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Diaconate (January 2012)

posted Dec 18, 2014, 1:23 PM by Henry McTague
The Diaconate held its monthly meeting on Monday, December 12, 2011 with a quorum present. Pastor Gail reported that Rick & Penny Smith’s grandson, Marcus Richard Bradbury, will be baptized on January 15, 2012. Our Worship Leader, Rick Smith reported that eight new acolytes have been trained (four for each service).

Three Christmas Eve services are planned again this year at 4:30, 6:30, and 8:00 but no Lee Church service on Christmas morning; however, Rev. Martin Mahoney of the Anglican Church will conduct a service in our sanctuary beginning at 10:30. Rev. Mahoney will also be back with us on January 1, 2012.

The Diaconate was able to access a website called “Lotsa Helping Hands.” during our meeting. As previously reported, it is a way to help a friend, loved one, and/or family in the community who may be in crisis. Examples include meal delivery, rides, and visits. It can also help organize volunteers to help a military family during deployment or upon arrival home as well as many other coordination needs. This was the first time that we had an opportunity to view the website. We were impressed with its features and will be able to use it in the future, as necessary.

The Wilkinson Food Pantry served 19 families representing 43 individuals in November. This was particularly indicative of the need in our community as the pantry was closed on November 21 due to the Thanksgiving food baskets being distributed later that week. Representatives from our Congregational Care sub-committee continue to visit people in need as well as those who must be confined to their homes or a facility. We serve communion using our home communion kits as well as visit with them before and afterwards. If you are aware of anyone who may wish to be visited and/or served home communion, please let us know.

The Holiday Basket project is in full swing as of this writing. We will be serving 38 families on December 23 for Christmas which, in addition to the food, will include gifts for children. Indications are that we have had a wonderful response from our parishioners and friends in the community with food, monetary, and gift donations as well as their willingness to help set up, pack, and distribute. All of this is sincerely appreciated.

We set January 14, which is the Saturday following Epiphany Sunday, as the date when our sanctuary decorations will be taken down. The Diaconate wishes Pastor Gail, all of our parishioners, and friends a very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2012.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the worship services or if we can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact any member of the Diaconate.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the worship services or if we can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact any member of the Diaconate.

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