News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
March 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Look What's New at Bald Knob Cross!

Polaris Because of a generous donation by Thomas Publishing Company in Carbondale, Bald Knob Cross is the proud new owners of the Polaris Gem. 

Words can't describe what a difference this will make at the cross and on the grounds in so many ways. 

Thank you so much to Jason and Debbie Thomas!!
Work on the Observation Deck Has Begun!

Thanks to your contributions in response to the letter of appeal last November, and thanks to the generous donations of several companies and individuals involved in the construction of the deck, the work has finally begun!

Most of the work at this point is being completed off site, but these pictures share progress so far.
observation deck

observation deck
deck improvement

more deck improvement
Shuttle Service For Easter Sunrise Service, April 16th

sunrise service Last year we ran out of parking space for the sunrise service, so this year we will be offering a shuttle option from Alto Pass. Details for the shuttle:
  • Shuttle leaves Walker Funeral Home in Alto Pass (425 Main Street) at 5:15 a.m. 
  • Cost for the shuttle ride is $5.00 (this only covers our cost) 
  • Advance reservations are required: Call Tonya at 618-713-8516 or email 

Other information about the sunrise service:

  • There is no cost to attend the service 
  • Parking is directed at the cross, and there will be assistants to help you if you have mobility challenges 
  • Allow extra time to drive up to the cross; traffic becomes bumper to bumper by about 30 minutes prior to service time
  • Sunrise service this year begins at 6:15 a.m. - the sun will rise at approximately 6:20 a.m.
Work Crew Provides a  Face Lift

Improvements Recently a local work crew spent a couple days at Bald Knob and provided a much needed face lift in a couple of areas.

All the picnic tables have been repainted, and the concrete parking stops, as well as the safety stripes on the stairs, have been repainted a bright yellow to help prevent accidents.

The crew also assisted with erecting a new sign identifying additional parking space, since we are often over-crowded in front of the Welcome Center.

We so appreciate the many volunteers and donors who work to maintain and expand Bald Knob Cross of Peace!
painted steps
painted parking strips
Bald Knob Cross of Peace "Solar Eclipse T-Shirts" are now available!

Eclipse T-Shirts Bald Knob Cross of Peace Eclipse Shirts available in:
  • Gildan Ultra Cotton Dark Heather 
  • Bella Canvas Heather Deep Teal 

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large and XL are $18.99 + $4/shipping & handling per shirt 

Size: 2XL is $19.99 + $4/shipping & handling per shirt


Order here

Eclipse Tickets are on Sale!!

Eclipse It'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 five (5) companion tickets may be purchased for $50 each with the purchase of a $250 ticket.
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
Blessing of the Bikes 25th Anniversary

Blessing of the Bikes 25th anniversary Bikers, mark your calendars and plan to attend this milestone anniversary on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. 

No cost to attend, come and go event all day, plenty of food, fellowship, and music. CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) chaplains will be atop Bald Knob Mountain to lead small groups in the prayers for the bikers, safety on the bikes, the ministry of CMA, and all those who are touched by the ministry and this event. 

Advance T-shirt sales will be available soon online and at area locations. More info to come!
$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!

If you did not receive the $1 for the Cross mailing or need additional information, contact Teresa at or 618-521-1917.
Most Current Need - Parking Lot/Turnaround

Expansion is needed to create additional parking spaces, which will greatly benefit even small events, since our current number of spaces (excluding grass parking) is very limited. 

Bus turnaround is needed, so we can invite and accommodate larger groups who arrive by bus.   If you would like to make an online donation, you can easily do so here.
Volunteer Spotlight

Christa Green Christa Green has been volunteering for us for a few months now. A native of Alto Pass, Christa fills in at the Welcome Center as her schedule allows and occasionally helps with the mowing.  

She also claims our Groundskeeper, Allen Lindsay as her brother!  

Thanks for your help, Christa!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • cross April 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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