Launching The Downtown Congregation and The Hurricane

After two years of planning and praying, the Downtown Congregation launched our first Sunday worship services on October 21st with both morning and evening services! With more than 600 attendees at each service and 70 children in our Children’s Ministries, it was an absolute joy to gather for Sunday worship for the first time!

For the many Redeemer members and attenders who live in the area, this marked an important step towards becoming a Downtown community where people can explore Christianity, work for the flourishing of the city and serve those in need.

Soon after our first worship services, our congregation was quickly challenged by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. It has been great to see so many members of our congregation immediately working to serve those who were directly affected by the storm. From opening up our homes to others within our congregation, serving in evacuation centers and shelters, checking in with elderly neighbors, and helping to bring relief in heavily affected areas like Staten Island and the Rockaways, Downtown congregants have jumped in to serve.

I pray that for months and years to come, our congregation will continue to serve those in need in the city and work for its prosperity and peace.

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Articles in this Issue

The Nestorian Threat to Christmas
Kathy Keller
Pray for His Toy Store outreaches on December 8 and December 15
2012 Gospel & Culture Conference: A Personal Reflection
Joanna Stephens
Diaconate Mercy Fund Special Offering
Hope for New York: 2012 in Review
The Long Lasting Effects of Hurricane Sandy
What if the Christ Child Was Born into YOUR Family?
Lyn Cook