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 raw appeal the pioneers once encountered when exploring this area centuries ago. The church grounds are located near the bank of the Osage River at the historic site of an early trading fort. We who have made our homes here find that the peaceful setting fits the family-focused lifestyle of the parishioners, and we revel in the God-given natural beauty of the surrounding rural countryside.
A newcomer might inquire as to how the Church of Israel came to be. What precisely is the Church of Israel? The answer to that question lies decades back, in 1941, when 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, consistent with the dictates of Scripture. A simple way of life built upon Bible truth 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 buildings that feature sleeping quarters, bathrooms, and kitchens, as well as an RV campground with hookups, and a central dining hall. 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 contribute to the evangelical work of the Church of Israel. Every summer, the Church hosts a Bible Camp, providing youth with an opportunity to experience edifying Biblical truth mixed with a hearty dose of sporting competition and fun, wholesome activities. For our adult population, we maintain the Missionary and Literature Room, our bookstore, which stocks nearly one thousand rare book titles, along with miscellaneous items of interest. Additionally, the Church sponsors an Audio Ministry that sends out preselected, relevant sermons to families around the globe. Finally, daily prayer requests and counseling, the highest calling of any ministerial body, are an ever-present priority to which our ministers are devoted.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, contact us; we would love to hear from you!
06/25/2015 - Welcome to the official COI website! If this is your first time here, please take time to browse, and be sure to check back often, as new updates and articles are added regularly!
06/23/2015 - Three new articles, from our most recent Issue of The Watchman, Spring 2015, are now available! If you are interested in startling revelations on a wide range of topics from a stellar group of authors, do not fail to look them up!
06/22/2015 - "...The solution to the tragedy in Charleston, and others like it, does not lie in more gun control, nor will the pangs of dissolution be assuaged by high-minded political chatter." This is an excerpt lifted from the timely new commentary entitled Tragedy Strikes Again. To read the whole piece, click on In The News...
06/18/2015 - New articles from The Watchman have been added, so don't fail to look them up! You will find them listed under "Articles from The Watchman", sorted chronologically. You know where you won't find them?? Anywhere else!
06/15/2015 - We have an exciting new addition to our "In the News..." column regarding a current and controversial hot topic. Don't miss it!
06/11/2015 - New articles from The Watchman are being added, as are songs under the new "Music" tab. Don't fall behind in your reading--check back with us often to avoid missing any updates!
06/06-2015 - That most mirth-filled of all the seasons is once again upon us, folks! Summer is now in full swing, and here at COI, no child's summer is complete without Youth Camp! Our 28th Annual Youth Camp commences tomorrow, June 7th. Check-in at the dormitories is at five p.m. Hope to see you there!
06/04/2015 - The Spring 2015 issue of The Watchman has finally been released! Articles from the Spring Issue are soon to come, and meanwhile we are still adding articles from the Winter 2014 Issue. Check in frequently, as more are added, to prevent falling behind on your reading!
05/27/2015 - Mark your calendars now! Our 28th annual Youth Camp, hosted here at the Church of Israel festival grounds, is upcoming--June 8th through the 12th! Children ages 8-16 are eligible to attend for the low, low fee of $25. Don't miss it!
05/26/2015 - Swing by our photo gallery to check out the pictures being added! Check in often for new arrivals; they are being updated regularly!
05/22/2015 - For those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the sequal to the scintillating The Sin of Miscegenation, the wait is over! The Sin of Miscegenation, Part II is now available, and can be found under "Winter Watchman 2014". The III installment from this series will be shared in due time, so stay tuned!
05/20/2015 - New articles are being added! To view them, simply navigate to the drop-down list on the left side of the page, and there click "Articles from the Watchman", wherein our publications are listed chronologically. Select "Winter 2014" to find all the most recent additions we have made for your edification!
Church of Israel
3161 S 2275 Rd
Schell City, MO 64783