News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
June 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Blessing of the Cars is this Saturday, June 17th, 10am - 2pm

T-shirts will be available for purchase
Don't miss the fourth annual Blessing of the Cars event; food, fun, fellowship, music and blessings will adorn the day! A come and go event, drive up and join in what promises to be a great day. 

NOTE: If you're a biker, there will also be bike blessings at the cross until 12:30 p.m., and then bike blessings at Alto Pass Bless Fest - for all those who missed the Blessing of the Bikes event this year because of rain. 

Come out and plan to have a great day!
Inaugural Cross of Peace Dinner

Inaugural Dinner

Join us for one or both Inaugural Cross of Peace Dinners

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Hedman Vineyards & Winery, Alto Pass, Illinois
(tickets limited to 80) 
Saturday, July 29, 2017
Walkers Bluff, Carterville, Illinois

Tickets are $100 per person, $150 per couple 

Sponsorship available: $1000 for 4 tickets 
(use all 4 at either event, or 2 at each event) 

6:00 Gathering, 6:30 Program & Dinner 
Great food, entertainment, pictures and updates on what's happening at Bald Knob  

The Funds Development Committee of The Bald Knob Cross of Peace was formed in late 2016 to establish opportunities to raise funds for The Cross for the perpetual care and special projects outside of day-to-day operations. We hope you will be able to help us with our endeavor.
View the Total Solar Eclipse at Bald Knob Cross

Eclipse The solar eclipse event is fast approaching -- just a little over 2 months away!! Tickets are still available  and T-shirts can be purchased online. This will be an amazing event to experience. We hope you can come join us for this historic moments at Bald Knob.

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

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 five (5) companion tickets may be purchased for $50 each with the purchase of a $250 ticket.

Would you like to have someone make a presentation to your civic, church or community group? Would you like to hold your next meeting at the Welcome Center? Just email or call us in advance and we can get this scheduled for you. or 618-713-8516
Recent Exciting Happenings
  • sunset over the new deck Observation deck complete! Thanks to so many who gave so much to make this happen.
  • Underground electrical wire laid between the cross and Welcome Center, which will allow us to take down the above ground electrical poles and wires, plus reduce our electric bill. Thanks to Dave Condor and the All-Electric staff for their generous donation to make this happen.
  • New lighting illuminating the cross from top to bottom!! Additional housing has been installed for improved placement of the lights, in addition to much improved quality of lights. Thanks to Steve McKeown for his many, many hours of labor and donation of resources and materials to make this happen!
Volunteers Needed to Help Host Welcome Center

volunteer Are you looking for a great volunteer opportunity? The number of visitors coming to Bald Knob is steadily increasing, which means we need additional volunteers to provide hospitality at the welcome center. A wide variety of shifts available - one ½ day per week, one full day per week, one evening, one weekend shift... or maybe just one or two shifts per month. Or maybe you just help host weddings and special events. We work with your availability - come join a great team! 

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!
Biggest Needs
  • Volunteers to help mow the grounds 
  • Volunteers to help host the Welcome Center 
  • Funding to expand the parking lot and create bus turnaround
Volunteer Spotlights

Recognizing three more of our outstanding volunteers this month (left to right):  

Frances Cochran from Vergennes, volunteers one day per week plus assists with special events; Frances has some family ties to Bald Knob Cross which makes it a special place for her. 

Sydney Heath from Buncombe is a dedicated high school student, who chose Bald Knob Cross as a place to fulfill some volunteer hours for school - great choice! 

Lenna Reeder from Murphysboro is newly retired and we are so grateful she has chosen Bald Knob Cross as a place to fill some of those previously working hours. 


All three of these ladies are a tremendous asset to the ongoing ministries at Bald Knob - thank you so much!!  

If you would be interesting in volunteering, we need you - send me an email at and I can share more information with you. It's a rewarding experience!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • crossJune 17, 2017 - Blessing of the Cars 
  • July 15, 2017 - Inaugural Cross of Peace Dinner at Hedman Vineyards & Winery, Alto Pass, IL
  • July 29, 2017 - Inaugural Cross of Peace Dinner, Walkers Bluff, Carterville, IL
  • 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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