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Allen Schellack: Compassionate Support

Allen Schellack, ministry coordinator for Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries at his office upstairs at 26 N. Main.

Allen Schellack wears many hats, all of them serving his community in some way.

He coordinates Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries(FSCM), Bourbon County Salvation Army,  and Care Portal.

Schellack is also a part of the Fort Scott Ministerial Alliance. He attends the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene.

“I don’t know how to say ‘no’,” Schellack told the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee attendees on Jan. 16. FSCM hosted the coffee on that day along with the Senior Citizens Center.

“My wife bought me a ‘no’ button,” he said with a smile.

But it doesn’t seem to be working.

“Compassion is an important part of what we do,” Shellack said. “We are looking at how to be more effective in the community.”

“Our biggest need in the community is freedom from drugs and alcohol,  and respect for each other and themselves,” he said.

“I can pray and give caring support or a place to encourage you that you are worth something,” he said.

His office, where he coordinates all the ministries, is upstairs at the Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main.

Bourbon County Senior Citizens Center, 26 N. Main.

From here he oversees assistance to foster families, homeless individuals, and services through the other community partnerships.

FSCM teamed with CarePortal, an online church engagement tool that connects the child welfare workers to churches. The portal makes churches aware of needs and gives the opportunity to respond to those needs. There are about six churches in Bourbon County who help in this way.

He also provides services to homeless people, along with hygienic supplies, phone access and fellowship.

Last year, the ministry also helped with needed supplies to students and assisted families at Christmas time.

FSCM is the designated Salvation Army Disaster Relief and Services Extension Unit for Bourbon County.

This is where the annual  Salvation Army bell-ringing fundraiser comes into play that Schellack coordinates.

At the Jan. 16 Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce Coffee, Schellack thanked all those who volunteered at Christmas, ringing the bells for the Salvation Army.

“We didn’t meet our goal but did raise over $7,000 to help the community for crisis times,” he said. Through SA, he can provide disaster relief assistance, rental/utility assistance, prescriptions, temporary lodging, gasoline for work or doctor, eyeglass help and other unspecified needs on a case by case basis.

The Fort Scott Ministerial Alliance gathers once a month and they have a hospitality fund that helps transients who are “stuck here in town, we help them get on their way,” he said.

Fort Scott City Manager Dave Martin, a coffee attendee,  thanked Schellack for all the services he provides the community.

FSCM is a volunteer organization, with no paid staff. The services are provided through local churches and community partners.

Schellack can be reached at 620.223.2212.

Fort Scott Compassionate Ministries, located above the Senior Citizens Center on North Main Street.





Soup Dinner Jan. 12 at First Baptist Church

The ABW of First Baptist Church, 123 Scott Avenue, is holding a free-will offering soup dinner to support the Central Region Project – AMOS Health & Hope in Nicaragua.

The event is this Sunday, January 12, 2020 at  noon in the First Baptist Church fellowship hall.

The public is invited.


Submitted by Glenda Lalman, ABW President

First Southern Baptist Christmas Sunday Begins With Community Breakfast Dec. 22

Fort Scott’s First Southern Baptist Church at 1818 South Main will have a special service Christmas Sunday, December 22nd at 10:50 am. We will be serving a community breakfast before church starting at 9:45 am. The menu includes eggs, hash browns, fruit, and biscuits and gravy. After breakfast, our worship service will include both contemporary and traditional Christmas songs and hymns.

Pastor James Collins will be preaching a special message from his latest book, “The Nativity: How The Story of Christmas Can Change Your Life.” Collins will be signing copies of his books after the church service.


The church’s mission statement is “Know Jesus and Make Jesus Known.” According to Pastor Collins, “Our church exists to worship God, to exalt His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to nurture and care for one another, and to share the good news about the forgiveness of sins found in Christ alone. People are more open to the Gospel at Christmas. It is my hope that people will come to our service, make eternal decisions for Jesus, and lives will be forever transformed.”


Collins went on to say, “We hope you will visit our church. If you do, please excuse our mess as we are in the process of remodeling our sanctuary and building our new Family Life Center.”

First Baptist Offers Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24

First Baptist Church,123 Scott Avenue, Fort Scott will have a Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. on Dec. 24

The purpose of First Baptist Church is to worship and glorify God by preparing each member to reach others for Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20

Robert Kraus is the interim pastor. For more information contact:

620 223 3080






Rineheart Christian Church Christmas Services

Sr. Pastor Kevin Moyers would like to invite the community to come to Rinehart  Christian Church for their Christmas services. “We’re so thankful to God for sending us the greatest gift of all, His Son.”

Services are  Sunday, December 22 at 10 30 a.m. and December 24 Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. The address of the church is  9443 S. 900 Road Richards, Missouri.

Rinehart’s mission is to love God, live for Jesus, and lift others up.

Faith Church Special Family Worship Experience Dec. 22

Faith Church, Garland, KS. Submitted photo.
Faith Church, 2203 Deer Road, Garland, KS 66741 (off of HWY 69) will have Special Family Worship Experience on
December 22, 9:30 am  and 11 am.

“You are invited to the Special Christmas Family Experience,” Pastor Matthew  Hunt said. “It would be a great joy to celebrate Christmas with you. Just know, you belong.  We don’t want anyone to feel alone, so let us help ‘Plan Your Visit’ and treat you like a VIP. Visit for more details.”

Fort Scott Nazarene Church Christmas Services

Fort Scott Nazarene at 1728 Horton, Fort Scott, KS will have services Christmas Sunday Dec. 22, 9:00 and 10:45 am. There will be a Christmas Eve Service Dec. 24, 6:00 pm.

The church’s mission statement: All things to all people, to share the Hope of Jesus.

“We will be finishing out our Christmas Sermon Series “Do You Hear What I Hear?” God wants to cut into the noise in your life and tell you something this Christmas,” said Pastor Virgil Peck.

FortScott.Biz Seeking Church Christmas Services Submissions

FortScott.Biz is seeking submissions via for Bourbon County church services surrounding Christmas.

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Fellowship and Fun for Missions Fundraiser Dec. 8

These are the local students and their sponsors who have committed to misson trips in the near future. Front  row, from left: Maia Martin—Honduras,   Bailey Cliffman—Africa,  Alaina Allen—Italy,  Katherine Hudiburg—Ireland. The back row is the students’ sponsors:  Kenny Hudiburg—Ireland,  Noah Martin—Honduras, Kiran Bailey—Honduras,  Dawna Hudiburg—Africa,  Alexander Krebs—Honduras,  Michelle Hudiburg—Africa. Submitted photo.


Christian summer camps have impacted several local youths to serve on mission trips.

“Some of these students are from the Fort Scott Church of the Nazarene and some from Community Christian Church partnering together,” Tonya Cliffman, mom to one of the students, said. “The same group that traveled together for Denver Christ In Youth, last summer.”

Community Christian Church, across from Fort Scott Community College on Horton Street.

The youth will be having a combined fundraiser for their mission trips Sunday, Dec. 8 at Community Christian Church.

The meal begins on Sunday at noon and there will be a pie auction at 12:45 p.m., followed by bingo at 1 pm.

Bingo cards can be purchased for $10 and this packet will cover all of the games played.

“This group, while hosting individual fundraisers, have teamed together for the fundraising event planned for December 8th at Community Christian Church,” Tonya Cliffman said.  “The travelers are hosting ‘Missions Meal’.  A meal of baked potato and soup for a free-will donation.”

” Some of these soups will be provided by the Ladle Wars competition—a competition of local people interested in entering the contest of whom has the best crock pot of soup…. the winner will receive a Golden Ladle,” Tonya Cliffman said.

“This will be a  day of food, fellowship, and fun,” Tonya Cliffman said.

The students have been fundraising individually as well.

“Each student is actively fundraising for their trip in various ways, selling salsa, pies, M & M’s, blankets, dog treats and more,” Tonya Cliffman said. “Each student has an adult chaperone partnering with them for these trips.”

One of the students, Bailey Cliffman,  has also started a local compassion ministry.

“This young lady that goes to my church is making backpacks for children in foster care,” Malinda Bailey said. ” I think it’s pretty amazing.”
Bailey Cliffman. Courtesy photo.

“Last summer Bailey attended CIY  in Denver,  where the idea of B Bags formed (her local compassion ministry),” Tonya Cliffman said.