News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
May 2016
Happenings at the Cross!
Record Crowd for Blessing of the Bikes

Blessing of the Bikes
Source, Aaron Palmer
Held on Sunday, April 24th, the weather provided perfect temps and glorious sunshine, and we had a record crowd for an awesome day at the cross! With approximately 4,000 bikes and 6,000 bikers, Bald Knob Mountain was bursting with excitement and inspiration from sunrise until late in the evening. Chaplains from the Christian Motorcycle Association provided prayers of blessing throughout the day, and great food, music and fellowship abounded.

bike volunteers Literally hundreds of volunteers gave many hours to make the event such a success, making it impossible to name them all. A new group to contribute to the event this year was the Cobden Masonic Lodge, who cooked 50 pork butts and hosted a work crew to shred them into BBQ for sandwiches from the kitchen. A big thanks to the Masons for this contribution, and to all the other groups, individuals, churches, families, and especially the Christian Motorcycle Association chapters -- the foundation of it all!
Blessing of the Cars May 14th

Blessing of the Cars If you're an antique car enthusiast, or if you'd just like to come out and see some great cars, make plans to attend the third annual Blessing of the Cars.  This event is free and there are no entry fees. T-shirts and food will be available for sale. Free Event Decals to first 150 cars. Live music from the band Stronghold.

The Blessing of the Cars was started by a few groups of Car Show enthusiasts from southern Illinois (from Murphysboro to Marion to Golconda). This is very much a family-style event, and it is in many ways a small car show at Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and concludes by 3:00 p.m. Drivers and passengers will drive their vehicle to the circle drive at the Cross for a blessing while in their car. Then they will drive their car onto the hill and park among the other cars. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs and pop-up canopies for protection from the sun.

Automobiles of all eras are welcome at this event: antique; collector's cars; show cars; convertibles; your special vehicle; all are welcome.
Meet Some Volunteers

Jean PhemisterJean Phemister, from Alto Pass, brings a wealth of experience in working with the public in a hospitality setting. Instinctively, Jean knows what is needed to make visitors feel more welcome and cared for. You will find Jean at the Welcome Center at different times, and in different roles, always working to provide the best service possible to our guests. Thanks, Jean!!

Gail SteckGail Steck, from Cobden, has become a familiar face in the Welcome Center on Sunday afternoons. If you live locally, you might have also seen her at Rendleman Orchards during their open season. Gail is phenomenally intuitive with knowing needs of visitors, and responding with answers before they hardly ask the questions! Thanks, Gail, for your great hospitality!
Interested in Becoming Involved?
Welcome Center: We need some additional volunteers to serve as Greeters at the Welcome Center when guests come to visit the Cross. Regular or occasional blocks of time available. Email if you'd like more information.

Prayer Team: Would you be willing to pray regularly for the ministry of the Cross, and for submitted prayer requests? Consider joining our email prayer team. Contact for more information.

Become a Member: For a small annual donation, you can become a member of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace today! Click here for more information and to download the membership application.

Thank you for your support of Bald Knob Cross of Peace!
Crossflame Youth Choir

Crossflame Youth Choir will be performing at Bald Knob Cross on Friday, June 17th. This is approximately an 80 member traveling choir from Hickory, North Carolina, who will be stopping in southern Illinois on their way to Chicago for a summer performance. They will be staying at the dorms at SIU, doing some community service work in the area, and providing a concert for the southern Illinois community on the 17th, before heading on to Chicago.
Crossflame Youth Choir

Times and details coming soon - but mark your calendars and plan on coming out for a great event - you will be blessed!
Pavers Make Great Gifts!

paverThinking about what to do for Father's day? You could honor your loved ones with a commemorative paver brick to be a permanent part of the magnificent Bald Knob Cross grounds. Upon request, with your brick order we can send a card to present to the recipient that a brick has been ordered in their name. Or, if Dad/Grandpa is deceased, you can purchase a brick to honor them. See the details.
St. Jude Coloring For Christmas

St. Jude Coloring For Christmas will be visiting Bald Knob Cross On June 4th with a Gospel Singing Starting at Noon till 4:00 pm with the following Groups  
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars

cross on the hillBlessing of the Cars, Saturday, May 14th

St. Jude Coloring for Christmas, Saturday, June 4th

Crossflame Youth Rally, Friday, June 17th

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2016. 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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