News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
December 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Christmas Tribute gift
Give Your Loved One a Christmas Tribute -- Donate to Bald Knob Cross
Do you need a meaningful gift for that person that already has everything? 

T his year we've set up a "Christmas Tribute" donation opportunity as a gift option. It's a a  fundraiser for Bald Knob Cross which honors the person on your Christmas list. You select the amount to give in your special person's honor and y ou will receive a printable gift acknowledgement to present to them.

Your contribution helps Bald Knob Cross provide a place where all people can unite to experience the presence of God. 

Visit our website page for the details,
Christmas at the Cross
Christmas at the Cross Christmas at the Cross turned out to be another great event at Bald Knob Cross. Approximately 250 visitors attended, the Smoky Hollow String Band was amazing, Channel 3 gave us some news coverage, and the weather was unbelievable! 

Thank you to all who helped in any way to make this event special.
Christmas at the Cross
Pickin' at the Patch Event, Sponsored by Rendleman Orchards

THANK YOU to Rendleman Orchards, who provided a special booth for Bald Knob Cross, and donated a portion of the event proceeds to Bald Knob. This event raised about $1700 for the cross, and we would like to send out a huge thank you to Michelle Sirles and all who were involved in supporting the cross with this event. 
Pickin at the Patch
Pickin at the Patch
Holiday Gift Boxes Now Available at the Welcome Center and Online for Purchase

Box #1
Surprise a family member, friend or colleague with a Holiday Gift Box from Bald Knob Cross! 

Each gift box is packaged in a blue holiday snowflake themed box. They are ready to send directly to a recipient with your personal message, or order to put under your tree. 

Each box choice is $34.99, plus $6.00 shipping/handling.  See the details and purchase here.

We have 3 Holiday Gift Box choices:
  • Box #1: Contains two ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mugs.
  • Box #2: Contains one ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mug; small wooden cross; two heartfelt prayer stones.
  • Box #3: Contains one ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mug; Hand Blown Glass BKCP Ornament; magnet.


Box 2
Box #2
Box 3
Box #3
2018 Board of Directors

thank you In recent newsletters, there was information regarding the vacancies on the Board of Directors for 2018. Interested parties who met all the eligibility requirements were asked to indicate, in writing, their wishes to be considered for a board position by December 1st, 2017. Our by-laws state that there shall be not be fewer than seven (7) nor more than nine (9) members of the Board. There are seven (7) current board members who have recommitted for an additional term as allowed in the by-laws and there are two (2) people who submitted their names for a board position.  

Since the total of the seven current board members plus the two board candidates does not exceed the maximum number allowed on the board, and since those requesting to serve, as well as those returning, meet all the diversity requirements set forth in the bylaws, it will not be necessary to hold an election for those who submitted their names as board candidates. As such, there will not be a ballot sent out to the membership for voting and both new board candidates will be seated as board members at the Annual Meeting. Returning board candidates include:
  • Frank Caruso, Christopher, 62822 
  • John Reeder, Murphysboro, 62966 
  • William Minor, Jackson, MO, 63755 
  • Mary Lou Portell, Pinckneyville, 62274 
  • James Haney, Vienna, 62995
  • Danny Cash, Marion, 62959 
  • Paula Snow, Carterville, 62918 

 New board members include: 

  • Diane Meyerhoff, Sparta, IL 62286 
  • Dee Blakely, Anna, IL 62906 

If you are currently a member of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace, please note that the Annual Meeting will be on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the Welcome Center at Bald Knob Cross, 3630 Bald Knob Road, Alto Pass, IL, and that this meeting is open to all members who may wish to attend. Check the website in case of inclement weather for rescheduling information. 


If you have any questions please contact Teresa Gilbert, Executive Director, at or (618)521-1917. If you are not currently receiving our email newsletter, please visit the website and sign up, or email and request to be added. Thank you again for your support of Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

Welcome Center Business Card Winner

The business card drawing winner for November is Frances Bartlett from Cairo, Illinois. Congratulations Frances!
Most Current Needs

Dependable pickup truck - older model fine, just needs to be in good running condition. We often have to borrow a pickup truck to haul large recycling loads, small equipment to and from vendors for repairs, etc. 

Welcome Center Volunteers - We have a great cadre of volunteers that donate a multitude of hours to host the welcome center, and we need additional people so we can be open 7 days per week. If you can give a few hours per week or per month, or would just like more information about what is involved, contact Teresa at
Become a Member of Bald Knob Cross of Peace

become a member There are some exciting things happening at Bald Knob Cross, and I hope you've had the opportunity to visit recently. But if not, I hope you can plan a visit soon. 

This is the time of year when we send invitations to renew current memberships for the upcoming year, or invite individuals to consider becoming a member. Watch for your renewal letter in the mail (or get a copy here). Or,  check out membership opportunities here.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • crossApril 1, 2018 - Easter sunrise service
  • April 29, 2018 - Blessing of the Bikes
  • June 16, 2018 - Blessing of the Cars

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2018. If you would like to assist with planning an event for next year, please send an email to Create your own event at Bald Knob!

Teresa Gilbert

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Teresa Gilbert
Executive Director   
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