Category Archives: Church news

Nazarene Church Plans VBS August 1-4

“We want to invite any kids from 4 years old through 5th grade to join us at Fort Scott Nazarene, 1728 Horton St., for an action packed week where kids will discover the greatness of God’s love through music, stories and activities,” said FSN Family Pastor Nick Sprague. “Our VBS will take place next week from August 1st through the 4th for our Vacation Bible School in the evenings from 6 to 8:30 pm.”

“To join us is simple! You can register through our website or you can show up at the church early and get registered on the spot! Our doors will open each night at 5:30 pm! Come join us because it is going to be MONUMENTAL!”



Community Christian Church VBS: July 25-29

Community Christian Church will have their annual Vacation Bible School July 25th through the 29th from 9am to noon daily. As always, kids ages 4 through 5th grade are welcome to join in the fun. To register, household parents or guardians may use the link pinned to the top of Community’s Facebook page.
This year’s theme is Make Waves! What if God made you to make waves that could spread across the world around you? You are made in God’s image, for a purpose. You were made to follow and trust Jesus, to love others, to change the world around you and to MAKE WAVES. At VBS we will do that through awesome worship, learning truths of the Bible, playing games, making crafts and having lots of fun!
Community would love to pack the house with Fort Scott and surrounding area kiddos. If you have any trouble registering, please call the church office between 9am and noon on weekdays so we can help! 620-223-1500
For a preview of what your children will experience at VBS, we would love to invite you to our Sunday VBS sermon series, happening now! Our service times are 9:00am and 11:00am every Sunday.

VBS: Uniontown Baptist Church July 18-22

This is part of a series featuring local VBS’s in the county. Please send information and a photo to help tell the story of your event.

Uniontown Baptist Church is located on Hwy. 3 on the town’s west side.

The First Missionary Uniontown Baptist Church invites community children to their Vacation Bible School from Monday July 19 to Friday July 22 with the closing program on Sunday July 24 at the 10 a.m. church service.

It is presented from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for ages 4 through fifth grade at the church. The church is located at the intersection of Hwy. 3 and Maple Road (Fifth Street in Uniontown.)

The Armor of God is the theme this year.

There will be Bible stories, fun games, yummy snacks and great songs.

A drawing for five Silver Dollar City Tickets will happen at the closing program.

For more information or to register, call Elaine Ledford at 620-756-4924, text at 620-215-6963 or email [email protected]


Weekly Food Distribution Offered Through Assembly of God Church Plant

Fort Cinema,224 W 18th St, Fort Scott is the distribution site for free food for children under 18 years old, until August 18.

A new Assembly of God Church plant is receiving food to distribute to Fort Scott children under 18 years of age, until school starts in August. The food will be distributed at the Fort Scott Cinema.

Family Life Assembly of God volunteers will be distributing the food, with Grady Proffitt the facilitator here in Fort Scott.

“We have started a distribution that partners with Life 360 Church out of Springfield, MO,” said  Proffitt, who is planting a new church called Family Life Assembly of God in Fort Scott. “They have received government funding that is able to feed kids in communities that are ages 18 and under. They are serving the Southeast Kansas area places like: Baxter Springs, Galena, Girard, Garnett, Ottawa, Humboldt, Pittsburg, and Fort Scott. There might be more, but I know those cities for sure!”

“This partnership is not FLAG Church this is Life360 Church reaching out to our churches in our different communities,” he said.

“For us here in Fort Scott, they serve us every Thursday from 11am-12:30pm in the Fort Cinema parking lot. This will go until school starts with the last Thursday, August 18,” Proffitt said.

“This is for students and children ages 18 under,” he reiterated. “Supplies include lunches and dinners for each child. Milk, dry foods, canned foods, and some frozen meals. The only criteria is that each child must be in the vehicle to receive meal packages while supplies last.”

“This is not FLAG Church, this is Life360 Church out of Springfield, MO that is partnering with local churches to bless communities in the Southeast Kansas area. We are grateful for this opportunity to add to the needs of so many here in Fort Scott!”

Grady Proffit, is the Fort Scott Campus Pastor of Family Life Assembly of God.

To learn more about the church:

New Church Plant Starting in Fort Scott In September

For more information:

(620) 232-FLAG

Grady Proffitt is the Fort Scott Campus Pastor for Family Life Assembly of God. Pictured is his wife, Jacque and son. Submitted photo.

New Church Plant Starting in Fort Scott In September

The new FLAG Church start up will be in Fort Cinema, 224 W. 18th.

A new church will soon be starting in Fort Scott which is being started  from Family Life Assembly of God (FLAG) of Pittsburg.

At 3  p.m. on May 22,  FLAG will be hosting a first interest meeting at the Fort Cinema Movie Theater, 224 W. 18th.

“We want to start being in the community and give the opportunity for people in Fort Scott to come learn what were all about,” said Grady Proffitt, Fort Scott Campus Pastor for FLAG.

“We will be in the exact location where we will host our Sunday morning worship services starting September 11,” he said. “Everyone and anyone are welcome as we get to share and our plan and meet new people!”

History of the Church Plant

Family Life Assembly of God Church, Pittsburg, KS. is located at 1234 S. Rouse. Submitted photo.

FLAG Church began the church planting process in 2019, he said, but they had a transition with lead pastor’s at the church as well as the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic in early 2020.

“FLAG decided to pause and wait for the dust to settle during the pandemic before continuing the process to church plant,” he said.

In the pandemic, the Fort Scott Assembly of God Church closed late last year, he said.

“The pastor lost his wife to COVID,” Profitt said.

“We believe God is sending us to be another light in a great community”, he said.  “FLAG’s decision to plant a video venue campus was heavily influenced by the closing of (the) other affiliated Assemblies of God church in Fort Scott just this past year. Our heart is to be another avenue for people of Fort Scott to be a part of a healthy church community and become disciples of Jesus!”

“Everything is live (in a video venue), except a message that will come from the church in Pittsburg,” Proffitt said. Tom Jacobs is the pastor of that church, with an attendance at about 480 people. “In person attendance has been going up (since the waning of the pandemic),” he said.

“We think God is sending us there for a reason,” he said. “We are not replacing a church, we are starting a new church.”

“Through God’s perfect timing, we as a church have said yes to God’s call and we are planting FLAG Fort Scott Sunday, September 11th, 2022.”

Proffitt, 27, and  his wife, Jacque, have a one-year-old son, Tyson.

Pastor Grady Proffitt and wife, Jacque, with son, Tyson. Submitted photo.

Proffitt attended the James River Leadership College, Springfield, MO. then earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Evangel University, Springfield. He has been in ministry seven years and helped plant James River Church in Joplin and has been at FLAG for two years.

“I love pastoring,” he said. “I will still be under the administration of  FLAG Church, with the official title of campus pastor.”

There will be several “interest” meetings, he said. This one in May, then one in June, one in July and one in August.

“At the meetings we will tell about who we are and listen and hear what people are excited about,” Proffitt said.

Family Life Assembly of God can be contacted in the following ways for more information:

[email protected]

(620) 232-FLAG







Ft. Scott Aglow Lighthouse Welcomes Reazin as Guest Speaker


Bob Reazin will share about his recent trip to LaPlace, LA with the Eight Days of Hope rebuilding project after Hurricane Ida left thousands in need of help.

Guests are welcome to visit our Lighthouse monthly gathering at 6:30 p.m., Thursday May 12th in the conference room of Fort Scott Inn, 101 State Street.


This is an interdenominational ministry opportunity for women, men and youth to grow in unity as the body of Christ. The goal of Aglow International is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.

Learn About Labyrinth Walking

Labyrinth Information Sessions This Week! 
Join Rev. Christopher Eshelman from First United Methodist Church at one of the following sessions to learn more about the spiritual practice of labyrinth walking and plans to lay out one (or two!) in Fort Scott in the next couple of months.
A walking labyrinth is not a maze – there are no wrong turns or dead ends – rather it is a single path to a center – so the walker literally “centers themselves” while walking.
You’ll learn some history and have a chance to draw a couple of common designs to better understand these tools. Sessions will last about an hour and are:
7 pm Wednesday, April 20 in the church parlor (301 S. National)
2 pm Thursday, April 21 at Hedgehog, Ink! (16 South Main)
or 2 pm Saturday, April 23 again in the church parlor.
A temporary Chartres design in Pretty Prairie,  later this one was made permanent.  Submitted photo.
Submitted by Rev. Christopher Eshelman
Pastor – Fort Scott First UMC

Testimony of God’s Deliverance From Drug Addiction

Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse welcomes Benton Cavaness who will share his story. After a 20 year drug addiction, Benton is free! “God miraculously gave me complete victory over addiction and I have experienced more miracles and blessings in the last year than most people ever get to witness!”

Benton is from Thayer, KS. His interests now are God, church, family, farming, cattle, horses and staying free!

Guests welcome Thursday, April 7th at 6:30 pm.

We will gather in the conference room of Fort Scott Inn, 101 State Street.

Aglow International is an interdenominational ministry for women and men. The goal is: Every Nation touched, every heart changed.

Area Churches come together to pack food for people in Ukraine

Submitted photos.

Seven area churches partnered together with IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services) to put meals together for people in Ukraine.

Those seven churches were Rinehart Christian Church, Walker Christian Church, Rich Hill Christian Church, Hume Christian Church, 1st Christian out of Nevada, and Community Christian out of Nevada, and Sheldon Christian Church.

“It was a great time of coming together with other believers in Jesus and working on a common goal/project,” said Kevin Moyers, Pastor at Rinehart Christian Church.

Submitted photos.

Friday evening, March 25th, a truck arrived at the Rinehart Church from Indianapolis and about 30 people helped unload the truck of all the food supplies.  “We set up 10 lines (2 tables in each line) from which the food would be handled the next morning and put into bags,” Moyers said.

Submitted photos.

On Saturday, March 26th, approximately 120 people from those 7 churches gathered at 9 a.m. and for the next three hours were busy, packaging 53,280 meals.

“It’s hard to imagine how that is possible, but you would have had to see it to imagine it,”  Moyers said. “The system that IDES has in place for this kind of service project is very efficient.  And of course, it takes people who are willing to ‘stay at it.’ Older folks, younger folks, kids…everyone working together to the glory of God.  This was actually a fun project to do!”

Submitted photos.

The food bags consisted of rice, soy, dried vegetables, and a bag of 21 essential vitamins and nutrients.  When full, the bags were six servings, therefore six meals per bag.  The recipient of the bag of food will add the contents to 1.5-2 liters of boiling water, and after cooking for 20 minutes there is enough food that will fill to overflowing a 2 qt. crockpot. IDES figures the cost of each meal at twenty-five cents.  Figure the total cost of this project:  $13,320.  The seven churches partnered in coming up with that money.

Submitted photos.

“It was a really great event to be a part of,” Pastor Moyers said.  “IDES has committed 1,000,000 meals to Ukraine, and we were so happy to be a part of that relief effort.  We weren’t sure at first where the food was going to go, as this event has been in the planning stage for about nine months.  IDES is a crisis relief ministry and they send help all over the world.  When we were told on Saturday this shipment of food was going to Ukraine it was very exciting to our people.”

Annual Fish Fry Continues Two More Fridays With All Sit-Down Meals

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry March 2022. Submitted by Calvin Barr.

The Knights of Columbus Fish Fry continues for two more weeks, with no drive-through orders. The sit-down meals will be inside Kennedy Gym at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Serving is from 5 to 7 p.m.

The dates for the last two fish fries are March 25 and April 1.

Knights of Columbus Annual Friday Fish Fry Starts Today

The men of Knights of Columbus Council #796 serve the Lenten meal in February 2020.

The Knights of Columbus will host their annual Lenten Fish Fry each Friday starting today.

The March 4th & 11th meals will be drive-thru only.

“The first two (Friday meals) will be a practice run since we only did two last year,” Mark McCoy, spokesman for the group said. The COVID 19 Pandemic prevented more meals served.

The drive-thru starts at 5 pm and serves until 6:30 pm.

The ladies of Mary Queen of Angel parish bake wonderful desserts and many varieties of cakes, pies, and cookies will be offered.

A row of homemade desserts are offered at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2020.

The menu is:

1 – Catfish, French fries, and coleslaw
2 – Catfish, cod, French fries, and coleslaw
3 – Cod, French fries, and coleslaw
2020 Lenten Fish Fry at Kennedy Hall.