The central calling of a deacon is “to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any that may be in distress.”
Presbyterian Book of Order
Deacons at Bethany are called to minister to the poor, the hungry, the sick, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.” We look for individuals or people groups within Bethany who might be experiencing a sense of being forgotten, overlooked or disconnected. We also serve those outside Bethany through the Deacon fund.

Deacons serve through their spiritual gifts in a variety of capacities to help meet these needs. These areas are fluid and adapt to meet changing needs and to express the gifts of present-day Deacons. A few current areas of service are: managing the Deacons Fund; coordinating meal making; supporting our seniors; and welcoming new people.

Deacons, generally about 18 members, meet monthly, usually on the 4th Tuesday in the evening. During this time we have devotions and snacks, report on activities, make decisions, and pray and laugh together. Deacons also serve through praying for people during worship and serving communion. In many ways, being a Deacon is like joining a home group with a specific purpose: to serve those Christ would have us serve.

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Kay Benesi

Special Projects

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Kristy Champagne

Deacon Fund

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Jordan Conner

Small Groups

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Tony Huizinga

Special Projects

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Cindy Jamieson

Nominating Committee

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Bob Kunde

Moderator

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Gwen Kunde

Seniors

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Kylie Kypreos

Special Projects

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Allison Miller

Meal Coordinator

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Matt Miller

Special Projects

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Don Siebers

Deacon Fund

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Paul Steenstra

Special Projects

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Mary Van Eaton

Seniors

 
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Linda Cutshall

Director of Congregational Care

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Find out more about the Deacons

The Deacon’s Fund reaches out to people beyond the Bethany Community through relationships with active participants or members of our church. In a real way the deacon’s fund is an extension of the love of Christ distributed through the members of our congregation to people they know in their neighborhoods, work places and schools. Funds are not given to individuals directly, but to utilities, landlords, etc. If you know of a need, contact Don Siebers or Kristy Champagne, Deacons who oversee this fund.

How is the Deacons Fund funded?
The Deacons Fund relies solely on donations. Some Bethany folks utilize their matching fund contributions by designating our Deacon’s Fund as their choice. They are able to do this because this fund reaches out beyond Bethany.

Deacons are available to assist seniors and others in need of assistance with yard work, household chores, and handy-work.  Contact any deacon with “Projects” listed under their name.  We also coordinate meals for people going through a rough patch due to illness or the birth of a new baby. Contact Allison or Linda.  If you know of someone in your neighborhood, school or workplace who needs one-time financial assistance contact Don or Kristy
Our Deacons serve our church and local community by coordinating meal-makers who prepare food for parents of newborns or similar needs, organizing bake-offs at church, helping folks move or do yard work, and assisting with small household task.

Sign up to help here.