Deacons serve by showing mercy to the church and to all people. They received this task in the early church when the apostles designated special persons for the work of mercy (Acts 6; 2 Cor.8-9). In Christ’s name the deacons relieve victims of injustice. By this they show that Christians live by the Spirit of the kingdom, fervently desiring to give life the shape of things to come.
Deacons are therefore called to assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance. They are also called to speak words of Christian encouragement. Thus in word as well as deed they demonstrate the care of the Lord himself.
Immanuel currently has 3 Deacons.
The Immanuel Family Deacons Are:
Robert Kruk – Chairman of Deacons
Harold Aardsma – Secretary of Deacons
Jose Nunez – Recorder
Elders serve by governing the church in Christ’s name. They received this task when Christ entrusted the apostles and their successors with the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19).
Elders are therefore responsible for the spiritual well-being of God’s people. They must provide true preaching and teaching, regular celebration of the sacraments, and faithful counsel and discipline while keeping in confidence those matters entrusted to them. And they must promote fellowship and hospitality among believers, ensure good order in the church, and stimulate witness to all people.
Immanuel currently has 3 Elders.
The Immanuel Family Elders Are:
Dwayne Kuiper – President
Jeremy Oosterhouse- Clerk of Council
Herman D. Westerveld
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