Deacons and Caring MinistriesAnyone seeking support, service, listening, prayer or care may call the church at (408) 356-6156 ext. 35. You may also ask for the Rev. Dave Watermulder. To email the Deacons, click here. To email the Caring Ministries, click here. For needs outside the scope and expertise of the Deacons, we have prepared a list of local organizations and services. Please click here to view it. For prayer requests, call Lydia Terrill, Prayer Chain Coordinator at (408) 559-3346.
What is a Deacon?
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.
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.
—from The Book of Order (G-2.0201)
Deacons visit members in their homes, nursing homes, and in the hospital, keeping them in touch with the church. Phone calls are made and cards or notes are sent to people who are ill or unable to attend church. When our Deacons visit people, lives are touched and in this way they can know the church is there and praying for them.
They serve home communion to those otherwise unable to partake in worship.
They can give confidential financial assistance to those with short-term identifiable needs, from a fund donated by church members and friends.
They deliver meals and arrange for rides, call on those in hospitals with prayer shawls, relieve friends and families waiting on a loved one undergoing surgery with a basket of snacks, puzzles or other items.
Board of DeaconsMazy Ahiers Jacob Gamble David & Marion Shaw Jan Black Pat Garland Christa Sinclair Shirley Corbett Erin Heath Sally Slocum Mardie Dailey Elisa Herberg Joyce Stranberg Peter Delevett Margaret Ann Joiner Jeffrey & Toneh Thompson Kathy DeMerit Heather Metz Don & Anita Wolf Mayhill Fowler Dave Rader & Junior Deacon, James Delevett
What is Caring Ministries?
Caring Ministries is comprised of those called to support the Deacons with materials and resources. (Many members of Caring Ministries are also Deacons.) The goods they create and the services they provide are their own ministries to Christ in the name of PCLG. We have many wonderful volunteers involved in many ministries, and opportunities always exist for more volunteers to participate.
They are the Greeters who welcome you to Worship at every service.
They are the members of our Prayer Chain (members of the congregation who volunteer to pray for those who have prayer requests).
They knit the prayer shawls delivered by Deacons to the ill, the injured or those in the hospital or in pain.
They are the volunteer drivers who give rides to church, the doctor, hospital, shopping or wherever, for those who have problems getting around.
They cook the meals delivered by volunteers for those who need assistance or just respite and the comfort of a meal from a friend.