St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
Rev. Paul Downing, Pastor
Gale Capone was set apart for the office of Deacon by the Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, on September 10th, 2000. She completed her studies at diakonia in June 1999 and did her internship at St. Paul’s and in the community for one year.
In brief, Deacon Gale has a ministry of Compassion, encompassing Eucharistic Ministry, Prayer Ministry, and Pastoral Care at Mather Hospital, a weekly Bible Study at Echo Arms Adult Home in Port Jefferson and monthly worship services at St. James Nursing Home. She also writes a monthly Deacon’s Corner in our newsletter, The Foundation.
She is co-coordinator of the Peconic and Western Suffolk Deacons. They have formed the Suffolk County Learning Center for Deacons for continued education.
Gale does Bible studies and is continuing her own education attending various seminars, lectures and various diaconate courses. She is currently involved with the Outreach Ministry in coordination with our Church Council. Our church has had a community clothing event, has collected needed items for women and children and Stony Brook Hospital, we had a Christmas Market, and have a Love Luncheon in conjunction with Welcome Friends, and is involved with the Port Jefferson Church community with Stop Hunger Now.
She has been to Africa to visit our companion Synod in Tanzania and is very involved in the Synod’s work in trying to alleviate malaria and world hunger. She went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic with “Save my Starving Children”.
St. Paul’s is very important in her life as being a member for 46 years and looking forward to the 100th Anniversary of our church in 2017. As we heard just before Lent the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, we too need to follow Jesus from the mountaintop into the valley to do his work. That’s what we need to remember as we leave our worship every Sunday and what we need to remember each and every day.
If you are interested in knowing any more about Gale’s ministry or about diakonia or would like to be prayed for, please contact Gale at the church.