The Deacons of First Presbyterian Church
The “Diakonia” (deacons) of the church is one of the oldest offices and traditions in the New Testament. It was established when the disciples began to see that the ministry was an overwhelming task without further developing leaders in this new community. Therefore the disciples said to the church, “Pick out from among you seven individuals of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint these duties.” The duties given to them were caring for the widows, the poor, the sick and others who needed special care. Our deacons at First Presbyterian Church have carried on this tradition of caring established in the first church. To honor this responsibility we have organized ourselves to fulfill the following duties:
Supporting the Ongoing Life of the Church
Development of a budget to support the ministries of the church.
Development of a “Shepherding Program” so that every member of the church
has a deacon who cares for them.
Assist the Worship Committee on preparing and serving the Lord’s Supper.
Supporting the Ongoing Needs of the Church and Community
Development of benevolent program which supplies money, certificates and food
to those who need assistance.
Visit the sick in hospitals and surrounding care facilities.
Send cards and letters to individuals who have had a loss or significant event happen
in their life.
Provide food cards to members of our community who need assistance.
Development of “Special Needs” program to visit and care for those who are housebound
or in care facilities.
Supporting the Ongoing Emergency Needs of the Church
Provide financial assistance to those who have found themselves in hard times.
Provide transportation to medical facilities or other places in which members need to go
Provide meals to those who have returned from the hospital or have just lost a significant
other in their life.
Provide memorial receptions and personal care for those planning funerals for their loved one.
Your Deacon's and Their Ministry
Special Care Visitation - Bob Collins
AIM - Keith Bailes
Memorial Receptions - Cathy Bailes
AED Machine - Eileen Bessent
Bethlehem Pantry - Lory Walker
Communion - Linda Simpson
Meals - Becky O'Connor
Feeding the Hungry - Becky O'Connor
Transportation Committee- Ida Ramsey
Prayer Chain - Sue Jordan
Benevolence - Genie Strom
Secretary - Heidi McKinley
Moderator - Barbara Flick