Deacons and Congregational Care

Home Communion at Good Samaritan CenterThe ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.  The position of deacon at First Presbyterian Church is an elected office voted on by the congregation.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.  The deacons of First Presbyterian Church are intimately connected to the lives of our congregants; they send birthday and anniversary cards, visit hospitalized members, and spend time with members who are homebound or living in a nursing home.  Our deacons not only care for members during difficult times in life, but also celebrate with members during joyous occasions.  Our deacons also join the pastors every month in taking the Lord’s Supper to our members who are homebound or living in a nursing home.  If you have a joy or concern that you’d like to share with your deacon, you may do so by clicking here.

IMG_1077Another way our congregation cares for one another is through Prayer Chain.  This dedicated group of individuals spends their time together praying for individual members of the congregation, especially those who submit a special request to the Prayer Chain.  We also pray for one another weekly through the Prayers of the People during our worship service.  Prayer requests may also be included in the bulletin so that members can pray for one another during the week, or directly to the pastors if the prayer request is of a confidential nature.  If you would like to submit a prayer request to the Prayer Chain, the pastors, or to be included in the bulletin and/or the Prayers of the People, you may do so by clicking here.

Perl LarsonMany of the committees and organizations within First Presbyterian Church dedicate some of their time, energy, and resources to care for members of the congregation.  Presbyterian Women dedicate the entire month of September to caring for nursing home members; they do crafts, play Bingo, and tie lap robes with the residents, as well as hosting birthday parties at the nursing homes.

We also care for one another through the simple act of sharing meals.  If someone has a major life change, a surgery, or loses a loved one, many times members will organize meals to be delivered in a gesture of compassion and concern.