St. John's Group Email Church Float trip

Church Camping/Float Trip

Dates July 22 - 24th


     We have four campsites reserved at Onondaga Cave State Park for the night of the 22nd and 23rd.  These are full hookup sites.  Each site can accommodate up to 6 people and 2 sleeping units (one with wheels).  Cost of camping for 2 days is $54.50 per site.  If you do not camp but would like to join the fun a variety of overnight options are availabe at Ozark Outdoors which is about 2 miles away. or 800-888-0023

     The majority of Saturday will be "on your own".  There are a variety of things to do at Onondoga State park. or 573-245-6576  There is a beach on the river, a playground and trails (bring Off if you're choosing this option).  There are also cave tours available.  Onondaga Cave rates are $12 adult, $7 child, $10 senior.  Cathedral Cave tours are $8 for adults and $6 for children.  We will have a group meal on Saturday night.  Meat will be provided.  Please bring a dish to share.  We will also have a worship service on Saturday night.

     We are planning to float on Sunday leaving from Ozark Outdoors at 10:00.  We will do a 5 mile float.  This should take around 3-5 hours.  This would allow time for anyone who wants to drive down Sunday morning to do so.  (Leaving church at 8:00)  Cost to float on Sunday is $17.50 per person with 2 people in a canoe.  A child 12 or under can ride free in a canoe with 2 people.  A raft is $22 per person on Sunday with children 7 & under free.  Tubes are $20 per person.  If anyone has their own canoes we can work out shuttling arrangements.  (A Saturday float could also be arranged if someone wanted to float both days.  Canoes are $23 on Saturday. Rafts are $33 on Saturday.)

     Please contact Teresa Scott with any questions or to make your reservations.  Camping reservations need to be made with Teresa by July 10th but sooner is better.  Canoe/Raft reservations need to be made by July 17th but sooner is better. or 636-359-0274 (call or text)


Please feel free to join us all weekend or for any portion of the weekend.




St. John's Group Email Urgent need and Arranging Work Crews for Joplin

If you are a doctor or nurse or know of any doctors or nurses who have a bit of extra time and want to volunteer, here is the perfect opportunity:


Urgent Appeal – Immanuel Joplin Calling for Doctors and Nurses


Immanuel Lutheran in Joplin is doing incredible work serving their members, neighbors and the entire city. They are providing food, water, clothing and medical care. The medical clinic being run out of their school building is dependent on volunteer doctors and nurses. 

Pastor Gregory Mech and the leadership at Immanuel have asked us to put out this appeal asking doctors and nurses to consider coming to Joplin and serving in the clinic.  Any doctors and nurses able to donate even a day or two of their time would play a crucial role in keeping the medical clinic open and available to the community. 

The clinic is administering tetanus shots, doing wound care and addressing respiratory distress caused by the massive amounts of airborne debris from the rubble, among other things. 

If you are a medical professional and can donate some of your time to help Immanuel please click here and register as a volunteer for Joplin.  Note specifically that you are a doctor or nurse so that we can assign you to work in the clinic. 

Thank you for considering this request to share the mercy and compassion of Christ with the people of Joplin.




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St. John's Group Email update on my trip to Joplin

We will be staying at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Carthage in a single wide trailer that is actually their youth room.  
Some of you have asked about sending supplies.  Below is what they say they need right now.  I called and they said and I quote "Don't bring too much stuff down though, because we are pretty packed full of stuff right now."  I am driving the minivan and will take whatever I can in it. 

Empty Plastic Containers (tubs)

Safety Goggles


Dish Soap



Foil Pans

Clothes Pins



Heavy Plastic Sheeting

Weather Stripping (Furring Strips)


If you want to go, let me know by 2pm today. 

St. John's Group Email Going down to Joplin

Hey everyone,
I will be leaving for Joplin at about 5:30am tomorrow morning and I will be there till Thursday afternoon and drive back Thursday night. 
I don't know if I will be staying/sleeping at a Lutheran Church in Carthage or at a hotel nearby.  I may have to find a hotel in Springfield. 
If you would like to go with me let me know by 2pm today! 
I will be working with Immanuel Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church Charities down there.  Not sure yet what we will be doing, but in the words of the coordinator, "There is plenty of work to go around."
Peace to all!