Deacons

 

2017 2018 2019
Christine Woods Doug Farley Linda LaComb
Marilyn Cota Sally Smith Barb Hebert
Joan Merritt Sharon McCormick Sally Baker
Nancy Skiff Bonnie Barkley Theresa Tolman

 

What does the Board of Deacons do?

The Board of Deacons meets for an hour on the third Tuesday of each month except July and August.  They are the caring arm of the church and connect us to one another in times of both need and joy.

The Presbyterian Book of Order says;

The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.

  1. It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people and assisting with the Lord’s Supper. (SeeW-3.3616.)
  2. A deacon shall report to ecclesiastical and civil legal authorities knowledge, gained in the course of service to the church, of harm, or the risk of harm, related to the physical abuse, neglect, and/or sexual molestation or abuse of a minor or an adult who lacks mental capacity when

(1) such information is gained outside of privileged communication; or

(2) she or he reasonably believes that there is risk of future physical harm or

                                    abuse.

The deacons of a particular church shall be organized in one or both of the following ways.

  1. They may be organized as a board, of which the pastor, co-pastors, and associate pastors shall be advisory members. The board of deacons shall elect a moderator and a secretary from among its members. The secretary shall keep a record of the board’s proceedings.
  2. They may be individually commissioned by the session to particular tasks consistent with the responsibility of their office. (See G-6.0402.) The session shall ordinarily conduct an annual review of their service, at which time their commission may be renewed, altered, or terminated.

As the whole church is under the jurisdiction of the session, the board of deacons shall be under its supervision and authority. The records of the board of deacons shall be submitted to the session at least annually and at other times upon the request of the session.  The session may void or amend any action of the board of deacons, or direct the board to reconsider such action.