BAPTIZING ON THE JACKS FORK RIVER
“If the Holy Spirit is working on Sunday morning, you’re going to baptize Sunday afternoon. You may not know ahead of time.” - Dennis Purcell of Gladden Baptist Church in Salem, Missouri, complaining about the Park Service trying to make churches get a 48 hour advance permit to do baptisms in the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Thank goodness that Congressman Jason Smith put a stop to that nonsense a year ago (although OTHER NONSENSE continues).
On Sunday, our church met below "Steel Bridge" on the JACKS FORK RIVER about three miles from Mountain View (It later runs into the CURRENT RIVER). It is where my two older children were baptized six years ago --- when the river was running at flood stage. Sunday, however, was sunny and hot (100 degrees), with the water level at it's usual August levels (low).
Many children from our church were baptized, including my ETHIOPIAN DAUGHTER, Grace. Not only did we have a great service, but I think that everyone had a great time afterwards playing in the water, climbing around the bluffs, eating, floating, building a dam, and jawing in the shade.
CLOSE TO HOME ---- THE UPPER JACKS
TWO RIVERS: THE JACKS MEETS THE CURRENT (AT LEFT)
Last year we had the worst drought since the early 1950's. Since the first of the year, we have had enough rain to green the fields, fill the ponds, make the ground mushy ------ and make the Jacks Fork flow again. If you are serious about floating, try the upper Jacks (between The Prongs and Alley Springs). The water is crystal clear, and the bluffs are frequent and massive We like to put in close to home (we live about three miles from the river) and just go. Make sure you do it in the spring though ---- otherwise there will not be enough water to carry you through the riffles. Malachi and I will be looking for a good day to break out the kayaks in the next two or three weeks. By the way, the Jacks Fork becomes the CURRENT RIVER at a place called "Two Rivers".
MISSOURI CONSERVATIONALIST: The Missouri Conservationalist's latest cover was of the Jacks Fork River. HERE is link to the story and pictures. HERE is a link to my posts on the Jacks Fork. Great story --- great river!
JANUARY ON THE JACKS
We live about 3 miles from the Jacks Fork River. Although we prefer the CURRENT RIVER because it's big enough to run a jet boat on, the Jacks Fork is a truly amazing river. These pictures show why the Jacks is considered one of the top ten float streams in America. Between the crystal clear water and the huge rock bluffs, it's an incredible way to spend a 70 degree afternoon ---- in January!
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).