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 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!
10/9/2015 - Take a close look at that Bible you own--what translation is it? In a thought-provoking foray into modern translations, specifically the NIV, Pastor Gray Clark expounds on the necessity of Scriptural dependability. Going against the flood-tide of modern Christianity, as per usual, Pastor Clark clearly and concisely explains why the King James Version is the one and only choice for English speakers--not as a matter of preference, but as a matter of conscience. To read this article and other recent additions, simply click on our Articles from the Watchman tab at the top of your homepage and then navigate to Summer 2015, where you will find it listed.
10/7/2015 - Our hot topics navigational tab, In the News..., has a brand new addition regarding a very current and troubling issue. Same sex marriage was legalized over the summer by our esteemed Supreme Court, but the decision was a close one: 5 to four in favor. The dissenting judges happen to agree with Kim Davis and others like her! Check out this new piece to discover what you won't be able to learn in the mainstream media!
10/5/2015 - We have added several new articles for you, our faithful readers! To find them, simply click on the Articles from the Watchman tab, and navigate down the page to Summer 2015. Not only will you be able to find new articles here, but now you can actually download them to your PC! This feature enables you to access our original content anywhere and at anytime. You can even print out a particular article if you so choose for on-the-go ease. Enjoy!
09/08/2015 - Exciting news, ladies and gents! We are launching an exciting new feature for our viewers! As of September 8th, 2015 select articles that are original and exclusive to us, the Church of Israel, will be available for download! Determining exactly which of our numerous articles are eligible for download is very easy--when you select an article to read, as per usual, you will see a download button, which you merely have to click and Voila! the article will be accessible offline, in you personal files! We will slowly be increasing the number of existing articles that have this feature, but hopefully all of our new articles from here forward will be posted download-ready, for your convenience. So get ready to get clicking!
09/01/2015 - We have added a great new article to our news column written by an author new to us, Matthew Luckey. This thought-provoking piece will make you turn the mirror on yourself. Should we emphasize the relevance of the World in our church, or Christianity in the World? Be sure to take the time to read this latest addition!
08/25/2015 - An update on the Planned Parenthood Protest: a group of approximately 25 people from the Church of Israel's local congregation journeyed to Overland Park this weekend where we joined hundreds of protestors outside a Planned Parenthood, rallying for the lives of the unborn. The event lasted for several hours, and we who were there bore witness to Christians of all denominations joining forces to oppose what is arguably the greatest evil of our age. The satisfaction of joining ranks with so many people passionately declaring themselves for justice was undeniable. And yet, as we walked back to our vehicles, we passed one of our fellow protestors, a young woman who had stridently stood for the cause, and who had openly taken issue with some of the Planned Parenthood hirelings, insufferable whelps paid to wear the pink. This zealous, heart-on-her-sleeve girl was openly weeping. As ardent as we all were, we really accomplished very little. This experience left us all with mixed emotions, but for many, one thing was clear: this battle is not over.
08/10/2015 - Fellow pro-life advocates: on August 22, we will have a rare opportunity to speak for the unborn, not just on social media, but in in real life. More than 40 pro-life groups have banned together to sponsor a nation-wide event to protest Planned Parenthood. The purpose of this protest is twofold--to raise awareness of this barbarity, so that the media cannot phase this story out of the news cycle, and to force government officials to recognize that we will not begin to ease up the pressure until they defund this evil institution! To find the location nearest you where you can join the protest and make your voice heard, follow this link (control + click) http://protestpp.com/
08/04/2015 - Here at the Church of Israel, it has been a busy summer! We have collected some photos from various events, and added them to our photo gallery. Be sure to take a gander!
07/21/2015 - "Abortion is the black hole of humanity, sucking us dry of compassion and empathy, so that we care more about the ESPY's han the frail protests of a baby attacked in its sanctuary, struggling to live." This is an excerpt lifted from a dissertation on abortion. It is the newest addition to In the News... Please do not be silent on this issue. Read and share!
07/19/2015 - "To those who consider the Conderate battle flag anything more than just that, a battle flag, consider this: the stars and bars were in use for four years as a battle flag. To say that because some sociopath appeared in a photo with this flag is justification to declare war on everything it stands for is both irrational and also a clear case of extreme political correctness." This quote is just a sample from the fiery new article added to "In the News..." addressing the flag controversy which has kept media outlets ablaze for weeks now. Be a rebel, and look it up!
07/09/2015 - "Most White people find jobs without affirmative action and other government help. This is not privilege; this is exhibiting initiative, ambition, and responsibility. These are the natural result of good parenting, which includes teaching morals, providing sufficient education, assuming responsibility, and exercising overall good character"...this is an excerpt lifted from the most recent addition to Articles from the Watchman, Spring 2015, titled "White Privelege". It is a relevant topic in our shape-shifting world, and one we would all be prudent to brush up on!
07/08/2015 - We are rounding out our collection of articles today! Part II of In the Name of Freedom has been added to Articles in the Watchman, Spring 2015 and part III of The Sin of Miscegenation has also been added, also in Spring 2015. For those readers who have eagerly been anticipating the conclusion of these pieces, your suspense is over! Also, check out our relevant addition to In the News...And as always, check back with us often.
07/05/2015 - New photos have been added to Photo Gallery. Have a look and email us with your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. And while you are looking around, be sure to read Pastor Clark's new article, just added to Articles From the Watchman.
07/02/2015 - We are constantly updating our website, with new, relevant articles for you, our readers. The most recent addition can be found in In The News...It is a thought-provoking new piece on the Charleston shooter, Dylan Roof. Be sure to look it up, and check back often for further updates!
06/30/2015 - "...the majority of America believes the revelation of last Friday is cause for celebration. They say love won, and they are right. Love of humanism won, love of self." This is an excerpt from the fiery new article posted in In the News... It is entitled June 26, 2015: A Harbinger...Don't miss out -- read the whole piece and join the conversaton by emailing us at COI@churchofisrael.org.
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