Safe Families for Children
Give Hope to Families in Crisis

What is Safe Families for Children? 

Safe Families for Children is a national faith-based movement of compassion that gives hope to families in crisis. At its core are Christian families who practice Biblical hospitality by opening their homes to vulnerable children and reaching out to the parents of these children who are struggling to escape the effects of poverty and social isolation. 

The Need
The single biggest factor influencing the lives and outcomes of children is their family. Many families in at-risk environments have good intentions but lack the family support needed to assist them in times of crisis. The children in a family traumatized by crisis become especially at risk for neglect or abuse as their parents struggle alone to cope with crushing circumstances and emotions. By law and policy, most state child welfare agencies are allowed to aid only children who have suffered blatant abuse or neglect, leaving thousands of children and their families in difficult situations. Without assistance, many of these situations will lead to abuse/neglect episodes  with long-lasting consequences for the child. 

The Safe Families Solution
Safe Families for Children (SFFC) is a network of host families that extends the community safety net by providing parents in need a loving home where they can safely place their children in time of crisis. Host Families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, trained and serve without compensation. As a result, SFFC is a voluntary, non-coercive alternative to the state child welfare system. By temporarily freeing parents from the responsibility of caring for their child, SFFC provides them with time to address personal issues without fear of losing custody. In addition, Host Families and volunteer Family Coaches come alongside the parents, giving them support and mentorship and often becoming and extended family to them after the children return home. 


  • Become a host family
  • Become a family coach
  • Become a family friend
  • Offer professional services
  • Join the prayer team

Ministry Opportunities:

Cares for children in the home while also ministering to the placing parents. Prompted solely by compassion, each host family is screened and approved (background checks, fingerprints, home evaluation, etc.) Safe Families for Children may serve children of all ages, but each individual Host Family determines the profile of the children they are able to host in their home. 

Facilitates the relationship between the placing parents and the host family during a placement. Their two primary areas of ministry are:

  1. Supporting the host family and ensuring the well-being of the children in care
  2. Providing support and mentorship to the placing parents. (Experience in social work is highly valued but not required.)

We believe prayer is crucial to the ministry of Safe Families for Children. You can join this team by receiving monthly updates via email or by being matched with a host family to pray for them throughout a placement. 

Family Friends come alongside the Host Family and/or placing parents to provide encouragement and support during the time of placement which could include:

  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Meal team
  • Support
  • Mentoring
  • Resources: Most children come with very few supplies and possessions. Therefore, the donation of children's items, including diapers, formula, and clothing are very helpful.   

If you are interested in being a part of the Safe Families for Children Ministry or have any questions please contact Jen Bergdall at or call/text (260) 341-3511

Visit the national website: 


Clarissa's Story of Hope

The Marbles

Katie Couric on Safe Families

Katie Couric follow up report on Safe Families

Current Series
MOUNTAIN DO'S - A fresh look at the TEN Commandments
 Sunday mornings - 9:30 & 11:00AM 

Current Series


In this series, we will taking a fresh look at the ten commandments.  At some point in your life, you probably were taught the ten commandments.  And while you may not be able to remember all ten, you certainly remember the first part of each one…”You Shall Not…”  Yes, God gave us a list of things NOT to do, but what is the “DO” behind each commandment God gave Moses? What was God’s heart behind each commandment?  How are we to live based on each commandment?  Don’t miss this inspiring series as we remind ourselves why these ten commandments are so important to God and to our lives.  Invite a friend! 

Upcoming Series Schedule

  • August 16th - 6th & 7th Commandment
  • August 23rd - BAPTISM SUNDAY
  • August 30th - 8th & 9th Commandment
  • September 6th - 10th Commandment (END OF SUMMER SERIES)
  • September 13th - INVITE SUNDAY (Invite a Friend!)

Sunday Morning Service Times


  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade

11:00 AM

  • Worship Service
  • Infants & Toddlers Groups
  • Kids Worship K-5th Grade
  • Adult Classes
  • High School & Jr. High Class

Kids Programming Schedule

There will be full kids ministries for infants through 5th graders at both 9:30and 11:00 services.  All children should be checked in for their name tags. Kindergarten through 5th grade reports directly to the kids worship center. Infants through preschoolers report to their age group classrooms.

For more information check out our Kids Ministries Tab

Student Ministries Information

Junior High and High School Programming both meet at 11a.m.

For more information check out our Student Ministries Tab


Fast & Pray Monday
September 7 or 8, 2015 
Click here for Prayer Topics 


FAST AND PRAY MONDAY - September 7 or 8, 2015

TOPIC: Creative Play School, Invite Sunday, Celebrate Recovery 






  1. For those being invited to Invite Sunday to accept and for Christ to transform their lives. 

  2. For the Smith Academy to be blessed through the financial contribution. 

  3. For Creative Play School to have a productive year and for spiritual doors to be opened in the lives of the families.  

  4. For final details related to launching Celebrate Recovery in October.

  5. For Celebrate Recovery to be a beacon of light for Christ in our church and surrounding communities. 


“I humbled my soul with fasting.” Psalm 35:13 What is Christian fasting?  The Bible speaks of fasting as abstaining from food for a time in order to grow spiritually, glorify God, enhance our spirit, receive healing, and grow our prayer life. Fasting is not a way to get God to do what we want; fasting changes us, not God. It is more about denying our natural appetites and raising our spiritual appetites.  Fasting should also be confidential and not something you tell others you are doing (see Matthew 6:16-18).

TYPES OF FASTING Fasting can take many forms.  For instance, you could fast from things that are a sacrifice for you like internet surfing, computer games, shopping, media, TV, radio, music, Twitter, texting, etc.  Be creative, design your own type of fast. Ask God what kind of fast he would have you do. Fasting from food is not to be taken lightly. If you are new to fasting food please consult your doctor. 

FOOD FASTING OPTIONS You may fast from all or selected meals in a day or from "between meal" snacks or after meal deserts.  You may also fast from particular foods or drinks like meat, dairy, coffee, tea, alcohol, pop, chocolate, etc..  You may decide to fast from solids and only take in liquids such as juices, soups, smoothies.  A 'Daniel' fast - as found in the book of Daniel 10:3 - where he "ate no choice food, no meat or wine touched my lips." Fast from delicacies, stick to fresh fruit and vegetables.  The 5 Food Fast - (just eating nuts, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, red meat).

FASTING TIPS Plan your fast. Pray and ask God for protection, strength, and wisdom during your fast. Look ahead because you may have to rearrange your schedule or change your grocery list.  Start small. As with anything, fasting requires practice to become better at it. Set yourself a challenging, but realistic goal. Begin and end well. When fasting from food, the meals before and after the fasting period should be smaller and lighter than usual.  End your fast gradually.  Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

REDEEM THE TIME Where possible, the time that is not spent on eating (or whatever else you choose to fast from) is spent on your relationship with God, prayer, reading the Bible and seeking the Lord.

WARNINGS Do not fast from water. Also, fasting from food is unwise if you are diabetic, hypoglycemic, prone to migraines, pregnant, taking medication, or recovering from sickness.  Do not fast from red meat if you are inclined to anemia. If you have any doubts/questions, please talk to a health care professional. Fasting is entirely voluntary. WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND CONSULTING YOUR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL FOR ADVICE BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY FOOD FAST.

Break the Grey School Assembly/Outreach
Thursday, November 12th 
DeKalb High School  



Thursday, November 12th | DeKalb High School
School Assembly in the morning and then students come back for an Outreach Event in the evening! 

Break the Grey/Bill Ballenger: motivational speaker & multimedia presentation with college age interns, & singer/songwriter/speaker Billy Ballenger. Known for our ability to connect with students on any level, Break the Grey brings a multi-media presentation, of music, skits, dance & motivational speaking inspiring audiences to reach their greatest potential. Presentations occur in many different venues & contexts. From festivals, TV, assemblies at public schools, resident homes, military schools, colleges, concerts & churches, & more, Break the Grey is defining life for today's youth!




If you are interested in helping make this event awesome! We need volunteers for tear down and setup, mentors for students, help with food, and prayer teams. If you have any questions, please email high school/college pastor, Dane Kruse at

Please don't miss this opportunity! 


Women's Bible Studies
"Seamless" by Angie Smith   
Starts Sept. 9th!



Joy Goe Group (Wednesday nights - 6:30pm)
Our next study starts September 9th and will end October 28th. Study is on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in Room #302. We will be studying "Seamless"-Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith. Books are $13 each for the study.  


Sign up this month at the Welcome Center or Contact: Joy Goe at (260) 573-9179 or email her at: 

​There's a seamless thread woven through every story in the Bible - a thread that connects its people, places and promises in a whole new way. Ready to replace insecurity that holds you back and move forward with clarity and confidence in your understanding of Scripture? Join us for SEAMLESS, a 7-session Bible study by Angie Smith! 


Jen Fike Group (Saturday mornings - 8:00am) Email:

Michelle Fahl Group (Tuesday mornings - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore Study    Email:

Stacy Hoeppner Group (September 11 Start Date - 9:00am)
Current Study: Beth Moore study "Godly People do Ungodly Things"

Small Prayer Group (Wednesday nights 7:00 - 9:00pm), (Starting June 4th -September 3rd)
We will be forming a Wednesday night women’s small prayer group from 7:00 - 9:00pm that will meet at the church. This group will start Wednesday, June 4th and go through September 3rd. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact group leader Brenda Schinnerer at (260) 627-6364 or sign up at the Welcome Center.

College-age Ministry
Cookout - Sept. 13th @ 6pm

If you are a college student, we know that life after high school is a whole new journey for you. You have to deal with getting older, with more responsibility, facing many changes, and making the biggest decisions of your life (i.e. who/when are you going to marry, what career do I want to do, what's God's will for my life?) We want to provide an opportunity for you to explore God's truth about life and get connected to other people in your stage of life.

​College-aged Ministry Cookout

Starting September 13th at 6:00pm at Bill and Jean Ferrell's home. Come for a cookout and get connected to other college students. 

For questions and more information, please contact High School/College Pastor Dane Kruse at or (260) 403-5358. 

Ferrell's address: 1416 Davidson Court, Auburn, IN 46706

Encouraging notes / Care Packages

If you are a college student/parent and would like to receive encouraging notes or care packages in the future from County Line, please contact High School/College Pastor Dane Kruse at or (260) 403-5358.                                    






Invite Sunday
September 13, 2015 
Don't forget to Invite! 

Invite Sunday

September 13, 2014

Our Invite Sunday will be September 13th. This is the time to invite friends and family who do not have a home church. On this Sunday, County Line will donate $1 for each attender to the Smith Academy For Excellence Boy's School. We encourage you to think about who in your life you can invite! Pray about inviting them to this celebration. 

Let's Pack This Place Out! 

Learn more about this year's donor by clicking below:



Celebrate Recovery 
Starting Monday, October 5th @ County Line
A Christ-Centered Recovery Program 


The purpose of "Celebrate Recovery" is to fellowship and celebrate God's healing power in our lives through the 12 Steps and 8 Recovery Principles. This experience allows us to "be changed". We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God's grace in solving the problems in our lives. 

By working and applying these Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. 


The Celebrate Recovery Program began in 1991 at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. The program is now active in every state and many countries. Saddleback created the workbook materials, and provides support on many levels to churches who offer the program. 









Designed for adults 18 and older to help them deal with drug & alcohol addiction, depression, low self-esteem, anger & frustration, eating disorders, child abuse, divorce, sexual abuse, co-dependency, pornography, grieving, loneliness, abandonment issues, self-harming, dysfunctional families, workaholism, pride, selfishness, and more.   








God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; Not as I would have it; Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will; So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.


-Reinhold Niebuhr

Looking for a place to serve? There may be a place for you on the Celebrate Recovery Leadership Team! Some areas of interest include: Greeters, Worship Team, Facility Set up/Tear Down, Small Group Leader, Cafe, and Fundraising. If you have any questions regarding Celebrate Recovery here at County Line, please email team leader, Anna Bell at or Care Pastor, Steve Schlatter at

Click below to fill out a volunteer form or for a request for further information. 

Celebrate Recovery Registration Form



"33 The Series" Authentic Manhood 
Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30pm | Oct. 8th - Nov. 12th


Authentic Manhood is all about setting up to live lives of truth, passion and purpose. Our resources offer clear and practical Biblical insights on God's design for manhood that are both refreshing and inspiring. We point men to gospel-centered vision of life that sets them up to enjoy God's grace as they pursue the promises of His Word. 

"33 The Series"  is a multi-volume, gospel-centered video series that presents the timeless truths of Authentic Manhood in a powerfully new and engaging way. It includes new insightful teaching, inspiring testimonies, expert intereviews and multiple creative features. As a man experiences the different volumes of 33, he will find himself building a vision for Authentic Manhood in his own life that is built on the gospel of Jesus Christ and was modeled by Him in His 33 years on earth. 



Many men lack clarity about what it truly means to be a man. As a result, MANY MEN AREI N A STATE OF CONFUSION. They end up disappointed with life and find themselves lonely and drifting. They're comparing and competing, focused mainly on trying to keep up with everybody else.

Too many guys don't know how to answer the question..."who am I as a man?"... and they end up settling for a "less-than" life. they don't have a compelling manhood vision that is bigger and more meaningful than the conventional manhood that much of the world seems to be chasing. 

Here's the good news. God has a really clear purpose and vision for us as men that is unique to use as men and He lays it out for us right there in his word. We call it... Authentic Manhood... and it's not only clear, it's inspiring and exciting and motivating.

Thursday Nights | 6:30-8:30pm
Starts October 8th & ends November 12th 

Register for this Men's study below:



 If you are interested in giving a donation of any amount to go towards scholarships for those in need to cover the study materials, please click the link below:

Please include a note when completing this with "Men's 33 Study Donation"



There will be a $14.95 fee for the Bible Study Volume 1 "The Man and His Design" Workbook for each participant. Click the link below and select "33 The Series Volume 1:Training Guide" and add to cart. 







Authentic Manhood... IT CHANGES EVERYTHING

Upcoming Impact Trips
Village of Hope, Guatemala | October 23-30, 2015

Impact Trips 2015

Funds Request Form 
Liability Form

Village of Hope Guatemala Trip

Dates: October 23-30, 2015

Cost: $1600 (Includes airfare, extra supplies, and luggage costs) 

Deadline: August 7, 2015

Project Info: We will be putting together a day camp for the homeschooled kids, would love to have people with a variety of different skills (welding, woodworking, accounting, gardening, electrical, art, sewing, etc.) to teach them. They also have a big need for dental and eye care if there are any eye doctors, dentists or hygienists who would be willing to come along and do dental cleanings and eye care while the rest of our team will be doing the day camp. 

Max Participants: TBD

Click Here To Register For This Trip


Village of Hope Guatemala Men's Trip

Dates: February 20-27, 2016

Cost: TBD

Deadline: TBD

Project Info: This project will have more cement, welding, wood working (possibly some electrical work) in 3 different areas of the complex. Cement should be along the driveway for water run off, welding work will be grating this area, and wood work should be in our storage areas for the sports equipment. If any of these are done before they come to it, we then would start to construct the walls and roof metal for our sports court area. As well as possibly helping to put in solar panels to reduce our electrical costs. 

Max Participants: TBD

Click Here To Register For This Trip


Village of Hope Guatemala 
General County Line Trip

Dates: July 9-16, 2016

Cost: TBD

Deadline: TBD

Project Info: Activities include some building projects, cement and wood work, painting, crafts and game activities each afternoon. 

Max Participants: TBD

Click Here To Register For This Trip