"I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35 NKJV
Women's Ministries is very active in seeking creative ways to serve others by promoting activies that strengthen our local community and develop nurturing relationships with those we serve.
When children must be removed from their homes through the year because of drug abuse, meth abuse, or child abuse or neglect, Women's Ministries is ready to help Child Protective Services by presenting each child with a gift bag. Each bag is filled with personal items, such as toys, coloring books, school supplies, a stuffed animal, and a blanket, quilt, or fleece throw. It is our prayer that these bags of love will help with each child's transition to their foster home. At the present time, we serve three local counties.
As school begins in the fall, Women's Ministries presents each student at Highland Academy a "Welcome" gift bag. Each bag is filled with personal care items, school items, candy and a large tin of homemade cookies as our way of letting them know that each one of them is special to us.
Every Christmas, the residents at the Bridge at Highland Nursing Home receive a gift bag filled with items such as socks, Kleenex, applesauce, and a cheerful Christmas card.
In 2011, thirteen ornately decorated gingerbread houses were baked, decorated, and delivered to residents of the Bridge at Highland Nursing Home, CARING HEARTS Home For Seniors, HELPING HANDS Home for Seniors, Highland Rim Terrace, and several area shut-ins.
Every Christmas, each student at Highland Academy receives their own, individual Christmas gift bag. In 2011, we were excited to incude a DVD entitled "God of Wonders." This very special DVD presents the real reason for Christmas, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, truly a "God of Wonders."
Another Christmas bag goes out to the seniors at Highland Rim Terrace. The bags this year contained body wash, lotion, Kleenex , and candy. This year, the candy included a little train made from Lifesavers, red-striped candy, round candy, candy kisses, and mini Hershey bars.
On February 14 each year, Highland Academy's students look forward to receiving special gift bags full of Valentine's Day candy. Sweets for the sweet!
With all of the gift bags going out throughout the year, you might call the women of the Portland Seventh-day Adventist Church the "Bag Ladies!" A special thank you to all who are involved in Women's Ministries.