Peggy McKendrick, Deaconess Emeritus
Linda Tarbutton (Choirmaster) & Elder
Our Deacons prepare and serve communion, prepare coffee and greet, and lead the prayer team. Deacons have committed to being a member of Christ's Church, meaning they confess Jesus as Lord and Savior. They are those who don't look for the spotlight but look to bring the light to others. They are an eclectic group. One sings, one leads a homeless outreach, another is a painter, and another is preparing to be a stand up comic.
The scripture that describes them best is from 1 Timothy 3:
8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[a] not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless...
In our tradition, Elders are commissioned to baptize and lead communion. The Christian Church grew up when there was a frontier. Since there were not enough ordained ministers to meet the need, elders were commissioned to lead the sacraments. Elders have been hand selected by the Board as people who we trust to pastor others. You will see them praying, leading worship, and shepherding members and newer attendees. They come from all walks of life. One was a pastor, another an office worker, one works as a security guard, and still another worked in the oil business.
The scripture that describes them best is from 1 Peter 5:
5 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight,[a] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you...
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