Janet & Reuven Ross
Senior Adult Ministers
The Senior Adult Ministry at Highland is made up of vibrant people who fully believe that God is not finished with them yet. Senior Adults are an important part of the Body of Christ, and their wisdom and faithfulness inspire and motivate the next generation of worshippers. Highland loves our Senior Adults!
David and Rosemary Stovall oversee our activities team, organizing monthly game days, planning events and trips, and coordinating rides with the church bus. If you have a suggestion or want information about an activity, contact Rosemary (254-855-3773).
On a regular basis, Senior Adults meet in the Fellowship Hall for table games and a meal of sandwiches, snacks, and desserts. All are welcome! Bring food to share and games to play, and enjoy fellowship with Highland family members. While playing games, we have great conversations, and often pray for critical issues. It’s a wonderful opportunity to build friendships.
During summer months, our Game Days are on the last Thursday of the month at 4pm. During school semesters, we meet on the last Monday of the month at 2pm.
The next time we meet will be January 25 at 2pm. We'd love you to join us! Bring games to play and snacks to share!
Our Naomis and Friends Fellowship is a monthly dinner program for our widows and widowers. Each meal is catered and valued at $11. The Naomis and Friends pay $4 each, and the church pays the balance as a blessing to them. The programs are inspirational, fun, and usually musical. Meeting together monthly from May through November gives us a great chance to connect with one another. We meet in the Fellowship Hall from 6-7:30pm. Reservations are required and can be made with Maudie at (254) 776-4171 or Lalois at (254) 756-4616.
Monthly Naomi Fellowships for 2020 will be held on Sept. 15, Oct. 20, and Nov. 17, and will reconvene in May 2021.
At “Celebrate Life!” we gather to praise the Lord in song, share testimonies and prayer requests, and reflect on Scripture. We meet the second Tuesday of each month during the school year from 3-4:30pm in the Education Building (120).
Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good (pleasant, valuable, virtuous) works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another (to call near, invite, comfort, get alongside), and so much the more (to a greater degree) as you see the Day approaching.”
Often in our later years, we face sadness, loss, and disappointment. We also experience God’s hand of comfort, healing, and provision. We need an opportunity to share our burdens and pain, joys and victories, and to praise God together.
“Celebrate Life!” reminds us of God’s goodness to us. It helps alleviate sadness and elevate a thankful heart. It motivates us to love and good works and gives us fresh vision for serving God. It also provides a good opportunity for us to meet new people and develop relationships.
Because of COVID-19, Celebrate Life! will NOT meet until 2021. Please contact Janet Ross for further information.
We are always in need of loving individuals who would like to serve on our senior adult ministry team. Contact Janet Ross for more information.
Through our service at the Waco Healthcare and Quality Care Healthcare, the Lord is touching many residents and workers. If you would like to be involved in ministering to these precious handicapped or elderly residents, you can contact Joyce Maresh at (254) 214-4509 (for Quality Care) or Janet Ross at (254) 723-6559 (for Waco Healthcare).
The residents of both Homes love personal visits; many of them seldom have visitors.
At Waco Healthcare, we meet every Friday at 9:30am for “church” – a 45-minute fellowship of singing, teaching, prayer, and snacks. It’s a highlight of the week for the 15 or so residents as well as for the seven of us Highlanders! We have a monthly service at Quality Care and need more people who can commit to serve at this event. If you are interested in this important ministry, contact Janet Ross.
During the coronavirus situation, we are not visiting nursing homes as mandated by our national and state elected leaders.
When one of our Senior Adults is ill, has had surgery, or has passed away, the Adult Bible Fellowships (ABFs) and Connection Groups (CGs) usually provide meals for them. If the person was not in an ABF or CG, then the request for food goes to the Meal Ministry Team for a meal train or a meal following a funeral. Wanda Foster oversees this ministry. If you would like to cook or bake for those in need, contact Wanda.
Kathy Hunter oversees our Helps Ministry Team and has a list of people who are willing to drive those needing a ride to the doctor, rehab, or stores. She also has people who are willing to do repair work or yard work. If you need help or are willing to offer your services to those in need, you can email Kathy ( )
Our Life-Givers team offers encouragement, hope, and joy to shut-ins and those in hospitals, rehabs, and healthcare facilities. Many of these precious people are lonely, depressed, and in physical pain; we pray our visits will lift their spirits and express God’s love to them. Not only do we interact with the residents and patients we intend to see, we also reach out to the staff, aides, nurses, and other residents. We are representing Jesus Christ, so we want to touch as many as we can with His love. In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to Me.”
When we visit, we often read God’s Word to them. Common passages are Psalm 23, 91, and 103; Isaiah 41:10, 28-31 and 43:1-2; Romans 8:32-39, Rev. 19: 1, 5-9, 11-16 and 21:1-7.
We pray with them for their needs as the Holy Spirit leads us. Many request prayer for God’s comfort and presence, for His wisdom for their doctors and nurses, kindness from workers, relief from pain, and grace in difficult situations.
Sometimes we sing hymns or songs to and with them or play their favorite music for them. We also take Christian magazines and devotionals with us. Sometimes we take cookies or snacks, flowers, or cards.
Many in homes or facilities live without affection every day, so if they welcome touch, we hug them lightly or hold their hand while we pray. Our hope and prayer is that our visits will bring a sense of God’s presence and leave them feeling closer to Jesus.
If you would like to participate in our Life-Givers ministry, contact Janet Ross.
Watch & Pray is an intercessory prayer gathering that meets on Wednesdays at 4-5:15pm. We pray for Highland concerns, Waco, the USA, Israel, missions, the persecuted church, and other nations. Our desire is to be part of what God is doing - and we do that best through prayer. Join us in the Education Building (124) as we agree together for God's will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven. All ages are welcome.
Samuel Chadwick, a Methodist minister in the late 1800's wrote: "The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray."
1 Peter 4:7 - "But the end of all things is at hand; therefore, be serious and watchful in your prayers."
"There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer." Beth Moore
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda wrote, "God wants to answer our prayers of intercession more than we want Him to answer them. Intercession is not a human invention — it is God's idea! He has called us to partner with Him in prayer. God longs to reveal His great power in cities, regions, and nations in order that multitudes of people may be saved. He wants to reveal Himself to those in darkness that they may behold the glorious light of the gospel and come to Him. He wants to see people set free, healed, and restored! He longs to see hell plundered and heaven populated! He has given His people (the Church) all the tools we need through prayer and faith in the mighty name of Jesus to see that happen."
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Senior Adult Ministers