Fall Fellowship Camp

The believers at Redeeming Grace Church are happy to announce that registration for the 2017 Camp is now open!  (Here are images and sermons from the 2016 Camp.)
  • When: October 12 - 15, 2017, Thursday evening through Sunday lunch.
  • Where: Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp, a campground facility located in the Ozark foothills between Jefferson City and Rolla, Missouri. 
  • What: 
    • Fellowship.  Saints will have abundant, relaxed opportunities to meet one another and share in the things of Christ.  We look forward to renewing old friendships, beginning new ones, and strengthening bonds between Gospel-centered churches.  1Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
    • Worship.  We'll have the joy of praising our glorious Lord with a diverse mix of fellow believers, experiencing, we hope, a sweet taste of "heaven on earth".  Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
    • Preaching.  We'll be encouraged and challenged by sound Biblical teaching from a variety of gifted speakers.  Ephesians 4:11-12 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
    • Refreshment.  All who attend should enjoy a pleasant vacation experience in a beautiful natural setting.  Mark 6:31 And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
  • Who: Whoever wishes to seek the Lord and fellowship with His people.
  • Why: For the glory of God and the advancement of Christ's kingdom.  

Food service volunteer opportunities

If you attended the 2016 Camp, you can expect most things to remain the same in 2017 except for greatly expanded volunteer opportunities in the food service area.  Last year, most of the food service work was performed by a small group who worked very long hours.  This year, based on feedback from many of you, we will be spreading the workload across many more hands.  

We need helpers, including men, women, and teenagers, at all levels of experience.  There are important tasks for even those least skilled in kitchen work. The main qualifications are diligence, cheerfulness, and an eagerness to serve the saints.  Individuals as young as age fourteen (or age twelve if accompanied by a parent) are welcome to volunteer.   

We need a total of 40 volunteers this year to serve in the following four positions:

Kitchen Staff Day Crew
  • They start work Thursday at 1:00pm and at 8:00am Friday - Sunday and serve until the end of supper in a variety of kitchen and meal preparation tasks.  
  • They will need to miss the morning worship meetings but can attend the evening meetings.  
  • Requires a total of 8 volunteers.

Breakfast Staff Split-Shift Crew
  • They start work at 6:00am each day and serve until the end of breakfast, doing breakfast food preparation and replenishing the breakfast line.  They then return to work at the end of the supper meal to help with kitchen clean-up and prepare for the following day's breakfast.  
  • They may need to miss all or part of the evening worship meetings but can attend the morning worship meetings.  
  • Requires a total of 4 volunteers.
       
Food Line Servers 
  • They start work 30 minutes before lunch and supper meals, putting food portions onto diners' trays, and continue working until the meal has ended and the dining room is cleaned-up.  
  • Positions are available for all three lunches or all three suppers or both.  
  • They can attend all worship meetings.  
  • Requires 8 volunteers for each meal, so a total of 16 (unless some work both meals).

Dishwashers  
  • They start work mid-meal and continue working until all dishes are washed.  
  • Each 4-person team will handle one meal each day of the Camp (i.e. one team does all breakfasts, another team does all lunches, etc.).  
  • They may miss all or part of morning or evening meetings, depending on which meals they handle and how quickly work is completed.  
  • Requires 4 people x 3 meals, so a total of 12 volunteers.   

Attendees willing to volunteer for a food service position may indicate their choice when registering for the Camp. The food service managers will later communicate with each volunteer about the specifics of the position.  If there are too many volunteers for one team and not enough for another one, some might be asked to consider switching teams.

About the Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp facility

  • The campground is located on 750 partially-wooded acres in the foothills of the Ozarks.  The land slopes down toward the Gasconade River, which runs along the property's east border. Also on the property are a working 40-head horse farm, houses for the Camp's full-time staff, and a five-acre lake for boating and (catch-and-release) fishing.   
  • The primary Camp buildings include the office / dining room building, the meeting chapel, a large gymnasium, and three lodging buildings (Oak Lodge, Cedar Lodge and the Bunkhouse).
  • The facility's meeting chapel, dining room and sleeping rooms have been designed for a maximum capacity of 300 people. 
  • The registration desk is located in the lobby area of the office / dining room building and will be staffed by RGC people throughout the Camp weekend. 
  • The chapel has carpet, heating, A/C, sound system, restrooms, and a baby cry-room / nursery area at the back.  The dining room has heating, A/C, a modern commercial kitchen, and seating for 300.  All the lodging rooms have heat but no A/C (which hopefully won't be a problem in October). 
  • The Turkey Hill Camp does not allow pets, firearms, fireworks, drugs, alcohol, smoking or dancing on the property.  We will need to comply with their rules.

Lodging options for attendees

  • Motel-style rooms at the Oak Lodge building.  Thirty motel-style rooms with both a double bed and a set of bunkbeds (so there's room for four persons on beds), and a private bathroom.  These rooms may be reserved for the three nights of the Camp for a total fee of $120. 
  • Private bunk rooms at the Cedar Lodge building.  Eight private bunk rooms, each with its own bathroom.  These would be ideal for a family of up to six people.   These rooms may be reserved for the three nights for a total fee of $120. 
  • Dormitory rooms at the Cedar Lodge and Bunkhouse buildings.  Each dormitory room has either five or six sets of bunkbeds and its own bathroom.  Each room will be designated as either male or female, with attendees assigned to rooms accordingly. Attendees may stay in the dormitory rooms at no cost.
  • RV and tent sites.  There are eight RV sites with water and electric hookups (three with 50 amp service and five with 30 amp).  There are also abundant grassy areas for pitching tents.  The RV and tent area has its own bathhouse, so this could be a more quiet, private lodging alternative. Attendees may stay in the RV and tent area at no cost.
  • Offsite lodging.  Some attendees may opt to stay overnight at an area motel or "commute" to the Camp from their nearby home.

Cost

  • Because we desire that no one be excluded from the Camp for financial reasons, there is no cost (other than transportation) to attend the Camp if someone stays in dormitory rooms, tents, or RVs. 
  • The only charge is for reserving one of thirty motel-style rooms or one of eight private bunk rooms.  These private rooms may be reserved for a fee of $120, which covers the three nights of the Camp.  
  • All meals will be served at no cost.  While we cannot accommodate special dietary requirements, there will be a salad bar available every lunch and dinner meal.
  • We may provide a donation box for those wishing to contribute to Camp costs.

Registration

  • EVERYONE attending the Camp, regardless of lodging choice, MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE through the Eventbrite website by using the form below. Just choose a "Quantity" and click the green "Register" button to finish your registration. It's a pretty simple process.  
  • You will receive a confirmation email when your registration has been successfully completed.
  • Registration is open now and will close September 30 or when the campground capacity of 300 people has been reached ... whichever comes first.
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations after September 30.    
  • It would be a great help to those planning the meals and making room assignments for attendees to register early, as soon as they know they're planning to participate. 
  • If a particular lodging option is sold-out, you can "JOIN WAITLIST" to be notified when that type of room becomes available in the future.  Last year there were a significant number of cancellations nearer to the start of Camp, so we encourage you to use the waiting list.   


Remember to bring

  • Bed linens.  All rooms, including the motel-style ones, have bare mattresses. 
  • Towels.
  • Personal toiletries (including hand soap).
  • Flashlights.
  • Bug spray.
  • Box fan (if weather is warm).
  • Comfortable clothing that will enable you to enjoy the outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.  Temperatures for this weekend in mid-Missouri average 70 degree highs and 45 degree lows.  

Directions to the Turkey Hill Camp property

  • Turkey Hill Ranch Bible Camp is about 40 minutes south of Jefferson City, MO and 50 minutes north of Rolla, MO.
  • All attendees, except those traveling by helicopter, will arrive via Hwy. 63.  Just south of the little town of Freeburg, turn east onto county Route 637.  (There's a business with lots of old ice machines next to the turn-off.)  From there, just patiently follow the Turkey Hill signs along the gravel county roads about four miles to the campground entrance.  
  • When you enter the campground, please stop first at the Office / Registration Desk / Lobby area to check-in.  You will be given your room assignment and various instructions. Everyone, even those staying in tents or RVs must check-in at the Registration Desk. 
  • After check-in, please park your vehicle near your lodging building.
  • The Camp's address is 13781 Maries Road 301, Vienna, MO 65582. 
  • Link to Google Maps

Recreational activities available at the campground

  • In the gymnasium: basketball, volleyball, gaga ball, racquetball, ping-pong, foosball, etc.
  • Mini-golf course
  • Horseshoe pitching
  • Canoes and paddle boats on the lake
  • Large open grass field for softball, ultimate frisbee, frisbee golf, soccer, etc.
  • Fishing on the lake (catch-and-release) or Gasconade River
  • Playground equipment for younger children
  • Hiking trails through the woodlands, near the horse farm, and along the river
  • Evening bonfire (on Saturday night)
  • Afternoon naps

Tentative schedule


Thursday
2:00pm - Check-in begins (Office lobby)
5:00pm - Supper
7:00pm - Evening Worship (Chapel)
11:00pm - Curfew

Friday and Saturday
7:30-9:00am - Breakfast available
8:30-9:15am - Prayer (Cedar Lodge)
9:30am - Morning Worship (Chapel)
12:00pm - Lunch
5:00pm - Supper
7:00pm - Evening Worship (Chapel)
9:00pm - Bonfire at lake (Saturday)
11:00pm - Curfew

Sunday
7:30-9:00am - Breakfast available
8:30-9:15am - Prayer (Cedar Lodge)
9:30am - Morning Worship (Chapel)
12:00pm - Lunch
1:00pm - Clean buildings and grounds

Room cleaning requirements

  • The campground should be clean and ready to use when we arrive on Thursday.
  • All attendees are responsible to clean their own lodging rooms at the end of the Camp. Instructions and cleaning supplies will be provided by Turkey Hill.  
  • Turkey Hill will charge you a cleaning fee of $100 for any room left dirty. 


Frequently Asked Questions


How "rustic" is the campground?
The Camp facilities are designed to be reasonably comfortable for attendees of all ages.  There is heat, A/C (in the chapel and office / dining building), indoor plumbing, flush toilets, and electric appliances throughout the facility.  Concrete walkways connect the dining room, chapel, and Oak Lodge buildings.  Mattresses, however, will likely be smaller and less comfortable than those we're accustomed to at home.

What about wi-fi and cell phone service at the campground?
Do not expect these services to be available.  The Turkey Hill Camp's landline (573-744-5843) can be used to relay urgent messages to attendees.  Cell service is probably available a few miles from the campground along Hwy. 63.  Let's enjoy this opportunity to take a brief break from our electronic connections as we seek the Lord and fellowship with His people.

How far is the campground from retail stores and medical facilities?
Freeburg, MO, about four miles from the Camp, has a gas station with a decent-sized convenience store.  The nearest town with grocery and discount stores is Vienna, which is about 20 minutes south from the Camp.  The nearest hospital is in Jefferson City, about 40 minutes to the north.  The Turkey Hill director mentioned that ambulance service, in the event of an emergency, is prompt.

Could I reserve a private room for just one or two nights?
The reservation fee for the motel-style and private bunk rooms entitles an attendee to use the room for the entire duration of the Camp.  It's fine to use the room for less than three nights, but the fee will be the same in all cases.

Are there good motels available near to the Camp?
The small Scenic 63 Motel in Vienna, MO is about 25 minutes from the Camp.  There are a variety of motels available in Jefferson City (40 minutes to the north) and Rolla (50 minutes to the south).  Most, if not all, attendees will need to stay on the grounds.

Who will the speakers be?
Speakers will be selected from those who attend the Camp, so encourage gifted preachers to attend. Let's pray for the Lord to graciously help all the speakers in ministering His Word and (equally important!) give us "ears to hear" from Him.

Could I help by doing some work at the Camp?
Yes!  See the Food Service Opportunities section above.  There will also be opportunities to help with final campground clean-up on Sunday.

Could I bring some food to contribute to the meals?
To simplify food service management, all meals will be freshly prepared in the Camp kitchen.  We will not be preparing food items in advance, and we will not be accepting food contributions from attendees.

Will there be swimming at the campground?
The Camp's swimming pool closes September 1, so there will be no swimming during our time there. Swimming in the lake and river is also not permitted.

What about bringing pets?
The Turkey Hill Camp does not allow pets, so leave Fluffy and Fido at home.

What else should not be brought to the Camp?
Turkey Hill Camp does not allow pets, firearms, fireworks, drugs, alcohol, smoking or dancing on their property.  We will need to comply with their rules.

What about lost-and-found items?
See the registration desk in the lobby area to turn-in or claim items lost during the Camp.

Who do I contact with questions?
Contact Nathan or Lorri Rages.  Call / text: 573-397-1687 (Nathan) or 314-952-8562 (Lorri). Email to either: rages4@gmail.com .


A few photos of the Turkey Hill facility


Grounds:



Chapel:



Dining Room:




Oak Lodge:


Dormitory room:

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