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Friendship Stateline Freewill Baptist Church hosts their eighth annual benefit gospel singing for the Freewill Baptist Children’s Home of Eldridge, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m.
Prior to the singing, a buffet supper will be served from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
This year the featured singers are Marvin Morrow of Cypress Inn and Denise Hopkins-Jaco of Toney, Ala. Morrow has been singing and preaching since the late 1960s. His ministry these days primarily involves singing and songwriting.
There is no charge for the event, but a special offering will be received during the singing. All proceeds will benefit the children’s home.
Friendship Stateline Free Will Baptist Church has been proactive in its efforts to provide financial support to the children’s home for more than three decades. But, in the past several years, the church has stepped up its efforts with annual singing fundraisers.
In addition to holding annual fundraisers for the children’s home, members of the church purchase Christmas presents for children at the home and many church members drive to Eldridge where they celebrate the day with them. They also recognize the children on their birthdays.
“They bond with them year after year, and correspond with them,” said Charles Marable, field representative for the children’s home. “We try to give them a loving environment.”
The home’s motto is “Investing today in the heart of tomorrow.”
“The Children’s Home in Eldridge provides a haven of hope for hurting children from all types of challenging domestic situations,” said Danny Williams, FWBCH director of communication and development in a newsletter. “The foundation for our existence is James 1:27, where God says, one evidence of pure religion in His eyes is to ‘visit (look after) the fatherless … in their affliction.’ In essence, we are trying to be a ‘father to the fatherless’.”
Since 1947, FWBCH has cared for more than 800 children.
“Your gifts enable the home’s staff to daily fill the role of a good father as we provide physical necessities; things like shelter, clothing, food, medicine, educational opportunities such as school training, correction and encouragement; emotional support; including hugs, listening ear, expressions of love and spiritual direction, Bible reading, prayer and church attendance,” Williams writes.
Currently the facility has the capacity to house up to 34 children. The majority of the children who go to live at the home are between the ages of three and 15.
“They cannot be adopted out of the home,” said Jerry Hopkins, singing chairman.
The children live in separate boys’ and girls’ dormitories, referred to as cottages, with their house families providing them with a supportive Christian atmosphere 24/7.
A large new activity building was constructed for the children about three years ago, giving the kids a place for recreational activities and events. A fund has been designated for the children’s home. Those who wish to give a donation and cannot attend the event may send a check made to Stateline Free Will Baptist Church. Send checks to Bro. Wendell Beverly, treasurer, 247 J. Cross Road, Toney, Ala., 35773.
Friendship FWB Church is located at 13363 Stateline Road, Ardmore, eight miles east of Ardmore on Stateline and Old Railroad Bed Roads.
For more information about the benefit, contact Rusty Lincoln at (256) 423-4429 or Hopkins at 256-828-0386.