"This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God." (1 Corinthians 4:1)
Care, Mercy, Visitation...
The Diaconate at Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church believes and practices the goodness the Lord has provided in the form of mercy both within the congregation as well as reaching out to the community. Even though we are a small congregation, there are needs that must be addressed. We consider ourselves Servants of the Lord.
Assistance is provided to the congregation along with visitation of the sick, needy, widowed, and homebound. The Lord instructs His servants to care for His flock and the Diaconate at Immanuel OPC accepts His charge.
We have also reached out to the community and assisted in cases where we believe the Lord has extended his message accordingly. We are active with a local church run food bank and have helped organize and collect canned goods and non-perishable foods as well as monetary assistance.
The Diaconate at Immanuel OPC believes fully in the requirements for this office as described in Scripture. Deacons are not spiritual rulers or overseers, but rather servants as called by the Lord.
*This ordained office will be temporarily administered by the Session. Elder Sammie Davis will oversee this role.
The Duties of a Deacon at Immanuel OPC
"The Scriptures designate the office of deacon as distinct and perpetual in the church. Deacons are called to show forth the compassion of Christ in a manifold ministry of mercy toward the saints and strangers on behalf of the church. To this end they exercise, in the fellowship of the church, a recognized stewardship of care and of gifts for those in need or distress. This service is distinct from that of rule in the church." (Book of Church Order - OPC)
The Biblical Requirements of a Deacon
"Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 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 3:8-13)
How to contact the Diaconate...
If you need assistance or have a special need, please reach out to Immanuel's Deacons. All requests will be kept in the strictest confidence and encourage you to use these ordained officers of the Lord accordingly.