May 13, 2010

Arbor Day Foundation Names Memphis Tree City USA Community

Memphis was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

It is the seventeenth year Memphis has earned this national designation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Memphis has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

We commend Memphiss elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest, said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:

Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.

Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.

Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.

Increase property values and reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods.

More information about Tree City USA can be found at

Scotland County Commission Meeting Minutes

Thursday, February 2, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling was absent; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 2-0.

The minutes from February 1, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 2-0.

Commissioner Clatt was designated as Presiding Commissioner in Commissioner Ebeling’s absence, pursuant to RSMo § 49.070.

Chris Kempke, University of Missouri Extension Specialist, presented the Commission with an annual report and discussed local government resources.

Seeing no further business, the Commission adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 as they will be attending the annual training February 8-10, 2017.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PLACE OF MEETING: Scotland County Courthouse Commission Chambers

The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.

PRESENT WERE:  Presiding Commissioner, Duane Ebeling was absent; Eastern District Commissioner, Danette Clatt; Western District Commissioner, David Wiggins; and County Clerk, Batina Dodge.

Commissioner Wiggins moved to approve the consent agenda; seconded by Commissioner Clatt. Motion carried 2-0.

The minutes from February 2, 2017 were presented. Commissioner Clatt moved to approve the regular session minutes; seconded by Commissioner Wiggins. Motion carried 2-0.

Commissioner Wiggins was designated as Presiding Commissioner in Commissioner Ebeling’s absence, pursuant to RSMo § 49.070.

The Commission signed court order #92-2016.

Commissioner Clatt moved to appoint Margaret Curry as County Health Officer pursuant to RSMo § 201.100.  The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wiggins.  Motion carried 2-0.

The Commission acknowledged receipt of the rock distribution request for the Village of Arbela, calling for gravel on Rathburn Street, east from the Highway H intersection. Gravel was also requested for 9th and 10th streets south from Highway H; Jones Street east from Highway H to 8th Street; 8th Street south from Jones Street; and 6th Street, south from the Rathburn Street intersection.

Kathy Kiddoo, Treasurer, presented a monthly settlement of funds.

Ryan Clark, Road and Bridge Supervisor, discussed current projects with the Commission.

Batina Dodge, County Clerk, presented monthly budget reports.

The Commission approved invoices 41453 and 41462 to Ellis, Ellis, Hammons & Johnson.

Seeing no further business, the Commission adjourned the meeting at 12:00 p.m.

The Scotland County Commission adjourned to meet in regular session on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Never mind the Groundhog

Critters among the scrub. Photo by Ben.

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where I’m currently doing my best to stay ahead of the changes in the weather. Folks who’ve read this column for years certainly know by now that we Rabbits, like most rural folk, have a preoccupation with the weather. After all, it dictates a lot of our choices, habits, and has a relative impact on what foods are available, what roads and trails are generally accessible, and in my case, how ornery the animals are.

We’ve been in an unsettling warm dry trend for this time of year. Today carries some chance of quenching rain, and I have hooked up all our above ground water catchment systems for the year, despite it being February, because I can hardly haul enough water to keep the pigs and goats sated. The clovers and grasses are greening again, buds of currant, viburnum, and quince all bulge with life, I’ve developed my first tanlines of 2017, and I was even nipped by a mosquito, no joke.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the weather as much, let me be clear that this ain’t normal, folks. It ain’t normal, and it’s exactly what to expect as our species continues to engage in activities that flood our atmosphere with carbon. Y’all can choose to deal with it or not, but the next generation has no choice. And while a seventy-degree day in February feels pretty nice, I don’t think that we’re becoming a tropical paradise so much as a wind-scoured, sun-baked plot of clay. It is naïve to imagine something so Eden-like as when we’re all living on mangos and coconuts here in the former prairie. I speculate it may look more like a lot of people in sackcloth fighting over the good honey locust pods if we don’t get our act together.

The change in seasons has also caught the animals off guard. The warm winds have set our ducks off on their annual nest building sojourns, the hens are producing a bounty of eggs, the hogs are rooting and wallowing, the nannies are loud, the billy is randy, and Donkey spends a good deal of time looping the barnyard at a trot to blow the stink off himself. Something in the air seems to be setting the pheromones flowing.

As the grasses green up our chickens refuse to remain within the confines of the barnyard in anticipation of pasturing season, and at any given time a dozen or so jump the fence and roam far and wide in search of green food and bugs. The roosters are crowing mighty early most mornings, and it is apparent that this is the time of year when a young cockerel’s thoughts turn to love. Here, at the end of winter, hunger accumulates and the goats in particular seem insatiable.

Just this morning, as I went out to feed and water our critters, I discovered that our sow taught herself how to pull a t-post out of the hog run fence. There were juvenile pigs everywhere, eating eggs, turning compost, breaking buckets and causing general havoc. In the process of rampaging, they managed to tear down the goat barrier for our chicken yard, and the whole herd was in there, stripping bark off the dogwoods, while Donkey aggressively brayed and dashed about the main yard, chasing little pigs. I am quickly growing weary of these increasingly chaotic morning scenes, and long for grazing season, when all the animals can be spread out, doing what they’re meant to do, and out of each other’s business.

Our little billy goat, Sonny, is all out of sorts. He has been gradually asserting both his dominance and his stinkyness. Due to a shortage in nesting accommodations, the chickens have been laying in his pen, and in order to retrieve said eggs, I’ve been having to face off with him, like some type of backwoods version of American Gladiators. Only I don’t have horns.

I’ve found that he’s generally scared of the high-wheel cultivator, so I bring it with me as protection, wheeling it around with me, though I’ve remained vulnerable to getting my butt head-butted as I stoop under his shed to recover eggs. This all finally ended when Mae took him down and put him in a goat submission hold last night. Seemed to cool his jets, but it did smell remarkably goaty in our house last night.

All of this is to say that the season is beginning early, and in earnest. A couple weeks back I held out on the hope that I’d have the opportunity to maybe read a book before spring. Now I’m happy if I can get to bed with my checklist of necessary work completed.

My boy Arthur turned one year old last week and can now ambulate upright, often quicker than I can track. He has an unceasing curiosity regarding poultry, pigs, sticks, and stones, and uses the boundless energy that he’s getting from somewhere to pursue these things. The kids, unbound by the walls of home, dash about free and bare of foot, constructing lean-tos and dugout forts.

The lowlands smell of spring, the sweet, deathly decay scent of leaves and fungi doing their thing. The juncos, cardinals, and chickadees have left our yard for dense cover, and above my head are constant, gradual skeins of snow geese headed north, honking consistently like passing freight trains.

With early spring comes hunger, and in recent weeks raccoons and ‘possums have been staking out the henhouses. I’m hungry too, and it is grilling season, and so I’ve managed to make use of said varmints in a way that is working out better for some of us than others.

Unseen in the boughs of cottonwood and oak, a hooting of owls bookends the darkness of night. Cluster flies are making their way out of the woodwork in my humble earthen home, buzzing groggily in the windowsill.

I see more and more of my human neighbors as well, as they shake off the slumber of winter rest and go about the business of springtime, gathering sap buckets from the maples, pruning fruit trees, digging garden beds, and even heading to the pond for a chilly dip.

While I am happy to be rooted here, harmoniously connected to the seasons, I cannot help but feel a bit of unease this spring, with the climatic land beneath my feet shifting so intensely. I worry about the water-intensive crops and livestock we’re raising in the dry times, and I worry about flooding in the wet times. Farming is essentially gambling, I’ve figured this out by now, but it seems that for the bulk of human history, it was all held within some certain physical boundaries, and these boundaries are dissolving every year, along with the ice caps. When I am this connected to my survival, and my survival is connected to my physical environment, it becomes a challenge for the conditions of this physical environment to change so dramatically. The same is true for our greater community, both local and global, in not only our physical realm, but the political too.

While here in my neck of the woods I feel keen to embrace the turmoil, mostly because I have no other choice, I worry that the larger part of humanity may well give in to the fear being generated out there by manipulators of all political persuasions. Living a land-based lifestyle has given me the opportunity to be still, to tune out the noise of an ever-complex civilization on the brink of self-extinction, and to be able to listen more deeply to the other voices present on this planet, underrepresented as they may be in our media-obsessed culture, but still the bulk of our global biomass. Here and there I see the red blaze of an elderberry bud breaking, verdant blades of grass reaching up through the thatch, or a lively clump of dock emerging almost before my eyes. Chickweed and henbit speckle untilled garden beds that were dormant a week back. These things will sustain us now, but I don’t know what the future holds, if there comes a time where there is no more winter to provide the dormancy these plant neighbors of mine require.

Now I’m not discounting one more snow this year or anything, but I’m making the call that winter is over. Never mind the groundhog. I don’t trust groundhogs. I eat them. Winter is over, and you won’t see me jumping for joy about it. It is time to stop being dormant. It is time to do the hard work.

Truly yours, Ben.

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit outside Rutledge, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Public tours are offered April – October on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. In the meantime you can find out more about us by checking out our website,, calling the office at (660) 883-5511, or emailing us at

Brackets Unveiled for Class 2 District 6 Basketball Tourneys


Defending its district title got a lot tougher for the Scotland County girls thanks to redistricting in 2017 and the Tigers didn’t benefit from the move either, as the Class 2 District 6 brackets were released this week.

The boys’ bracket features seven out of eight teams with winning records in 2016-17.

Despite posting a 20-1 record and a #7 ranking in the state, the Scotland County girls will enter next week’s district tourney as an underdog. Clopton, the #1 ranked girls team in Class 2 will be the top seed in the district tournament, which will be hosted by the Clarksville, MO  school, which is located south of Hannibal.

The host school will face #8 seed Louisiana (1-19) in the opening round on February 20th at 4 p.m.

The #2 seeded Lady Tigers will take on #7 Van-Far (6-14) at 5:30 p.m.

The third opening round game on Monday night will pit #4 Knox County vs. #5 South Shelby before the girls finale at 9 p.m. featuring #3 Paris vs. #6 Canton.

The boys will take the court Tuesday with #3 Louisiana (16-5) vs. #6 South Shelby (14-8) at 4 p.m.


Top seed Knox County (17-4) will then take on #8 Paris (8-12) at 5:30 p.m.

Scotland County, the #7 seed will be in action at 7 p.m. versus #2 seed Canton (15-6). The final game will pit #4 Clopton (15-6) against #5 Van-Far (13-7) at 9 p.m.

The girls semifinals will be played at 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. If the Lady Tigers take care of business in the opening round, they would advance to play the winner of Paris vs. Canton, in the 7 p.m. contest.

The girls’ championship game is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The boys’ semifinals are set for 5;30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 23rd. An opening round win for the tigers would advance them to play the winner of Louisiana and South Shelby in the 7 p.m. game.

The boys’ championship game will be played at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th.

The Late Mike Wagner’s Pink Elf is Honored in the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame

The late Mike Wagner was recently honored when he and his gladiolus hybrid, Pink Elf, were inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame located in Greeley, Colorado.

by Andrea Brassfield

The late Mike Wagner was fondly remembered as a man who loved and appreciated nature.  As a science and biology teacher, he enthusiastically taught for thirty-four years.  But his passion for science, and specifically genetics went well beyond the classroom as he and his wife spent much of their personal time in their garden. Over a 40 year span, they grew their flower garden to more than an acre in size with more than 1800 varieties of gladiolus.

Gladiolus hybridization was one of Mr. Wagner’s greatest joys and his work led to the development and introduction of many named seedlings into the commercial flower market not to mention the success his new creations experienced on the show table.

Thirty-seven years ago, in 1980, Mr. Wagner, introduced Pink Elf, one of his award winning gladiolus.  Last month, at the Annual North American Gladiolus Council Convention, in Myrtle Beach, VA, it was announced that Mr. Wagner’s Pink Elf was being inducted into the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame.

Mr. Wagner’s wife, Diana, received correspondence from Jane Bruce, Curator of the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame, letting her know about Pink Elf’s induction.  She received both a plaque and certificate with a description and picture of Pink Elf, letting her know the information would be included and archived at the International Hall of Fame.  The certificate reads: “This Certifies that Pink Elf is honored in The Gladiolus Hall of Fame inclusion in which is limited to those cultivars which represent outstanding achievement in the Gladiolus world.  And which have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of Gladiolus. Michael E. Wagner 1980”.

Pink Elf was one of Mr. Wagner’s favorite creations and is described as a ruffled 300 size pink with yellow blotch.  It was introduced out of a cross of K&M’s “butterfly” Elf x Parfait (Lauras 1958 233). It is still cataloged by Peters and remains healthy, still winning ribbons both in North American and the UK.

Pink Elf is also described as proven to be a great parent, at least among North American breeders: Elfin, from Bates; Rose Elf (and others) from MacKenzie; sister-seedlings Cream de Mint and Pink Doll) from Everson; and others too numerous to mention.  It is still being used successfully, at least as a seed parent.

The International Gladiolus Hall of Fame is in the Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, and is a repository for gladiolus literature from throughout the world and honors both outstanding gladiolus varieties and people who have notably contributed to gladiolus culture.

SCR-I Grad Rob Morgan Recognized for Contributions to Discovery of New Element

Recently, 1998 graduate of Scotland County High School, Rob (Bobby) Morgan was recognized for his contributions to the discovery of the newest element to be added to the periodic table. Element 117 received the official name Tennessine and was added to the seventh row of the table in November 2016.

The discovery of element 117 was officially announced in April of 2010, but began in early 2008 in a joint effort between researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory(ORNL) in Oak Ridge Tennessee and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna, Russia. To synthesize element 117, researchers bombarded the heavy element Berkelium7249 with a beam of Calcium-48 atoms. During the bombardment some of the calcium and berkelium atoms would combine to form the new element 117.

ORNL’s High Flux Isotope Reactor and adjoining Radiochemical Engineering Development Center(REDC), is the only facility in the world capable of producing the Berkelium-249 necessary for the experiment. Morgan was part of a small team of researchers and technicians at REDC who worked on the year-long campaign resulting in the production of 22 milligrams of Berkelium-249, the necessary amount to perform the experiment.

The berkelium target material was then shipped to the JINR in Russia where it would begin the six-month process of calcium bombardment in a particle accelerator. Following this experiment researchers announced they had detected the presence of six atoms of element 117. These findings were later confirmed by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California.

The proposed name, Tennessine, was approved by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) in 2016 to recognize the significant contributions of ORNL Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and the University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

The discovery of Tennessine is evidence of the existence of the theoretical “island of stability”, where superheavy elements have increasingly stable properties. Discovery of these stable superheavy elements could lead to new technologies in energy, and have a drastic impact on the current view of chemistry and physics.

Jolly Jacks & Jills Make Valentines Cards for Meals on Wheels Deliveries

The Jolly Jacks & Jills 4-H Club held their regularly monthly business meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Rotary building on the east side of the Memphis square.

President McKaela Bradley called the meeting to order.  Pledges were led by Kadance Burnett and Mason Mallett.  The Roll Call question was, “What is your favorite candy?”  Roll call was answered by 17 members.  Treasurer, Corbin Kirchner gave the treasurer’s report.  Several members reported on project meetings and work on their projects.

In Old Business, Assistant Leader, Sarah McSparren reported on the County Council meeting held on Jan 18th. Sarah reported that the nominations for the State Awards were written and submitted for Naomi Crouch Award – Sarah McSparren; Frank Graham Award – Josh McSparren; Hall of Fame – Pat Wiggins.  Sarah reported six 4-Hers are registered to attend State Teen Conference.  She reported there’s a FARM CITY night in Kahoka on Feb 25th.

Julian Vale and Sadie Jackson reported on volunteering at the Memphis Theatre. Club Leader, Alisa Kigar, reported on the craft that the members will do after the meeting that will be given to approximately 30 Senior Nutrition Site home delivered meals on February 14th.

In New Business, it was announced if any members are not aware of their project leaders to talk to the Extension Office.  Trash pickup was tabled until next month, but suggested an early out date from school in April for trash pickup.

President McKaela asked members if they wanted to do a fun spring activity?  Skating was suggested and kickball was suggested.  President McKaela called for a vote: Skating 13; Kickball 2. Julian Valle moved a motion that the club pays for the skating party. Morgan Jackson seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Under announcements: Drive on Pig Camp in Warrensburg on April 29th.  It was announced that all members that wish to show livestock at the fair must complete the SMQA (Show-Me Quality Assurance) training either live or via computer training.  The rules are that youth age 8 -13 must take the course 2 consecutive years to be certified.  Youth age 14 must complete an additional session to be certified.  Training is offered in our area in the following locations: March 2 @ 7 pm Lewis County Courthouse; March 8th @ 6 pm Scotland County Courthouse; March 13 @ 3:20 pm at Knox County High School; March 14 @ 7 pm at Clark County Courthouse.  Please contact the Extension Office in these counties if you plan to attend one of the live courses.  Otherwise, complete the course on-line at:

There’s a NORTHEAST REGIONAL 4-H ENERGIZER in Macon on Feb. 18th from 10 – 2 pm for youth age 11 – 18.  It costs $10.  Any youth that want to attend, please call the Extension office.

Achievement Day is scheduled for Sunday, March 5th.  The committee is meeting soon and registration papers will be sent out soon.  Members are encouraged to participate in all activities that day and prepare  a demonstration.  To learn about how to give a demonstration, go to University of MO Extension on-line and look up document Y 744 Let’s Demonstrate.

President McKaela asked for adjournment.  Elsie Kigar moved to adjourn.  Kilee Bradley-Robinson Second motion.  Motion carried.

After the business meeting, members and adults enjoyed snacks and made Valentines for the shut-in meal recipients for home delivered meals on Valentine’s Day. Thirty valentines were made by members of the club.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center


Thursday, February 16 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Buttered Corn, Cottage Cheese, Garlic Bread, Peaches

Friday, February 17 – BBQ Ribs, Parsley Potatoes, Coleslaw, Hot Roll, Strawberry Shortcake/Topping

Monday, February 20 – Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries or Regular Fries, Breaded Tomatoes, Applesauce, Bread Slice, Pudding

Tuesday, February 21 – Tenderloin/Bun/Onion, Lettuce Salad, Cauliflower/Cheese Sauce, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Rice Krispies

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Cabbage, Hot Roll, Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit


Wed., February 15 – Board and Business Meeting 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16 – Scotland County Health Department is doing blood pressure checks at the Nutrition Center. Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 20 – President’s Day, Center Open.

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, February 16 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.  Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Friday, February 17 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 for fasting blood sugars, cholesterols, blood draws, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Monday, February 20 – Office closed for Presidents’ Day.

Tuesday, February 21 –Walk-in clinic hours from 8-9 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  WIC certifications and mid certifications by appointment.  Please call 465-7275 to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – WIC nutrition education and check pick up.

Thursday, February 23 – Walk-in clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for immunizations.

SCR-I School Menus


Thursday, February 16 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, February 17 – Sausage/Gravy/Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Sausage/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Half, Juice/Milk

Thursday, February 23 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk


Thursday, February 16 – Chili Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Hamburger Bar, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Pickle Spear, Cheese Stick, Saltine Crackers, Applesauce

Friday, February 17 – Macho Nachos, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Peas/Carrots, Dinner Roll, Strawberry Shortcake, Fresh Fruit

Monday, February 20 – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, February 21 – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Country Fried Steak, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, California Blend Vegetables,  Dinner Roll, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, February 23 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Deli Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Layered Lettuce Salad, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruit

First Christian Church Hosts Central Christian College Students

Five students from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, and Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, were guests at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12th. CCCB Students are: Ian Whitmore a freshman Preaching major from Des Moines; Roni Busick, a freshman Christian Counseling major from Newtown, MO; Ashley Tanner a freshman Youth & Family Ministry major from Columbia, MO; Lucas Reynolds a sophomore Preaching major from Eldon, MO, and Admissions Counselor, Dillan Hayes, originally from Ft. Worth, TX. The Team is pictured here with the various youth groups from First Christian Church in Memphis.

A worship team, from Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, accompanied by a professor was in attendance at the First Christian Church in Memphis on Sunday, February 12, 2017.  During the Sunday School hour, the team met with the Junior High & Senior High students from the youth group and the topic of discussion was prayer.  Following the Sunday School hour, the church worship service was led by students Ian Whitmore, a Freshman Preaching Major from Des Moines and Roni Busick a Freshman Christian Counseling Major from Newtown, MO.   Preaching Professor, Jason Poznich, delivered the message from Luke 11:1-13.

After the church service, a carry-in lunch was enjoyed in the fellowship hall as part of the Annual Mid-Winter Cook-Out which was prepared by Randy Harrison, Paul Campbell, Lance Campbell & Lane Campbell, who cooked burgers & brats over the grill in the chilling temps.  After the Mid-Winter Cook-Out, the CCCB Team and Professor Poznich led youth group activities in the afternoon.

Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, is an accredited four-year Bible college, founded in 1957 and dedicated to equipping men and women for leadership in the Kingdom of God both nationally and internationally.  CCCB offers four-year degrees in Preaching, Christian Education, Youth & Family Ministries, Christian Counseling, Cross-Cultural Ministries and Christian Ministries.  The college also offers a variety of Associate Degrees and Certificates.  For more information, please call 1-800-263-3900 or go to or like them on Facebook.  Jack Sumption, Preaching Minister and Josiah Holloway, Youth Minister at First Christian Church, are both alumni of CCCB.

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