The Board of Deacons is made up of men and women called into a caregiving ministry. They provide a wide range of services that support the members of our church family and the larger community. Some services are offered during times of crisis, while some are provided on an on-going basis. Deacons are available to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. They also assume such other duties delegated to them by the session, including leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord's Supper.
New Element of Congregational Care
The deacons of our church are ordained for the care of the congregation and provide services such as meals through Martha Ministries, rides through the Chariots of Care, and memorial receptions. Deacons also deliver flowers from worship services to folks in the community, and work with the pastors to take communion to members who are homebound. The deacons have recently developed a database of durable medical equipment stored in homes, available for use by the congregation. Deacons also send cards and make visits to those who are homebound, facilitate groups for those who are grieving, and share prayer requests by way of the prayer chain. Deacons work closely with the pastors to care in all these ways for the members of the congregation. As a next layer of care, the pastors have established a network of Care Contacts from the small groups that exist in the congregation. These Care Contacts provide a first response to those in their group, communicate any concerns to the Deacons and pastors, and serve as contact for information that may come to the pastors first. The Small Group Care Contacts have been up and running for several months and are providing excellent first line care to many in the congregation. A new layer of care is in the process of being formed. We are beginning a ministry called Visiting Friends to reach out to those in our church who are limited in their mobility and unable to attend the activities of the church. Visiting Friends will be paired with a member that they agree to visit, call, and send a card to once each month for 6 months. At that time, the Visiting Friend can continue, or move on to other ministries as the Spirit moves. We are very excited about this expanding network of congregational care made possible by the pastors, Deacons, Care Contacts and (soon!) Visiting Friends. If you would like to be a Visiting Friend to someone in the congregation, let us know!
Rev. Denia Segrest
Martha’s Ministry is a Deacon led ministry that provides support to families and individuals by delivering meals during an illness, death, birth, hospital stay, surgery recovery, or other significant life-events.
What a comfort and blessing it is to receive a meal, when the last thing you can think about is preparing one! This service is provided to members of the FPCL community and can last for as long as needed by the individual or family.
To Help: Martha’s Ministry has a group of dedicated volunteers ready to help, but we are always looking for new volunteers. Volunteering would include preparing and delivering meals to individuals or families during an illness or crisis.
Get Involved: If you are interested in adding your name to the list, please email Deacon Victor Karpenko, firstname.lastname@example.org or call him, 925-872-4923.
Once you contact Victor, he will add you to the list of volunteers
When there is a request for meals you are sent an email with a link
Click the link to be taken to the Meal Train web page
Once there you will find available dates to select, along with any special dietary needs requested
Select one or as many as you would like to provide for
For privacy, the website is only accessible by the link you are sent and is only open for an allotted amount of time based on the needs of the request.