The Faith United Church bylaws say that the Deacons (aka the Diakonite) are to minister to those who are in need, sick, friendless, or in distress, and to oversee the spiritual and practical needs of the membership.
That’s a pretty broad mandate, and can be interpreted to mean so many things! Fortunately there are eight of us. In practical terms, it means that Deacons strive to make sure all members of Faith United Church are remembered and cared for, both in times of need and times of joy. We serve coffee hour the first Sunday of the month. We host a fundraising bake sale, so that we’ll have dedicated funds available to meet special needs. We check in with each other, paying special attention to folks who find it difficult to get to church, or who have challenging illnesses. In some ways, we do what all the members of this church do for each other anyway, but in an intentional, dedicated way that aims to share the love of God with everyone who needs it.
We are here to serve.
And we pray for each other.
The current Commissioner for Deacons is Colleen Dristle.
The responsibilities of the Mission Committee include leading the congregation in its commitment to mission outreach on the local, denominational and international levels. Our mission programs include educating, serving and raising monetary offerings. The committee currently has four official members in addition to the pastor who an ex-officio member. During the calendar year, the Mission Committee coordinates the collection of the following offerings on a regular basis: Pentecost/Strengthen the Church, - Peace and Global Witness/Neighbors in Need. - Christmas Eve Offering - Christmas Joy - One Great Hour of Sharing. These offering are publicized/facilitated by frequent Minutes for Mission read my Mission Committee members during Sunday Service. Other projects carried out on an annual basis include the following: the Helen Kessler Christmas Mitten Tree filled with donations of hats, scarves and many warm items given to the Salvation Army to give to those in need; collection of food items for Human Concerns; the ringing of bells one Saturday in December for the Salvation Army; on the second Saturday of each month we provide lunch at the Salvation Army where we typically serve between 30-60 plates on a given Saturday; we co-chair the Annual Yard Sale with the Discipleship Committee, donations to Unity Acres, including such items as coffee, laundry detergent, cat food and litter, videos and a TV/VCR player. Most recently, General Mission funds have been donated to such organizations as the Salvation Army, Human Concerns, Oswego Friends of Hospice, Isaiah's Table, the Youth Triennium and Vanderkamp. From time to time, the Committee also sponsors special projects, the most recent (2015) being "Showering the Newborns at Oswego Hospital" during the Lenten season, the committee collected diapers, blankets and other items to assist needy local families as they took their newborns home.
Robert S. Salisbury
Commissioner for Mission
The Discipleship Committee typically meets monthly. Our responsibilities to the Church include evangelism and providing fellowship for the Church members and friends. Each Spring we hold an annual yard sale which serves as a fund raising event for us and a needed service to the community. Items for sale include gently used clothing along with baked goods, books and plants. The sale is open to the wider community. Throughout the year the Discipleship committee also hosts seasonal fellowship events such as Chili cook-offs in the winter and Summer salad luncheons.