News from Bald Knob Cross of Peace
Bald Knob Cross
October 2017
Happenings at the Cross
Open House at Bald Knob Cross

open house The weather was absolutely perfect for our Open House which was held on Saturday, September 30th. Lovely gospel music was provided at the pavilion by Old Time Way, and about 200 people made the trek up the hill to enjoy the afternoon and celebrate with us all the improvements that have been made in the past year -- most of which was made possible by the donations of countless hours of time, along with skills and financial contributions.  Improvements this year include:
  • open house visitorsHistory panels inside the welcome center 
  • Electrical poles and lines removed from hillside, with electrical lines now underground 
  • New lighting and bunkers at the base of the cross 
  • New siding and roof on the welcome center 
  • New observation deck constructed on south side of welcome center 
  • Old lighting bunkers renovated and designed to host history information, directional information, and the salvation story 
  • Inside space redesigned to provide space for private events for families/churches/groups 

Upcoming plans including adding free standing binoculars on the observation deck, and expanding the parking lot and creating a bus turnaround.  


Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the upgrades, and thank you to everyone who helped make these improvements possible!

fall cross
Fall Colors at the Cross - October 21st from 2-6pm
Mark your calendars for the Fall Colors of the Cross event that will be Saturday, October 21st from 2-6 pm. Music, Food, Fall colors. Hot dogs and chili for sale late afternoon/evening.  

Music provided by Back Porch Company (Warren, Carla, & Stuart Anderson, and Richard Johnson) with 12 different acoustic instruments. Bring a lawn chair and don't miss this delightful group!
Christmas at the Cross
Pickin' at the Patch - Fall Market Day!

Rendleman Orchards will be hosting
Pickin' at the Patch - 
Fall Market Day 
at Rendleman Orchards
9680 State Route 127N, Alto Pass, IL

There will be creative vendors of Vintage, Primitives, Rust & Junk, Antique and Handmade items! Big Blue's Que, shopping, along with our fresh-picked apples, apple cider donuts and cider slushes will make for a great fall junkin' atmosphere around our pumpkin patch! There will be an outdoor photo booth in the patch to help you remember Fall Market Day! 

$1 Admission collected to help support
Bald Knob Cross.

There will also be a "Junkin for Jesus"
booth  where all proceeds will benefit Bald Knob
. You can donate an item to the booth, or come out on October 14th to the event.

If you'd like to donate to the booth, items can be large or small -- Vintage, Retro, Rusty or Junk! Anything with a religious twist would be super cool too. So far items that will be in the booth include:
  • Farmhouse style church pew 
  • Handmade afghans 
  • Original brick for the Indianapolis 500 track stamped 1901 
  • Handmade farmhouse style tool carrier 
  • 24 handmade barn wood crosses 
  • Vintage ironing board, antique iron, antique wooden thread/yarn spools 
  • St. Louis, Missouri photo/art prints 
  • Hat boxes 
  • Old books

Bring items to donate to Rendleman Orchards, Inc, 9680 State Route 127N, Alto Pass, IL

did you know
Did You Know...

Tonya Walker ...that Tonya Walker, our bookkeeper, is a descendant of the Rendlemans that lived on Bald Knob Mountain? 

Tonya's grandparents lived in the house that used to sit on the property, and Tonya has many memories growing up there.   Her great grandfather cleared the mountain and homesteads and lived there along with her grandfather.

In many ways, Bald Knob is "near and dear" to Tonya's heart.
Business Card Winner

At the Welcome Center, there is a jar in which you can drop your business card, and the lucky person receives a free gift from the Bald Knob gift shop. This month's winner was Aaron and Kyli Hunt from Carrier Mills. Congratulations!
Gene Schwebel
Volunteer Spotlight

Gene Schwebel

Gene is recently retired from IDOT, lives in Murphysboro and will be volunteering two Mondays per month.

Welcome Gene!
Holiday Gift Boxes Now Available at the Welcome Center and Online for Purchase

Box 1
Box #1
Surprise a family member, friend or colleague with a Holiday Gift Box from Bald Knob Cross! 

Each gift box is packaged in a blue holiday snowflake themed box. They are ready to send directly to a recipient with your personal message, or order to put under your tree. 

Each box choice is $34.99, plus $6.00 shipping/handling.  See the details and purchase here.

We have 3 Holiday Gift Box choices:
  • Box #1: Contains two ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mugs.
  • Box #2: Contains one ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mug; small wooden cross; two heartfelt prayer stones.
  • Box #3: Contains one ceramic Bald Knob Cross coffee mug; Bald Knob Cross rubber wristband, Hand Blown Glass BKCP Ornament; BKCP thimble.


Box #2
Box #2
Box #3
Box #3
Most Current Needs

Dependable pickup truck - older model fine, just needs to be in good running condition. We often have to borrow a pickup truck to haul large recycling loads, small equipment to and from vendors for repairs, etc. 

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 Teresa at
Become a Member of Bald Knob Cross of Peace

become a member There are some exciting things happening at Bald Knob Cross, and I hope you've had the opportunity to visit recently. But if not, I hope you can plan a visit soon. 

This is the time of year when we send invitations to renew current memberships for the upcoming year, or invite individuals to consider becoming a member. Watch for your renewal letter in the mail (or get a copy here). Or,  check out membership opportunities here.
Considering a Charitable Donation to BKC?

Are you over the age of 70 1/2, have a Traditional, Rollover or Inherited IRA? In December 2015, Congress passed a law allowing you to give up to $100,000 to charity directly from your individual retirement account (IRA) when you are over 70 1/2 years old without counting the distribution as taxable income. This type of charitable gift is called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

Giving a QCD directly from your IRA can allow you to benefit from charitable giving e ven if you don't normally itemize your deduction and allows you to ignore your QCD IRA distribution when calculating your taxable income and also take the standard deduction. 

Qualified Charitable Distributions count as IRA distributions and can be used to satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution(RMD). This makes them particularly useful for senior citizens who are still working, have a large pension, or, in general, find themselves in a higher tax bracket.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendars
  • crossOctober 21, 2017, 2-6 pm
    Fall Colors at the Cross
  • December 3, 2017, 2-4 pm
    Christmas at the Cross

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2018. 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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