“Night to Shine”, a prom night for special needs people over 14 years old, is being formed by a team in the Fort Scott community.
“This night is celebrating people in our community (and area) that have special needs,” said Clayton Whitson, operations pastor at Faith Church. “It’s nationally sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. Fort Scott Nazarene Church was approved to host earlier this year.”
Michele Hudiberg is also a contact person for the event.
“Normally, this is a huge prom night experience with red carpet, paparazzi, great food, etc,” he said. ” Due to COVID and the health of this at-risk population, the foundation has opted to do a virtual experience this year, but we hope to continue this exceptional event year after year.”
2. Invite Honored Guests: The event is open to anyone in SEK with special needs and over the age of 14. They will receive an “at home virtual experience kit” this year and will be on the list of invitees for years to come.
Fort Scott Nazarene to Host Night to Shine Prom for People with Special Needs
Sponsored by Tim Tebow Foundation
FORT SCOTT, KS, Fort Scott Nazarene announced today that they will serve as one of many churches around the world already registered to host Night to Shine 2021, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. This event will be hosted virtually, with partnerships through local churches across the globe simultaneously on Friday, February 12. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love for people with special needs ages 14 and older.
For 2021, due to the global circumstances of COVID-19, the Foundation has chosen to provide Night to Shine as a virtual event in 2021. We feel that the best way to honor and love our guests is to forego in-person proms in order to keep them as safe as possible. We are incredibly disappointed that we are not able to celebrate each amazing king and queen in person this year, but we are committed to throwing one spectacular, safe, virtual celebration in their honor.
While this year’s event will be virtual, Fort Scott Nazarene and partners are anticipating hosting this event for years to come. This is just the beginning for Night to Shine in our community and surrounding areas AND we are looking for sponsors to ensure a high-quality, high-impact evening for our honored guests. If you are interested in sponsoring, please visit our website or email email@example.com.
We are looking to connect with Honored Guests, their families, and caretakers to make this a great celebration. Registration is NOW OPEN for Honored Guests 14 and older and is required to attend the Virtual Night to Shine experience.
An event of this magnitude requires an army of volunteers to make it successful. The Night to Shine Steering Team is actively seeking people to help make this celebration a reality. Register to be a volunteer by using the provided link (you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer).
For additional information on the Night to Shine hosted by Fort Scott Nazarene, please visit our site or find us on Facebook. These will be the best sources of information as we approach Night to Shine.
ABOUT TIM TEBOW FOUNDATION The Tim Tebow Foundation exists to bring Faith, Hope and Love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. This mission is being fulfilled every day through outreach in the fields of Orphan Care + Prevention, Special Needs and Children with Profound Medical Needs. To learn more about how the Tim Tebow Foundation is serving children and sharing God’s love by fighting for those who can’t fight for themselves, visit www.timtebowfoundation.org.
Ken Ansell,56, is the new pastor at First Baptist Church in Fort Scott and Cherry Grove Baptist Church, Garland.
He is called to the churches to preach, counsel, equip, teach, servant-lead, and shepherd, he said.
Ansell has been in the full-time ministry for 20 years, serving at churches in Hereford, Waxahachie, Rockdale and Linden, Texas.
His hometown is Rockdale, Texas.
Ansell is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer and they have four adult children.
His tie to this area is his family.
Ansell’s parents were born in Iola and they still have family there and in Oswego, he said.
Why did you pursue this career?
“The ministry is kind of a second career,” Answll said. “God called me to the ministry after a successful career in business and a not so successful career in farming (ha).”
“God put southeast Kansas on our hearts and Jennifer saw the two churches we serve were looking for a pastor on the Baylor-Truett Seminary website and here we are,” he said.
In his spare time, he plays tennis, golf, likes to fly fish, run, and “I like to spend time with Jennifer and drink coffee,” he said.
About The Churches
First Baptist Church and Cherry Grove Baptist Church formed Cherry Grove/First Baptist Ministry Coalition in 2017 to meet the needs of both churches as they were seeking a new pastor at that time, according to information sent by Rita Tiegreen and Glenda Lalman, members of First Baptist.
Pastor Ken Ansell is the pastor for both churches.
“We are excited to have our new pastor,” Tiegreen said. “Pastor Ken Ansell began his ministry with us on October 19th. We are blessed to have him and his wife, Jennifer here with us.”
First Baptist Church is currently holding the following open services using safety guidelines:
11 AM Sunday worship service
11 AM Sunday Children’s Church
6:30 PM Wednesday night Youth Group
The church is hoping to open up our Sunday School very soon, according to Tiegreen and Lalman.
The office hours are limited at this time.
” If someone needs to contact the church office, they may call 620-223-3080 and leave a message if there is no answer,” they said. “We will get back to you as soon as possible.”
First Baptist Church will once again be a drop-off center for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes this year.
Collection Week is November 16-23.
The hours are:
Monday – Wednesday (16th-18th) 3 PM – 6 PM
Thursday-Friday (19th-20th) 4 PM – 6 PM
Saturday (21st) 10 AM – Noon
Sunday (22nd) 2 PM – 4 PM
Monday (23rd) 8 AM – 10 AM
If questions, call 620-223-3080 and leave a message.
The church’s community outreach program is still active as they reach out to various organizations to supply needed items, the two said.
Cherry Grove Baptist Church is located at Hwy. 69 south and Calvary Road.
Rinehart Christian Church will be offering their Corn Maze event again this year the first four Saturdays of October (3, 10, 17, & 24) from 11 AM-4 PM. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy together with activities including the maze, hayrides, a corn pit, lawn games, pumpkin painting, duck races, and fire pits. Admission to this event is completely free, with a hot dog lunch included from 11 AM- 1 PM.
We have a heart for families, and that is what drives this event. We want to provide an opportunity for families in our community to enjoy time together. We believe serving families is one of the best ways we can serve God.
To make this event as safe as possible, we have moved every event outside this year.
Rinehart Christian Church is located at 9443 S 900 Rd in Richards, MO.
Here are directions from Fort Scott: Take 69 Hwy. north to the Hammond exit. Then go east two miles on Soldier Rd. The road turns to the north; follow the blacktop (245th St.) to the stop sign (Valley Road); then go east. This becomes Hwy. D in Missouri. Continue on Hwy. D through Stotesbury to 900 Rd. Go South 0.5 miles to the church.
The Community is invited to the Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m., Thursday September 3rd in the conference room of Rodeway Inn, 101 State Street.
This is an interdenominational ministry opportunity for women, men and youth to worship, pray, fellowship and grow in unity. We desire to propel the Kingdom forward through the elevation of the knowledge of God. The goal of Aglow International is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.
The believers’ identity and authority in Christ will be our focus this week.
Our Lighthouse desires the body of Christ to come together to meet some needs in Bourbon County. We have been assisting the Fort Scott Youth Home with paint, cleaning, and repairs. We have planted a group garden. Other projects are in the planning stages. We plan to meet the needs of those that cannot speak for themselves. Another need for our area is to do more to protect the unborn. Committees are being formed. For more information contact Amanda Gilmore at (620) 215-0418 or Bob Reazin at (620) 363-0257.
The Community is invited to the Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 6 in the conference room of Rodeway Inn, 101 State Street.
This is an interdenominational opportunity for women, men and youth to worship, pray, fellowship and meet needs in Bourbon County.
“We desire to propel the Kingdom of God forward through the elevation of the knowledge of God,” Gilmore said. “The goal of Aglow International is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.”
Loretta George is the speaker this month.
George has been a Christ-follower for over four decades. She is currently the reporter and editor of fortscott.biz, a local online news service.
She has a message of hope during this time of uncertainty in the world.
“Our Lighthouse is preparing to meet the needs of those that cannot speak for themselves, protect the unborn and get food, clothing, pregnancy supplies, and shelter ready,” Amanda Gilmore, president of the local Aglow chapter said. “We are gardening and helping the Fort Scott Youth Home by cleaning, painting and doing minor repairs.”
For more information contact Amanda Gilmore at (620) 215-0418.
The new multi-purpose room addition of the First Southern Baptist Church of Fort Scott has the shell completed.
The 125 member church is located at 1818 S. Main (Hwy. 69).
The 95-foot by 75-foot Family Life Center will have an occupancy of 299 people when fully usable.
“We went big after looking at nearby churches,” Vera Norris, a church member said.
In addition to a multi-purpose room, the building will house classrooms and restrooms.
“It will be for community events such as a possible homeschool group, seminars,” Brian Williams, a church board member said. “Our AWANA kids will be able to play games in here and we’ll have youth activities.”
“Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Bible-based evangelism and discipleship solutions for ages 2-18, according to its’ websitehttps://www.awana.org/about/ Awana gives children the opportunity to know, love and serve Jesus, no matter their background.”
“The building is a work in progress,” Pastor James Collins said.
“We are working on fundraising so we can compete our classrooms and restrooms (that will be housed in the building), Williams said.
Arck Construction, Pittsburg began construction in May 2019, the steel beams were erected and the outside shell was completed by September 2019, Williams said.
“The air conditioning and heating are working now,” Williams said. “We recently held a church rummage sale in the facility.”
The old church kitchen is being reconfigured and will serve the Family LIfe Center activities.
Due to forecasted weather and the advice from our county officials, the Easter Drive-In Experience is now changing to the Easter at Home Experience. The service will be broadcasted on 103.9 FM and live via all our usual online channels (Church Online, Facebook, & Youtube). The service will begin at 10 am, please stay at home and we encourage you to find something your family can use for communion elements. We look forward to worshipping with you, the community, multiple churches – all with one purpose.
We are saddened to have to make this change, but we want to provide a great Easter Celebration and maintain everyone’s safety. Our disappointments are swallowed up by our excitement to celebrate the resurrection with you and the other churches! We are glad to still be able to do this Sunday service with them all.
. What: Easter ONLINE Experience – Multiple Churches, One Purpose. Where: Wherever YOU are…your couch, kitchen, big screen TV, or on a walk. How: Live Stream on Facebook via Community Christian, Faith Church, Fort Scott Nazarene, & Parkway Pages. When: April 12 (Easter Sunday) at 10 am. Why: Cause the resurrection changes everything.