SPECIAL REQUEST… BRING CANNED FOOD THIS SUNDAY!!!!
Camille and John are becoming deacons @GA this weekend. To honor their call and service in Jesus’ name, I’m asking all of us to bring groceries (canned goods and dry items). During the offering time at the 11 a.m. service, we will invite everyone to come forward and place their financial gifts and food offerings at the high altar. Jesus said, “…just as you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me.” (Matthew 25: 40) Let’s build a mound of groceries at the altar to feed those Jesus treasures as “the least of these.” So please bring a few items… or a few bags of groceries!!! All the food will be delivered to the food bank at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower Eastside.
WHAT IS A DEACON?
· Jesus came among us not to be served, but to serve.
· The church strives to be the Body of Christ in the world.
· A deacon can help to remind, inspire, organize and lead the church to renew its commitment to servant ministry.
"The diaconate" is a group of rostered synodical deacons. They visit the sick; teach Bible study, confirmation and Sunday School; manage food pantries; and support the many ministries of their congregations.
How does someone become a rostered synodical deacon? The first step is to complete an approved educational program. The diakonia program has been accepted as this first step. Candidates apply to the diaconate and serve an internship of approximately 18 months under the direction of their pastoral supervisor and the Diaconate Council. At the end of this process, approved candidates are "set apart" as deacons in a special liturgy.
Deacons are called by their congregations for a specific ministry and typically work unpaid. When assisting at worship, deacons wear special stoles diagonally across their bodies. Deacons have voice but not vote at Synod Assembly, report to the bishop annually, and gather regularly to offer support to one another. In all cases, deacons follow in the footsteps of the servant ministry of the dying and rising Christ.