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The Missourians Concert Nov. 8


The Missourians will be live in concert tonight at Memorial Hall.

You are invited to this special faith and freedom event with a special patriotic salute to all Veterans.

Tight harmonies, upbeat concerts, soul touching songs, and the love of Jesus Christ, that’s what The Missourians are best known for. For twenty-five years they have been spreading the message of Jesus Christ through song. During that time they have recorded 16 albums and 2 videos including their latest release “Hymns & Classics.”

The group, based out of Joplin Missouri, is comprised of five talented musicians and singers who have a true desire of spreading the good news to people of all ages and locations. Whether it’s a rural church or city auditorium The Missourians have one purpose…to share the love of Jesus through music.

The Missourians have shared the stage with such greats as Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance, Ivan Parker, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and many others. The group also hosts a weekly radio show called “Make Mine Southern” on multiple broadcast and internet radio stations.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see The Missourians live in concert at Memorial Hall tonight. Memorial Hall is located at 1 East 3rd Street in Fort Scott.

The concert will start at 7 pm.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 9, and admission is free for children 4 and under.

All proceeds from this event will go to the building fund for First Southern Baptist Church.

For more information, call (620) 223-2986 or go to the website

Trinity Lutheran Church Oktoberfest Oct. 27

Sausages. Submitted photo.
With the German heritage associated with the Lutheran Church, 23 years ago, Trinity Lutheran Church decided to host an Oktoberfest as a fundraiser for the church.
    In connection with Reformation Sunday, the members serve up some of their grandmother’s or great grandmother’s German dishes.
Three entrees are offered and you get all three — not a choice of one.
Bratwurst, bierocks and Reuben Casserole are the three entrees.
While the first two are traditionally German, the last one, the Reuben Casserole, is one of the most popular of the entrees.
Traditional German side dishes of sauerkraut, potato salad, and green beans accompany the entrees.
And what is a church feed without the infamous “church lady” desserts? Your choice of a piece of pie or slice of cake to end your meal.
Reformation Sunday and Oktoberfest fall on October 27, this year.
The church will serve the food from 4 to 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8.00 in advance or $10.00 at the door.
Children are $4.
For advance tickets call the church office 620-223-3596, 8 to 11:30  a.m. Monday through Friday.
In the spirit of giving, part of this year’s proceeds will go to Care to Share.


Prayer For Upcoming Elections Oct. 24

There will be an inter-denominational praise and prayer gathering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24th at the Ellis Fine Arts Center at Fort Scott Community College, 2108 S. Horton.

There will be no promotion of any candidate, no political speakers.

This is gathering people of faith to ask God to bless our community and our nation.

Submitted by Interdenominational Ministries of Bourbon County, Amanda Gilmore, Chairperson

Fort Scott Community Closet Moving Forward

Clothing is awaiting completion of the Fort Scott Community Closet shed. Pictured is clothing that has been donated, cleaned and stored in plastic bags.

The second organizational meeting of the Fort Scott Community Closet met on Oct. 1 and officers were elected.

Carol Oakleaf is the president and Lori Lovelace is the secretary/treasurer.

Carol Oakleaf, left, and Lori Lovelace show the donation can for clothing to the Fort Scott Community Closet which is located in the Fort Scott Washateria.

“It’s a good representation, representing a lot of churches,” Lovelace said. “It’s for the whole county.”

At the meeting, guidelines were set up to distribute clothing to those in most need, Lovelace said.

People will be referred by organizations in the county to receive a voucher to get the clothing.

“Vouchers will be distributed to anyone who deals with people in need and crisis, to get names,” Lovelace said. This includes churches and other organizations.

“Then we will know what they need and a volunteer will be available to work with them,” Lovelace said. “People can come one-on-one with a volunteer to the closet.”

The community closet is located in a shed on the property of Fort Scott Washateria, 501 S. National.

Donations of clothing are already being accepted at the laundromat and clothing has been cleaned in preparation for the distribution which Lovelace anticipates to be in this month into November.

The laundromat donates the cleaning  of the clothing.

Once the shed that will house the closet is finished, the clothing will be arranged for recipients to come in and choose what they need with a volunteer.

“The shed is not done yet,” Lovelace said. Flooring, painting, heat/air conditioning, and electricity are on the agenda to be completed.

Lori Lovelace shows the shed that is nearing completion for the Fort Scott Community Closet.

Once the initial batch of donated clothing is distributed to those who are in need, the public can get one outfit per person.

“After Thanksgiving, there will be a community day,” she said. “I will advertise the open number of hours and volunteers will man it.”

Fort Scott Washateria Celebrates One Month In Business

Fort Scott Washateria “is going great guns,” Lovelace of the first month of the laundromat.

Fort Scott Washateriais a state-of-the-art laundromat with networked Speed Queen machines, fully attended by responsible staff, according to its’ website. Oakleaf owns  the business and Lovelace manages.

They are offering a gift certificate purchase for those who want to give the gift of time to someone to have laundry service provided.

Services provided by the laundrymat:

  • Wash/dry/fold your laundry
  • Free pickup and delivery in the city limits and other routes outside the city limits
  • Starch/press
  • Alterations
  • Drop off for clothing donated to Fort Scott Community Closet Association
  • Commercial laundry services
  • Free WiFi
  • Children’s play area
  • Our machines take debit, credit, ipay, googlepay, samsungpay, loyalty cards along with coins.
  • Spyderwash app for loyalty customers that will let you know if machines are available before you come in.
  • W/D/F subscription services with monthly billing, pickup/delivery.

Contact Fort Scott Washateria at 620.644.9834.







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.