For I was hungry, and you gave me food.
I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
I was naked and you clothed me.
I was sick and you visited me.
I was in prison and you came to me.
When questioned further, he added: “
Truly, I say to you, as you did it to
one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Who are the Deacons?
The office of deacon is described as being “one of compassion, concern for needs, and serving others.” Deacons are men and women, who have responded to God’s call to care for and to be of service to others through prayer and action. Deacons are elected by the congregation and in the Presbyterian church they are ordained officers of the church.
What do Deacons do?
One very important role of the deacons is prayer. Deacons pray for specific needs of the congregation. Deacons pray for specific issues, for each other as they undertake their ministries, and pray for our Camp Hill Presbyterian Church and its work.
Deacons are doers. They lead and participate in many of the caring and serving ministries of the church. Here are some of the Deacons’ ministries:
Downtown Daily Bread – is a ministry of Pine Street Presbyterian Church which provides lunch and other services for the hungry and homeless of Harrisburg. The Deacons provide luncheon service staff every Saturday.
Christ Lutheran Church – is a mission partner church with a major health ministry located in an area of intense need in Harrisburg. Deacons and CHPC volunteers provide building maintenance and rehabilitation services on a monthly basis.
Christmas Giving Tree – The Deacons sponsor this annual project whereby gifts and donations are collected and directed to families and children in need.
Special Meals – The Deacons prepare several meals and desserts to promote our fellowship and collect donations which support CHPC mission projects.
Ministries of Care – These include providing casserole meals to those bereaved or unable to cook, sending cards and care packages to those unable to attend church, away from home, and those in need of consolation.