The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

The Epistle - December 2017 - Vol. 22, No. 10

7 I have to admit that I was very reluctant to become a Deacon when Carl Oda, an elder of the church, asked me to join  the ministry last November.  Most of my friends at Wintersburg told me that it was a lot of work and would be difficult  for me to manage with three young children.  SƟll, I felt that it was what God wanted me to do and I’m so happy to be  a part of the Deacon’s ministry.  Gerald Tanaka, who was a Deacon for 15 years, said that it is work to serve food and  drinks, to clean up aŌer luncheons and watch children in the crib room, but the Deacons have fun doing it togeth‐ er.  The people who become Deacons have joy and passion to serve God and our church.  “It makes you a beƩer per‐ son, opens your eyes to see how the church funcƟons and how your liƩle part impacts others,” said Tanaka.    Nan Okada said that Deacons are like Jesus with skin on and tesƟfy of Jesus’ happy followers who love to serve  him.  Although funerals are oŌen sad occasions, they also become opportuniƟes for visitors to see the love of God in  simple tasks like serving tea.  “What a tesƟmony!  A lot of family and friends see all these people carry tea pots and  cleaning.  I’ve had a lot of people say, ‘Who are these people?  Are they caterers?  Do you pay them?’ I tell them they  are Deacons and they are serving from their hearts,” said Pastor Fred.  He added that the Deacons are able to take a  very confusing situaƟon and bring stability, peace and comfort.    Pastor Fred said, “If we ask the Deacons to do something, it’s as good as done.  There’s no other ministry at Win‐ tersburg where their quality of work is so awesome.”  Deacon Moderator Dave Yamauchi said people think Deacons  have to be pillars of the church, but all they need is a servant’s heart.  Deacons Brian Gee and Marcia Tengan agree that their favorite part of being a Deacon is geƫng to know different peo‐ ple.  As they work together and fellowship, Deacons have developed long lasƟng friendships.  Gerald Tanaka and about  a dozen other former and current Deacons sƟll get together every month for dinner.  He said they oŌen share funny  stories of when they served as Deacons.  “We had six rice cookers with 20 cups of rice in each.  That’s 120 cups of rice  going on at once.  We were all siƫng around waiƟng for the rice to cook, waiƟng for the sound it makes when the rice  starts boiling.  [AŌer 30 minutes] I opened them up and the rice was just siƫng in water because no one had turned  them on.  Dinner was late that night,” laughed Tanaka.  GalaƟans 6:9 says, “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper Ɵme we will reap a harvest if we do not give  up. Please prayerfully consider joining the Deacon’s ministry and help spread God’s love.     = With a Servant’s Heart BY ANITA WONG

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