The Deacons were established at a Special Congregational Meeting on April 30, 1978, to give the pastor dedicated, called, trained lay people to assist in the ministry and mission of the church. The deacons became the pastor’s right hand for various activities, both regular and unexpected.
Their responsibilities include assisting with Holy Communion in Church, at home, or hospital; visiting members and friends; participating in the Sunday service; ushering for funerals or memorial services; witnessing for Christ; and setting a personal example of Christianity.
Thirteen members finished the 18 hours of training and were accepted by the Church Board, the Church Council, and the congregation. Rev. Plumlee accepted the resolution adopted by the Church Council, “That those who select to participate as Deacons, and satisfactorily complete the training programs, and are approved by the Council and pastor, be ordained by The Church at Litchfield Park at a special meeting and be set apart to carry on the duties and functions of a Deacon.”
The vote was 38 yes and one no, with five people abstaining. Today there are nearly 100 active Deacons who serve the needs of the church, and 44 Emeriti Deacons.