The Deacons usually meet monthly on the first Thursday of the month. Annual Report of the Deacons Jan 2017
In an effort to keep our church body abreast of the Diaconate’s work, which includes managing expenses from the general budget, we have attempted to resume publishing semi-regular updates of our ministry.
First, carrying on Faith Presbyterian’s long tradition of using every available nook and cranny for our Sunday School program, we are converting yet another closet storage space into a classroom. This one is the room behind the wall leading to the nurseries and beside the 3-year-olds Sunday School class.
Other projects we are currently undertaking include improving the ventilation in the rooms beneath the sanctuary, upgrading our wireless communication networks, and expanding the wireless network’s range by adding additional antennas.
Although we do not have specific action items to report yet, the Diaconate has formed a task force to look at how we might improve the operation of our microphones and speakers during worship services. We are unsure what solutions may present themselves at this time, and it may be that we seek input from the congregation in the near future regarding what specific areas you would like to see improved.
In what will likely be the most visible improvement to the congregation, we are converting our sanctuary lighting to LED technology. We had been hesitant to do this in the past over concerns that the new lights might be quite distracting to our congregation. Fortunately, the LED technology has advanced to the point that we feel this can be done in a way that will enhance our common experience of worship. The reduced energy demand of the new light bulbs will also lower our utility costs and make it easier to regulate the air temperature in the sanctuary.
Finally, many of you will have likely heard that both of the church vans were stolen from the church property on consecutive evenings. We recovered one of the vans and repaired the damage, but the other van was a total loss. After re-assessing the church’s needs and evaluating the insurance amounts received on the vans, we do not think it is necessary to replace the second van.
We are working on additional security measures to make ourselves a less attractive crime target, but recognize that the only truly effective solution to vandalism is likely to be a revival of Christ’s kingdom in Tacoma. And that effort will probably make us more prone to persecution than less. So as we work towards that end, please keep valuables out of sight, be on the lookout for suspicious behaviors, do not leave anything in your car, and remember our treasures are in Heaven and not on earth.
Just to be clear, repairs and improvements expenses come from the General Fund, not the Deacons’ Fund. These issues may seem mundane, but the facility and resources the Lord has given us allow us to have a ministry here with the goal of advancing God’s kingdom. Please remember to keep your deacons in prayer as they seek to be wise stewards. And finally, if you have questions about any of these matters, please feel free to speak to your deacons or church officers.
Respectfully Submitted, Jason Van Gilder, Diaconate Chairman
The Faith Presbyterian Diaconate Ministry
The Deacons of Faith Presbyterian have been selected to carry on a tradition originally described in the book of Acts within the New Testament portion of the Bible.
In that instance the early Church appointed men as “servants” of the church. The first century church spoke Greek and hence their word for servant was diákonos (διάκονος). As that word migrated into English it became the term “deacon”.
Those initial seven men named in Acts 6 were selected to care for the poor among the church and to generally assist the church in ways that allow the Ministers and Elders to attend to the Church’s worship, doctrine, and spiritual nurture. Here at Faith, our Deacons keep up the physical property of the church, assist with the preparations for worship services, and care for those in need.
The care of others has always been one of the most deeply rewarding work entrusted to Deacons and at Faith Presbyterian our Diaconate has worked for years to make it a cornerstone of its ministry as well.
Taking our direction from the scriptures, our first priority has been assisting those within our church and in particular the widows and orphans the Lord has placed among us. Even beyond our immediate church community, we have attempted to be generous with the funds entrusted to us in helping those who come to us for assistance.
In helping others, it is our desire to follow in Jesus Christ’s example of caring for others. It is also a privilege to share with those in the mist of hardships what following Jesus has meant to us.
Funding for the Deaconate’s ministry comes from gifts collected at an offering held on the first Sunday of each month in conjunction with our Church’s celebration of the Lord’s Supper and other donations specifically designated for the ministry.
If you would like to find out more about our work, contribute financially to the Diaconate’s ministry, suggest someone that we may be able to assist, or would like to be considered for assistance yourself; please feel free to contact us.
The Session and Diaconate of Faith Presbyterian would like to encourage our church families to consider Christian Education for the instruction of their children. Realizing that this is a significant expense, Faith Presbyterian has established a Christian Education Fund to provide Faith Pres families needing assistance with a portion of tuition fees for K-12 education at Christian Schools. If you feel that cost is an impediment to your children receiving quality Christian instruction, please contact the Church office to be considered for this assistance.
Institution of the Office of Deacon, Acts 6:1-6 (ESV)
Qualifications for Deacons, 1 Timothy 3:8-13 (ESV)
From the Presbyterian Church in America Book of Church Order, Chapter 9
9-1. The office of deacon is set forth in the Scriptures as ordinary and perpetual in the Church. The office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of the Lord Jesus; it expresses also the communion of saints, especially in their helping one another in time of need.
9-2. It is the duty of the deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress. It is their duty also to develop the grace of liberality in the members of the church, to devise effective methods of collecting the gifts of the people, and to distribute these gifts among the objects to which they are contributed. They shall have the care of the property of the congregation, both real and personal, and shall keep in proper repair the church edifice and other buildings belonging to the congregation. In matters of special importance affecting the property of the church, they cannot take final action without the approval of the Session and consent of the congregation. In the discharge of their duties the deacons are under the supervision and authority of the Session. In a church in which it is impossible for any reason to secure deacons, the duties of the office shall devolve upon the ruling elders.
9-3. To the office of deacon, which is spiritual in nature, shall be chosen men of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly spirit, warm sympathies, and sound judgment.
Our Diaconate and Their Wives