Deacon Ministry at UPC
- Phone calls
Twice a year, deacons contact all those who live in their neighborhoods to see how you are doing.
To ask: Is there anything about which you would like for us to be praying?
- Visiting and sending cards
The sick. The homebound. Families with newborns.
Those with great joy or great sorrow.
Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice,
weep with those who weep.”
- Deacon in the Narthex
Welcoming, helping, visiting.
- Memorial Service Receptions
Soup to nuts. Food, set-up, service, clean up.
Creating a time for families and friends to gather, remember, and be together.
Taking flowers from UPC’s Sunday morning worship to those who will benefit form a gift of joy and beauty.
Coordinating, organizing, and preserving the history of UPC and creating a memorial book telling about the lives of those whose ashes are interred in the Anne McClamroch McFall Memorial Garden.
- All of this and much, much more.
Currently serving Deacons are:
Class of 2019
Anna Soderling, Youth Deacon
Class of 2020
Class of 2021
2019 University Presbyterian Church Deacon Neighborhoods 2.11.19
Neighborhoods #1 and 2
North Chapel, Hillsborough Timberlyne, Piney Mountain
Helen Brantley, Ed Preston
Booker Creek, Erwin Road
South Lakeshore, Estes Hills
Colony Woods, Legion Road
Homestead, Eubanks, Rogers Rd.
Briarcliff, University Mall, Ridgefield
Downtown Chapel Hill
North Carrboro, Lake Hogan, and West
Jones Ferry, Carrboro
Southern Chapel Hill
Polk’s Landing, Heritage Hills,
Southeast Chapel Hill, Governor’s
Galloway Ridge, Pittsboro
Wake County and East
Woodcroft and Hope Valley, Durham
Memorial Receptions– Sara Nicholson, Dallas Pridgen, June Kendall, Keith Minton, Mike Olson, Elva Small, Helen Warner
This team is responsible for coordinating memorial receptions: providing food, volunteering to set up, host, and cleanup. Each member of this care team will serve as coordinator for two months out of the year
**Need daytime, last-minute flexibility since most services happen short-notice and often during the week. Members of this team should be in town often enough and flexible enough to attend most memorial services and generally be willing to stay the whole time.
Cards and Flowers– Anna Soderling, Ken Younts, Heidi Cook, Laura Kirk, Kara Aycock, Catherine McKenas
Each member of this team signs up for two months worth of Sundays to deliver flowers from Sunday worship on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to UPC members on the congregational care list. Each member also takes two months of sending cards to the members on the congregational care list.
Older Adult Ministry– Jim Schultz, Carolyn Hart, Barbara Hedgepeth, Mike Olson
This team will assess needs among older adults for transportation, fellowship, and intergenerational contact, and they will begin laying a foundation for a visitation ministry in the church.
Home Communions– Helen Brantley, Jenny Eller, Peter Gollmar
This team will coordinate deacons to carry communion to those who are homebound four times a year. Involves: calling those who are homebound to determine receptivity, ensuring that sufficient deacons are signed up for each session, pairing up servers and receivers. Training and liturgy will be provided by the church staff.
Carol Woods– Helen Brantley, Ed Preston
This team is particularly charged with caring for the Carol Woods (a continuing care retirement facility) population. They visit residents as needed, attend the monthly worship services (3rd Sunday of the month at 4pm), and plan at least one gathering annually.
Carolina Meadows– Cass Swon, Priscilla Taylor
This team is particularly charged with caring for the Carolina Meadows (a continuing care retirement facility) population. They visit residents as needed, attend the monthly worship services (2nd Sunday of the month at 4pm), and plan at least one gathering annually.
Meal Train– Ron Adams, Susan Swafford
These two coordinators will develop and maintain a list of congregational volunteers willing to bring meals to individuals or families dealing with short-term illness. As needed, this team will work with the families to deduce need, dietary concerns, and method of meal delivery and then coordinate a schedule of meals for a period of one to twelve weeks. *Need familiarity and comfort with an online system like Signup Genius
Dinner Groups– Shipley Jenkins, Sara Nicholson, Heidi Cook
There has been significant interest in the formation of fellowship groups to help people get to know each other outside of the church setting and to foster a greater sense of community within out congregation. This new care team will research, organize, and launch this program at UPC.
Deacon Co-moderators/Deacons to Deacon -Leslie Hicks, Beth Burns
The leaders of the Diaconate will coordinate meeting agendas, publicity items, minutes, training, etc.
They will also seek to be deacons to deacons.