The Deacon Ministry Team’s central responsibility is for “the spiritual life of the Church” through the worship experience. Two deacons each month are assigned to be “Deacons at the Door”. Their responsibility not only includes the details of service preparation and clean-up, but also to welcome people entering through either the front or the back door, especially new comers and visitors. Planning of the worship service, with the Pastor and Minister of Music, is ongoing throughout the year.
At our monthly meetings, the deacons review plans for the service and important logistical details like the length of the service, when and how announcements will be made, plans for communion, and special services, taking into account the seasonal emphases of the liturgical calendar, and special events inviting outside groups to enhance our worship experience. The winter worship time in Fellowship Hall brings the church membership a time of renewed communication and friendship once a year, offering new opportunities for innovation in worship planning. The deacons serve an active period of 3 years. Once ordained, membership as a deacon is life long. However, the current Deacon Ministry Team members are: Lynn Chick ’17, Cesar Silva ’18, Susan Smith ’18, Dick Steege ’18, Jina Ford ’19, Carol Paul ’19, Margaret McComish ’19, Trevor Baylis ’19, Andrew Skinner ’19.
- Flower Committee
Floral arrangements are the parts of the worship service that add to the experience, but often are overlooked in planning. Each week a member of the Flower Committee arranges one or two bouquets for the Sunday Worship service. Easter lilies and spring plants in Spring, and poinsettias at Christmas are donated in honor and memory of loved ones by members of the congregation. Members of Koinonia distribute these plants to shut-ins and those who have lost loved ones in the past year. Floral arrangements are often provided for memorial services of church members throughout the year.
The word, Koinonia, means community in Greek and is the name given to the group of fourteen people who meet once a month at the Church to stay connected and to help with the pastoral concerns of the Church. We are also available between meetings as special needs arrive among our assigned families. Our hope is to create a helpful and meaningful liaison between the pastor and the congregation. Every Sunday a member of Koinonia delivers the altar flowers to someone in need of a visit and a cheerful bouquet. We also try to keep up with the members and friends on our lists in the most appropriate ways. This Fall we have been especially interested in efforts to aid the people who have lost their homes in the Spruces.
Our choir and all the music in the worship service are in the capable hands of our Minister of Music, Ed Lawrence. The choir has been fortunate to continue welcoming new singers each year. It is wonderful to have a core of dedicated singers who have graced our services for decades; but we are always eager to spread the net and include more singers in our program. There are usually chances for both a women’s and a men’s choir to participate in our summer worship services. These are occasions when someone who’d like to sing, but can’t make the regular weekly commitment, can come for the one time. Everyone is encouraged to come and find their voice by singing in the choir.