FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
OF WOODBURY HEIGHTS
Deacons
'As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.'

 -- 1 Peter, 4:10
The Deacon's Bench
Deacons: The Ministry of Compassion and Service

Deacon Defined: 
    "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 should be chosen for this ministry".
                                                                (from Book of Order -G-2.0201)

       The name "deacon" comes from the Greek word for servant and is the oldest office in the Christian church. Our 14 member board of ordained deacons are charge with serving members of our congregation and the community at large with compassion and mercy for all. Whether it is delivering items to the food pantry or Christmas presents to families in our community, our Board of Deacons is constantly serving with grace and vitality. Deacons reach out to members who are hospitalized or our shut-ins, deliver sandwiches to Cathedral Kitchen, send cards to people celebrating personal milestones, or grieving a loss. The deacons prepare the Communion elements, oversee the chancel flowers, and sponsor a Graduation luncheon, Sunshine luncheon, and Christmas decorating brunch. Our deacons are faithful servants, serving our congregation and community.

From the Deacons Bench   
Food Collection - Please place any non perishable food items for the Greater Woodbury Food
Pantry in the designated box in the NARTHEX. To help make it easier for you to give we offer these suggestions
 for the upcoming months:
Food Items collected in August - 42. Total items for the year - 503
September: Canned juice, tea, coffee, crackers, tuna.
October: Canned meat products, (beef stew, chili, spam, chicken) 
November: Vegetables, sugar, cake mixes, pudding, jell-o
December: Peanut butter and jelly
Please check expiration dates. Place in box in Narthex.
92 food items donated in July -  total collected to date - 456

The Board of Deacons
Nolan Becker, Kris Brenner, Nancy Butler, Steve Elliott,
 Nancy MacDermott, Carol Martino, Joan Mullin,
Kayleigh Reim, Sue Reim, Andrew Reynolds,
Mary Kay Reynolds, and Liz Billings Santora, Moderator
and Deacon-elect: Elaine Miller

Please continue to put your donations to the Deacons in the green offering envelopes. 
Acme and Shop-rite Gift cards available each Sunday

In need of prayer, help, or a visit, please contact a Deacon.