Serving the Church

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,” we too are called to serve in the life and work of the church…

Whether you are holding a door open for a weary traveler, organizing a conference on fair trade or singing in the church choir, each one of us are called and gifted by God to serve. Here at St. John’s we are committed to serving not only our church community but our local community and beyond. If you have an ideas about how St. John’s can help serve others, please contact Pastor Max at, Pastor Karen at or call (510) 845-6830.

… on Commissions

  • Administration and Personal (CAP):  1st Tuesday, 4 p.m., Fred Harvey (Chair)
  • Center: 2nd Tuesday, 4 p.m., Greg Rising (Co-Chair) and Ralph Lastuka (Co-Chair)
  • Christian Education: 1st Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Salley Juarez (Chair)
  • Deacon Ministry: 3rd Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Fred Goff (Chair), For more information see below.
  • Grounds and Facilities1st Thursday, 7 p.m., Mark Coplan (Chair)
  • Mission and Justice: 1st Tuesday, 6 p.m., Glenda Pawsey (Co-Chair), Fred Goff (Co-Chair)
  • Stewardship and Growth/ Welcoming: Various Times, Diane Morrison (Chair)
  • Worship Music and Arts: 1st Wednesday, 6 p.m., Lois Andiloro (Co-Chair) and Diane Morrison (Co-Chair)

If you would like to serve on any of these commissions, please e-mail or telephone the church office at (510) 845-6830.

… on our Deacon Ministry

Each Class serves a three year term.

  • Deacons Class of 2016: Gail Peterson, Bill Rodgers, Carol Rodgers
  • Deacons Class of 2017: Tara Driscoll
  • Deacons Class of 2018: Claudia Cate, Chip Goodman, Sally Hussey, Elizabeth Patelke

The Ministry & Gifts of Deacons: The office of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ.  Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.
Responsibilities: It is the duty of deacons, first of all 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.  They shall assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper.
Qualities of a Deacon:

  • A desire to get to know members of the congregation
  • A desire to grow in his or her faith

How the Deacons Care for the Community:

  • Prayer
  • Taking care of peripheral needs
  • Helping out with meals for individuals and special events
  • Sending out Christmas, birthday, Easter  or other special occasion cards
  • Talking with people one-on-one and getting to know them
  • Encouraging others in their faith • Deacons are role models in the congregation for how to care for one another
  • Caring for the sick
  • Bringing flowers from the Sunday pulpit to shut-ins or people who are ill
  • Keeping in contact with one’s “flock”, checking in at least once every quarter
  • Utilize the deacon boxes  in church office to communicate with other Deacons

… in Berkeley and Beyond

The Church is not just an address or a building; Our Church is about partnering with God to bring about change in the world. Please continue to explore the church website to find out how St. John’s is supporting the local and global needs of the world. Join St. John’s in serving in Berkeley and Beyond: So many opportunities !