HOW CAN YOU get more involved?? 

Giving of yourself is the greatest way to love God and to love your neighbor (our vision as a church). The Board of Deacons organizes ministry teams to provide care for the entire church family and often to the community beyond. These teams welcome participation from members and nonmembers alike. Training and support are enthusiastically provided! 

  • Deacon Outreach

    This ministry team focuses on maintaining a caring connection with friends and members who are away from the church family as well as reaching out to the needs of the larger community through College/Military Packages, Love Kits, and Christmas Giving Tree.The congregation provides gifts and food for low-income families at Christmas in partnership with La Casa de San Gabriel. Contact Pastor Jan Cook for more info about Deacon Ministries

  • Caring Cooks

    This ministry provides healthy meals as loving and caring support for members of the congregation who have recently been hospitalized, lost loved ones, or faced other life challenges. Cooks gather at regularly scheduled times and prepare delicious and nutritional meals that will be frozen and available to deliver. Contact Caring Cooks

  • Lay Visitation

    Our goal is to maintain a caring, supportive connection with friends and members no longer able to actively participate in the life of the faith community. This is a one on one visitation ministry which provides comfort, a warm smile and a listening ear through Home and Hospital Visitation. Contact Visitation Team

  • Prayer Ministries

    Prayer is a gift – and just as with any spiritual gift, it can be used to build up the church as well as encourage, comfort, and bear witness to the healing light of God through, Prayer Chain, Prayer Project, Love Letters. Contact Prayer Requests to learn more.  


  • Flower Ministry

    A dedicated team of congregation members deliver flowers “recycled” from Sunday worship, memorial services, weddings, and other special events, to church members and friends who are homebound, ill, or in need of special cheer. In addition to flowers, the team provides a link to the church family and a listening ear. Team members serve in rotation as their schedules permit. Contact Sharon Grosshans or fill out Flower Fund Form

  • Grief/Bereavement

    Everyone experiences loss at some point in their lives. It is important to grieve – and critical not to grieve alone. SMCC welcomes those who have experience in sharing their grief journey or have some background in working with grief issues to consider joining this team or to take advantage of this ministry are Anniversary Calls , Memorial Receptions, Service of Remembrance, Grief Classes, and Grief Groups. SMCC's Grief/Transition Group meets Wednesdays, 4:00 pm, in church lounge. Contact Pastor Jan Cook

  • Food bank

    Nonperishable food items are collected weekly to help feed lower income families in the Highland Park area in partnership with Iglesia de la Comunidad Presbyterian Church. Each spring an entire truck is filled with food to help stock the pantry shelves for the lean summer months. Contact Food Bank