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February 2015

posted Aug 19, 2015, 10:41 AM by Henry McTague

The Diaconate is one of many committees that keep our church running and providing many of the activities and programs we enjoy throughout the year. However, as a church, we are facing a dilemma that involves us all: we have a shortage of members who are willing to serve on committees. As members of the Diaconate, we have had many discussions about why this is happening. Are people hesitant to accept a position because of the commitment involved? Are they hesitant they will be asked to do something outside of their comfort zone? Is it easier to, “let someone else do it”? We realize that it could be one of these or a myriad of other reasons.

But, here we are facing the new year with unfilled positions on almost every committee in the church, including the Diaconate. Four people were scheduled to leave the Diaconate in February. All four have agreed to remain for another term. Even so, as of this writing, two positions remain empty. Hopefully, by the time you read this two people will have accepted those positions. But, the fact remains, there will be empty seats around the table on many committees.

However, there are perks of saying, “YES”. Serving on a committee allows you to learn more about how your church works behind the scenes and allows you to have a say in it. You learn about those you are serving with and form a bond. There is great satisfaction in setting a goal, working toward it and reaching it as a group. And, you just might have the time of your life!

As for Diaconate, you may be asking, “What do they do?” Diaconate is involved with worship, congregational care, pastoral care and caring for the community outside of the immediate church. The Wilkinson Food Pantry is a sub-committee of the Diaconate as well as the food baskets which are provided for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and to a lesser degree at Easter.

Providing in-house church services at Kirkwood, visiting shut-ins, sending cards of care, sympathy and celebration, working with various other establishments in Lee or the surrounding communities, participating in special services throughout the year and lending our support to other committees and programs are just a few of our functions. Most who agree to serve find it very satisfying.

We’re asking you to ask yourself WHY you can’t say YES if someone asks you to serve on a committee. Better yet, look up someone on the Nominating Committee (Nancy MacLean or Brian Burke) and tell them where you’d like to serve. PRAY about it and find your place. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.

The Diaconate