Get to Know Your Deacs

April 2008

The Diaconate, Redeemer’s mercy ministry, provides assistance to those in our community with practical, visible needs, while supporting them spiritually. We would like to introduce you to two of our “deacs” (deacons/deaconesses): Marie Sclafani and Tony Vavroch!
 
 
Name of deaconess: Marie Sclafani
 
Length of time I’ve attended Redeemer: 8 Years
 
Length of time I’ve served on the Diaconate: 3 Years
 
The service I attend: 9:15AM West Side Morning
 
Hobbies: Reading and Entertaining
 
The last book I read: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Most people don’t know: I love motorcycles and convertibles
 
I grew up in: New York City
 
My New York neighborhood: Riverdale
 
My favorite way to spend a weekend: Brunch after Sunday service, then home and a long nap
 
How the Lord has been preparing me to serve as a deac: Through my experiences and how the Lord has always provided; through friends that walked alongside me; through a ministry in Dallas that supported those who were divorced or separated; through my professional training… and most of all through his abundant grace in giving me a passion to work with people.
 
One memorable experience from my time as a deac: Walking with someone in so much emotional pain that she couldn’t even stand to sit with us, and seeing her progress as she attended counseling, then meeting and praying with her even when she was exhibiting some unlovable tendencies, and finally watching how she went through a heart change and became happy and centered.
 
 
Name of deacon: Tony Vavroch
 
Length of time I’ve attended Redeemer: 15 years
 
Length of time I’ve served on the Diaconate: 2 years
 
The service I attend: 6:00PM East Side Evening
 
Hobbies: Biking, listening to music, watching films
 
The last book I read: Up Country by Nelson DeMille
 
Most people don’t know: I was in National Enquirer once
 
I grew up in: Illinois
 
My New York neighborhood: Upper East Side
 
The most unique thing that has happened to me in New York City: I was a bellman at the Four Seasons Hotel and checked in a lot of celebrities (Oprah, Clint Eastwood, Aretha Franklin, Tom Hanks).
 
How the Lord has been preparing me to serve as a deac: I have experienced loss, isolation, detachment, love, fellowship, community, joy and pain.
 
One memorable experience from my time as a deac: I remember praying for someone after a service who said that they felt they had nothing to live for, even though they believed the Gospel. After we prayed, I could see their countenance change from despair to hope.
 
 
If you have a financial or other practical need, please call the Diaconate Helpline, (212) 726-1334.
To learn more about the Redeemer Diaconate, visit www.redeemer.com/diaconate
 


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