As people who follow Jesus, we belong to his family and he calls us to love him and one another.
One of the ways we do this is by recognizing that some are gifted and called to serve as Deacons.
The word "deacon" also comes from a Greek word, "diaconos" which means "servant." Presbyterians believe that we are all called to be ministers of the gospel and that God gifts us with different gifts to build up one another in love and to carry out the mission and movement of the gospel of God's kingdom. From the very beginning of Christianity, deacons were called to specifically care for and serve the needs and ministry of the church through compassion and careful attention.
At OPC, we have deacons who serve through hospitality, visitation, and compassion.
Hospitality deacons help on Sundays and special occasions;
Visitation deacons make regular contacts and visit those who are homebound and sick;
Compassion deacons help manage the caregiving of those in need within and beyond our congregation
through the Deacon's Fund.
We're delighted have so many deacons caring for our church and community:
“Deacons lead ministries that nurture fellowship and caregiving within and beyond the congregation.” ECO Polity 2.03