News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
November 2016
Happenings at the Cross!
Join Us for "Christmas at the Cross"

Christmas at the Cross We will be celebrating on four consecutive Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy Christmas and gospel music each afternoon, a wonderful array of homemade Christmas cookies, a display of nativity scenes from local supporters, story time for children, and the sights and sounds of Christmas. 

  • November 26:
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m., Music by David Isom from Old Time Way 
    • 4:00 p.m. Christmas story time for children
  • December 3:
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m., Music by members from Tomcat Hill Social Club (Jerry Giffin, Roy Davis, Joe Stafford, Bill Fusion)
    • 4:00 p.m. Christmas story time for children 
  • December 10: 
    • 2:00-4:00 p.m., Music by Laura Cates-Duncan, Soloist 
    • 4:00 p.m. Christmas story time for children 
  • December 17: 
    • 12:00-2:00 p.m., Music by Smoky Hollow String Band 
    • 2:00 p.m. Christmas story time for children 

Christmas Cookies available with donation to Bald Knob Cross

Eclipse 2017


Eclipse Tickets to attend the August 21, 2017, eclipse event will be on sale soon. While this is not common practice for events at Bald Knob, 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 will be available:

  1. Casual Eclipse Viewers: $50 for each ticket. This will include shuttle transportation to Bald Knob from Alto Pass area, plus tshirt, 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 golf cart 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. 

More information and ticket sales will be available soon.

Bush Hog Received!

For the past two months, we have shared that one of our top needs was a bush hog. I am delighted to report that we received a donation of a 4' bush hog on November 3rd. At this time, the donor is anonymous, but we want to say a huge THANK YOU for your support. 

Water Update

I'm also glad to report that our cistern has been drained, cleaned, and repaired - and for the first time in a very long time, the cistern is filled to the brim with water!! There are still additions we need to make for our water system to be highly effective, but this is a HUGE step in having a much more adequate water system. 

Roof & Siding

Partially due to an insurance claim from some storm damage, the Welcome Center now has a new roof and new siding. Significant repairs were made to the outside framing and structure in the process of siding and re-roofing, and this gives the Welcome Center a much needed face-lift on the outside.
new siding and roof
Most Current Needs

Golf Carts: We are in need of at least one, preferable two, golf carts to serve dual purposes. There are frequently visitors that cannot walk up to the cross. We do allow them to drive up, but as the number of visitors increase, having more than one car at a time up at the cross significantly affects the meditative environment. In addition, we need a cart that can double as a cargo cart to transport chairs, coolers, small equipment, etc., to and from the cross. 

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 me at
Gary and Judy Billiot
Volunteer Spotlight

Gary & Judy Billiot from Marion, Illinois. 
Gary is a retired United Methodist pastor and they volunteer together approximately 2 days per month. They bring valuable information about the Native American heritage in the area, and make a wonderful team for hosting the welcome center!
Planning to Get Engaged Soon?

If you are considering "popping the question" soon, we have a new brick at the foot of the cross that you might like to help. A brick that has the inscription "Will you marry me?" is located on the Hope/West side in row 33.
engagement brick
Attention Bald Knob Members:

For those of you who are members of Bald Knob Cross, just a reminder that if you would like to run for election for the board, pursuant to the Bylaws the process is as follows:

F. Selection - Vacancies to the Board shall be filled thusly:
1). The membership of the organization shall be notified of upcoming Board vacancies no later than November 1st of each and every year.
2). Any eligible member of the organization who wishes to be considered for a Board position shall indicate his or her desire in writing to the Board, by sending a letter to the Corporate Office no later than December 1st. 

G. Diversity - The composition of the Board shall remain geographically diverse.
The board shall have representation from a minimum of three (3) counties with no more than three (3) Board members from any one county and no two (2) from any one community (as determined by the zip code of their legal place of residence). Additionally, no two members may be from the same immediate family nor be members of the same local church or fraternal organization chapter, lodge, etc., regardless of their place of residence. 

For 2017, there will be two open board positions. For diversity information, the returning board members are from the following zip codes and counties: 
  • Jim Haney, Johnson County, 62995 
  • Mary Lou Portell, Perry County, 62274 
  • John Reeder, Jackson County, 62995 
  • Muriel Zachary, Union County, 62920 
  • William Minor, Cape Girardeau County, 62755 
  • Regge Walker, Jackson, 62901 
  • Frank Caruso, Franklin County, 62922 
If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, live in a county and/or zip code not represented as outlined in the bylaws, and are already a member of Bald Knob Cross of Peace, please send a letter requesting to be placed on the ballot to Bald Knob Cross, PO Box 35, Alto Pass, IL 62905, before December 1st. Any requests received after December 1st will not be considered. If you are not a member of Bald Knob Cross of Peace, but would like to become a member, you can do so by clicking this link.

Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving!
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • cross on the hillNovember 26, December 3, 10 &17, 2016
    Christmas at the 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

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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