Our Deacons

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. 

Honor one another above yourselves. 

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep you spiritual fervor, service the Lord. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer. 

Share with God’s people who are in need. 

Practice hospitality.


-Romans 12:10-13


Traditionally, deacons are people persons.  Their hearts go out to those in distress: to members who have suffered loss; to neighbors in the hospital, to friends who have lost their jobs; to new parents who are confronted with the wonderful and challenging changes to life; to new members who need a word of welcome; to members who are shut-in and lonely; to people in the community who have lost their way and can no longer find God; to the economically oppressed and do not have adequate places to live or enough to eat; to anyone who needs to experience the love of Christ in concrete ways.


At East Woods you will form bonds of love with many people as you reach out to serve them in Christ’s name.  You are also the liaison between the individuals of this congregation and our Pastor.  Listen well and inform the Pastor of any specific information you can share without breaking confidentiality or bordering on gossip.Love the people . . . bring them the love and attention of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Serve the people…with energy, intelligence, imagination, compassion and love. 


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Bill Reeburgh

Deacon of the Month

Like many of us here at East Woods, Bill is not a native Pacific Northwesterner; he was born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. While in graduate school, Bill met Carelyn during a summer course held at the Bermuda Biological Station. After this 10-week course, they both knew they had met “the one” and were married the following summer. Both Bill and Carelyn enjoyed active and meaningful lives in academia and together had three children: Scott, Nancy and Peter; the children blessed them with six grandchildren. 


Also, like many of us, Bill moved to Vancouver to be closer to his children. Sadly, his move here was the result of Carelyn’s diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s in 2008. After a family meeting, the decision was made for bill to retire from the University of California, Irvine, and to move for support to a location nearer to the children. Bill moved to Vancouver in 2009, and visited East Woods when Rev. Laurel Neal was the interim Pastor. Laurel shared with him that her father had been an Alzheimer’s patient, and based on the understanding Laurel offered and the welcome he received from members of the congregation, he decided East Woods was the church for him and became a member himself. 


Bill is currently active with HOPE, a local dementia support group. Many members of the group who have “made the journey” return to offer experience- based advice to newcomers. Bill hopes that his experience in this area will benefit the Deacons’ Ministry. 


Bill is Deacon to: Jack and Marge Mace, Shelton and Jackie Tyler, Rich Adamson, Ron Prestwood, Carol Domench, Gordon Wehner, and Chuck Gehle.

Prayer Chain

The Prayer Chain exists as a way of sharing prayer concerns and needs with our community of faith.  When you or someone you know is in the midst of personal/physical pain and struggle, it is helpful to know that there are people lifting your needs to God in prayer. 

If you have a prayer request, please click on the highlighted words.

Emergency Meal Team

This team provides for food needs in times of personal crisis and/or family illness.