The office of Deacon is first mentioned in Acts 6:1-7 where it describes deacons as helpers to the priests, doing things to assist the priests, allowing the priests to devote their time to “prayer and to serving the word of God.”
In the Presbyterian Church, the office is one of sympathy and service, after the example of Jesus Christ, especially helping one another in times of need.

At Hope United, there are six Deacons who serve communion to homebound members each month, deliver the chancel flowers each Sunday to brighten someone’s day, deliver Poinsettias at Christmas and Lilies at Easter to our homebound members, organize meals fo families of terminally ill members, hold receptions for families after funerals, send out birthday and get well cards, visit church members in hospitals and keep in touch with our military personnel through gifts and cards.
The Deacons have been discussing different ways to help and support all of our members. One of the things you will see in the next few weeks is a “Card “table in Fellowship Hall. We will have a designated table with cards such as get well, sympathy cards etc. to be signed by the members and then sent out to the member in need.
Prayer chain
 A prayer chain is a way for people to gain assistance in prayer for any serious and pressing problem. It is also a way for any person to act on God's command to love one another (John 13:34-35). Many people cannot engage directly in ministry but we can all pray. Prayer is a way for us to reach out of ourselves, to put aside our loneliness and pain for the sake of another. Jesus teaches us that if we agree on anything and ask in faith it will be granted (Matthew 18:19). "I tell you, ask and you will receive..." (Luke 11:9, Matt. 7:7).
Our prayer chain is available to everyone. Please call our prayer chain coordinator, Carlin Miner at (239) 676-7313 or (801) 698-6480 with requests and also if you would like to participate.

Thanks to everyone who attended our Tropical paradise Auction Fundraiser for the Deacons. It was a huge success!