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April 19, 2011

Rev. Tim Keller: “This Easter Remember the Poor”

Filed under: Uncategorized — j.hansen @ 3:45 PM

I received the following message from my pastor today and thought I’d pass it along to you.

Dear Friends,

Eighteen years ago, Redeemer began an appeal known as the Easter Sacrificial Offering. This offering supports the work of Hope for New York, Redeemer’s mercy arm, a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that mobilizes volunteer and financial resources to the poor and marginalized in New York City.

Hope for New York currently partners with over 30 affiliate organizations that work with and care for the poor. Last year, thousands of volunteers gave over 35,000 volunteer hours – mostly from Redeemer – humbly serving their neighbors and witnessing the transforming work of its affiliates.

Personally, I am thankful for the work of HFNY. As you know, Redeemer’s vision is not to build a great church, but to build a great city. In Jeremiah, we are told to seek the shalom, or peace, of the city. This Hebrew word means total flourishing in every dimension-socially, economically, physically, and spiritually. Effectively, God is saying, “I want you to serve, pray and root for the shalom of the city.” HFNY helps volunteers and affiliate organizations do just that.

The current economic climate has caused a significant increase in the need for services amongst the poor. At this critical time, Hope for New York has invested more resources into organizations serving the poor in their communities especially in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Every gift received through the Easter Sacrificial Offering will directly support the programs of HFNY’s affiliate organizations. Last year, HFNY distributed over $1 million in grants – a 20% increase – towards programs that included medical care for the homeless, mentoring programs for at-risk youth and food for low-income New Yorkers.

As we approach the Easter season, I hope that you will be motivated to participate in this year’s sacrificial offering by the joy of what God has done for you. Having seen your need and your spiritual poverty, he emptied heaven of his greatest treasure, his son, Jesus, “who became poor so that we might be rich.” Please prayerfully consider joining me in supporting this year’s Easter Sacrificial Offering.

Warmly,

Tim Keller
Senior Pastor

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