When I was asked to serve as a Deacon two years ago, I wasn’t really sure what that would entail. I knew there were many others with a stronger faith and more knowledge of the Bible than I, but one very wise person explained that above all a Deacon needed to be willing to serve. I was willing so I jumped right in and it has been a tremendously rewarding experience.
One of the many opportunities is to visit those who are home bound. For about 2 years, I visited Elizabeth Kendrick and she came to mean so much to me. She had numerous physical problems and was in a lot of pain, but she always greeted me with a smile and as we visited she told me stories of Fernandina years ago. She passed away last year and I miss her dearly.
It was so evident to me that God was a huge part of her life, and she knew He was taking care of her. As I was trying to bring comfort to someone, I received so much more.
In a congregation our size there are so many needs. Some are as simple as a visit once in a while, or a ride to church, or to the doctor. Someone may need a little help financially to help pay a bill in an emergency.
There may be a need to help with a meal or a reception for a family who has suffered a loss. The deacons of the church are there for just such needs. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a compassionate and giving group of God’s servants.
Jan Gundersen Moderator 2012