Deacons

Deacons

Spiritual Care
Shares with the Pastor the oversight of the spiritual life of the Church
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Supporting the Spiritual, Care, and Prayer needs of the Congregation

Each deacon was asked to answer the same three questions about themselves.  The questions were:

  • Why did you choose to become a deacon at FCCW?
  • Where were you born and raised?
  • What kind of activities bring you joy?

KATHLEEN PACKARD

I was a deacon here several years ago and enjoyed serving God, my congregation and community in this capacity.  I am enjoying it even more this time around!

I grew up in Oakland, California and was associated with a very diverse community.

I enjoy working with children and their families.  I like cooking, sewing, gardening and making handcrafted items.

RICK RAMDATHSINGH (SINGH)

Having met a church that was very welcoming to my family and me, I felt a need to help in a way that can benefit many. I chose to become a Deacon to share my support and ideas, and give back for the many that shared interest in my family growing up. I was honored to be approached to serve as a Deacon.

 

I was born in Trinidad & Tobago and grew up in many parts of NYC, Lived and went to College in RI and now started my family in Dayville, CT.

 

I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family: Ashley, my wife, our son Hunter, our daughter Aurora, and my step daughter Alanna doing various sports, hiking, technology, music, photography, festivals, and art. 

CHRISTINA MANUILOW

I chose to become a Deacon because being a part of the FCCW community has been so meaningful to me. I was honored to be asked and grateful to have the opportunity to give back as much as I’ve received. Serving as a Deacon has deepened my relationships within the community and allowed me to extend God’s love through supporting others on their spiritual path.

I was born and raised in Wrentham, Massachusetts. Although I enjoyed growing up and being part of the community there for most of my life, moving to Woodstock, CT in 2014 felt like coming home to me.

Spending time with my husband, Dennis, and our son, Collin, brings me incredible joy. I love family game nights and attending Collin’s soccer games. One of my favorite activities is playing in the woods. I enjoy hiking with Dennis on almost a weekly basis from October through May. I also love backyard birdwatching and I am an avid reader – anything from spirituality and health to science fiction and love stories.

BRUCE LYMAN

Why did I become a deacon? Well, I was asked, and it’s hard to say “no” to Bob Kirk! I was a deacon in the distant past, and then served the church in multiple other capacities more recently.  We believe that “God calls us to celebrate the fellowship of a loving, supportive community of friends,” and I can think of no better way to both celebrate and complete my service to this congregation than by serving once more as a deacon.

I was born in Glens Falls, N.Y., raised there and in Poultney, Vt. and New London, Conn. I continue to be drawn to the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains, but Woodstock has been our home for over 43 years.

What do I enjoy? Being in service to others – as a physician during my professional life, and helping with our Community Kitchen meals during retirement.  Getting outside into “God’s big book,” as Jamie Harrison once described it, by walking or running, hiking, or even doing yard work.  And singing, or listening to good music, especially if performed by one of my children or grands! Joys abound, actually.

Debby Kirk

Why did you choose to become a deacon at FCCW?
I served as a deacon several years ago and I am pleased to take this role again. I have found that participating in worship has been a way to strengthen my faith and I hope that I can help welcome others more fully into this community.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Erie, PA and raised in Rockville, MD where I attended a UCC church throughout my childhood. Though I am not a native of Woodstock, I have lived here over 40 years and have family ties to the area. My grandfather was the pastor at Putnam Congregational Church and my mom was born in Putnam.

What kind of activities bring you joy?
I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and gardening. One of my favorite things to do is to visit with my three grandchildren, Ben, Ham, and Josie.