The Recovery for Life
ministry at the Bentonville Church of Christ
offers recovery-related Bible studies, mentoring and spiritual support. The ministry’s Sunday and Wednesday classes reach between 60 and 70 people, outreach minister John Dyas said.
“We have contact with many others each week,” Dyas said. “Hundreds have been taught the Gospel, and many have given their lives to Christ.”
A related prison correspondence course ministry serves more than 600 each month, Dyas said.
“Church members who never considered themselves Bible teachers have become actively involved in teaching the Gospel and bringing others to Christ,” he said.
The conference, featuring keynote speaker Howard Norton, drew hundreds of participants from New England as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A special presentation was made to the family of the late Michael Landon, 57, who served as minister for the Groton Church of Christ
in Connecticut and chairman of the New England Church Growth Conference. Landon died Oct. 4, 2014, after a short illness.
A local roaster, Wicked Joe, contributes to the project by selling coffee to the church at a reduced rate, minister Charlie Harrison said. Other friends of the church donate money to help the cause.
“There are some ‘cookie ladies’ that make cookies to send, and we also send other snacks,” Harrison said. “It is a much-appreciated effort.”
Church member Jake Doberenz, a high school senior who started the not-for-profit Creationist Company
, co-sponsored the seminar.
“Keep Calm and Stay Faithful!” was the theme for the Scribner’s Mill Church of Christ
’s recent Ladies Day. Ira Booker from the Bird Street Church of Christ
in Shelbyville, Tenn., spoke. “Our congregation is about 100 to 110,” Freda Dean said. “The fact we had 109 in attendance was remarkable.”
Attendees pose for a picture at the Scribner’s Road church’s Ladies Day. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY FREDA DEAN)