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November 30th Deadline/Protect Property Rights


Dear Families,


FCM family, Matt and Tina Reichert, need our assistance in stopping Grain Belt Express transmission lines from obtaining eminent domain on thousands of Missouri landowners acreage.


"Eminent Domain - the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.

Violates Eminent Domain - The PSC should not allow GBE to take private land for their private  financial gain. Approval of this project would give a private, non-utility company the power of eminent domain setting a very dangerous precedent and eroding our property rights and those of the generations to come."


Please read the attached information and help gather signatures on the proposed petition by November 30th to protect  Missouri landowners private property rights. 


Thank you for your help.


Jon and Candy


Please Click Here to sign the Petition


SYCAMORE VALLEY FARM


Help Us Protect Property Rights and the Beauty of the Rural Landscape


On July 1,2015, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied the company’s first application because the proposed line would not promote the public interest and any actual benefits from the project are outweighed by the burdens on affected landowners.


In August, 2016, GBE has filed another application for the project. We, along with Block Grain Belt Express-Missouri (BlockGBE), Missouri Landowners Alliance (MLA), and Show Me Concerned Landowners are committed to stopping the BGE transmission line form receiving approval and obtaining the power of eminent domain.


Eminent domain-‘the right of a government or its agent to expropriate private property for public use, with payment of compensation.’ In light of this definition, we want to share with you our major concerns:


Violates Eminent Domain-the PSC should not allow GBE to take private land for their private financial gain. Approval of this project would give a private, non-utility company the power of eminent domain setting a very dangerous precedent and eroding our property rights and those of the generations to come.


Speculative-At present, there is no wind energy in Kansas being generated to transmit to the East coast grid on this particular proposed HVDC line. This venture is highly speculative at the risk of hundreds of Missouri landowners.


Inexperience-The company proposing to build this line, (GBE), has no experience building what would be one of the largest HVCV lines in the world.


Detriment to the landscape and quality of life for landowners and neighbors-This proposal would forever mar the landscape in northern Missouri; clear-cutting up to a 200’ wide path across the state for structures ranging in size form 100’ to 150’ tall.


As if the shear height weren’t enough, depending on the type of structure they are supporting, their ‘footprint’ can range from a 6’ diameter to a massive 27’ square concrete pad with each having one to four piers up to 50’ deep. According to GBE, there will be between three to six of these structure per mile. The 600 kV high-voltage cable will drape across the countryside within 34’ of the ground. Would you want your work day to include coming into close contact with such enormous power?


Because the Missouri legislature has failed to pass legislation that adequately protects private property from developers, we are asking our family, friends, and concerned citizens to join together to stop this encroachment in Northern Missouri. Would you consider helping us save our Centennial Farm and the private property of hundreds of other Missouri landowners by doing one or all of the following:


1. Join Missouri Landowners Alliance (MLA). To become a member for free, visit the MLA website at http://missourilandownersalliance.org’join/.


2. Please write a letter to the Missouri Public Service Commission since they hold the power to deny public utility status to the Grain Belt Express Clean Line.

     Missouri Public Service Commission,

     Consumer Services

     200 Madison Street

     PO Box 360

     Jefferson City, MO 65102

Or leave a comment, by simply visiting the PSC web site at psc.mo.gov. In the right column, click on ‘submit Comments.’ Then click on ‘submit comments’ again, which will take you to the appropriate form. Please remember, at the bottom of ht form or letter, to include the Case/Tracking No. of EA-2016-0358. You can find a sample letter at the bottom of the page of the MLA website.


Hand written letters are the most effective but please feel free to email the Commission if that is more convenient. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Case/Tracking No. EA-2016-0358.


3. Would you consider helping raise the much needed funds to fight this encroachment upon property rights by donating to MLA? Both we and MLA have been blessed with an experienced attorney doing all of this work ‘pro-bono.’ That is right, Mr. Agathen is doing all this work for free but, in order to build the best case possible he has to be prepared to present the best expert witnesses in the land to support our intervention goals. If you would like to financially support this cause go to http://missourilandownersalliance.org/donate-4/.


4. If you are a Missouri resident, would you be willing to help us make a bold statement to the PSC about respecting private property rights by having your family and friends sign, the attached petition below and mail to Matt & Tina Reichert, 25589 Fort Orleans Ave., Brunswick, MO 65236, by November 30, 2016? Any and all signatures are greatly appreciated. Please Click Here To Sign the Petition.


5. Last but not least, please consider attending or even speaking at one of the commission’s eight local public hearings in northern Missouri. A list of the dates and times for those meetings is available on the BlockGBEMo website http://blockgbemo.com/upcoming-meetings/.  


Because this is a very complex issue, we welcome your thoughts, comments, questions, and most of all, your prayers. Matt and I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to read this letter and considering joining our effort to protect private property rights.


Sincerely, Matt & Tina Reichert


25589 Fort Orleans Ave.

Brunswick, MO 65236 

(660-548-3283)

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July 19th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 32 years!
www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

     FCM 32nd Annual Conference, September 5-9

1.  Clarification of Conference Dates and Activities
2.  Conference Activities
3.  Online Registration
4.  Schedule & Special Pricing of Additional Activities
5.  Meet Moses and become a member of Family Covenant Ministries’ Entourage to the Promised Land
6.  Silver Dollar City Classes for Our Families
7.  Conference Workshops by David Klarich
8.  Missouri Candidates Endorsed by FCM

CLARIFICATION OF CONFERENCE DATES AND ACTIVITIES

Conference Dates

You choose what days you want to come and what you want to do!


It has come to our attention that there is confusion about how long you must stay for our upcoming conference and activities. You may come for just the two days of workshops on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 or stay longer for the other activates as time permits. You choose how long you want to stay and what you want to see.

For example:
You could come to just the workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Or you could come to Silver Dollar City on Monday, and then the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Or you could come to Silver Dollar City on Monday, the conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, and some or all the activities on Thursday.
Or you could come for all five days of conference and activities.
Or you could come to one day of the conference and one or more days of the activities.
Whatever works for you is fine with us!

PLEASE NOTE: FCM Conference postcards have just been mailed. To see the postcard online, go to Family Covenant Ministries (CHEF).


CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES

You pick and choose how long you want to stay and what you want to do.

*Included in your conference registration fee are the things that are highlighted below in yellow.


All other activities should be purchased separately at the links that are provided.

CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS BEST!

Shalom! Join FCM’s Journey through the Promised Land and meet Moses, along with Aaron, as they lead us through the Bible, so you can learn firsthand to avoid the pitfalls that plagued the Hebrew people.

A spectacular 5-day celebration held at the beautiful AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center, Silver Dollar City, College of the Ozarks, Titanic Museum, and Sight and Sound Theatre

Christian hospitality welcome bags

World class speakers and workshops
Celebrity book signings
A special viewing of Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit
Sight and Sound Theatre singers before workshops
Biblical impersonators
Treasure hunt
Special biblically related gifts
Special performances by the Anthem Glorye Band and The Bowers Family
Hymn singing
Bible quiz
Christian pageant
Costume contest
Spectacular biblical scenery at Sight and Sound Theatre
Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s biblical themed lobby
Special workshop on how one family captured an entire “community culture” toward Christian biblical values and learn how YOU can be a Legacy Catalyst in your own community
Special workshop on family business and impacting your community by Jack Herschend, co-owner of Silver Dollar City/Herschend Family Entertainment
Tour at College of the Ozarks
For your convenience, the entire conference will be held on the main floor of the Chateau, including our exhibitors, with a glass elevator to guest rooms and suites just around the corner from the registration tables
Especially convenient for families with young children, Chateau on the Lake Resort’s guest rooms and suites are just above the conference ballrooms
Special pricing for Silver Dollar City
Special pricing for classes at Silver Dollar City presented by the best of America’s craftsmen (some classes are free)
Tour of Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City
Special pricing for Titanic Museum
Treasure hunt at the Titanic Museum
Special pricing for Sight and Sound Theater’s production of Moses


EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

HURRY-Limited Time

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

Now until August 6


Family Pass Now Just $109; Regular $139
 (Includes unmarried children still living at home)
Couple Pass Now Just $79; Regular $99
 (Husband and wife)
Individual Pass Now Just $59; Regular $79

First Time Attendee
Family Pass
Now Just $84; Regular $89
 (Includes unmarried children still living at home)
Couple Pass Now Just $54; Regular $59
 (Husband and wife)
Individual Pass Now Just $34; Regular $39

Exhibit Hall Free

Online Registration

This exclusive price is now available online by going to www.familycovenantministries.com

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.

Remember that the special FCM pricing at the Chateau on the Lake is only good through August 6, so reserve your rooms today by calling 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) and identifying yourself with Family Covenant Ministries.


SCHEDULE & SPECIAL PRICING OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Events and Special Ticketing Prices


To order your tickets for any of these events, go to www.homeinbranson.com/homeschoolweek1.html

Monday, September 5 Silver Dollar City (Special classes for our families; details below with some free classes)
Tuesday, September 6 Conference at Chateau on the Lake
Wednesday, September 7 Conference at Chateau on the Lake
Thursday, September 8 Titanic Museum 9:00
  College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch 11:30
  Lunch on own at Keeter Center
  Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production 3:30 (Arrive 2:45)
  Christian Pageant and Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s lobby
Friday, September 9 Silver Dollar City (Special classes for our families; details below with some free classes)

Silver Dollar City 2-day Special Pass for Monday, September 5 and Friday, September 9
Adult: $54
Child (4-11): $41
Includes taxes, shipping, service fee
(Compare to regular price 1-day tickets: $65.64 adult/$53.80 child)
We will have a tour of the cave and special classes planned for you at Silver Dollar City.

Titanic Museum September 8, 9:00 a.m.
Child (4-18): $9 plus one adult
Other adults: $25
(Compare to regular price: $28 adults ages 13 and up/$10 child ages 5-12)

College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch September 8, 11:30 a.m.
Tour Free This tour will not only impart the history, vision and mission of the college but also allow you to see firsthand the students working around the campus. College of the Ozarks honors Christ, Life, and Family!

Lunch on your own at Keeter Center

Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production
September 8, 3:30 p.m. (Arrive at 2:45 p.m.)
Adult (14 and up): $29
Children (4-13): $12
Lap children up to 3 years: Free
Includes tax and service fee
(Compare to regular price: $50.22 adults/$21.20 children)

Our Spectacular Biblical Pageant and Ball will commence in Sight and Sound’s lobby following the production of Moses.

Silver Dollar City Tickets will be mailed so that you are able to go on Monday; all other tickets will be available at Conference registration table on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.


MEET MOSES AND BECOME A MEMBER OF FAMILY COVENANT MINISTRIES’ ENTOURAGE TO THE PROMISED LAND

SHALOM! Join the journey to the Promised Land as you learn how to navigate the pitfalls that plagued the Israelites.

CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AT ITS FINEST!

Celebrations will include special performances by Anthem Glorye Band and the Bowers Family, Hymn Singing, Bible Quiz, Costume Contest, and Bible Ball.

We are very excited about the upcoming 2016 conference. Although this conference continues our reputation for excellent speakers, messages, and fellowship, it will be distinctive in many ways. So keep watching as we unfold plans for this spectacular conference in upcoming newsletters—plans that are sure to excite and delight your family!

IMPERSONATORS

We had such an outstanding response last year to all of the impersonators that we are going to do it again this year.

Calling volunteers for becoming impersonators of the Bible—Prophets; Priests; Kings; Mothers and Wives of the Prophets, Priests, and Kings; Centurions; Reformers; Preachers; Missionaries; Hymn Writers; Christian Composers…

Thoroughly explore your character so you are prepared to answer attendees’ questions as they attempt to identify your person.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 314-920-6135.

COSTUMES

View Sight and Sound Theatre’s media gallery for costume ideas.

www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/home.do

www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/mediaGallery.do#m2

www.sight-sound.com/WebSite/shows.do?showCD=MOS

TREASURE HUNT
 
Before the conference, we will print cards with the names of the characters coming to the conference and hand these out to our attendees.

Characters will wear a name tag that identifies them as an impersonator and sign their characters’ name on attendees’ Treasure Hunt cards when someone discovers their identity.

The first attendee in each age category to fill their card by discovering the identity of our impersonators will receive a special biblically related gift. Attendees need to brush up on the Bible and biblical history so they are prepared to ask good questions of our impersonators.

BIBLE PAGEANT

We will also ask our impersonators to be part of our Bible Pageant in Sight and Sound’s spectacular biblically themed lobby, where we will announce each character before our Bible Ball commences. Attendees will vote on the best impersonator’s costume, and the winner will receive a biblically related gift.

For Those Who Do Not Wish to Be Impersonators But Wish to Dress in Period Costumes

Our Bible Ball will be comprised of dances from the Jewish culture. Costumes are not mandatory; however, for those of you who do not wish to be impersonators but wish to dress in period costumes, you should begin sewing or selecting your gowns, dress attire, or uniforms for the Ball. This can be Hebrew dress, Roman attire, Reformers attire…or dress up as any of the characters above. You do not have to participate as an impersonator to dress up as one of our biblical characters.

THE PERFECT FAMILY VACATION & A GREAT PLACE TO RECONNECT WITH FRIENDS

BOOK SIGNINGS


Have your books signed for your posterity! The time schedule of each book signing will be listed in our program, which will be handed to each attendee at the registration table.


SILVER DOLLAR CITY CLASSES FOR OUR FAMILIES

For Silver Dollar City admittance, class reservations, meal tickets, or questions about a class, call 800-417-7770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

Class: History of Folksongs
Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.
Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased
Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes
Cost and class size: Free, reservation required
Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.
Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet
Park map location: Marvel Cave

Class: Wacky Taffy
Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.
Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)
Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

Class: Classic Candles
Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.
Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.
Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

Class: Finger Weaving
Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.
Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Class: The Potter’s Wheel
Time: 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: Did you know that pottery is considered one of the tools that changed the course of history? Whether it’s for artistic or practical purposes, this craft makes for a fun challenge! In this class you’ll learn how to make a basic custom coaster, then take it home and paint or decorate it.
Take home craft/activity: Pinch pot
Park map location: Hillcreek Pottery (D-6)

Class: Leather Art
Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.
Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain
Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

Class: Loom Weaving
Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class
Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.
Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Class: Homeschoolers’ Children’s Church
Time: 3:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The city’s pastor, Kevin Day, will deliver an energetic interactive special children’s sermon geared for ages 1-11. Everyone is welcome.
Take home craft/activity: Small cross for the children
Park map location: Wilderness Church (I-5)

Class: History of Folksongs
Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.
Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased
Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes
Cost and class size: Free, reservation required
Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.
Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet
Park map location: Marvel Cave

Class: Loom Weaving
Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class
Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.
Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Class: Wacky Taffy
Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.
Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)
Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

Class: Classic Candles
Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.
Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.
Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

Class: Leather Art
Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.
Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain
Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

Class: Finger Weaving
Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.
Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Tickets for these Silver Dollar City homeschool classes for our families are on sale, and space is limited.

2016 meal tickets are also available, which are good at ANY Silver Dollar City restaurant (includes entrée, drink, dessert and gratuity).
Adult (12+): $13.50 (tax included)
Child: (4-11): $7.00 (tax included)

For reservations, meal tickets, or questions about a class, call 800-417-7770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


UPDATED CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Please note these two workshops from David Klarich.

Defending the Rule of Law
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation—at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” –Barack H. Obama, June 28, 2006. This workshop will discuss the principles of the law upon which our nation was created and examine whether American exceptionalism exists. Explore the principles of jurisdiction, equality, dominion, and unalienable rights in the context of modern politics, jurisprudence, and current events.

Politics and Policy: Protecting your Children
The current models, methods, standards, and theories that define public, private, and parochial education are changing, and such paradigm shifts will impact home education. Examine how to effectively influence policy makers and participate in the full-contact world of politics.


MISSOURI CANDIDATES ENDORSED BY FCM

Peter Kinder, Governor
Bev Randall, Lt. Governor
Kurt Schaefer, Attorney General
Jay Ashcroft, Secretary of State
Roy Blunt, U.S. Senator

Missouri House of Representatives:
District 17:  S. Nick King
District 31: Sheila Solon
District 101: Noreen McCann
District 106: Chrissy Sommer
District 137: Lyndall Fraker

Please consider helping Peter Kinder in these last two weeks before the Missouri primary.

 

 


 
July 15th, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Family Covenant Ministries (formerly Christian Home Educators Fellowship) Faithfully honoring God, equipping generations, and serving the homeschooling community for the past 32 years!
www.FamilyCovenantMinistries.com

Family Covenant Ministries (formerly CHEF) Information and Activities

1.  FCM 32nd Annual Conference, September 5-9
2.  Online Registration
3.  Newest Conference Additions
     a.  Anthem Glorye Band
     b.  Silver Dollar City Classes for Our Families on September 5 and September 9
4.  Schedule & Special Pricing of Additional Activities
5.  Accommodations
6.  FCM Notes
7.  Updated Conference Workshop by Dr. Paul Michael Raymond
8.  Family Bible Study-Exodus 1

Dear Families,

In a dark and drifting nation, it is imperative that FCM families support one another and remain united in our effort to return our country to its Christian foundation.

Capturing Your Promised Land-Family, Church, Community and Nation!

The FCM (CHEF) 32nd Annual Conference will be held on September 6 and 7 in Branson, Missouri this year at the AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center overlooking Table Rock Lake, with five days of activities from September 5-9.

Please understand the far-reaching impact we are able to have on our communities when we learn firsthand how God used one family to influence and capture an entire community toward Christian Biblical Values. Our prayer is that each of our families leaves this conference with the tools, inspiration, resolve, and courage necessary to capture their own communities for Christ!


*****Branson leaders contacted us in 2013 to bring our conference to their city because they believed that Family Covenant Ministries modeled the Christian Biblical Core Values on which the city operates.

When we discovered that Branson adopted Christian Biblical Core Values in their city plan and that their commitment to honor Christ through these values grace the walls of their city hall, government centers, public schools, churches, businesses, and homes as a reminder of their Christian legacy and mission as a City on a Hill, we were convinced that we needed to support Branson and learn how we could implement Branson’s Generational Transformational Plan in our own communities.

At this conference, we will discover multiple ways of how to identify our Christian mission and vision and purposefully capture the culture for Christ by leading our families, churches, and communities with a Christian vision. Please click here for more information about the conference.*****

Please Note:
FCM Early Bird Special is good through August 6.

Also, special FCM Pricing at the Chateau on the Lake is only good through August 6, so reserve your rooms today!



EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

HURRY-Limited Time

REGISTER EARLY AND SAVE!

Now until August 6

Family Pass
Now Just $109; Regular $139
 (Includes unmarried children still living at home)
Couple Pass Now Just $79; Regular $99
 (Husband and wife)
Individual Pass Now Just $59; Regular $79

First Time Attendee
Family Pass
Now Just $84; Regular $89
 (Includes unmarried children still living at home)
Couple Pass Now Just $54; Regular $59
 (Husband and wife)
Individual Pass Now Just $34; Regular $39

Exhibit Hall Free

Online Registration

This exclusive price is now available online by going to www.familycovenantministries.com

If you have any trouble registering, please let us know by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 314-920-6135. Please keep in mind that it may be a few days before we are able to respond.



NEWEST CONFERENCE ADDITIONS

The Rolf Family’s performance is free and is included with your FCM conference registration. They will perform either on Tuesday or Wednesday evening at the Chateau Conference center following our last workshop for the evening.

ANTHEM GLORYE BAND-Branson’s Family Music Legacy Continues

The Anthem Glorye Band is a family acoustic band from Branson, MO. The Rolf Family includes Jory and Tess Rolf with their six children, Banner (14), Nation (12), Anthem (9), Justus (4), Honour (2) and Glorye (8 weeks). All have a heart and passion to encourage and inspire others to Believe in Family again and to “Make Believers” by sharing Christ’s Heart through a “good ol’ fashioned family music experience.”

In step with Branson’s history of family entertainers, the Rolf Family seeks to follow in the footsteps of Branson’s legacy of live Ozark Mountain music entertainment. Of the Rolf family’s six children, the oldest four children all entertain on multiple instruments including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, upright bass, washboard, hammered dulcimer, accordion, harp, dobro, piano, classical guitar and more. Their good ol’ fashioned family musical style encompasses bluegrass, folk, gospel, country, old-time fiddle, Irish, original, patriotic and more.

The Rolf Family band, Anthem Glorye Band, has been performing in inspirational venues all across America. This talented family has traveled coast to coast performing at many events, churches, festivals and RV resorts around the country. Here in the heartland, Branson and the surrounding areas have also enjoyed several “Anthem Glorye” performances including the Showboat Branson Belle Gazebo, downtown Branson, and veteran’s reunion shows around the Ozarks. The Rolf’s musical presentation inspires audiences to “Believe in Family” again as they shine the “Ozark Mountain Spirit” wherever they perform.

“The unrivaled history of live Ozark Mountain family music has inspired us immensely,” says the family patriarch, Jory Rolf. “Our family greatly values the rich heritage of live instrumental and vocal family music that has made Branson famous. We desire to pass on this great Ozark Mountain family music legacy to future generations.”

This summer, the Anthem Glorye Band will be touring the northeastern US and Canada. Their route will include stops in New York, Vermont, Cape Cod, Boston, Maine, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, DC, Tennessee and back to Branson.

The family just released their first music CD titled It Is Good featuring classic favorites “Grandpa” and “Church in the Wildwood” and heart-stirring original pieces written by the family, “Greatest Sermon” and “Keep Her Safe.” To experience more of the Anthem Glorye Band or to purchase the family’s new CD visit their website www.AnthemGlorye.com.

The Rolf Family has cherished being Branson, MO residents for the past 12 years and have been very instrumental in celebrating our area’s Christian Biblical Core Values found at www.OzarkMountainLegacy.org. To learn more about the Rolf family’s 18-year Family Ministry, visit www.MakeBelievers.com.

If you’ve enjoyed the live family music that has made Branson what it is today, then keep your eyes open for the up-and-coming Anthem Glorye Family Band continuing to inspire the next generation to embrace Branson’s Family Music Legacy. Their Family Anthem will inspire you to believe in family again and celebrate good ol’ fashioned Family Values that still echo across the Ozark Mountain Hills.

The Rolf Family is available for local bookings year-round and can be reached at 417-598-1314 or email Jory and Tess at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



SILVER DOLLAR CITY

Silver Dollar City, an 1880s theme park located near Branson, Missouri, presents six world-class festivals from April through December. The 100-acre park has 12 stage venues, 30 rides and attractions, 12 restaurants, 60 shops and 1500 employees, including 100 resident craftsmen. But it began as an accessory to a hole in the ground.

The hole, first called Marble Cave because the limestone walls were thought to be marble, was one of the first attractions in what would become Branson. In 1907, after his famous novel The Shepherd of the Hills was published, nationwide interest in the Ozarks began, drawing visitors who wanted to see the self-reliant and stoic hill people, the wooded valleys, the mountain “balds,” and the incredible cave Harold Bell Wright had described.

In 1946, Chicagoans Hugo and Mary Herschend vacationed in the Ozarks and discovered the cave now called Marvel Cave because of its awesome proportions. Hugo, a Danish immigrant whose world traveling had separated him from his family in Denmark and whose sales work at times kept him away from home in Chicago, was looking for a family business where he could work together with his wife and sons. In April 1950, Hugo and Mary and their teenage sons, Jack and Pete, took over the management and tours of the cave. That summer, Marvel Cave drew 8,000 visitors.

Following Hugo’s death in 1955, Mary, Jack and Pete began building the 1880s Ozark village. Mary was committed to authenticity and preservation -- there would be no cheap storefronts. She also insisted on preserving the natural beauty of the area, particularly the trees.

In 1960, the Herschends opened the village they called Silver Dollar City, named for the promotional idea of giving visitors silver dollars as change. When vacationers returning home would pay for their gas and other purchases with silver dollars, people would ask where they got the coins, and the vacationers would describe the park and their Silver Dollar City adventure.

The town square had a blacksmith shop, a general store, an ice cream parlor, a doll shop, and two 1800s authentic log structures which had been relocated and restored, the McHaffie homestead and the Wilderness Church. For entertainment, a small troupe of Silver Dollar City “citizens” dressed in 1880s costumes performed street theater, presenting humorous feuds between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The staff, including Herschends, was about 17 people.

Silver Dollar City continued to grow, adding stagecoach rides and a steam train. Ingenuity in handling challenges led to some of the park’s long-standing traditions. When the steam train needed a stop to build up enough steam to make the final run up a hill to get back to the station, the rest period was turned into interactive theater. Comedic train robbers would come out of the woods to hold up the passengers while the boilers churned up the necessary steam to complete the ride.

The first craft festival held at the park in 1963 had native craftsmen demonstrating 19 crafts including woodcarving, tie hacking, shingle splitting, blacksmithing, weaving, lye soap making and candle making. Visitors were so interested in the demonstrations that more resident craftsmen were added, including a glass blower, a weaver, a potter and a silversmith. That year 500,000 people visited the park, and Silver Dollar City became Missouri’s number one tourist attraction. By 1998, visitors were topping two million.

Silver Dollar City now encompasses more than 100 acres, showcasing America’s heritage crafts with a demonstrating colony of 100 resident craftsmen -- woodcarvers, glassblowers, potters, basket makers, leather crafters, candle makers, knife makers and more.

Rides include the groundbreaking wood coaster Outlaw Run, the world’s most daring wood coaster. Thrill ride enthusiasts around the world marked this first-of-its-kind ride debut as the park made history with the March 2013 opening of Outlaw Run. The new $10 million ride sends passengers soaring through the Ozark Mountains on a wood coaster that includes several firsts. Outlaw Run features the world’s first and only double barrel roll on a wood coaster, with a 720-degree (double) barrel roll. It is the only wood coaster to twist upside down with a record-breaking three inversions; the world’s steepest wood coaster with a first drop of 162 feet (more than 16 stories) at 81 degrees – nearly vertical; and the second fastest wood coaster in the world, reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour. Outlaw Run was voted Best New Ride of 2013 worldwide.

Additional rides include the explosive launch roller coaster PowderKeg, named the Best Family Thrill Coaster on the Planet by Thrillride.com; the multi-looping roller coaster WildFire; the super-soaking water raft ride Tom & Huck’s RiverBlast; and the Giant Swing that launches riders more than seven stories in the air and nearly upside down at roller-coaster speeds. The Grand Exposition area of the park has 10 family rides that recreate the era of the World’s Fairs and Expositions of the late 1800s. Attractions such as Half Dollar Holler and The World’s Largest Treehouse at Geyser Gulch provide interactive play areas for kids and families, and entertainment is showcased in on-park theaters ranging in size from 150 seats to 4,000 seats.

Along with Silver Dollar City’s growth and the addition of high-quality production shows and high-tech rides -- themed to keep an old-fashioned look -- “high-touch” elements remain. Visitors join the activities of an 1800s homestead at the McHaffie Cabin. Kids are deputized by the town marshal. Gospel singing beckons from the door of the 155-year-old Wilderness Church. One can smell the aromas of succotash cooking on an outdoor skillet and feel the waxy bars of freshly made cakes of lye soap. The ringing of the blacksmith’s hammer on the anvil invites visitors to watch his work at an open-air forge. The craftsmen show their techniques, share the history and answer questions, such as why hewing the logs for a cabin make it strong enough to stand for centuries. The Culinary & Craft School offers guests behind-the-scenes experiences with classes on legendary Silver Dollar City home-style cooking.

The vision of the Herschends nearly five decades ago to showcase the natural beauty of the Ozarks and to bring to life the colorful history and heritage of the area led to the development of a theme park which is today an industry leader. Silver Dollar City won worldwide recognition with the 1999-2000 Applause Award, the theme park industry’s top award of excellence based on management, operations, creativity and ingenuity. The park was also the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Thea Classic Award, recognizing worldwide excellence and outstanding achievement in themed entertainment from the Themed Entertainment Association. In 2009, Silver Dollar City won the Golden Ticket award as the “Friendliest Park” in the entire theme park industry. In 2013, the park’s new wood coaster Outlaw Run won the Golden Ticket Award for ‘Best New Ride’ in the theme park industry worldwide, and the park was voted in the top ten Best Parks in the world.

The park has seen 71 million guests since it opened on May 1, 1960, contributed over $100 million to the state economy, and has employed 35,000 people over the years, including the nearly 2,000 Herschend Family Entertainment employees who work in the Branson area. A Congressional Proclamation recognized the 1880s Theme Park as “The Home of American Craftsmanship,” and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon described the park as “the Hope Diamond of Missouri tourism.”

http://www.silverdollarcity.com/theme-park


SILVER DOLLAR CITY CLASSES FOR OUR FAMILIES

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Class: History of Folksongs
Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.
Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased
Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes
Cost and class size: Free, reservation required
Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.
Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet
Park map location: Marvel Cave

Class: Wacky Taffy
Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.
Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)
Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

Class: Classic Candles
Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.
Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.
Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

Class: Finger Weaving
Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.
Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Class: The Potter’s Wheel
Time: 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: Did you know that pottery is considered one of the tools that changed the course of history? Whether it’s for artistic or practical purposes, this craft makes for a fun challenge! In this class you’ll learn how to make a basic custom coaster, then take it home and paint or decorate it.
Take home craft/activity: Pinch pot
Park map location: Hillcreek Pottery (D-6)

Class: Leather Art
Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.
Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain
Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

Class: Loom Weaving
Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class
Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.
Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Class: Homeschoolers’ Children’s Church
Time: 3:00 p.m., 30 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The city’s pastor, Kevin Day, will deliver an energetic interactive special children’s sermon geared for ages 1-11. Everyone is welcome.
Take home craft/activity: Small cross for the children
Park map location: Wilderness Church (I-5)

Class: History of Folksongs
Time: 1:30 p.m., 40 minutes
Cost and class size: Free
Description: The Homestead Pickers, four Christian entertainers and recording artists, took on the task of compiling the folk music and lyrics of some of the most cherished folksongs of the world. The Pickers’ hope is that learning can be made fun through studying and singing these selected folksongs.
Take home craft/activity: Optional songbook and CD to be purchased
Park map location: Picking Shed (J-4)

Class: Marvel Cave Mystery Tour
Time: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., 75 minutes
Cost and class size: Free, reservation required
Description: Be a cave explorer! Learn the history and science behind one of Missouri’s deepest treasures.
Take home craft/activity: Activity sheet
Park map location: Marvel Cave

Class: Loom Weaving
Time: 2:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $3 plus tax, 6 per class
Description: Have you ever wanted to weave on a large loom? Our peg loom system allows you the experience of interlocking fibers at a fraction of the cost.
Take home craft/activity: Bookmark or dollhouse rug
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Class: Wacky Taffy
Time: 2:30 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: This tasty confection appeared in the Midwest in 1880 and today Silver Dollar City taffy makers create over 75,000 lbs. of taffy each year. Now you get the chance to pick your favorite flavors while watching taffy-making in action.
Take home craft/activity: 1/2 lb. bag of handpicked assorted taffy (you pick the colors)
Park map location: Phoebe Snapp Taffy (I-5)

Class: Classic Candles
Time: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $5 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: Can you imagine what life would be like without electricity? Back in pioneer days, candles were the primary form of household light. Now it’s your turn to learn some fun facts about this beautiful and once crucial skill.
Take home craft/activity: Self-dipped farm animal candles. Students will learn the rainbow technique.
Park map location: Carrie’s Candles (F-4)

Class: Leather Art
Time: 11:00 a.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $6 plus tax, 15 per class
Description: In this class you will discover some fascinating facts about leather. Then work with our craftsmen as you create your own personalized leather keychain to take home.
Take home craft/activity: Personalized leather keychain
Park map location: Mountain Leather (H-3)

Class: Finger Weaving
Time: 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., 45 minutes
Cost and class size: $11 plus tax, 20 per class
Description: In this class you will learn how to make a 15-minute scarf using only your hands and bulky yarn. Various colors to choose from.
Take home craft/activity: A bulky yarn scarf
Park map location: Canfield’s Creations (G-4)

Tickets for these Silver Dollar City homeschool classes for our families are on sale, and space is limited.

2016 meal tickets are also available, which are good at ANY Silver Dollar City restaurant (includes entrée, drink, dessert and gratuity).
Adult (12+): $13.50 (tax included)
Child: (4-11): $7.00 (tax included)

For reservations, meal tickets, or questions about a class, call 800-417-7770 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



SCHEDULE & SPECIAL PRICING OF ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

Monday September 5
Silver Dollar City (Special classes scheduled)
Tuesday September 6 Conference at Chateau on the Lake
Wednesday September 7 Conference at Chateau on the Lake
Thursday September 8 Titanic Museum 9:00
 College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch 11:30
 Lunch on own at Keeter Center
 Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production 3:30 (Arrive 2:45)
 Christian Pageant and Bible Ball in Sight and Sound’s Lobby
Friday September 9 Silver Dollar City (Special classes scheduled)

Events and Special Ticketing Prices

To order your tickets for any of these events, go to www.homeinbranson.com/homeschoolweek1.html

Silver Dollar City 2-day Special Pass for Monday, September 5 and Friday, September 9
Adult: $54
Child (4-11): $41
Includes taxes, shipping, service fee
(Compare to regular price 1-day tickets: $65.64 adult/$53.80 child)
We will have a tour of the cave and special workshops planned for you at Silver Dollar City.

GOOD NEWS: Silver Dollar City Ticket Price Reduction
Please Note: We just received a flyer from Silver Dollar City with pricing for our FCM Homeschool Week, and the ticket prices are less than what was given to us back in April. So please note the new pricing of $54/adult and $41/child.

Titanic Museum September 8, 9:00 a.m.
Child (4-18): $9 plus one adult
Other adults: $25
(Compare to regular price: $28 adults ages 13 and up/$10 child ages 5-12)

College of the Ozarks Tour and Lunch September 8, 11:30 a.m.
Tour Free
Lunch on your own at Keeter Center.
This tour will not only impart the history, vision and mission of the college but also allow you to see firsthand the students working around the campus.

College of the Ozarks honors Christ, Life, and Family!

College of the Ozarks letter to Lands’ End publicly sent:
www.hometowndailynews.com/2016/02/25/c-of-o-ends-longtime-relationship-with-lands-end/

An overview of the story:
world.wng.org/2016/05/mail_order_makeover

An article on the apology from Lands’ End – carried by Fox News and all major networks:
www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/25/lands-end-apologizes-for-gloria-steinem-feature-after-pro-life-activists-cry-foul.html

Sight and Sound Theater Moses Production September 8, 3:30 p.m. (Arrive at 2:45 p.m.)
Adult (14 and up): $29
Children (4-13): $12
Lap children up to 3 years: Free
Includes tax and service fee
(Compare to regular price: $50.22 adults/$21.20 children)

Our Spectacular Biblical Pageant and Ball will commence in the Sight and Sound’s spectacular lobby following the production of Moses. We will get back to you about the time.

Silver Dollar City Tickets will be mailed so that you are able to go on Monday; all other tickets will be available at Conference Registration Table on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7.


ACCOMMODATIONS

Please Note: Special FCM Pricing at the Chateau is only good through August 6, so reserve your rooms today!

Most of our speakers’ workshops will be held on September 6 and 7 at the AAA Four Star Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa, and Convention Center overlooking Table Rock Lake. Please view the gallery of beautiful pictures of this lovely Four Star resort:
www.chateauonthelake.com/gallery-en.html

Room Rates as low as $104; pricing below.

Treat yourself to some of the coziest accommodations in the Ozarks at Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa.

Widely recognized as one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, the Chateau is situated in the picturesque Ozark Mountains overlooking scenic Table Rock Lake just 10 miles from downtown Branson, Missouri. The resort features an impressive 10-story sky-lit atrium that has a waterfall, meandering streams brimming with colorful Koi fish, a charming library lounge with a great stone fireplace, 43,500 square feet of meeting space, an indoor and scenic outdoor pool, theater, restaurant, deli, café, and sweet shop.

Guest Rooms & Suites for FCM Families

Special Breakfast Buffet Pricing just for our families!

The Hotel is offering special vouchers to our families for a delicious Breakfast Buffet. This exceptional breakfast buffet is only $5 a person with children under age 5 free. Normally $15 per guest makes this a great deal. Breakfast may be eaten either in the beautiful Chateau Grille or in the Atrium Café beside the indoor waterfall and stream. Gratuity not included in breakfast service; individuals to provide gratuities at time of service. You are also welcome to bring food into your hotel rooms; however, you must eat that food in your rooms.

Guest rooms will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mountain View King/Double Queens not including breakfast $104 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

Mountain View King/Double Queens including breakfast vouchers for all occupants of room (Maximum of 6 guests) $134 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

Ambassador Suite not including breakfast $149 for single, double, triple, and quad rate
 
Ambassador Suite including breakfast vouchers for all occupants of room (Maximum of 6 guests) $179 for single, double, triple, and quad rate

The rates have been procured specifically for our FCM families. Rates for guests just prior to our event begin at $230 a room compared to our great room rates, and the tax rate in Branson is less than in St. Charles.

We were told that there would not be any sales tactics used to coerce customers to upgrade rooms, which has been a problem at the Embassy Suites in St. Charles.
 
Reservations-by phone only!

In order to assign individuals to specific rooms, room reservations will be required. Group’s attendees will make their reservation request by calling 1-888-333-LAKE (5253) and identifying themselves with Family Covenant Ministries. No online reservations are available for our group because we have been blessed with special breakfast buffet vouchers. You will need to ask for either a regular room with or without breakfast or an ambassador suite, with or without breakfast.

The Hotel does not confirm reservations to individual attendees in writing.

When reservations are made, the Hotel will require a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night for each reservation. An individual’s deposit is refundable to that individual only if the Hotel receives notice of an individual’s cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. Upon check-in, each guest will be required to present a valid credit card upon check-in, on which an amount of sufficient pre-authorization can be obtained to cover the room and tax charges and parking for the length of the guest’s stay, plus the agreed use of the Hotel’s ancillary services, and the Hotel requires each guest’s home-business address and e-mail address.
 


FCM NOTES

The following are taken from lovely letters, notes, and emails. Each correspondence deeply blesses our hearts. Thank you. Hopefully these will bless your hearts, as well, knowing that God is working mightily among us.

Mr. and Mrs. Summers, Thank you for organizing the FCM conference again this year. The Lord directed us to your conference in 2013, and it has been a blessing ever since. We just completed our registration and hotel for 2016! Looking forward to the conference this year! We are passing the news along in Nebraska as best we can. If you are ever near Lincoln, Nebraska, please do consider stopping by. See you in September!
–Lincoln, NE
 
Hi, Candy, I am so sorry I have lost communication with you. Life has been busy. The children had chicken pox last convention. In Oct momma and daddy moved in with us. In April of this year our home flooded and we were on national news being rescued after a 5-hour evacuation process. Since then it’s been a whirlwind, yet through it all the children have kept reminding me to hurry and register for the 2016 conference. I just filled out our application. I added momma and daddy to the list of attendees. I hope you and your family are doing well. I look forward to connecting with you. It looks like a wonderful group of speakers. We’re excited to join the fellowship. –Topeka, KS
 
So good to read the latest newsletter, and we are happy to hear that you have chosen Branson for the next conference. The Lord is a light to your path, and we continue to be in prayer for your family and all the FCM families that will be coming to this conference. May the Spirit of the Lord give a resounding ‘embracing’ of this new location and may all who come prosper in every way! Blessings to all of you! –Antioch, IL


UPDATED CONFERENCE WORKSHOP

Please note that this workshop will replace the conference workshop entitled The Anticipation of the King Enthroned (The Triumphal Entry Expounded and Applied) by Dr. Paul Michael Raymond.

Leadership, Victory and Inheritance
Cultural leadership, from a biblical standpoint, is critical if Christendom is to survive and excel in our age. The advancement of the Kingdom of God is the passion of the true child of God. Joshua was such a man. This lecture details what it means to be a biblical leader and how a biblical leader takes the fight to the enemies of God.



FAMILY BIBLE STUDY-Exodus 1

For this year’s Conference, and also in preparation for our viewing of Moses at Sight and Sound Theatre in Branson, we are making our Exodus lessons, which were Jon’s Sermon notes, available to our families so parents can use these as Bible studies with their children.??Although our homeschooling families come from many different denominations that hold to many different doctrines, each family will still be able to agree upon the vast majority of these lessons. Don’t be tempted to throw out the baby with the bath water on a few particular points of difference, but instead, skip over the points with which you may not be comfortable, and continue on with the remainder of the lessons, as these lessons will provide a tremendous foundation of truth for your children. Link to Exodus 1:
http://theresnoplacelikehome-summers.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1439:exodus-1&catid=65:the-lords-family-fellowship&Itemid=61