Being a deacon is a wonderful call to service. Deacons are the “servants” or “caregivers” of the congregation. In this congregation, people have all kinds of needs – they are recovering from surgery, grieving, lonely, ill, or otherwise in a time where they welcome the ministry of care from our congregation. In a very real way, deacons are the hands and heart of the church in our ministry of caring. Serving as a deacon is a privilege and a blessing. It is also an opportunity for spiritual growth and fellowship. As a deacon, we are given the opportunity to know other church members in a deeper way, serving alongside them and growing in our understanding of the burdens people carry and how the church can help.
Born and raised on Long Island, a Jewish friend invited me to go with her to a Christian church where she had been saved. I was baptized there in 1992 and moved to Pennsylvania in 1999. I met my husband and when we married, I started to regularly attend the Bridge (then called Berkshire Baptist Church). I started serving with the Awana children’s program in 2001, and in the past, served with the women’s ministry, later becoming a deacon in 2016.
Growing up, I felt I had Tornado Touch. Everything I touched turned to disaster. I was grasping for something outside myself to hang on to that would anchor me through the storms. I became a Christian at the age of 17 when I learned that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I began to grasp that there was nothing I could do that would make God love me more and nothing I could do that would make God love me less. He loved me just because He loved me. This truth set me on a journey toward freedom from fear, as I discovered new facets to His unfathomable love that I could cling to as I faced my fears. I’ve had the privilege of serving the Bridge family as a Deacon since 2011. He has shown me that because I am His child, He not only loves me with an unconditional love but as I extend His reach through my life, He touches others with His Golden Touch, the truths contained in His great promises and His absolute unchanging character.
Job 22: 21,25 say, “Submit to God and be at peace with Him….then the Almighty will be your Gold.” What other treasure is worth holding on to when facing the storms of life?
I was saved at the age of 12, but didn’t feel the call to serve until I was 16. I came from Georgia as a teen and my family was looking for a church home. I went forward and joined this church after a few weeks visiting. As I grew, life’s struggles clouded my way as a young adult, but the Lord never lost sight of me. He has given me a heart to serve as a deacon and mission director. He also has touched me to serve in disaster relief ministries. I hope you will pray about how GOD wants to use you. Maybe it’s here at the Bridge, too.
I have been a Christian approximately over 17 years (I’m losing count). I’ve been teaching a Sunday morning bible study for about 5 years and have been a deacon since 2011. One of my favorite verses is Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” We all mess up, but because of God’s grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, we keep the running the race for while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. How great is the Father’s love for us!!
I came to the Lord through my youngest daughter. Upon hearing the truth I grabbed the Gospel and ran with it. I have been a deacon/servant for many years. God has also given me a heart for teaching (Awana children’s program) and helping out anywhere needed at the last minute as well as helping with missions and fixing things around the church.