-a-Caseworker Agency Director program in addition to the other existing programs under the new agency 627 N. Glenstone • Springfield, MO 65802 name, the Agency Director has completed over 55 community presentations 417-862-3586 ext. 236 • since April 2008. To schedule a presentation, contact Sondra Uzzell.

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Because there could come a time… when any one of us could use a little help. HISTORY In April 1969 Crosslines was formed. Here is a sample of some of their vintage artwork. In a news release from Dorsey Levell dated March 13, 1969, “Where there is a human need call Crosslines for help!”

Serving an Average of 53 Households per Day! Through the first quarter, Crosslines Director Pam Copling reports that

Crosslines has experienced an average increase in demand each day of nearly 20% for households seeking food assistance. In real numbers, this is an average of 53 households served per day, up by 10 to 12 households compared to last year. The number of new families seeking assistance is up by more than 27%. Pam points out that some new clients who are coming to Crosslines for the first Service Statistics time had supported Crosslines with thru March 2009 gifts of money or food in the past.

Would your church like to be part of “Home Missions”?

Food – 3,049 families – 7,817 individuals Clothing – 1,525 families – 4,665 individuals Diapers – 234 dozen Prenatal Vitamins – 96 bottles Children’s Vitamins – 162 bottles Blankets – 77 Coats – 457 Gas Vouchers – $415 Bus Passes – 22 Infant Layettes – 33 Voice Mail Service – 17 Rental Assistance – $7,941


as your church been looking for a volunteer outreach opportunity to serve families in need? If so, Crosslines has just the opportunity for you. We need a church that can provide 3 or 4 volunteers on the second Monday of each month, 8:45 am to 2 pm to sack and distribute food for those in need. This opportunity does not require the church to bring food. If you are interested please contact Pam at 865.1076 or for more information or to arrange an onsite visit.


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Community Hymn Sing a Success!! The Community Hymn Sing to benefit Crosslines was

beautiful in countless ways! In ways we can count, there were singers from 13 area church choirs and a blended “congregation” of nearly 300 in attendance. A total offering of $2,792 was received for the work of Crosslines. We are grateful for all in attendance. A special word of appreciation goes out to the area churches that participated, including: Aldersgate United Methodist Campbell United Methodist Covenant Presbyterian Christ Episcopal First & Calvary Presbyterian Grace United Methodist King’s Way United Methodist National Avenue Christian Redeemer Lutheran St. John’s Chapel United Church of Christ Schweitzer United Methodist Second Baptist Wesley United Methodist

Our special thanks to organizers Charles and Linda Dickinson, and the congregation and staff of King’s Way United Methodist Church for opening their sanctuary for an inspiring afternoon.


A HUGE Thank You to everyone who sent a card, a note and said a  Crosslines prayer during my illness. It is hard to be secluded when you are a Pam Copling, Director people person. Your correspondence made such a difference! It’s 1710 E. Chestnut Expwy nice to be back in the office and I am getting better all the time. I Springfield, MO 65802 am so lucky to have so many wonderful people who care about me. Thank you so much for your support and love. Pam

Eagle Scout Organizes Food Drive Crosslines would like to thank Bryan Price, a 17 year old Troop

#16 Eagle Scout member that organized and collected 1,250 lbs. of non-perishable food for the Crosslines pantry! Way to go Bryan! Bryan said, “with the help of my church youth group we placed food collection boxes at Pizza Huts and some local churches.” Thank you to everyone participating in Bryan’s efforts! Together, we are fighting hunger in the Ozarks!

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United Way of the Ozarks

HISTORY For thirty-five years the Springfield-Greene County RSVP, a part of the Corporation for National Services Senior Service Corp, has maintained a strong commitment to the community and its volunteers.

“Bee” a Reading Buddy In the beginning, the RSVP Reading Buddy Program recruited a minimum of

20 new volunteers who were matched one-on-one with an at-risk student from Fairbanks school. After receiving the initial training, each volunteer met once a week for 30-45 minutes over breakfast or lunch with the student. The student read for the volunteer and they discussed the context of the story. The volunteers were positive role models, exhibiting a strong work ethic and an understanding of the value of good reading skills. To celebrate the students’ progress, RSVP hosted a family picnic for the students, parents, teachers, and volunteers at Grant Beach Park. The students received a gift for participating in the program.

The Council of Churches of the Ozarks has sponsored the program locally since its inception in September 1974. The first director, Roseanna Bradshaw, told the story of going to Heritage Towers to recruit the very first RSVP volunteers to help with the Girl scouts Cookie Sale. Other directors over the years included Helen Beaty, Cindy Harris, Sonja Dodd, Rowena Jones, Margaret Geiger, Nancy Maddy and most recently, Sharon Bradford.

The next year the program expanded to Bowerman, Fremont, and Westport Elementary Schools. The Reading Buddy Program has continued to expand and this year had 39 schools in Springfield and the surrounding area involved in the program. The recognition parties have evolved over the years. To celebrate the students’ involvement in the reading program, RSVP now hosts pizza parties in most of the schools, inviting the students and volunteers. Each student receives a book and a gift from RSVP in ne of the boys wanted addition to the pizza. After eating, to know about the the students usually work on hidden “people” that gave him pictures with their volunteers. Lots the book to tell them of laughter and smiles can be seen on the faces of the students and “Thanks” and that he volunteers at the parties! is reading his book


The Reading Buddy Program at home. continues to seek caring volunteers willing to share their life long experience in reading. The program will begin again in September, 2009 and is ready to take your calls to register. Call Carol Scott, Education Coordinator at 831-9696 or email at


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Environmental Corps Looking for Volunteers The RSVP

Environmental Corps currently focuses on the maintenance of the Living Memorial Park and the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. We are always looking for volunteers interested in working in the flower beds at the Living Memorial Park. Call Sharon or Bev at 862-3595 to learn more.

The Homebound

Shopper Program matches a shopper to a homebound client for the purpose of shopping for that client on a regular basis. It is the hope of RSVP to increase this much-needed service in the coming years.

Rolling Volunteers! The RSVP van service has four vans acquired through the

Missouri Department of Transportation at an 80-20% match. Staffed by volunteer drivers, this program is our unique answer to the federal grant’s requirement to assist volunteers with transportation. This service, which currently schedules approximately 400 one-way rides per month, removes a major barrier for many senior volunteers: transportation and/ or parking. In addition to providing transportation for volunteers to and from their work sites, RSVP vans also transport the Happy Plunkers and the Brady Bunch Singers. These groups entertain nursing home residents. Queen City Blind also uses the van transportation for their monthly meetings.

Currently, we have over 1500 active volunteers helping bridge the gap between necessary services and limited resources for over 125 agencies in our community. In 2008, volunteers logged over 190,000 hours, valued at over $1,339,500. If you would like to become an RSVP volunteer, please call 417.862.3595 for more information. We always need new smiling faces and willing hearts!

Sharon Bradford RSVP Director 627 N Glenstone Springfield MO 65802 417-862-3595

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HISTORY Daybreak’s doors opened to the community in 1983 under the direction of Chuck Goforth and Gordon Elliott. Daybreak Adult Day Care was established as a medical model program and one of the first state licensed adult day care centers in Missouri.

Daybreak Adult Day Care “Quality Care, Each New Day”

Home Away from Home by Rick Stephenson


aybreak Adult Day Care is a “home” Monday through Friday for forty-eight clients. Daybreak offers an alternative to premature institutionalization by offering families the option of keeping a loved one at home with the advantage of having access to a professional staff to support their immediate care needs. Upon visiting Daybreak, you would find the clients engaged in stimulating activities such has arts and crafts, pet therapy, reality orientation, games, BINGO, Wii, and the music program. You would also find Daybreak involved in the community at Branson shows, bowling, picnics at the park, the pumpkin patch, the zoo, fishing, the circus, and the fair. Five days a week, Daybreak offers medical care, a stimulating environment, a protected and safe atmosphere, and more love than anybody could imagine. Through the twenty-one years that the Council of Churches has operated Daybreak, we have continued to carry out our mission of caring for the needs of people in Springfield and surrounding area.

Daybreak Adult Daycare Rick Stephenson, Director 1461 E Seminole Springfield, Mo 65804 417-881-0133

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program HISTORY The Ombudsman program started in the early 1970’s to ensure that every nursing home resident has access to an ombudsman to help resolve complaints and concerns.

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“I was sick and you visited me…”


(Matthew 25:36)

ecently, we have been involved with promoting Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes which is a national campaign designed to improve the quality of life for both residents and staff. The focus of the campaign is on quality improvement and selfregulation on the part of providers and it recognizes the important role of both consumers and nursing Volunteers Needed! home staff in improving the quality The Ombudsman of care and quality of life for Operating Agency is in residents. need of volunteers in We are also working closely with many of our 17 counties. the Missouri organization for For more information culture change known as MC5: the about volunteering with Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change. MC5 the Long-Term Care is working to change the long-traditional practice of institutional Ombudsman Program, or aging, with surroundings that are real homes where choices and making a gift in support wishes come first, and meaningful relationships with others create of this ministry of genuine interactions not found in yesterday’s facilities. Through compassion, contact: training, we want to help facilities create, within their walls, a Connie Payne, Director culture of aging where each individual does not become lost in the 627 N. Glenstone system, but is respected in meaningful ways that sustains the lives Springfield, MO 65802 they have had in the past. It is a model of care that offers residents 417-862-3598 choices and empowers staff which leads to better quality of care for all residents.




Growing Up With CHS…

by Richard Virning

CHS is going to be 12 yrs old this summer. In our earlier years, we mostly built a couple of ramps in the summer and did odd jobs during the winter. Once, when we stayed with a church family, we started a summer program for youth mission groups to come and help us build ramps for folks with disabilities. That was such a grace filled experience, we still do it today. As I remember it, Bill, Ivan, Carl and John were the mainstays of a group of volunteers who, even though the mileage was beginning to show on them, figured they could volunteer one more summer of teaching folks how to build ramps and teaching For more information, contact: me how to manage the program we called Summer Youth Work Connections Handyman Services Camp (SYWC), our first name from our First and Calvary days. Richard Virnig, Director I remember the guys picked an easy ramp to start with, about a 417-862-3586 fourteen footer. The fun part was “Lately, with our aging population, training me to more folks than ever are requesting qualify for my PHD (Post Hole help in building ramps” Digging degree) and all the intricate details of correct ramp building. In short, I learned how to build them right! We still build them that way today! Lately, with our aging population, more folks than ever are requesting help in building ramps. Already for the first quarter of 2009, CHS has logged 18 ramp requests. As always, this summer CHS will host groups from all over the midwest to come and take part in our SYWC. We will put them up at a host church, provide them with tools, materials and a contractor to teach them how to build ramps the CHS way. Usually we have our summer booked full by now, but it seems as if the current hitch in our economy must be keeping folks from planning mission trips far from home. So to fill out our summer schedule, we are encouraging local churches to take a mission trip “in their own back yard”. Come build a ramp right here in Springfield. Stay at a host church for a week, do mission camp program stuff and leave the rest up to us! For a GOOD mission trip, call me at 862-3586.

627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802

HISTORY Summer Youth Work Camp (SYWC), our first name from our First and Calvary days. Connections Handyman Service is going to be 12 years old this summer. By the time we were five, we had permanently moved in with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and had expanded our name to include Connections Handyman Services (CHS).

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Child Care Resource & Referral


Upcoming Spring Activities 

by Nicole Piper


pring is a very busy time of year for early childhood. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Month of the Young Child. The month of May brings Child Care Provider Appreciation Day. Therefore, CCRR is involved in many community activities that educate or celebrate these events. For example: Community Wide Playday in Springfield is hosted each year in April. This event is a fun-filled day with FREE activities for families with children from birth to 12 years old. CCRR will have an informational booth for families and a fun activity for the little ones. Child Care Provider Appreciation Day is in May and CCRR is co-hosting the 10th annual Springfield area Appreciation Banquet. The evening is filled with dinner and a motivational presentation, as well as giveaways. This event is one way to honor the hard work of our area child care providers.

January & February 2009 Service Summary Total # of‌ Referral Calls: 208 Children Served through Referral Calls: 292 On-line Referral Searches: 374 Technical Assistance Contacts: 1,665

For more information about CCRR, or to make a gift in support of the work of CCRR, please contact Nicole Piper, CCRR Director 417-887-3545 1910 E. Meadowmere Springfield, MO 65804

Child Care Food Program (CCFP) 

Providing Nutrition to Children in Need

Stretching the CCFP Food Dollars  by Vicki McMillen

CCFP staff has been busy helping providers learn how they can cut food costs without cutting the nutritional values of the meals

and snacks they serve the children. Because USDA and Missouri Department of Health require the children in care be offered a variety of foods sometimes it becomes a real challenge for the child care provider to prepare menus that have a good variety of foods offered and not strain their budget. We have created a five week cycled menu for providers showing a good variety of foods, yet cost effective foods along with tips for getting the most out of your food program dollars. CCFP staff has observed that most providers serve the children larger portions than are required. As a result food is sometimes wasted. CCFP staff recommends a provider serve the required portion sizes and then offer seconds to those children that request more. CCFP staff continues to stay busy with many new licensed and registered providers starting the food program.

I feel we are seeing a trend with the

economy and job loss that many young women are going into childcare knowing they can stay at home with their own children and yet bring in an income with child care fees and an added bonus with reimbursement from the CCFP for meals served.

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Child Care Food Program

Vicki McMillen, Director 1531 E. Sunshine, E-1 Springfield, MO 65804 417-865-8427 or 1-800-818-6812

Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks Enabling the Disabled Through Therapeutic Horseback Riding

TRO Beginnings 

by Kent Crumpley

Therapeutic Riding of The Ozarks was started in 1995

thanks to the inspiration of Peg Carolla. In the beginning, the board members for The Council of Churches were unsure of Therapeutic Riding and how it could be beneficial to children and adults with disabilities, but eventually they came aboard. When MSU became a collaborative partner everything really started coming together. Not only did they own the original 6 horses but they became the source for the first instructor, Daphne Sisk. Daphne worked for MSU at the time, and got additional training and certification for Therapeutic Riding. TRO originally had 6 clients, which were split evenly into two classes.

This year TRO will serve 87 children and adults in our Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy Programs. We will use up to about 100 volunteers as well. In the beginning TRO had 12 to 15 volunteers; there was a minimum of 2 per child. In addition to MSU, there have always been quite a few collaborative partners. Therapeutic Riding of The Ozarks has been fortunate enough to be given generous donations since the beginning. According to Peg Carolla, “we got whatever, whenever”, along with some state funding. Although many things have changed, the logo has remained the same. The horse and child logo was designed and brought in by a volunteer but something was missing. Peg Carolla said, “The child has to wear a helmet”, so, she sketched a helmet, added an arm, and the rest is history.

Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks Is looking for…

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…Horse Handlers

…Volunteer Intern

Look us up at VOLUNTEERS: Copy and sign liability forms and bring with you to our Volunteer Training. Training and riding sessions are held at MSU Arena Site and Republic Arena.

Contact Us

There is still time to Adopt-A-TRO Therapy Horse! For more information call Kent Crumpley 417.862.3586 ext 230 today!

For more information or to learn how to volunteer or make a donation in support of TRO, visit Kent’s blog at or contact: Kent Crumpley, Director Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks 627 N. Glenstone Springfield, MO 65802 417-862-3586, ext. 230

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Partner Profile

Schweitzer A United Methodist Church


chweitzer United Methodist Church is a congregation dedicated to living our mission statement: transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ. A multi-generational church, SUMC provides many opportunities for people of all ages to make an impact locally and globally by serving others. Schweitzer has long been involved in the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and fully supports the work we are able to do together. We are a blessed congregation with clear mission and values and a church full of empowered servant-minded people. Our facility and location provide an excellent place where ministry happens seven days throughout the week. We have demonstrated the ability to mobilize and respond in times of natural disasters and other arising community needs in compassionate and tangible ways. We appreciate our relationship with the Council of Churches as a means to connect us to other churches living out our service to Christ. Date established: 1951 Website: Location: 2747 E Sunshine Springfield MO 65804 Membership: 1950 Worship Attendance: 1200 Pastors: B  ob Casady, Lead Pastor Lori Lampert, Lead Associate Pastor Jim Mason, Associate Pastor Matt Kerner, Associate Pastor

Our Mission Statement:

Transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our values are: We believe Jesus Christ is the absolute leader of the church. Christ’s spirit of warmth, hospitality and acceptance is extended throughout the church. We actively reach beyond our walls to meet and serve people. We offer multiple worship services to connect persons to God. Everyone is encouraged to participate in small groups and develop a plan of personal spiritual growth. We identify and equip servant leaders to lead and inspire others. All church members actively follow Jesus Christ.

Pastor Bob Casady

Schweitzer’s Commitment to Outreach


utreach is one of the core values at Schweitzer. Every day, people serve inside and outside the walls of Schweitzer to reach those in need. From disaster relief teams and food pantry assistants to teams of people traveling far and wide on mission trips, Schweitzer truly lives out its motto being an A.C.T.S. church- A Church That Serves. Through the Council of Churches we have a day each month when we staff and provide food for Crosslines. Many regional pantries are being helped by contributions through Schweitzer. We are in partnership with our neighborhood elementary school, Pittman, and have started the Good News after school club there recently. A college ministry team spent their spring break serving hurricane relief in New Orleans. Every summer our youth travel to an area stricken by poverty or disaster to help others get back on their feet. Our Vacation Bible School each summer has a mission focus as we continue to teach people of all ages the value of serving Christ by serving God’s people.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009 Drury University Campus Featured Speaker: Shane Claiborne (Shane Claiborne’s visit is co-sponsored by The Drury University School of Religion)

Church Partners Sign Up!

Register your church as a partnering congregation in the Council of Churches of the Ozarks 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday afternoon, October 18, 2009. Congregations are asked to promote the Council of Churches 40th Anniversary event with a goal to bring about 10% of your average Sunday worship attendance to participate in this community-wide celebration! Please fill out this form and mail to Council of Churches, Attention Verna – PO Box 3947, Springfield, MO 65808. Church Name:  ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Contact Person:  ������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������ Contact Email: ����������������������������������������������������� Contact Phone: ________________________

Please provide our church with more information about serving in FREE Picnic Lunch Provided by the following way(s): r Serving Food r Adult Choir r Youth Choir r Children’s Choir r Video/Photography r Children’s Activities r Parking Attendants r Publicity r Event Set Up r Event Clean Up Note: Volunteers are needed to help serve in all of the areas above. Please share this exciting service opportunity with groups in your church with a desire to serve others within and beyond the local church. For questions call Verna at 417.862.3586. The Council of Churches of the Ozarks is proud to introduce a new book, o Divine Guidance DUMB L CK or

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Guidance My 31 years with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Dumb Luck or Divine Guidance: My 31 Years with the Council of Churches of the Ozarks By Dorsey Levell as told to Wayne Groner

In a folksy, easy-to-read style and a deeply personal account, Dorsey Levell

recalls his thirty-one years as founding executive director of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, taking readers through his successes and his by Dorsey E. Levell failures. From his early and tentative days with the Council when he was as told to Wayne E. Groner ready to quit because there was no office, no staff and no budget to an annual budget of twelve-million-dollars. From the heady days of seemingly unstoppable growth of the Council to the despair of losing his closest friend Dorsey Levell and co-worker to cancer, divorcing after forty-three years of marriage, being Founding Executive Director diagnosed with degenerative arthritis, battling personal cancer and undergoing five-way heart bypass surgery. During his tenure the Council created fifteen human service agencies, grew to one-hundred-twenty paid staff and more than one-thousand volunteers, and was recognized throughout the United States as a model of effective outreach ministries. With a Foreword by Dave Hockensmith and an Introduction by John Rush

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Life Together!

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Council of Churches 40th Anniversary Luncheon Friday, April 24, 2009 at Drury University

Sunday, October 18, 2009 The Council of Churches of the Ozarks

40th Anniversary A Community-Wide Celebration on Drury University Campus Featuring

Shane Claiborne Author of The Irresistible Revolution

Life Together! is a quarterly publication of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, designed to inform readers of current community needs and operating agencies activities and recognize donors and volunteers. Life Together! is mailed without charge to anyone interested in the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. Council of Churches of the Ozarks Dorsey E. Levell Ministry Center of the Ozarks 627 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802 MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 3947, Springfield, MO 65808-3947 Phone: 417.862.3586 Email: Fax: 417.862.2129 Website: Central Office Staff David W. Hockensmith, Jr., • Executive Director Mark Struckhoff • Director of Advancement • ext. 225 Barbara Gardner • Executive Assistant • ext. 224 Collette Howland • Controller • ext. 232 Paula Austin • Advancement Assistant • ext. 233 Leslie Boughton • Grant Writer • ext. 235 Rosella White • Human Resources Assistant • ext. 238 Janet Garoutte • Receptionist The Council of Churches Foundation Richard Dunn, President MAILING ADDRESS: 330 N. Jefferson, Springfield, MO 65806 Phone: 417.839.7450

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(Shane Claiborne’s visit is co-sponsored by The Drury University School of Religion)

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