Archive for Disciples Center at Tawakoni

Caretaker House Build at Tawakoni

Like our old swimming pool, the caretaker’s house at Tawakoni needs replacement urgently; we’ve done all that can be done with baling wire, chewing gum and duct tape, and it’s beyond the reach of hot glue and paper clips. The present house was moved to the grounds in the early 1970s, and according to a former resident, “it was in bad shape then.”

A Habitat-style volunteer build is planned beginning Monday, September 18, with site supervisors Richard Sack and John Groves, and the leadership of Vern Failor. Volunteer builders (you?) will weather in the house this fall, and complete it in time for camp season to begin. This volunteer build effort will also serve as a dry run for future builds including Jones Lodge, the adult-friendly cabin that will replace Cabin 3. Work on that project is tentatively slated for fall 2018.

The new house will be across the drive east of the old one, angled toward the camp entrance. The old house will eventually be torn down. The 3-bedroom, two-bath home will have an oversized double garage and full basement. This modest house will be a sound, comfortable home for current caretakers Bryan and Ashley Brockus and for future camp employees.

Several designated financial gifts and volunteer labor are making this project possible. The house is expected to cost about $100,000.

Anyone who is able can participate in the build. Work crews and individuals are needed starting September 19. Men, women, youth—cooks, carpenters, helpers, people of all skill levels, no skills, and those willing to learn—there’s something for everyone. Food will be provided, and lodging as needed. Bring your tools if you have them.

Build days:

  • September 19-23
  • September 25-30
  • October 9-14 and beyond!

Sign up to volunteer online here or call volunteer coordinator, Vern Failor, 785-231-3960. Come even if you haven’t registered; registration is required if you plan to lodge at the camp. The camp is in use by various groups most weekends, and we will balance lodging needs carefully.

2017 Camp Gala & Auction

Pool: Our newly renovated pool features a splash pad for young swimmers or those who do not wish to swim.

Camp Gala & Auction
October 28
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

10:30 a.m. — Silent Auction
12:15 p.m. — Lunch & Live Auction

Dinner Menu:

  • Pork Tenderloin
  • Beef Tenderloin
  • Roast Turkey Breast
  • Green Beans
  • Martin’s Dirty Rice with homemade Sausage

$45 registration fee due by Friday, October 20; Register and pay online below or download the 2017 Camp Gala and Auction Registration Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.  Proceeds benefit camp facility improvement

Have Auction Items to donate?
Items can be dropped off along with a Gala Donation form at the Disciples Center or given to any regional staff member.  


2016 Clergy Retreat

Relax, Refresh, Renew
6 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 – Noon Thursday, April 28
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

  • Rest & relaxation
  • Reconnect with colleagues in ministry
  • Spend time with a dynamic theologian & pastor in an informal setting
  • The focus will be on preaching to post-modern people
  • Optional “golf fellowship” available on Wednesday.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Cost: $60.00— two nights, four meals, lodging at the camp 
            $45.00 — for program and meals only (lodging available at nearby hotels).

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This charge will appear as “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement or a variation there of.

Rev. Dr. Phil Snider
Senior Minister
Brentwood Christian Church
Springfield, MO

Phil Snider is an award-winning writer, speaker, pastor, and community organizer who has served as the senior minister of Brentwood Christian Church since 2003. Phil’s books include Toward a Hopeful Future, winner of the 2011 Mayflower Award for best book in church and society; The Hyphenateds; and Preaching After God: Derrida, Caputo, and the Language of Postmodern Homiletics.

He holds degrees from Missouri State University, Phillips Theological Seminary, and Chicago Theological Seminary, along with a certificate in pastoral care and counseling from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.


2016 KCYF Spring Retreat

KCYF Retreat
March 4-6
Disciples Center at Tawakoni

Register online below or download the 2016 KCYF Spring Retreat registration form and mail with payment to Topeka Regional Office.

Registration Fee is $60 before Feb. 17.  Registration fee increases to $75 for registrations after Feb. 17.

     Sleeping bag                    Towels
     Personal Items                Open Heart!


Christian Watkins

Rev. Christian Watkins

The Retreat is directed by KCYF Cabinet and features keynotes by Christian Watkins, an ordained minister serving as Interim Associate Pastor in Connecticut.  Watkins is a graduate University of Kansas before studying at Yale Divinity School.  Her ministry has included writing and using youth curricula for summer youth ministries; working at a orphanage in Turkey for Armenian children; writing grants for non-profits, and co-founding and ministering at a house church in New Haven, CT.


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Chapel is Finished!

After about nine months of construction, the new indoor chapel located just east of the Leadership Lodge and south of the Dining Hall, is finally completed. A chapel dedication is scheduled during the camp Gala and Auction in October.

The chapel project began with a ground-breaking ceremony at the annual Gala and Auction held in November 2014. Construction crews began setting the forms and pouring the concrete in February 2015.

By March, the framing for the walls had started going up and the chapel started taking shape. Then, the sheeting and roofing started going up in April as the rest of camp prepared for the summer camping season.

With the summer camping season in full swing, contractors worked on dry walling the interior, setting the windows, and placing the limestone veneer around the main entry doors and around the round stained glass window in the chancel area. By June, the custom woodwork started being installed.

Next, it was time for paint and stain as construction wound down.  On August 13, the truck arrived with the chairs. It took a little over an hours for 12 volunteers from local churches to unload all 150 chairs.  

Finally nearing completion.  During late August and September the sound system, light fixtures, and ceiling fans will be installed; the piano and communion table currently in the leadership Lodge will be moved; and general cleaning.  Volunteers at Men’s Retreat will have the opportunity to work on the prayer garden located on the south side of the building.  


2015 Gala and Auction

The annual Gala and Auction for the Disciples Center at Tawakoni will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 24, at the camp.

Register online below or by mailing in 2015 Gala Registration Form  with enclosed payment.

     10:30 Check-in & Silent Auction. 
     12:10 Chapel Dedication. 
     12:30 Dinner in Dining Hall

Auction donations are also appreciated.  Send item with the following Donation Form to any of the following drop off locations.

Drop off Locations:
First Christian Church, Manhattan: 115 Courthouse Plaza
     Debi Rogers, Alex Brazil  (785) 776-8790
First Christian Church, Topeka: 1880 SW Gage Blvd.
     Jamey Kendall (785) 272-4290
Riverside Christian Church, Wichita: 1001 N. Litchfield
     Allison Longman (316) 617-9328
Erie Christian Church, Erie: 703 W. State
     Diane Watkins (620) 244-5353
Douglass: Brenda Davis,  (316) 650-4056
Christian Church in KS Regional Office 
Christian Church in KS South Central Satellite Office,

The 2014 Gala and Auction raised more than $23,500 for camp development.

NOTE: This charge will appear as a variation of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.