"For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Timothy 3:13
Who are Deacons?
Deacons are individuals chosen by the congregation to show sympathy, witness and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgement should be chosen for this office. (Book of Order G-6.0401)
Deacons are organized as a Board under the jurisdiction of the Session. Their duty is to minister on behalf of the church to those who are in need, to the sick, the friendless and to any who may be in distress. The Deacons Board at Carmel Presbyterian Church has up to 12 members who serve for a term of three years. They are selected by the Nominating Committee and elected by the Covenant Partners at their annual business meeting. The Board is divided into four direct service teams who work together to meet the needs of the church body and the community.
Do you know someone who is ill, having surgery, welcoming a baby, feeling gloomy, or is in need of some physical or other assistance? We want to come along side of those in need of any kind of support. Please let your Deacons know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct Service Teams
COVENANT & COMMUNITY COMPASSION
Assess and provide resources for needs as requested by regular attendees or covenant partners and non-affiliated needy who are residents of Monterey County in the form of rent, utilities, temporary lodging, transportation, etc. Funds are never given to the individual and are on a one time basis.
Provide encouragement and expressions of support and concern, such as:
Visitation, cards and/or flowers for those in hospital, shut in, etc.
Expressions of sympathy
Meals (when requested) for those with new babies or who are incapacitated
Receptions after memorial or funeral services
Oversee and facilitate short term projects, such as:
Sister Martha Henry’s Food Pantry
CPY Christmas Angel Project
Other projects as the need arises
Organize formal opportunities for corporate and individual prayer, such as:
First Wednesday Prayer
Prayer Café (quarterly)
Prayer-related Bible or book studies
These five organizations receive monthly pledges of support -
Ark in the Park
This ministry to the homeless provides monthly toiletries, undergarments and basic necessities. Members of the congregation are encouraged to bring personal sized toiletries when they come for worship and leave them in the marked container by the Connect Center. View a complete list of items HERE.
Community Partnership for Youth (CPY)
CPC funding supports the after school program for students at Highland School in Seaside. It includes individual and group help with homework, tutoring, study and social skills development, meals and snacks. Learn more at https://cpy.org and below.
Our funds help keep this program open on the Monterey Peninsula.
Learn more at https://montereycpc.com/.
Greater Victory Temple Afterschool Program
This program is similar to the after school program at Highland School and focuses on elementary students in Seaside.
Interim provides housing and counseling for those suffering from mental health issues. Learn more at www.interiminc.org/.