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Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Life Together! Issue V: Volume 2

Special Christmas Edition

Christmas 2009

We Celebrate Your Service! 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 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

There is no time more fitting to thank you for your support during the past year and to wish you and everyone close to you a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. Merry Christmas! Council of Churches of the Ozarks


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UP TO THE CHALLENGE! By Rev. Dr. Michael K. Olmsted Past President, Council of Churches Board of Directors

Up to the challenge! That’s how I would describe Dr. David Hockensmith as he took the helm of the Council of Churches at the end of 2001. Dave’s retirement and our celebration of 40 years of ministry coincided in October, an occasion that turned my thinking to God’s involvement in such times of change. During his tenure, Dave faced growing financial needs, pressures for reorganization, multiplying human needs, and the task of raising community respect for the Council. He brought to us his rich experience as a Disciples of Christ pastor, the discipline and organizational skills of an Army Reserve Chaplain, and a heart of compassion for the marginalized and suffering people around us. As a Board member I watched Dave engage in our community, cultivating friendships among business leaders and educators and offering support to other ministry groups in Springfield and Greene County. In the aftermath of Katrina, Dave led in the effort to coordinate

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and provide services for displaced people moving north. Federal personnel saw that plan as a model for other communities.

Ambassadors For Children

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

There were times when Dave spoke in support of other Christian ministries in our community, encouraging people to volunteer and contribute to them as well as to the Council of Churches. In 2007 the Springfield Business Journal presented

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

In 2007 the Springfield Business Journal presented their Economic Impact Award to the Council of Churches as the “Charitable Organization of the Year.”

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

their Economic Impact Award to the Council of Churches as the “Charitable Organization of the Year,” a reflection of our growth under David Hockensmith’s leadership.


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

Today, with an economic downturn and growing human needs all around us, I trust we will be up to the challenge. I pray, once again, that God will guide us to another leader whose skills and compassion will lead us to “do together what can best be done together.”

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


Thank You, Dave

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

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God’s Gift Changed Our World Your Gift Can Change Another’s


will provide a gift card to purchase a new pair of shoes for a child through Ambassadors for Children Kid’s Clothes Closet.


will sponsor one Therapeutic Riding Therapy Session for a disabled child.


will provide a Christmas Food Basket for a needy family through Crosslines.


will purchase grain and hay for one Therapy horse for an entire month, Adopt-a-Horse for an entire year at $50 per month to support Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks.

$100 $589

will provide four gas vouchers through Crosslines.

will pay for the average cost of building a set of walker steps through Connections.


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Wrap Up 2009! Make checks payable to Council of Churches. Designated gifts are welcome. Undesignated gifts will be put to work in the area of greatest need.

10 $ 89


will provide a child’s Christmas toy through Crosslines Toystore.

will purchase and install a new set of grab bars (for this small investment, Connections may be able to help prevent an expensive hospital visit).



will purchase three new outfits for a foster child through Ambassadors for Children.



will provide a child with a new winter coat through Ambassadors for Children Kid’s Clothes Closet.



will sponsor 6-weeks of Therapy Sessions for a disabled child with Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks.



will purchase the supplies to fix most plumbing problems through Connections.

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“No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.” O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks, ca. 1868

We Remember…


grateful parent whose daughter receives therapy with Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks wrote to us saying,“My seven year old daughter has multiple disabilities, both physical and cognitive in nature. She has been receiving hippotherapy with TRO… and she has made so much progress! Her core strength, balance, and coordination have improved greatly, which in turn improves her walking and mobility skills. We live in Branson, so we drive an hour to and from hippotherapy every week because we believe the benefits from the program are absolutely necessary.”


rosslines Director, Pam Copling, remembers talking with a Crosslines client who was devastated by recent events in her life, leaving this mother-of-three with no income… “She spent a week just shellshocked and really in denial of the situation. By then the last of the money was gone and so was the food in her pantry. My attention turned to her youngest son (her other two were in school) and he told me he was three years old and that he was hungry. I walked around the corner and found a loaf of cinnamon raisin bread donated by a bakery that morning. I carried the loaf back to the child who immediately tried to open the twist tie. I helped him with


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the twist tie and he ate a slice of bread so fast it seemed to disappear. By the time the Crosslines volunteer was finished with this client’s paperwork, he had eaten three big slices of bread.”


mbassadors for Children Director, Sondra Uzzell, relates a story of a local teen whose world was in desperate need of hope… “Annie (not her real name) is a 15-yearold girl living in Springfield with her foster mom. At the time Annie was placed in foster care, the State only provided $250 for her clothing for an entire year. As a teen girl, she needed additional clothing and a winter coat, so she has visited The Kid’s Clothes Closet 2 times this year and has received clothing, a coat, underwear, socks, haircut coupons and shoe gift cards. Annie’s Caseworker is also “adopted” through the Adopt-aCaseworker program. Her Caseworker’s Partner Group has helped provide for some of her other needs and is currently working to get a few nice Christmas gifts for Annie to open on Christmas morning. A member of the Partner Group also happens to be a volunteer tutor through our Tutoring Program. When she heard from the Caseworker that Annie has been struggling in math and science, the volunteer readily agreed to tutor Annie one afternoon per week, in addition to the other foster child she has already been tutoring. Annie continues to work “mighty hard” during her tutoring sessions and the extra help just might keep her from dropping out of school altogether.”

Concrete ways that the Council of Churches is changing lives so far in 2009… 50 Greene County schools received school supplies for children who need them – Crosslines 53 Missouri counties and 9,000-plus children are served nutritious meals each month – Child Care Food Program 87 children and adults with disabilities are receiving hippotherapy with the help of 100 volunteers – Therapeutic Riding of the Ozarks 222 back-to-school haircuts for children who need them – Crosslines 223 bottles of pre-natal vitamins to expectant mothers – Crosslines 393 foster children served by Kid’s Clothes Closet – Ambassadors for Children 533 appointments by foster families at the Kid’s Clothes Closet – Ambassadors for Children 1,456 child care providers trained – Child Care Resource & Referral 7,000-plus volunteer hours logged assisting 141 low-income seniors with essential home repairs – Connections Handyman Services 2,269 handicap accessible medical transports by Eldercare Transit – Daybreak Adult Daycare $20,843 provided in rent assistance to people in need – Crosslines 25,880 people receiving food assistance (through Nov 30, 2009) – Crosslines 27,000-plus visits by volunteers to 189 nursing homes in 17 Missouri counties – Long-term Care Ombudsman 180,000-plus volunteer hours logged by volunteers serving 125 different non-profits and organizations – RSVP $3.5 million-plus is the estimated value of volunteer hours given to our community through programs offered and sponsored by the Council of Churches Life Together! 7

Stewardship Snapshot

Council of Churches of the Ozarks PO Box 3947 Springfield, MO 65808-3947

Non-Profit Org. US Postage

PaId Springfield, MO Permit #772

Total Expenses: $5,227,879

Program Services 85.5% Fundraising 3%

*Source: CCO Form 990: 2007-2008

Management 11.5%

The Power of Together! The Council of Churches is serving more than 100,000 people in 53 Missouri Counties each year! Thank you for your partnership. 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 Mark Struckhoff • Interim Executive Director • 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 Phone: 417.839.7450


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Christmas at Stone Chapel

A Celebration in Song A Benefit Service for the 40th Anniversary of The Council of Churches

Sunday, December 20th, 7 p.m. Drury Stone Chapel

The New Power of Together $40,000 Challenge Thanks to the generosity of special partners, gifts to the Council of Churches are eligible to be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $40,000!

Matching funds are still available. For more information call 417.862.3586 ext. 225.

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