Women of MinistryWhat do we do? We meet on the last Sunday of the month during Fellowship Night (6 PM). Fellowship Night begins with a time of worship & music. We then break into groups and the Women's group goes to the Fellowship Hall for a time of prayer, devotions & planning when needed. At 7 pm all groups gather together (usually in the Fellowship Hall) for refreshments and snacks. We also support (through prayer and giving items needed) Pregnancy Ministries, of Chambersburg. We have a collection site which is a cradle in the Foyer area. Each month wecollect different items. When one of our congregation comes home from the hospital, meals are provided. When there is a funeral, a meal will be provided afterward for family and friends. Sometimes we host a Red Cross Blood Drive, we provide and serve food to those who have donated blood to help restore their energy. This is just a few of the ways we minister to others and does not include the many ways each lady ministers to others on a daily basis. Our church collects used eyeglasses or lenses to send to HealthCare Ministries to help those in other countries who cannot see. We have a collection box under the Foyer Table.
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Discipline Born of Love
Read Ezekiel 25:1 through 28:26
Published: Aug 17, 2017
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: When I gather the people of Israel from the nations where they have been scattered . . . they will live in safety when I inflict punishment on all their neighbors who maligned them. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God” (Ezekiel 28:25–26).
The Israelites had wandered so far from God, they’d forgotten they were His children. While His punishments of destruction and exile seem harsh, they were necessary to discourage His people from returning to idols for help. In spite of its sin, God loved Israel.
The nations around the people of Israel didn’t understand that Israel’s destruction was an act of God’s love. The people of Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, and Tyre rejoiced as they watched Israel’s destruction. The actions of these mockers resulted in their deaths.
At the end of time, mockers will be condemned to eternal death. But repentant souls will receive God’s grace to live in eternal peace with their Heavenly Father.
Thought for Today: God disciplines His children not out of hatred, but out of a desire to rescue them from the overwhelming power of sin.
Quicklook: Ezekiel 28:24–26
What Ministers to a Woman?
Today like never before, women are hurting. They are overwhelmed with responsibilities and inundated with lies. Many come from unhealthy and dysfunctional backgrounds that have left them ill-equipped to handle life’s pressures. Due to heavy responsibilities and dissolving families, many women feel isolated and lonely.
When a woman walks into a church, she is looking for someone to care, encourage, and listen to her—she desperately needs the Body of Christ. She wants to know that she is not alone, and she needs the hope that a personal relationship with Jesus can provide.
We can discover what best ministers to a women when we understand her design. Genesis 2:18-24 reveals that God created the first woman, Eve, with distinct differences from her counterpart, Adam. “Adam was created from the ground and was assigned tasks. [But] Eve was created from Adam’s side. She was designed specifically for relationship—created to meet Adam's relational need and equipped to bear and nurture children.”1
Since creation, men and women have been distinctly different. Here are some general differences between most (although not all) men and women:
- Emotionally: Women process emotions through talking; they are more emotionally expressive. Men process emotions through action; they are more emotionally reserved.2
- Verbally: Women communicate mainly to express themselves; they expand on details. Men communicate mainly to exchange information; they condense details.3
- Relationally: The female hormone oxytocin promotes a woman’s stronger desire to bond.4
While sermons can challenge and inspire a woman, genuine life-change happens when someone enters her emotional world, connects with her, and encourages her on a personal level. She experiences the most growth within relationships that provide empathy, presence, conversation, and emotional connection.
It would be unhealthy for a male pastor or leader to have the relationship described above with a woman in his congregation. The Bible tells us that women are the best models of godly behavior for other women (Titus 2). Women understand women. Allowing women to minister to other women will prevent unhealthy emotional attachments between male pastors and women in the congregation.5 This is why ministry to women, by women, is a vital part of a healthy congregation.
Clarensau, Secrets: Transforming Your Life and Marriage (Springfield:
Gospel Publishing, 2009), 29.
2Jimmy and Karen Evans, Marriage on the Rock (Ventura: Gospel Light, 2006), 216, 217.
3H. Norman Wright, Communication:Key to Your Marriage (Ventura: Regal Books, 2000), 140, 142.
4 Beverly White Hislop, Shepherding a Woman's Heart (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003), 60.
©2012 National Women’s Department, General Council of the Assemblies of God
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