The Ministries of Our Church
One of the unique characteristics of Christianity is its accepting of both genders, and all ethnicities into one family as brothers and sisters (John 1:12). Judaism, from which Christianity arose, has always viewed the world as being divided into two groups, them and everyone else (i.e., Gentiles and Jews). Christians very early, on the contrary, saw a complete unity of all peoples in Jesus Christ, as Apostle Paul wrote,
“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups (Jews and non-Jews) into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity”(Ephesians 2:13-16).
In other words, at the foot of Jesus’s cross all are equally accepted. Again the Apostle Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:28-29).
The disciples demonstrated this new reality by accepting not only women among new members (Acts 8:12) but also into
leadership and teaching positions, recognizing at least one woman, Junias, as an apostle (Romans 16:7) and another as a Christian teacher (Priscilla, Acts 18:26), not to mention, women as prophetesses (Acts 21:8-9). The Heights Church from its beginning has always had women leaders among its heritage. They continue to serve Jesus in a variety of capacities. Among the founders of its larger organization was a woman who traveled, taught, and was instrumental in founding the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She wrote,
“Jesus is calling for many missionaries, for men and women who will consecrate themselves to God, willing to spend and be spent in His service. Oh, can we not remember that here is a world to labor for? Shall we not move forward step by step, letting God use us as His helping hand? Shall we not place ourselves on the altar of service? Then the love of Christ will touch and transform us, make us willing for His sake to do and dare.” Ellen G. White--Review and Herald, Jan. 27, 1903.
The women in our church have all types of ministries that you can become involved in. From prayer groups to fellowship and community involvement, our goal is to grow in our Christian experience. Currently there is a biweekly crochet and knitting meeting on Sunday mornings. Anyone is welcome, so come and bring a friend to our next activity! Fadzai Chiwandamira is our current women's ministries leader. Under her direction we have had two very successful conferences. In August 2012, Janet Page was the key-note speaker for a two-day event for the entire Texico Conference. Then, in conjunction with Valentine's Day, the leaders of the women's ministries came together again with their husbands to be refreshed and enthused by the presentations of Melody Radde.
One of our larger recent events featured the main speaker Melody Radde for “Love—Laity—Leadership" (February, 2013). Among her topics were concerns about spousal abuse (click here to read two handouts provided by Ms Radde to help with spousal abuse: 8 Smart Steps to Help a Friend and What Is Your Plan, When You Are Considering Leaving). Links on spousal abuse include: http://women.unm.edu/resources/violence-against-women/domestic-violence.html.
| A Texico Conference program, August 2012, featured Janet Page, General Conference Ministerial Associate Secretary for Prayer, Pastoral Spouses and Families. Ms Page is passionate about knowing Jesus, prayer, and reaching people for Him. As Prayer, Shepherdess and Women’s Ministries coordinator for Pennsylvania and the Central California conferences in North America, Janet has seen God work to change lives in miraculous ways when His people come together in prayer. Often a speaker for weekend retreats, she loves sharing her favorite subject –Jesus-- and spending time with Him. She also travels with her husband Jerry speaking at leadership events around the world. She is the mother of two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and grandmother of two young boys.
Sessions included: A Matter of Prayer, “Tools for Prayer” Wendy Redic; “Life Changing Praise" – Janet Page;
Session 3--“What Really Matters,” “God Changes Lives.”