What's a Deacon?

If you've been going to church for a long time, you likely already know, but some of you may not, so here you go. A deacon isn't a big light at night. We're not plumbers, but you can call us if you're freaking out. We're not a moving and storage company, but we can find people to help you move. Most of us haven't even learned to work the saxophone. But, when you are going through some rough times, we're available to talk about it, pray, and sometimes even help. If you have a problem that needs extra hands, like providing some meals or taking care of your garden while someone dear to you is in the hospital, we can find some people to help.

We don't check up on you if you miss a Sunday, but if you are out for several months, we might call to see if you are doing okay. We aren't the ones enforcing any rules, or scowling and saying "hush" if your child is too noisy in church (as a matter of fact, I may be one of the worst offenders in the second service on that count :-) We're available to bring communion to you if you are shut-in, or even just to visit.

So, the job of a Deacon is to be a helping hand and ears to listen when you need someone. Feel free to give us a call if you think we might be able to help!



What can Deacons do for me?

The Deacons are here to help those in our church who need help.

Here are some of the things we can do to help those in our church family:


  • We can visit the shut ins
  • We can bring meals
  • We can be a shoulder to cry on
  • We help serve communion
  • We can assist those in need with transportation

Each member in the church is assigned a Deacon to be there to offer help in times of need, great or small. If you'd like to know who your Deacon is, please contact us! If you'd be interested in helping others with these needs, please let us know - there is too much of God's work to do for us to hog it all.

To contact a Deacon, please call the church office at 425-885-2811, email or


What is a Deacon?



The Book of Order of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., states that "the office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ." When you accept the call to serve as a deacon, you agree to "minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith." Here at RPC, we have honored this calling in a variety of ways.

The Care Unit program is probably the most familiar of the deacon ministries at RPC. Each member of the RPC congregation is assigned to one of the deacon care units, and through this ministry, the deacons share joys and concerns with members of their care units. It is a ministry of personal communication and daily prayer with and for our membership. You will find the pictures of the current members of the Board of Deacons posted on the bulletin board in the back of the sanctuary. Please let your deacon representative know if there is any way they can assist you.

During the past year, your Board of Deacons provided financial support for the following:

  • VOSH 
  •  Hopelink
  • Wheelchairs for Uganda
  • YMCA Family Village
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for Haiti and Chili
  • Three individual requests

In addition, the deacons provided funds for various RPC activities, including postage for Operation Christmas Child, supplies for the Knit One ~ Pray Too group, and cards for our graduating youth.

If you feel called to serve in this important ministry, consider becoming a deacon at RPC. You will find yourself receiving even more than you give.