It is the primary duty of the Deacons to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the lonely, and to anyone who may be in distress. Our job requires us to show sympathy, bear witness, and act in service, following the example set for us by Jesus Christ when He was here on earth.
Deacons serve a three-year term, and are installed in January of each new year. If a deacon so desires he/she may serve a second a consecutive three-year term. The Deacons meet the first Tuesday of every month, ay 7:00 p.m., in the Lounge.
At HVPC the Deacons coordinate both the Ambassador Team and the Welcome Table. Volunteers are stationed outside the church before both services to greet members and guests with a smile and a handshake…and maybe a hug!
Guests are escorted into the church to the Welcome Table, located right inside the front doors. Guests receive a welcome bag with a HVPC mug, a welcome brochure with pertinent information, and an invitation for a free lunch with the pastor. Members of the Ambassador Team/Welcome Table follow up with an email or phone call to all guests to make them feel “welcome” and to answer any questions.
Other responsibilities of the deacons are: sanctuary flowers, visitation, card ministry, assistance at communion, decorating the church at Easter and Christmas, the Christmas card collection and distribution, and organizing the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox collection.
The Deacons love to provide activities that encourage fellowship. Deacon sponsored events are open to the congregation and we encourage people to bring guests! The famous Chili Cook-off is held each March, with “cooks” from the church vying for the coveted title of “Best Chili”. The Deacons also sponsor a pie auction the Sunday before Thanksgiving. All monies made at these events are funneled right back to individuals in need. The Deacons also sponsor a bake sale at the October Trunk and Treat event. In June we show our love and appreciation for our church family by hosting the Deacon’s Picnic at the church, with plenty of food, fun, and games for all.
For the past two years the Deacons at HVPC have worked in tandem with the New Life Presbyterian Church Food Cupboard. Each month we collect a variety of pantry staples, and deliver them weekly to the food cupboard. On average we donate 100 items per month.
What a privilege it is to be a Deacon at HVPC! We are nine very unique individuals, and although we vary greatly in terms of age, experience, and background we are all united in our mission to serve the congregants of our church, as well as providing a loving outreach to individuals outside of our church membership, locally and worldwide.
Our current deacons:
- BethAnn Clark (Secretary, Transportation)
- Joan Clover (Flowers, Card Ministry, Funeral Ministry)
- Cynthia Cornish
- Jennie Gerardi (Ambassadors, Welcome Table)
- Dave Hamlian (Food Bank)
- Debra Jack (Moderator, Minstry Through Service)
- Mil Jasinski (Treasurer, Card Ministry)
- Angela Koudo (Minstry Through Service)
2017 Chili Cook-Off. Pictured L - R are Christine Buoni, Karen Moore, Deb Jack, Seth Fluder.