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There are many areas of ministries that the Dale Ridge congregation is involved in including personal ministries, such as visiting and assisting the home-bound and sick, widows/widowers, or group ministries such as our Ladies Ministries, and Men’s breakfast.  We are often made aware of a man wishing to become a Minister but lacks the funds to attend a training school. The Dale Ridge congregation pays his tuition and financial support at the East Tennessee School of Biblical Studies.  And, while a lot of what we do takes place ‘behind the scenes’, below are just a few of the ways we seek to help build and grow disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our Ministries

Missions

   This has been a very difficult year for the "Hope for Haiti" mission work. With disaster such as Hurricanes , etc. have effected  this ministry. We hope to get back to being more present in Haiti.         However!!!

We have several members that have elected to send monthly support for individual children in Haiti.  Even in such times as this, one of our supporting members have received a letter from their "special child".

Wanted to share some great news.

 

  We received a card from Hope for Haiti Children with news that Steven, young man we’ve been supporting for a few years, was immersed in Christ this summer while at camp.  Praising God and asking for prayers for this young man.

Blessings 

Charlotte 

Thank you Charlotte & Bob for sharing this wonderful news with us.

   "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."  - Matthew 28:19-20

Red letters denotes the Words of Jesus.

 Our Joint Outreach 

    Dale Ridge is involved with our community in many ways. We believe that in order to spread the good news of Jesus, we need to seek people where they are, whether it's direct outreach or helping thru a joint effort such as Potter Children's Home & Family Ministries. 

    For over 100 years, Potter Children’s Home and Family Ministries has been committed to bringing Christian-based solutions and strength to those in need to end the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect. With the growth of our residential and community programs, we continue to find new and better ways to serve those in our care and reach more souls within our community and beyond.

Potter Home History

    In 1901, after the loss of their only son, local farmers, Clinton and Mary Potter took their grief and channeled into a positive change on their land. In the spirit of Christian endurance and faith, they opened the Potter Bible College in memory of their son, Eldon.  The college found success under the administrative leadership of James A. Harding, president of Nashville Bible School. His retirement 11 years later would leave the school with challenges that would eventually close its doors. Unwilling to abandon their good work in credit to God and their son’s memory, in 1914, the Potters and the trustees would later establish the Potter Orphan Home and School on the same grounds, cementing the legacy from which our organization still thrives.

Even after a series of destructive fires in the 1940s threatened to set back our mission, we have rebuilt and restructured, and in 1989, we extended our reach with the SPARK program (Single Parents Alliance for Raising Kids). At each step, Potter Ministries has strived to help those in need grow into stable families and followers of God’s teaching.

Potter Today and Tomorrow

In recent years, our children’s housing moved to residential “cottages” with loving house parents in more family-like settings to better care for the spiritual and physical needs of those in our Foster Care program. On our property, the most recent “quadplex” was opened in 2014. These buildings have freed the large dormitory building to be converted into apartments for our SPARK program, as well as offices for our staff in Foster Care and Adoption and in our Christian-based counseling services.  As representatives of the power of Christian-based support and teachings, our continued expansion and repurposing of resources ensures that we honor the legacy of the Potters and their son by doing the greatest amount of good and reaching out to the community even beyond our doorstep.

    Over 7000 children and residents served in a century of care. In providing homes for children and families all services are provided at no cost.

2021 Summer Appeal

Potters Children’s Home & Family Ministries

2350 Nashville Road – Bowling Green, Ky 42101

(270) 843-3038 – www.potterministries.org

A letter from our Executive Director    

   

    The mission of Potter Children’s Home and Family Ministries is to be a tool in the hands of supporting churches of Christ and individual Christians to deliver God’s justice and mercy to children and families in need.

    I am sure we all have memories of our first day of school. I still remember when my mom walked me up to the school building for the first time. I was a little scared and not sure what to expect. But even after that very first time, later when I kind of knew what to expect, the first day of school each year was one of excitement. Maybe you, like me can remember the positive experience you had and parents who were
able to be sure you had new clothes and everything on the supply list. Our parents gave us a hug and told us to have a good day at school. Unfortunately, many of the children that come to Potter have not had those experiences. Some have missed a lot of school and are behind academically. To them, school isn't something to which they look forward. But it is just around the corner.

    It is hard to believe that summer is in full swing. As usual, the children are having a busy summer. We are blessed to have several youth groups coming to do work on campus and make friends with the children here. The Sojourners spent two weeks with us in May. Many of the children are attending more than one Summer camp.

    But now we must turn our attention toward the new school year. With 37 children in our care, you might imagine it is quite a task to get them all ready. School shopping will need to be started soon to get the children ready for their first day. The average cost for one child is $327.58. I'm asking that you prayerfully consider sending a gift to cover the cost of a child's needs for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Would you please help us? James calls it pure religion in James 1:27. We would be so grateful for your support. August 4th will-be the-first day of school for the children , so we need the funds soon. If more than the needed funds are received, the additional income will be used for the other day-to-day expenses for the care of the children.

 

Thank you very much for your continued prayers and for blessing the children with your financial support.

 

For the children,

Ralph Brewer
Executive Director

Youth 

Ministries

This has been a difficult year for activities. We look forward to having more youth and activities for them to enjoy together in the future.

 

Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Red letters denotes the Words of Jesus.

Women's Ministry

Our Ladies activities have been curtailed lately, but they are still active: New curtains have been placed in fellowship area. Plans are now being formalized to paint the fellowship area. Someone has been putting nice decorations on the mantle in the foyer. 

Congregational Ministry

Neighbor to Neighbor

The Neighbor To Neighbor Ministry Has Been Combined With "Daleridge Is Reaching Out There" Ministry. 

    Neighbor to Neighbor and Daleridge Is Reaching Out There are Ministries of the Dale Ridge Church of Christ 7156 Cloverdale Rd Roanoke, Va 24019. These combined ministries involve potentially every member of our Church family. Each month we received a list of new families who have moved into our community. Our mission begins with a "welcome to the Roanoke Valley and an invitation to the Dale Ridge Church"  A letter such as the sample letter below is sent next. Following up contact is encouraged on an infrequent basis. Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and His Church. 


Dear

 

    Thank you for choosing our neighborhood.  With great schools, restaurants and shopping nearby we hope you will enjoy living here.

    We want to extend a special invitation for you to visit us in person.  However, we understand you may be busy settling into your new home.  So please visit our web page, WWW.Daleridgechurchofchrist.net for lots of information about us. You will also find a page dedicated to “Visiting us virtually.”  Follow the instructions and participate in our Worship virtually at 10:30 am each Sunday morning. Get to know us, then visit us in person.

 

When the Dale Ridge Church comes together, you will find:

    A place of friendship:  Nothing quite compares to the joy of Christian fellowship.  That’s why we make it a priority to build lasting bonds of concern and genuine commitment between those of our Church family.  Best of all, this circle of care is ever-widening; and we’d love to include you.

    A place of learning:  To us, studying the Bible is vital because it not only instructs us intellectually, but also guides us Spiritually.  We believe and accept it as God’s Word to man, a book that is alive and relevant to life today.

    A place of enrichment:  For every person of every age level, we offer a number of opportunities, special programs and ministries for children, youth and adults.

    A place of service:  Just as Jesus said, “serve one another”, we look for opportunities to reach out in service to each other and our community.

    A place of worship:  The primary reason we meet together is to focus our attention on God, presenting our worship of Him and receiving His grace, love, blessings and sharing His inspired Word.

    Whatever our station in life, whatever has brought us together, we invite you to become a part of our Church Family. Perhaps this may be the time in your life when drawing closer to Jesus might mean choosing new friends and a new direction that can help you in everyday life as well as planning for eternity.  During our weekly Worship, we praise God in song, pray, listen to the proclamation of His Inspired Word. We also commemorate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus each week by participating in communion, sometimes referred to as “The Lord’s Supper”.

    I look at this opportunity as God directing our paths to cross at this particular time in both our lives.  Please don’t let it slip away.

 

Sincerely,