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2003 PE Report

Americans find comfort in ‘nesting,’ but connecting is another matter (December 22, 2002)

Viewer discretion advised: Reality-based programs stoop to new low (December 15, 2002)

A/G among fastest growing faith groups (December 8, 2002)

Christians play crucial role in foster care (November 24, 2002)

A/G churches remember with outreaches (November 17, 2002)

Elderly face added woes from credit card debt (November 10, 2002)

PE Kidz News from BGMC (October 27, 2002)

Cyber-evangelists find innovative ways to share gospel (October 20, 2002)

Risks, stigma accompany wearing of tattoos (October 13, 2002)

Women lead on-campus ministries (September 29, 2002)

Tobacco, alcohol, gambling industries find underage Internet client base (September 22, 2002)

Marijuana, cocaine have abusive company: Ecstasy, meth and prescription painkillers (September 15, 2002)

September 11: A day that changed American Christians forever (September 8, 2002)

Congress, courts clash over Internet filtering issue (August 25, 2002)

People with disabilities bless churches (August 18, 2002)

Short-term youth binges can result in long-term habit (August 11, 2002)

Christians aim to preserve traditional marriage (July 28, 2002)

Payback time: Christian volunteers motivated to give back to community (July 21, 2002)

Urban training centers minister
to ever-growing population
(July 14, 2002)

E-mail rumors dupe multitudes, hurt credibility (June 30, 2002)

Not so innocent: PG-13 films increasingly push sex, language limits (June 23, 2002)

Skipping church: Why are some Americans staying home on Sunday? (June 16, 2002)

Fudge fellowship: Pastor's wife treats tavern clientele (June 9, 2002)

Persevering nomadic church finally reaches promised land (May 26, 2002)

Tragedy brings A/G church, community closer to God (May 19, 2002)

Couples find God's calling in adopting, raising children (May 12, 2002)

A/G chaplain ministers to women in maximum-security prison (April 28, 2002)

Youth center offers alternative to teens (April 21, 2002)

A week without television (April 14, 2002)

Technological know-how aids San Jose church outreach (March 31, 2002)

Cincinnati racial reconciliation brings inner peace to inner city (March 24, 2002)

District's fund-raising efforts aid pastors planting churches (March 17, 2002)

GED program an effective ministry (March 10, 2002)

Building relationshipis at heart of women's ministries outreach (February 24, 2002)

Single-minded devotion: Unmarried ranks offer ministry opportunities (February 17, 2002)

Bethany College honors black minister pioneer (February 10, 2002)

A/G quarterback wins Unitas Award (January 27, 2002)

Camp Melody plants song of love in boys' hearts (January 20, 2002)

Pastor breaks giving record after 10 days atop billboard (January 13, 2002)

2001 News Digest stories

2000 News Digest stories

Building relationships at heart of women’s ministries outreach

(February 24, 2002)

Above-average unemployment and a high crime rate have given Albuquerque, N.M., the dubious distinction of ranking number 326 on Money magazine’s list of "best places to live." In nearby Rio Rancho, members of Women’s Ministries of Grace Outreach Center are well aware of the tragic situations that can result from crime and joblessness. They believe that building relationships is one of the most important aspects in ministry to women in all walks of life – including the homeless. A small bottle of perfume, a touch of makeup, even a facial or manicure are ways that women minister to those who have found shelter in Albuquerque Rescue Mission’s Women’s Day Center.

"They really don’t care what you know unless they know you care," says Women’s Ministries President Donna Glover, who heads a 15-member leadership team.

The core of Women’s Ministries is its Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Bible studies. This is where discipleship and prayer bond women together so they can become a foundational support to the church’s other ministries. The Tuesday morning Bible study offers free child care for moms. "It’s not just a room where someone makes sure the kids don’t hit each other," Glover says. In Temple Builders Kid’s Club, with TB Rabbit as the mascot, children learn about taking care of their bodies through exercise, healthy snacks and naps. They grow spiritually through story time and "prayer play" – using tools such as a United States flag, a globe or a firefighter’s hat to inspire prayer. Because children are enthusiastic about the club, mothers don’t miss the Bible study.

Appropriately named Women of Grace, this Women’s Ministries group builds relationships by meeting the needs of women in various stages of life. Young moms are served by a child-care cooperative. Someone who is ill can expect to receive meals and housecleaning services. All single moms within the church receive Thanksgiving dinner as well as referrals in the community, especially moms whose children attend church through the bus ministry. New Christians are integrated into the group by personal invitations to events. Secret sister relationships are reshuffled every six months with newcomers being served by Super Secret Sisters, who give with no expectation of a return gift.

About 70 miles from Rio Rancho is Cuba, N.M., a small poverty-stricken community that has no ministry for women. Women of Grace has extended invitations to the women of this community to attend activities. "Cuba Connection" is an outreach to the community with the goal of establishing an interdenominational women’s group to meet needs.

— Dawn Storer


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