With Hearts Full of Gratitude

January 2012
by Jenny Chang

And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  – 2 Corinthian 8:1-2
 
The Apostle Paul’s account  of the Macedonian Christians has to be one of our favorite passages because we on the Diaconate get to witness Redeemer’s congregation living out the remarkable example set by these churches. 
 
The Diaconate would like to thank all who gave abundantly to the Mercy Fund on December 11, 2011, during our annual Special Offering. Despite the current challenging economic climate, we are touched and grateful that many of you gave with joy and generosity because of the grace of God that had been given to you. 
 
Our Mercy Fund disbursements have doubled over the past three years, allowing our deacons and deaconesses to disburse over $416K in 2011 to meet the practical and financial needs of those in our midst who are struggling with various hardships and difficulties. Please know that we consider you to be ministry partners as we care for those God brings our way. It is your faithful partnership with us over the years, which enables us to meet the needs. 
 
If you missed the Diaconate Special Offering and would still like to contribute toward the Mercy Fund, we accept donations throughout the year. If you are giving cash, please earmark your gift for the Diaconate using the special envelope provided at the information table at all service sites  or write “Mercy fund” on the memo line of your check made out to Redeemer.You may also donate at www.redeemer.com
 
And if you are a Redeemer member or regular attendee with a financial or other practical need, please call the Diaconate Helpline (212) 726-1334. Thank you again.


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