There he was, fast asleep, snuggled up on his mama’s shoulder, little Liam Whiddon, three weeks along since his birth, but every part of his new little body doing just what it is supposed to do. And most of what that little guy’s body is doing, hidden away from our sight. Every complex bundle of whirring cell activity doing its job, for the most part unseen, but every piece an essential part of what makes his body whole and healthy. I caught a glimpse of him as the family left the sanctuary on a Sunday morning a few weeks ago. I marveled once again at God’s brilliant handiwork, and I gave thanks for the gift of little Liam’s life.
You well know the analogy that the Apostle Paul makes in comparing Christ’s church to a healthy well-functioning body. Every part essential, each one in cooperation carrying out his or her own task. Some parts more visible than others, with much of what is going on, hidden away from our sight. I was drawn to think again about the essential place of every working part in our local church body as I reflected on little Liam’s healthy body and on the contribution that our Deacons make in keeping our body healthy. Just a small team from among the many working parts of our body, their tasks are often hidden or taken for granted, yet so essential to the overall smooth functioning of our church body.
Much of what our Deacons do relates to the care of our church facility. John Sherwin leads the team and keeps tabs on facility issues that need attention. When it comes time for a quarterly church work day, John has things lined up so that we can tackle the jobs and get things done with efficiency. Longer term projects require a good deal of coordination and planning in pulling the resources and manpower together, and it’s up to John to get things rolling.
In light of all that these guys do for us, I thought you might enjoy a quick glimpse into some of our Deacons’ activities by catching a review of things accomplished on our last workday and then hearing about a few plans that are in the works.
On Saturday, the 10th of this past month, John summarized the work completed as 1) men’s restroom and kitchen leaks repaired, 2) Youth Center gym walls repaired…wall carpet reattached and trimmed out, 3) women’s restroom walls cleaned and paint touched up, 4) many windows washed…more to be done, 5) wooden benches sanded and oiled, 6) weather stripping on Faith Hall doors installed, 7) landscaping, trimming and weeding done around office complex and worship center, 8) Youth Center pavers repaired and replaced, 9) Faith Hall fascia cleaned and painted, 10) gutters cleaned, 11) demo work done for parsonage repair and upgrade, and many smaller projects accomplished. Not bad for 25-30 workers headed up by our Deacon Team!
And looking ahead to a few projects in the works (not in order of importance)? 1) Design and rebuild Faith Hall BBQ, 2) pressure wash and repaint picnic tables, 3) Install Faith Hall kitchen HVAC and new wall panels, 4) oversee commercial repadding and refurbishing of sanctuary pews, 5) replace windows in sanctuary, 6) refurbish wood trim around baptistry...
Oh yes, and did you know that our Deacons are now providing a walking around security on our campus for Sunday mornings, continuing to do the cooking and clean up for our 5th Sunday brunches, handling the AWANA Grand Prix set up, helping to build props for our VBS, and…
You get the idea. All these and many more hidden works are carried out by our Deacon Team to keep our ministries functioning smoothly. Truth be told, much of it we wouldn’t notice…unless it weren’t being done. Don’t you appreciate what these guys are doing for our church body? The following is a list of our current Deacon Team: Brad Harber, Brent Walker, Doug Chase, Joe Knapic, John Sherwin, Jon Smith, Mark Twisselman, Richard LeWarne, and Ronn Olson. I’m thinking it would be great if when you see any of these guys around, you let them know how much you appreciate them. A healthy church, just like a healthy body, depends on all the parts working together. How blessed we are to have this Deacon Team! Let ‘em know.