The board of deacons consists of twelve church members elected by the congregation whose main duties are to minister to those in need - the sick, the friendless and any who may be in distress. As the caregivers of the church body, the deacons show God’s love by reaching out to members of the church and community at large.
Each deacon has a list of church members and friends with whom to stay in touch throughout the year to ensure that any needs or concerns are expressed.
The deacons organize the annual collection of food for distribution at Thanksgiving to help families stretch their budgets during the holiday season. Agape bags (see below) are also given out with the baskets each year.
The deacons continue the tradition of the Agape bag. This is a gift bag filled with small gift items that express God’s love to the recipient. A card accompanies each bag explaining what it is and lets the person receiving it know that they are loved.
Special requests for financial aid from the deacons’ relief fund are also considered. Through the generosity of the congregation it is possible for the deacons to help those in financial need both on a regular and case-by-case basis
Other tasks performed by the deacons are purchasing communion supplies and setting up for communion each month and for special services; delivering the pulpit flowers to people needing a little cheer; visiting shut-ins; and providing meals to those experiencing life events that make meal preparations an added burden.