Touché December 9, 2016
Posted on December 9, 2016 by under Touché,


What’s A Deacon to Do?

“In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.  They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.” (1 Timothy 3:8-10)

Nelson Nieves is our new sexton.  We rejoice! But that also means he needs to step off the Board of Deacons.  He was in charge of Buildings and Grounds.  He cannot be his own boss so we need to find a new deacon.  Nancy Geysen has served her term and is stepping off as well; therefore we need to name two new deacons.  I invite you to submit names of people you recommend for those who oversee our mission, money and maintenance.  The current deacons are Mason Johnson (Head Deacon), Harvey Jennings and Cynthia Gerber.

The Reformed Church in America Book of Church Order describes it this way:

“The office of the deacon is one of servanthood and service representing Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit. In the local church deacons are chosen members of spiritual commitment, exemplary life, compassionate spirit, and sound judgment, who are set apart for a ministry of mercy, service, and outreach. They are to receive the contributions of the congregation and to distribute them under the direction of the consistory. The deacons give particular attention and care to the whole benevolence program of the church. They have charge of all gifts contributed for the benefit of the poor and distribute them with discretion. They visit and comfort those in material need and perform such other duties as the consistory may assign them.”

Consistory will meet on Tuesday to consider whom to invite to this high and holy calling.  You can make your recommendations on your Connection Card on Sunday, or by hitting reply to this e-mail and letting me know.  The Liturgy of the RCA encourages you well, stating: Everything in the church will be done decently and in order when faithful persons are called to office, and responsibly fulfil their charge.

Thanks for your prayerful consideration for these positions.

In Christ,