"A ministry of service" is the best way to describe the mission of a deacon. Like elders, deacons are ordained for life-long service but serve on the "Board of Deacons" for only a 2-year term. 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 anyone who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. OPC considers the deacons to be "the hands" of the church, often providing necessary individual service to the congregation, such as providing meals to ease the daily burden of those who are dealing with difficult times.
One of the most important tasks that the deacons have accepted is the preparation of the elements, bread and juice, for Communion services. They arrive early on these Sundays and carefully cut the bread into small pieces and fill those small cups with juice. There is no more symbolic way to show their commitment to serve others than to be at our service for this spiritual meal.
When the deacons ask for your help, prayerfully consider offering your time and talents in the service of those in need. And if you are asked to be ordained as a deacon and to serve on the board, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in your decision. The office of deacon is truly one of both joy and gratitude in knowing that you will make a difference in the lives of people needing your help, love and compassion.