The 2020 Annual Report of the Board of Deacons
The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and
service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick,
the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures,
or anyone in distress.
The mission of the Board of Deacons is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Our task is to serve the congregation and the surrounding community.
This was a challenging year for our deacons, as traditional events like the Palm Sunday breakfast, and the church picnic didn’t take place. When in-person gatherings became a public health concern, the ways in which we expressed fellowship—a large part of service as a deacon—had to change. I’m so grateful that the deacons were able to adapt to the new reality.
In the spring, shortly after our community went into lock-down and in-person worship was canceled, members of the Board of Deacons systematically reached out to church members. Each deacon was assigned between twenty and thirty church members to check in with via a phone call, e-mail, or letter. Deacons offered to help with errands or grocery shopping, and perhaps most importantly solicited prayer requests. It’s a testament to the strength of our church that more church members responded with offers to help than with requests for assistance.
Shortly before Palm Sunday, we delivered daffodils to church members who are shut ins, a project that brought smiles to both the deacons and church members. While a bunch of spring flowers could never replace the old-fashioned joys of hot coffee, tasty fare, and good friends that are the hallmarks of the Palm Sunday breakfast, we all learned that there really is something to that old slogan urging us to “say it with flowers”. We received many expressions of thanks for this simple gesture.
In June, as the school year ended, the deacons gave the church’s new high school graduates gift cards to Meyer Dairy so that they could enjoy an ice cream cone or two on us while supporting a local business.
While the Deacons did not have a fundraising event this year, success at past events allowed the Board to continue to support community human service agencies financially. We matched church members’ donations to the local CWS CROP Walk. We paid for car repairs and other pressing needs for clients of Centre Safe, and we sponsored the to-go Christmas Dinner. Within the church building, we sponsored the recharging of the church’s AED units.
During outdoor worship in the warm months, deacons were on hand to take attendance in case contract tracing became necessary. The deacons closed the year by delivering poinsettias to shut-ins and the bereaved. We served as ushers at the walk-through Christmas pageant, as we celebrated the birth of Christ in a new way.
As my term on the Board of Deacons comes to an end, I would like to extend special thanks to both the Board of Deacons and to every member of the church who supported the Board in this difficult year.
Submitted by Rick Bryant
Rick Bryant, Moderator of Deacons 2020
State College Presbyterian Church
132 West Beaver Avenue
State College, PA 16801
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Sunday Outdoor Worship ~ (when announced and weather permitting) outside the Beaver Avenue Tower Entrance
10 :00 am - a brief service with social distancing and face masks required. If it's raining, we won't meet) see article above.
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Normal Building Hours: (call ahead to 814-238-2422 for information on when the building is open during COVID)
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm