Greetings from the Board of Deacons
It’s my privilege to serve this year as moderator. The Diaconate has a long tradition of faithful service at Crestwood. From the earliest days of Christianity, deacons have held a special place in the church community. The first deacons can be traced back to Acts 6:1-6, where seven men were chosen to care for Greek widows and orphans. Paul includes the deacons in his opening greeting to the Philippians (Phil 1:1) and Timothy lists the many noble qualities and responsibilities that a deacon should exhibit in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. Stephen, one of the first deacons, was stoned to death because of his bold preaching of the Gospel, (Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60), and is recognized as the first Christian martyr.
What are Crestwood’s deacons up to these days? We oversee a diverse collection of programs and ministries that provide for the spiritual nurturing and physical well-being of our congregation. In Romans 12:4-5 Paul says, “For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” No program or ministry can be successful without the support of all of its members. Won’t you join us in serving? I invite you to review the list of opportunities below and offer to plug in where you feel led, or respond graciously when invited to participate. If you would like to contact any of us, you may do so by clicking HERE.
In His Service,
CONGREGATIONAL CARE (Chair: Preston Winn)
Meal Ministry – Preparing and delivering meals to the sick, the grieving, or those in need.
Correspondence Ministry – Sending personal notes of encouragement, sympathy and prayer.
Prayer Ministry – Lifting up in prayer the concerns and needs of our congregation and beyond.
Home Touch – Visiting and tending to our homebound (and often lonely) members.
Bereavement – Assisting with funeral arrangements with loving care for the grieving.
Plus the general oversight of, and responsibility for congregational needs.
FELLOWSHIP (Chair: Chris Payne)
Wednesday Night Suppers – Weekly meals take many hands to set up, prepare, serve, clean up.
Coffee Hour – Snacks and coffee before and after worship services.
Including a host of other events such as church picnics, celebrations and gatherings.
LOCAL MISSIONS (Chair: Carrie Long)
Home Again Men’s Shelter – Preparing and serving dinner on the second Saturday each month.
Food Pantry – Keeping the pantry well-stocked and overseeing distribution of food.
Harlan, KY Mission Trip – Support for Joan and Bob Heath’s annual mission trip.
CARITAS – Sheltering the homeless for one week with housing, meals and personal care.
Elijah House Academy – Assisting with activities such as Fall Festival, Teacher Appreciation Week and the annual EHA Gala.
Other missions we support include Project Homes, Crossover Ministry, and CHAT.
PROPERTY (Chair: Jim Lemmert)
Maintenance and upkeep of all buildings and grounds; special projects as needed.