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SUNDAY WORSHIP: 9 & 11AM TRADITIONAL WORSHIP IN THE SANCTUARY
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10AM CONTEMPORARY SERVICE IN THE CAMPUS CENTER


3224 BEE RIDGE ROAD, SARASOTA, FL 34239 | 941 924-1323

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The ministry of Deacons as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress” (PCUSA Book of Order G-2.0201).  Deacons are called by God and ordained to this “ministry of compassion” with these specific responsibilities at the Church of the Palms. Our Deacons serve three year terms and have responsibilities for many different programs:

Friendly Visitor Ministry

All deacons are assigned a member of the church that is confined to nursing home, or homebound and visits them once a month. Deacons show them the care and love of God through their visits, phone calls and greeting cards. Every effort is made to keep them in touch with their church family.
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Flowers

Every Sunday after the church services in the Sanctuary are finished, the large display of flowers that were present during worship are divided and prepared in smaller bouquets. A Deacon then delivers the small bouquets, a bulletin, and a note of care to our members in the hospital and nursing homes.
Also, twice a year, at Easter and Christmas, the Deacons provide flowering plants to members of our congregation that are shut in, or in nursing facilities.
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Prayer Ministry

Weekly, the many needs for prayer among our members is shared with the Deacons on a prayer card. These cards are available in our worship settings and the requests are kept confidential. With a firm belief in the power of prayer, Deacons offer these petitions to God throughout the week. Based on the cards requesting prayer, individual Deacons set aside time during each week to pray for those in our church and community who are ill, in some kind of distress, or offer prayers of thanksgiving for God's blessings.
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Nineties + Luncheon

Our congregation is blessed to have a large number of members who have reached the age of 90 or more years. The Deacons celebrate with them and welcome them to two luncheons, one in the fall and one in the spring, as part of our church family. This is a wonderful way to honor our members who have shared in the rich history of our congregation for so many years.
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Blood Drive

The Deacons sponsor regular blood drives throughout the year. The community Bloodmobile is on our campus to assist in replenishing blood supplies for our area health facilities.
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Baby Baskets

A Deacon assembles and delivers gift baskets to member families having newborn babies. We celebrate with them the gift of new life and the coming of another child of God among us.
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Shepherding Ministry

Each shepherding deacon has a flock of 7 to 10 families they are caring for.  Shepherding deacons pray for each of their flock regularly and  are there for the flock to call upon according to their needs. The Shepherds also remember their flock on their joys and concerns and they meet Quarterly.
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Friendly Visitors
Flowers
Prayer Ministry
Nineties + Luncheon
Blood Drive
Baby Baskets
Ministry to Those in the Military
Shepherding Ministry
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