From birth to death, life is filled with needs that the Deacons support. The Deacons celebrate babies born, grieve in times of loss, and offer support to the church when people are recovering from surgery, are lonely, or simply need a caring presence. Below are some of the ways this is done at Chapel in the Pines.
All members of the congregation, as well as staff and some friends of the congregation, are assigned to one of the Deacons. The Deacon’s first task is to make sure that every member of the neighborhood is aware of their deacon assignment. Stay in touch via email, notes, phone calls, birthday cards, and through meeting at worship and other church activities. Check the weekly pastoral concerns for people in your neighborhood and connect with them to determine if they need help from the church.
Following is a list of Deacons and the neighborhood to which he/she is assigned:
- Chapel Hill Neighborhood – Jim Harllee
- Briar Chapel Neighborhood – Jerry Douglas and Lee Werley
- Galloway Ridge Neighborhood – Leigh Walker
- Manns Chapel Neighborhood – Vicky Raymond
- Governor’s Club Neighborhood – Judy Bursiek and Melissa Staples
- Pittsboro Neighborhood – Maggie Ford
- Durham Neighborhood – Emily Williams
- Fearrington Neighborhood – Polly Williams and Mary Donna Pond
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The Deacons pay attention to the weekly concerns and celebrations and deliver flowers from the worship service to those who are ill, grieving, or celebrating. The flowers are donated by congregation members and the Deacon should ask the donor if the flowers may be taken. A team of two deacons cover each month. Vicky Raymond coordinates these details.
DEACON IN THE NARTHEX
Deacons and Elders serve on Sunday morning, greeting people in the narthex, alternating months between the two groups. Concerns and celebrations shared with the Deacon should be communicated to the Pastor and to any other church leadership that might be involved. The Deacon or Elder in the Narthex also remains in that space throughout the service to address any situations that may arise.
The 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. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment are chosen for this ministry.