Category Archives: Church news

St. Mary’s School Dinner and Auction March 1

St. Mary’s Annual Gala is coming up! Buy your tickets starting on March 1st
Reserve your tickets by contacting:
St. Mary’s School (620) 223-6060
Katie Casper (620) 224-6585
Chrystal Cowan (620) 224-6578

Drive-Through Soup Lunch Fundraiser Jan. 21

First United Methodist Church at Third Street and National Avenue,

The First United Methodist Church, 301 S. National, will host a drive-through soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2022. 

There will be a selection of soups and a dessert for a free-will offering. 

Meals will be served under the drive-through on National. 

The sponsor of this fundraiser is Feeding Families in His Name.

 

Submitted by Marla Gorman

Administrative Assistant

First United Methodist Church

Area Missionaries Home on Furlough From Haiti

Dr. Jim and Sandy Wilkins.

A former Girard medical doctor and his wife shared some of their experiences as medical missionaries to Haiti on Dec. 18 at Girard’s Public Library.

Dr. Jim and Sandy Wilkins have served in Haiti since 1999 and currently have approximately 35,000 patients in the area they serve west of the capital city, Port Au Prince. They are home visiting family for two weeks.

Haiti Health Ministries is located in Gressier.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and conditions have deteriorated even further since the assassination of the country’s president this year, Sandy said.

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The COVID Pandemic has curtailed the normal amount of volunteers that the ministry has seen in the past.

The current need is a maintenance person and other Christian mission-minded volunteers, Jim said.

To learn more about the ministry:

https://www.haitihealthministries.org/

 

 

Southern Baptist’s Host Christmas Craft Bazaar on Dec. 11

Fort Scott First Southern Baptist Church

The First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main is having a Christmas Craft Bazaar on Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the New Life Center.

Handmade and Creative Crafts

Ornaments

Welcome Signs

Unique Gifts

Christmas Decor

Concrete Gorillas

Wood Creations

Signs

Birdhouses

Hand Sewn Items

For more Info:

Contact: Ida Ford 417-262-3948 or

Terri Williams 620-215-3202

All proceeds will be donated to the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.

Jean Tucker Retires From Feeding Families In His Name

After ten and one-half years and coordinating 107,000 meals, Jean Tucker is stepping down from Feeding Families In His Name.

The ministry provides food to anyone on Wednesday evenings at the First United Methodist Church, Third Street and National Avenue, and Tucker has been the coordinator since its beginning.

The meal is provided for free to all who would like it.

“It’s for anybody,” Tucker said. “We’ve had new families drive through every week. It’s a free meal for the community.”

“Recently we have had caregivers who are worn down, and this (meal) is such a relief,” she said. “It’s for anyone who wants a warm home-cooked meal.”

The last meal that Tucker will coordinate is December 8.

That is 80th Tucker’s birthday.

“I am giving myself a birthday present,” she said. “That doesn’t mean I won’t have anything to do with the meal, I just won’t be responsible.”

“I ask that if you have any questions or contributions for Feeding Families In His Name that you contact the church office at 620.223.1950,” Tucker said. “The church secretary will direct your call to the appropriate person.”

Pastor Christopher Eshelman, Tom Braker and Bonnie Milburn have agreed to coordinate after Dec. 8, Tucker said.

Joey Beerbower will be in charge of the paper goods and Tom Coyan will be in charge of the kitchen and the commodities.

Over ten years ago Braker, along with Doug Altic saw a need to help families stretch their food budgets, she said. “Koyle Link, Don Tucker, Deborah Wood, Tom Braker and myself were on the original committee.”

“They went to the pastor at the time, Paul Babcock, then they called an emergency meeting and the administration board voted and approved unanimously to start the program,” Tucker said. “They were the impetus.”

“This has been God’s doing,” Tucker said. “We provide this meal because of God’s love.”

The first meal served 45 people, including the volunteer helpers, now 300 to 350 people being served on Wednesday evenings.

“We started to-go meals in March 2020 because of the pandemic and the numbers increased,” she said. “We don’t think we could go back to getting that many in our church basement.”

Several organizations cook for the meals.

The first Wednesday of each month, the St. Martin’s Academy students cook; on the second Wednesday, Community Christian Church and First United Methodist alternate cooking; on the third week, a Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene small group cook; on the fourth week, the Presbyterian Church cooks and on any fifth Wednesday, the Pioneer Kiwanis Club cooks. Fulton United Methodist Church cooks to fill in when others can’t, she said.

“Every week 15-20 people bake desserts for us,” she said.

Tucker said she is retiring because she is weary of the weekly repsoniblity, but is confident the ministry will continue.

 

 

 

Feeding Families in His Name offers a meal to Fort Scottians each Wednesday evening.

 

First United Methodist Church at Third Street and National Avenue, Fort Scott.

“As You Are Ministry” Starts

 

Mayra and Jose Montanez, have started a  helping ministry in Fort Scott. Submitted photo.

As You Are Ministries is a ministry started by Mayra and Jose Montanez, owners of the Fort Scott Barber Shop.

“We were led by God to not only bring this ministry here but also to move here along with our kids and grandkids as well as our barbershop,” Mayra said. The family came to Fort Scott earlier this year from the Kansas City area.

The ministry will provide faith-based community services such as clothing, shoes, hygiene products, food, and hot/cold beverages to those in need.

And they have much bigger plans for those people who are down and out.

“We will also be building two bathrooms with showers for anyone in need of one,” Mayra said.

The ministry is headquartered above their family business, Fort Scott Barbershop, 118 E. Wall.

The next step will be to create a healthy-food pantry, in collaboration with local farmers, she said.

Then they plan to build four family bedrooms for anyone needing a place to sleep or stay until they can be placed in a more permanent situation or program, Mayra said.

The ministry started at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.

“We quickly realized that people were desperate for hope and encouragement,” she said.

They started on social media.

“Every Sunday at 7 p.m., we would log in to our Facebook page ‘As You Are Ministries’ and give a word of encouragement to all that would log in.”

“Through our online videos, so far we have reached 15 countries,” she said.

They began to give out Bibles.

“Quickly noticing many people didn’t have Bibles, we started offering free Bibles, of their choosing, and would mail them to them,” she said.  “We’ve currently given out close to 100, (with the) price ranging from $40-$100.  It’s always what the person chooses, as long as it is Christian-based so that we can be in one accord.”

“Our Facebook page is public, anyone can see it and our goal is to reach all those in need of encouragement,” Jose said. “But the faith-based community service is for Fort Scott.”

The Montanez’s attend Faith Church and go to Bible studies with one of their groups on Mondays, he said.

The family had a setback when money was stolen from them recently.

“Our funds were stolen from our home about two months ago and we are currently in the process of saving up money to put in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system and bathrooms,” he said. “The community has donated randomly so far $1,075  to help with the money stolen, we are so appreciative of that”

The ministry is headquartered above the Montanez family’s barbershop at 118 E. Wall, on the second floor.
To view the story on the barbershop they opened in May 2021:

  Fort Scott Lighthouse Gathering On Nov. 11

The community is invited to the Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 11, 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.
We will share a teaching given at our international conference in September.
Our Lighthouse desires the body of Christ to come together to meet the needs of those that cannot speak for themselves.
We are forming a committee and looking for property to get temporary shelter ready for those in need.
For more information contact Amanda Gilmore at (620) 215-0418 or Bob Reazin at (620) 363-0257.

Craft and Bake Sale at FS Southern Baptist Church Sept. 24-25

The First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main.

 

FORT SCOTT FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH, 1818 S. Main

SEPTEMBER 24TH & 25TH

HOMEMADE CRAFTS, BAKE SALE, UNIQUE ITEMS, BREAKFAST/LUNCH

7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

BREAKFAST (7a.m.-10:30) LUNCH (11a.m.-2p.m.)

$2.00 each $3.00 each

Breakfast burritos Soup – Chicken Noodle

Sausage rolls (jalapeno & cheddar) Taco

(cheddar) Sandwich – BBQ

Biscuit & Gravy Chicken Salad

Water, Orange Drink, Coffee – $.50

SAUSAGE ROLLS $2/ea or 12 for $22.00

***All proceeds to building fund.

Craft and Bake Sale At FS First Southern Baptist Sept. 24-25

The First Southern Baptist Church, 1818 S. Main.

FORT SCOTT FIRST SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH, 1818 S. Main

SEPTEMBER 24TH & 25TH

HOMEMADE CRAFTS, BAKE SALE, UNIQUE ITEMS, BREAKFAST/LUNCH

7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

BREAKFAST (7a.m.-10:30) LUNCH (11a.m.-2p.m.)

$2.00 each $3.00 each

Breakfast burritos Soup – Chicken Noodle

Sausage rolls (jalapeno & cheddar) Taco

(cheddar) Sandwich – BBQ

Biscuit & Gravy Chicken Salad

Water, Orange Drink, Coffee – $.50

SAUSAGE ROLLS $2/ea or 12 for $22.00

***All proceeds to building fund.

Corn Maze Offered by Local Church For Family Fun

Rinehart Christian Church. Submitted photo.

An area church is gearing up for a family-oriented event that they are offering the community, for free.

A corn maze and other family activities are offered at Rinehart Christian Church, just over the state line in Missouri, 9443 S. 900 Road, Richards, MO.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays starting Sept. 25.

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“Our purpose behind the corn maze is to provide a service to our community that is fun and unique,” Elijah Pierson, Youth Minister at Rinehart Christian Church, said.

“In particular, we care about families so we want to offer an event that the whole family can enjoy together,” he said. “This year we are also excited about adding special events each weekend which include a dog herding show on Sept. 25, a petting zoo on Oct. 2, a corn hole tournament on Oct. 9, and axe throwing on Oct. 16.

Also for the family to enjoy: hayrides, yard games, a hot dog lunch, pumpkin painting, corn pits, a tiny train, and grain bin basketball.

“It has been a joy the last few years to watch how our church has stepped up to make this event possible for our community,” Pierson said. “It takes a large number of people giving of their time and resources to host this event, and our members have been more than willing to give both because they want the community to know they care about them.”
2021 Corn Maze at Rinehart Christian Church. Submitted photo.

Drive-Through Soup Lunch Oct. 15

The First United Methodist Church, 301 S. National, will host a drive-through soup lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2021.

  The soups available to order will be potato, chicken noodle, and chili with cake for dessert. 

Any free will donation received will be used by the Hospitality and Outreach Committee for their programs in the community and the church.  

Meals will be served under the drive-through of the building.

 

Submitted by Marla Gorman,Administrative Assistant, First United Methodist Church