My husband Jeff is an ordained Deacon. In the United Methodist Church Deacons are specialized ministers. When they are ordained they are sent out to a ministry of word, service, compassion, & justice. For Jeff this is lived out as he shares the word through music at SFC and as he coordinates our service experiences, helping us as a community show compassion to our neighbors and work for justice in our world.
Jeff has been part of SFC since the beginning. While his main gig is L.A.S.T, the mission trip program he runs, he is officially recognized by the bishop as being appointed to be part of Sellwood Faith Community. At the beginning of 2018 we were lucky enough to have another Deacon appointed to SFC. Laura Jaquith Bartlett has been a part of our community since the spring. As her family settled in to their new neighborhood they all became more and more involved in SFC. When time came for her ministry to be announced it was clear that this faith community was her spiritual home.
Laura is an incredibly gifted person. She has been leading our taize worship since the fall and it has been some of the most holy, contemplative, and meaningful worship in which I have participated. I am so looking forward to all the ways the three of us, along with the rest of the SFC community continue to engage in ministries led by our Deacons in word, service, compassion, and justice.