Deacon Dispatch

Deacon Dispatch

Volume 67, Issue 9 September 2016

When Pastor Steve first approached me about becoming a deacon, I thanked him for the opportunity and told him I would give it some serious thought and prayer. Following my initial meeting with Pastor Steve, I began to pray that God would give me both wisdom and courage to obey His leading as I wrestled with this important decision. It was during this time that I felt what…

Volume 67, Issue 7 July 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon . . . If you have been reading what other deacons have written, you will notice a common theme-that of service. It is not a position where you just assist in the Lord’s Supper. The pastor has the responsibility of leading the church. With all he does that goes unnoticed, it can be a draining and daunting task. It is the responsibility of the…

Volume 67, Issue 6 June 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon . . . I recently heard someone ask the question “what does a deacon do? At various times since my ordination as a deacon by Winstanley, November 7, 1982, I wondered that myself. My Certificate of Ordination reads, David Thorn, having been chosen one “of good report, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” and capable of using the office well, was…

Volume 67, Issue 5 May 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon . . . I was asked to serve as a deacon at Winstanley over 30 years ago. I was not sure that I was qualified to be a deacon. After discussions with and encouragement from Pastor Wendell Garrison and members of the selection committee I agreed to serve. Over the years I have had the chance to serve in a variety of ways. I was Sunday School…

Volume 67, Issue 4 April 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon . . . Debbie and I came to Winstanley in 1992. At that time we had an AIDS ministry. We are grateful for all of the support the people of Winstanley gave us. We have always tried to serve God in any way He leads us. A few years later I was asked to serve as a deacon. Through prayer I said yes. I, like other deacons, are grateful for the…

Volume 67, Issue 3 March 2016

What It Means To Be A Deacon… Our Sunday School class recently spent two weeks studying spiritual gifts that are to be used for the Lord’s work. We were reminded that each Christian has at least one spiritual gift given to us by the Holy Spirit. Bible scholars agree that there are about 20 spiritual gifts and without question our Lord and Savior made use of all…

Volume 67, Issue 1 January 2016

Deacon Dispatch On the wall in my office at Memorial Hospital are a number of certificates and diplomas that are important to me. Included are a diploma from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Certificate of Ordination to the Gospel ministry, and a Certificate of Certification from Hospital Chaplains Ministry Association. Included among these significant documents is my…