The ministry of compassion and service

The office of deacons was established in the early church (Acts 6:1-7), since there was a need to attend those in need as the church grew.

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, 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. Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, sincere compassion, and sound judgment should be chosen for this ministry.

(The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order).

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:16).

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

(Philippians 2:4).

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me . . . The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

 (Matthew 25:35-36, 40).


CPC Deacons:

Margaret Cowman
Backpacks, Meeting Minutes

Jacquie Frieze
Clothing, Funerals

Leone Powell
Funerals, Backpacks, Christmas Families
Doug RutanDoug Rutan
Doug and Nancy have been involved in protestant churches their entire lives…Nancy mainly attended the United Church of Christ and Doug was a Methodist.  They joined the Covenant family in 1985.  Their entire family served as the custodians for the church when it met at Summerwind Elementary School prior to the church being built.  In the early years of Covenant, they both were Sunday School teachers and youth group leaders.  Doug also served as a Deacon and Elder.  Their faith has been the centerpiece of their family and they raised three daughters in the church:  Jessica, Sarah and Katie.  They enjoy helping others and look forward to serving Covenant in the coming years as Deacons.
Sandy Stivison
Cards & Flowers, Backpacks, Christmas Families

It is an honor to serve as a Deacon at Covenant. A little about me: I have been married to my wonderful husband,Sam, for 40 years.  We have two sons, a daughter-in-law and one beautiful granddaughter. Boise is Sam’s home town which we came back to settle with our children in 1985. I have served several times in several different churches as an Elder and also a Deacon.  I was a P.E. and also a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher for a total of 34 years.  Now that I am retired I am glad I can serve my church in this capacity.

Barb Tamietti
A native Montanan, I moved to Boise 4 years to be near 2 of my 3 sons.  My past jobs were in the customer service field, banking, and insurance.  There I was active in many organizations, the Salvation Army and the C.M. Russell Museum were 2 of them.  Living here, I have been involved in my condo association, and am a volunteer at St. Al’s.  Hobbies include gardening, watching sports, concerts, music, and playing cards.  I’m very honored to be a deacon at Covenant.
Catherine Todd
Funerals, Trunk n Treat
Steve Tyree
Requests, Newsletter
Nancy WilsonNancy WIlson
I was trying to decide whether to write about my professional or my Christian walk, so I’ll do a little of both.  I’ve been Presbyterian since my birth, as my Dad, a Presbyterian minister, announced my birth a few hours later before his congregation in Ontario, Oregon.  My dad finished his ministry at Roswell and Adrian and was on the committee that was involved in starting Covenant!  It’s fun to see members of those congregations as members of Covenant. I graduated from the College of Idaho, received a Master of Arts with a major in music from the University of Idaho, and post graduate studies from the Pablo Casals International Cello Centre in Scotland.  I taught orchestra in Idaho schools for 32 years before retiring.   I taught and continue to teach cello privately.  Always involved in the Presbyterian church (obviously!), I became closer in my relationship with Christ during my college days.  In Moscow, I was director of the youth ministry, while in Emmett I taught the High School Sunday School class in Caldwell, and continue to play cello for services whenever asked, but mostly I ask God.