The Church of Israel is located in rural southwestern Missouri at the edge of the Ozark Plateau. These rolling hills still retain much of the natural beauty our Pioneers once encountered when exploring this area. The church grounds are located near the bank of the Osage River at the historic site of an early trading fort. We find the peaceful country setting fits the friendly personality of the parishioners who live in the surrounding rural countryside.
Back in 1941, a small group of families ventured off into Colorado, and then Missouri, to form an independent Christian Church. These men and women felt the powerful urging of the Holy Spirit to return to the unfettered truth of God's Holy Word. They sought a quiet and serene location to worship God in the way the Spirit moved them. A simple life on the land was established, and the beginnings of the Church of Israel took root here in Vernon County.
As time moved on, Pastor Jesse Cruse was ready to pass on his mantle as steward of the flock. The Church Board selected Daniel Gayman to take the reins of leadership and lead the small Flock of Christ here at Halley's Bluff. Pastor Gayman was then, and has continued to be, a devoted student of Bible truth and has dedicated his life to unselfishly serving God both here in Missouri and in meetings throughout our great Nation.
Locally, the Church of Israel has now grown into a sizeable congregation, necessitating the move into an expanded Sanctuary. Formal Worship services are held every Sabbath morning in this beautifully appointed House of God. The Church also conducts mid-week services on Wednesday evenings and hosts monthly New Moon gatherings.
The Church maintains facilities for the honoring of God's Holy Festivals, including several dormitory style buildings with small sleeping rooms, an RV campground with hookups, and a cafeteria with dining area. Annual Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles are all celebrated here on the Church grounds. Visitors from across the nation and countries abroad find a hearty welcome when they arrive to keep the commanded Festivals of God.
Many outreach ministries operate to support the evangelical work of the Church. The Missionary and Literature Room stocks nearly one thousand hard to find book titles, along with miscellaneous interesting items. There is a monthly Cassette - CD Tape Ministry that sends out selected timely sermons to families around the globe. Prayer requests and daily ministerial counseling keep the office busy all week long.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, contact us; we would love to hear from you!
11/21/2013 - New Comment on National Health Care under Pastor Gaymans Weekly Comment section
10/22/2013 - Two new comments added under Pastor Gayman's Weekly Comment section
09/16/2013 - New tab - Why the Church of Israel? The Who, What and Why of the Church
09/12/2013 - Three new articles from the Summer 2013 issue of the Watchman have been added. Click on the Articles From the watchman tab and then Summer 2013 Issue tab
09/11/2013 - New book - "Our Israelitish Origins" (1850) added to the bookstore listings
09/10/2013 - Why We Keep the Feasts and schedule of Feasts for 2014 can be found under the Biblical Feast Days tab