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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.

The Prairie Troubadour: A Catholic Gathering This Weekend

Luther’s BBQ restaurant is located at the corner of Oak Street and National Avenue on Fort Scott’s northside. The River Room Event Center is located on the second floor.

The 6th Annual Prairie Troubadour starts tomorrow Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the River Room Event Center, 3 W. Oak.

The event is “to bring Catholics together to enjoy things we enjoy culturally,” Michael Pokorny, a house father at St. Martin’s Academy said. “To help our friends and neighbors understand our faith and how we live it with joy.”

The Prairie Troubadour is named in memoriam of poet, songwriter, and man of the Kansas prairie, Gerald Francis Kerr, the father of St. Martin’s Academy founder, Daniel Kerr.

The theme of this year’s event is Feasts, Fasts, and the Seasons.

Tickets to the event must be purchased before the event and can be ordered on the website: Feasts, Fasts and the Seasons: the Art of Living Liturgically Tickets, Fri, Feb 25, 2022, at 6:30 PM | Eventbrite

Tickets start at $85 for the weekend’s events.

The schedule:

Feb. 25 is registration at 6:30 a.m. followed at 7 p.m. by Baylor University Professor Dr. Michael Foley who will be speaking on “How to Drink Like a Saint.”

8 p.m. Dale Alquist, president of The Chesterton Society, will speak on “Feasting and Surprisingly Fasting with G.K. Chesterton.”

9 p.m. There will be an afterglow session.

Saturday, Feb. 26

9:30 a.m. Daniel Kerr, headmaster/founder of St. Martin’s Academy will welcome guests, followed at 9:45 a.m. by Father Joshua Moore, sub-prior at Clear Creek Abbey, Oklahoma, who will speak on “Fasting: Or Why Officers Eat Last.”

10:45 a.m. Brandon Sheard, owner/operator of Farmstead Meatsmith, Tulsa, OK will speak on “The Virtue of Pig Killing.”

At noon, lunch will be on your own, Luther’s Restuarant, directly under the River Room Event Center, is recommended.

At 1:15 p.m. Dr. John Cuddeback, a professor of philosophy at Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia will speak on “Animating Your Home with Leisure.”

At 2:15 p.m. Dr. William Fahey, president of Thomas Moore College of Liberal Arts, Merrimac, NH, will speak on “My Little Horse Must Think It Queer and Other Musings on the Natural Order of Liturgical Living.”

There will be a break at 3:15 p.m. and a break-out with vendors.

A question and answer session with the speakers will happen at 4:30 p.m. and the symposium closes at 5:30 p.m.

At 7 p.m. there will be a whiskey and cigar soiree with the speakers and musical entertainment by the St. Martin’s Academy students and others. This event is for VIP Pass Holders only.



Soup Lunch Drive-Through on March 18

The First United Methodist Church, 301 S. National, will host a drive-through soup lunch on Friday, March 18. 

This is a to go meal that can be picked up under the covered entrance off of National Avenue.

  Serving times will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

A variety of soups including potato, vegetable beef, and chili will be served along with a dessert for a free-will offering. 

The soup lunch is sponsored by the Mission Committee at First United Methodist Church.


Submitted by:

Marla Gorman

Administrative Assistant

First United Methodist Church

Testimony of God’s Faithfulness and Personal Transformation

Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse welcomes Kathy Ewing of Pittsburg,KS. Kathy will humbly share how the Lord worked transformation, healing, and miracles in her life and marriage.
Her husband was paralyzed and healed twice. Kathy and her husband Doug celebrate being married nearly 37 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Kathy loves and appreciates God Almighty and His word! She is a caregiver at heart: she is a hairdresser and takes care of the elderly.
Guests are welcome Thursday, February 10th at 6:30 p.m. This is an interdenominational ministry opportunity for women, men and youth. The goal of Aglow International is: Every nation touched, every heart changed.
Fort Scott Aglow Lighthouse meets the second Thursday of each month at the conference room of Fort Scott Inn, 101 State Street. For more information contact Amanda Gilmore at (620) 215-0418.

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