News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
February 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Date Change for Annual Meeting
annual meeting
Just a reminder for those of you who are members of Bald Knob Cross,   the annual meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m., at the Welcome Center at Bald Knob Cross

Hope to see you there!
Exciting News!!

Some long-awaited projects are nearly within sight...
  • Construction on the new observation deck should begin soon
  • Installation of the permanent lighting for the cross is also coming soon
  • Trenching a large electric line from the Welcome Center to the cross should happen in the near future (will save significant electricity costs) 
  • Welcome Center history project corner should be completed in the next few weeks 

These are all projects that have been in the works for many months, and hopefully we will be able to report soon about their completion!

2017 Board Members

As reported last month, we will have a full board for 2017. Returning board members are:
  • thank you Frank Caruso, Christopher, 62822
  • Regge Walker, Carbondale, 62901
  • John Reeder, Murphysboro, 62966
  • William Minor, Jackson, MO, 63755
  • Muriel Zachary, Cobden, 62920 
  • Mary Lou Portell, Pinckneyville, 62274
  • James Haney, Vienna, 62995 
New board candidates include:
  • Danny Cash, Marion, 62959
  • Paula Snow, Carterville, 62918 
Retiring board member:
  • Michelle Sirles, Alto Pass, 62920
Eclipse Tickets are on Sale!!

eclipse eventIt's unusual for tickets to be sold at an event at Bald Knob Cross, and we understand that a few people question this decision. Please know that the main concern is safety for everyone, and the provision of a good experience viewing the solar eclipse. We are advised by solar eclipse experts that we must have a method to control the number of people who travel to Bald Knob that day, and advance ticket sales is the only effective control method. 

Here's all the information on purchasing your tickets:  go to or 618-713-8516 

Just a reminder, visitors can attend this event only with the advanced purchase of a ticket. This is necessary to manage the number of people and cars at the cross on that date, so all visitors will have a good experience.

Two different levels of tickets are available: 
  1. Casual Eclipse Viewers: $50 for each ticket. This will include shuttle transportation to Bald Knob from Alto Pass area, plus T-shirt, eclipse glasses, water bottle, and other items still being determined.  
  2. Serious Eclipse Viewers: $250 for each ticket.
    This will include parking at the cross for your vehicle, so you can bring telescope, camera, and other equipment. This also includes all the items in the package, plus assistance to transport your equipment to your assigned area. Electricity will not be provided; please plan to bring battery pack if needed. A maximum of two (2) companion tickets may be purchased for $50 each with the purchase of a $250 ticket.
$1 for the Cross Annual Fundraiser

dollar for the cross Our annual fundraising mailing, $1 for the Cross, is on its way. This mailing goes to all the churches in the southern Illinois area, asking each church to designate a Sunday to take up a special offering for Bald Knob Cross, requesting each church participant to donate $1.00. This is a significant fundraiser for Bald Knob, and if your church doesn't participate, could you ask your pastor or stewardship Chairperson to consider being a part of this important offering for 2017? 

We very much need the support of our churches, individuals, groups and visitors - every one is important. Thank you for any support you can give to encourage your church to participate!
Most Current Need

We continue to need to locate a good used golf cart to use on the grounds at the Welcome Center. If you know someone who might donate a cart, or provide one at a significantly reduced cost, please let us know. If you would like to make a donation toward the purchase of one, you can easily do so here.
Presentations Available

Are you a member of a senior group, community group, men/women's ministry group? Would your group like to have someone come to give a brief presentation on Bald Knob Cross? We would love to come share information about the history, as well as current and future ministries at Bald Knob. Email me at or call/text 618-521-1917 and we will set up a time for me or a board member to come share with you. 

Let's help get more information out about Bald Knob Cross!
Volunteer Spotlight

Susie Malone Please welcome Susie Malone as one of our newest volunteers to help host the Welcome Center. 

Susie is from Marion, and her dad was one of the original "pig farmers" that helped raise funds to build Bald Knob Cross. Welcome, Susie!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • cross on the hillApril 16, 2017 - Easter Sunrise Service 
  • April 30, 2017 - Blessing of the Bikes 
  • June 17, 2017 - Blessing of the Cars 
  • August 21, 2017 - Viewing of Solar Eclipse (advance ticket purchase required)

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2017. 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




Teresa Gilbert

Executive Director 

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