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 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.
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 supporting ELCA World Hunger, ELCA Good Gifts, Lutheran World Relief and Seafarer’s International.
Gale attended the Stephen Ministry weeklong training in Pittsburgh, taught the 50-hour Stephen Ministry course and was commissioned as a Stephen Minister. She is looking forward to sharing Christ’s love to her first care receiver.
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 she has been a member for 49 years. As we heard in 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. We need to remember that we have God’s promise that He will be with us always even through all of life’s changes.
If you are interested in knowing any more about Gale’s ministry, diakonia, or Stephen Ministry or would like to be prayed for, please contact Gale at the church.
Rev. Paul Downing, Pastor
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church