OUR DEACONS


The deacons are leaders who assist and promote spiritual activities and growth of our church. If you join us one Sunday, you will be greeted by one of our deacons once you enter through our doors. They are the welcomers, and often the first face many of our members see on Sunday mornings. Often deacons will assist in sacraments of baptism and communion. They may also assist the pastor at weddings or other events. Deacons also visit members who are unable to regularly attend church.  Our deacons are usually longtime members, and often volunteer their time in various facets of our church.



DEACON ON THE DOOR!

 

Meet your deacon the door, Courtney, who is greeting with the Open and Affirming Ministry Team! Each month, a deacon will serve as a welcomer to our church on Sunday mornings. 

 

 

How has the Holy Spirit called you to open our church doors to all people with love and concern for their needs? Post here or chat in person any Sunday...

Courtney is your deacon on the door for the month of June! She will greet you all month on Sundays at 10:30am along with members of our recently formed Open and Affirming (ONA) Ministry Team (from left: James, Courtney, Bev, Judy, Bill, and not pictured: Brenna, Dabar, and Rev Kathryn King). 

Ask any of us about the ONA Ministry Team on Sundays before or after worship. 

 

 

DEACONS OF PREVIOUS MONTHS

Meet Carol!

 

When or where are you most likely to be aware of God’s presence? 

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here or visit any Sunday to chat in person! 

Carol will greet you at the sanctuary door every Sunday this month before worship at 10:30am, and please join us afterwards for social time and refreshments. 

Meet Pat!

 

Who is the first person who created a memory of God for you? Chat here or in person any Sunday! 

 

Every Sunday this month at 10:30am Deacon Pat will greet you before worship at the sanctuary door. Please join us after worship for coffee, to chat about this question, or just to say hello.

Meet Janet!

 

“I've been a member of the First Congregational Church for many years having been baptized as an infant, attended Sunday School and joined the church in the early 70’s. I married my husband Phil here in 1991 and our two children Courtney and Lauren were confirmed here. My father Ralph Husmer was a deacon and it was an honor to become one as well as I feel like I am carrying on an important part of our family’s tradition in serving. I look forward to greeting you on Sunday mornings. Please join us for some of the many opportunities and events our church has to offer.”

Meet James!

 

"Rain or shine, I’ll be there to welcome you on Sunday mornings! FCC West Haven is my spiritual home. I was baptized and confirmed here and have been volunteering since then. I was asked to be a deacon in 2012, and served as a youth deacon in high school. I have laughed, cried, and met lifelong friends here, and now I’m working as the social media coordinator with my friends Courtney and Jessica! The people at FCC West Haven helped me along my life’s journey, specifically Revs. Kathryn King, Kim Cartwright, and Charlene Bruce, who supported me in discerning the call to ministry ... In my personal statements for applying to divinity school, I wrote about my hope to be able to bring other churches through the process of revitalization and encourage them to act on social justice issues. In my service as a deacon, I have promoted change, assisted with creating worship services, and visited homebound members. Although there are many ways to spiritually care for others, I find that living on the growing edge of Christianity is the most radical and effective place to be Christ’s servant in the service of others. My experiences as a churchgoer, volunteer, and queer person made me realize the boundless interconnectedness of all. We are spiritually connected through human experience, and although there are many ways to say it, through the lens of Christianity specifically, all are welcome at Christ’s table. Whether you are male, female, somewhere in between, whether you are black, white, brown, or a little bit of each, queer, straight, or not quite sure yet, old, young, or not defined by years, rich, poor, or middle or working class, and whether you’re doubting, still finding yourself, or a lifelong believer, I look forward to meeting you on Sunday morning!"

 

 

Meet Lois!

 

"I have been a deacon for many years and it has been a fantastic honor...I especially like visiting people and serving communion."

Meet Ruth!

 

"The peace that I find in the worship gives me everything to go out into the world to share what God has given to all of us."

Meet Carol!

 

"When I was asked to be a deacon, I wasn't sure how to respond. I didn't feel worthy. Then I realized there was nothing to think about, and said yes. I love being a change-maker in the congregation. I'm not photogenic. Are we done?"

 

Meet Janet!

 

"I have been a member of the FCC of West Haven most of my life. My service as a Deacon is to Welcome all who wish to join our congregation in worship. Another important mission is to open our doors every Monday at 11:30 and serve lunch at Alex's Kitchen. I work with a dedicated group of volunteers who are proud to provide a place for people in need to have lunch."

Meet Mary Jane!

 

"I became a deacon right after I retired from teaching in 1996. I had more time. Just the act of serving communion is a special time for me. I love the spirituality of Sunday service: the time away from the busy-ness of the outside world, the prayers, the hymns, God's word read and interpreted, the simplicity of our sanctuary: all are an important part of my life. To quote the Pebbles' (woman's group)" Not self: but service" motto is part of my personal goals which includes gratitude and forgiveness. In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ our Guide and Savior."

Meet Pam!

 

"Being a deacon means having a part of helping the church. I enjoyed being a part of the baptisms of each of my grandchildren. With God all things are possible."

Meet Courtney!

 

“In a world full of thunderstorms, I’ve learned to count my rainbows. Serving as a deacon is a way for me to share my gratitude for all of the blessings I’ve received through this church. I met my husband here. I celebrated births here. I doubted here. I survived hard times and my spirit was revived here. I’m raising my children here. And right now, I’m having fun with my friend James leading our social media strategy! And all of these things are through the loving relationships I’ve made here, with the people and with God. Once, when I was lost, a dear deacon said to me, “just show up” I’m so glad I did, because I found myself and I found God again. It doesn’t matter what you wear, or if you had time to shower, or if you are doubting, or if you have two heads…just show up, because God will too. If you do show up, I’ll be there to greet you at our door this month and I look forward to meeting you!”

 

 

Meet Carol!

 

“I have been a Deacon since 2005. Serving as a Deacon is a very enjoyable experience, the most enjoyable part is visiting our older members who are no longer able to come to church. Sharing time with our older members and listening to them talk about their lives is very rewarding. 

Being a Deacon has made me more active in the Church and I now have more knowledge of the spiritual life of this Church.

If I had one spiritual message to share it would be to believe in yourself and know that God is always there with you.”

 

Meet Pat!

 

“I felt God’s presence with the look in her face as I gave her communion. It was the most beautiful thing…and it was just the peace on her face as I gave her communion. I felt the presence of God. I really did.”