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Rinehart Christian Church Offers Family Fun: Corn Maze in October


The Rinehart Christian Church Corn Maze.

A corn maze is coming in October, so add this to the family bucket list of fun things to do this fall.

Rinehart Christian Church is having a corn maze every Saturday in October (5,12,19, and 26) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“Other activities include: hayrides, corn pit, inflatables, fire pits, pumpkin painting, and games,” said Rinehart Church Youth Pastor Elijah Pierson. “This is a free event for the whole community, including a hot dog lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday.”

The address is 9443 S 900 Rd Richards, MO 64778.

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 design of the corn maze is by Precision Mazes, he said.

“We believe families are important, so we want to provide an event in the community that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family,” Pierson said.  “We know that one of the best ways we can serve God is by serving families.”

“Rinehart exists to ‘Love God, Live Like Jesus, and Lift Others’,” Pierson said “Our church is full of people of all ages and backgrounds and our members belong to many different communities including Nevada, Fort Scott, Butler, Sheldon, and many more. We welcome anyone who wishes to come worship with us at our 10:30 AM service.”

Foundation Laid For Family Life Center at So. Baptist Church

Pastor James Collins. Submitted photo.

Pastor James Collins is pictured placing Bibles in the foundation of First Southern Baptist Church’s new Family Life Center.

Construction on the new addition is underway and expected to be completed this fall.

“Twelve Bibles were placed in the foundation,” Pastor Collins explained, “We are literally building on the Word of God.”

Aglow Meets Sept. 3

Join us for the Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse Monthly gathering at

Rodeway Inn Conference Room, 101 State St., Fort Scott, KS

Tues. Sept 3, 2019 at 6:30-?


An interdenominational opportunity for like-minded believers to come together for worship, prayer, grow in God’s word, and to meet needs in Bourbon County.


We welcome our guest speaker: Linda Kay Woodworth.


Woodworth is the Kansas State Prayer Coordinator for Aglow International.

She has spent 35 years in Aglow, having held several positions on the North Area Aglow Board. Linda Kay lives in Topeka with her husband Bill.

She is a former high school language arts teacher, working now during the legislative session at the state capital as a senator’s office assistant.


At the age of 31, Woodworth found herself a single mother raising two small daughters, when she discovered Aglow. She loves to introduce people to the Holy Spirit and does so every month in the ladies’ prison.

She believes that the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and JOY in the Holy Ghost. Romans 14:17. KJV.


Linda Kay and her daughter, Amber, will present a generation to generation message on what God is doing in their lives today. After a horrific motorcycle accident sent Amber and her husband into emergency surgery with numerous broken bones, God’s kingdom power showed up in the reality of Romans 8:11 KJV, and quickened their healing process. The doctor said it would take two years to heal.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. The quickening spirit of God is available for us! Come hear and see what the Lord has done.


Incredible testimony for the whole family! Feel free to invite some friends.


Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse desires to bring the body of Christ together, (men and women and the youth) We are also in the preparation stage of expanding the Kingdom of God through centers that transform lives. We are getting food, clothing, pregnancy supplies, and shelter ready. Donations welcome!

Spencer Family Concert Aug. 24

The Spencer Family will be live in concert Saturday, August 24th at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church. The Spencer Family is best known for tight family harmonies, upbeat concerts, soul touching songs, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. You don’t want to miss this performance.

The group, based out of Joplin Missouri, is comprised of Jim and Nicci Spencer and their thirteen children. With their original songs, acoustic arrangements, and a passion to make much of Christ, The Spencers are a family band that will delight your heart and encourage your soul.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see The Spencer Family live in concert at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church next Saturday, August 24th at 7 pm. The church is located at 1818 South Main. The concert is a benefit to raise funds for the construction of the new Family Life Center. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and are available at the door. For more information, call (620) 223-2986 or go to the website

Bingo To Benefit School Shoe Program for Local Youth

Come for a night of fun for a great cause!

The public is invited to Shoe Voucher Bingo from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on July 31 at Community Christian Church, 1919 S. Horton.

With  a $10 donation participants will received a 10 game packet with three cards on each game. That’s 30 chances, yes 30, to win some great prizes from local businesses.

Prizes will be listed as they are donated on the event’s Facebook Page. Click here to view:

All proceeds from this event go directly to the Shoe Voucher Program.

The Shoe Voucher Program is a local program assisting area students/families with shoe purchases for the upcoming school year.

Light Concessions will be available.

This is for anyone in the community.

Please share and invite friends. Kids can play as long as they are old enough to manage their cards.

Iraq in the Bible By Pastor James Collins

Chaplain (retired) James Collins is pictured on the Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq. Collins, who is now pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, will be presenting Iraq in the Bible this Wednesday. Submitted photo.

Iraq in the Bible

A special presentation of “Iraq in the Bible” will be held at Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 31st beginning at 6:30 pm.

The church is located at 1818 South Main in Fort Scott.

This interactive video presentation will look at the history, archeology, and prophecies of Iraq. Israel is the most mentioned nation in the Bible. Iraq is the second most mentioned nation in the Bible.

However, it is not called Iraq. Instead, Iraq is known as Nineveh, Babylon, Shinar, Assyria, Ur of the Chaldees, and Mesopotamia.

Chaplain James Collins, a retired U.S. Army Chaplain, visited all of the historic locations. Chaplain Collins will be your guide through the land of Iraq.

You are invited to attend this special free presentation. Bible Study small groups are welcome.

For more information, call Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church at (620) 223-2986.


Blackwood Brothers Quartet Free Concert July 19

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet will give a free concert at the First United Methodist Church, Friday, July 19th, at 7 p.m.

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy’s son, RW. RW was killed in a plane crash in 1954 and Roy and Doyle retired from traveling in the late ’50s. However the quartet with James, as the quartet’s leader and spokesman, established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music to new heights. They have traveled and sung in all 50 of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand South Korea, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.

James, the last surviving member of the original quartet, died in 2002, but his youngest son Billy continues the family tradition of great gospel singing. The group today consists of Billy Blackwood baritone, Wayne Little tenor, Butch Owens bass, and Jonathan Mattingly as lead singer.

A free-will offering will be taken at the end of the concert to help defray the quartet’s travel expenses. For more information call The First United Methodist Church at 620-223-1950 or Don Tucker at 620-223-4617.

Good Friday Service: First Baptist at Noon

The First Baptist Church, 123 Scott Ave., Fort Scott, will conduct a
special, but brief, community-wide GOOD FRIDAY EASTER SERVICE in the church sanctuary Friday, April 19th from 12:15-12:45.
Pastor NormanTillotson will be the speaker.
Special music will be provided.
  The public is invited to spend part of your lunch hour worshipping the Lord and learning about what the cross means to us.

Diamond Community Church Good Friday Services April 19

Diamond Community Church extends the invitation to Good Friday Service

A Good Friday service focusing on “The Divine Exchange” is planned for April 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Diamond Community Church. The evening will feature the following beloved congregational hymns: Blessed Redeemer, At the Cross, Ten Thousand Angels, I Will Praise Him, and Near the Cross. The reading of select Scriptures will focus on what Jesus accomplished by being obedient to the will of His Father and thereby fulfilling the Old Testament prophecies.

Adriel Koller will present a vocal solo “Wounded for Me.” Guest musician and vocalist Marilyn Adcock will present “In Christ Alone.” “The Old Rugged Cross” will be performed by guest violinist Jennie Wood. The service will conclude with open communion.

Pastor Jimmy and Carolyn Tucker, along with the Diamond Church family, invite the public to gather together to remember the ultimate sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. For more information or transportation, please call (620) 223-1483. The church is located four miles east of Highway 69 at 2591 Jayhawk.

Lenten Friday Fish Fry Through April 12

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The Knights of Columbus Lenten Fish Fry continues through April 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Fridays. Everyone is welcome, there will be a freewill offering.

The menu consists fo fried or baked fish, french fries or baked potato, a vegetable, spaghetti with sauce, bread, dessert and a drink.

Presbyterian Church Seeks Office Director

The First Presbyterian Church, Fort Scott.

First Presbyterian Church seeks to hire a part-time Office Director.  This position directs the church office and handles accounting and payroll.  Successful candidates will be organized, proficient in office and computer skills as well as desktop publishing; have experience in basic accounting, and a willingness to play a role in a congregation committed to serving our local community.  Please submit a letter of interest, along with resume and references by email to

Adventure in Missions: Tiffiny Durham

Submitted photo. Tiffiny Durham

Over the past 12 years, Tiffiny Durham has worked many different jobs, in many different locations throughout the United States.

These jobs range from a retreat hostess for Outlaw Ranch in South Dakota, a convenience store clerk in Nebraska, a construction worker in Nebraska, a pine beetle tree marker in the Blackhills of South Dakota among others.

“One might call me a wanderer, as I move from place to place,” Durham said. “It is in these places though, that God has used me to provide a smile for someone having a rough day, or to be that ray of sunshine in a darkening and desperate world.”

Because of her current job, she often works on Sundays, so attending church is difficult.

But Durham has been involved in Family Life Assembly of God in Pittsburg, who have a small group Bible study in Fort Scott on Thursday evenings.

She serves on Wednesday evenings at that church, teaching Bible lessons to the children, she said.


Recently Durham feels God has provided her an opportunity for Christian mission work.

“Within this past year, my heart has begun to really change and I am being pulled in a completely different direction: ministry,” she said.

An important scripture verse for her is Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge and he will make your path straight.”

“That scripture is my life verse,” she said. “God gave it to me in college as I got to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.”

“God has placed me in places where I have been the only believer (in Jesus),” Durham said. “Wherever he puts me, he gave me that verse to let me know I can trust Him, no matter what situation I’m in.”

Trusting in God, she believes God has given her the next adventure; The World Race through Adventures in Missions.

To learn more about Adventures in Missions, click below:

“Starting in June of 2019, God will be using my gifts to provide hope and a ray of sunshine in some of the darkest, poorest parts of the world,” she said. “This program is unique because it is not only a mission trip but a chance to allow God to work through me and help me to grow deeper in my walk with God.”

She will travel with a team to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Morocco, Ethiopia, Djibouti, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

“We will work in churches and ministries within local communities to preach the Gospel, plant God’s word, minister to women and children trapped in the cycle of prostitution and human trafficking, working in orphanages, and provide help where needed,” she said.

Durham is fundraising for this mission trip and she asks for prayer support.

To learn how to support her click below:

WR fundraising tri fold final

Durham is having a family game night at the First Presbyterian Church on March 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It will be a fun family evening,” she said. “Bring and stay with your kids. You have 15 minutes to try a family game, then a buzzer will ring and you move to the next game.”

There will be a silent auction which will be the fundraiser for Durham.