November is Mercy Month

Mercy is spontaneous, superabounding love which comes from an experience of the grace of God. The deeper the experience of the free grace of God, the more generous we must become. – Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy

Diaconate – Redeemer’s expression of mercy ministry:

Modeled after Acts 6, the Redeemer Diaconate is a group of men (deacons) and women (deaconesses) that walk alongside of those in our church family who are experiencing difficulties and/or in crises. Through meeting practical needs, we strive to contribute to the building of a repentant and rejoicing community where hearts are being changed through encounters with Jesus and one another.

Partner with us:

Nominate a fellow member

Much like the historic church, our deeks (our affectionate term for deacons and deaconesses) are nominated, trained, elected and appointed by Redeemer elders and members. During the month of November, nominations will be accepted for deacon and deaconess; we also need new elders. We especially need Redeemer members’ help to identify candidates for both the Diaconate and the Session. With three congregations the Session and the Diaconate are in need of new leaders.

Elders are men of solid character with a gift of being a spiritual leader. Deeks are compassionate people, great listeners, the ones that people always go to for help. By nominating a Redeemer member who is known for these qualities, you have an opportunity to contribute to the care and oversight of the church.

Come meet the Diaconate to learn about this prayerful and holistic ministry at our Open House Friday, November 14 at the Redeemer Offices 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl. at 6:30 p.m.

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Provide a financial gift

Sunday, November 23 is the Diaconate’s Annual Special Offering. Every year, the Diaconate takes a special offering for its Mercy Fund. Out of this fund our deeks care for and minister to congregants in need.

In 2013, the Diaconate helped over 500 individuals and families with various needs. Direct financial assistance totaling over $385K was disbursed to 185 individuals and families in need. Estimated aid for 2014 will be close to $310K in funds provided by the Diaconate to assist those in need within our church family. We thank you in advance for preparing your hearts to give on Sunday, November 23. Your help is instrumental in enabling us to carry on this ministry of mercy. You can donate online at: When submitting your gift, choose “designated gift” and select “Diaconate.”

Pray with us

We are only able to care for and serve our fellow sisters and brothers in need because of God’s sustaining grace and the wisdom he grants us.

Thank you so much for your prayers and gifts. Your faithful partnership is making a difference

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Articles in this Issue

Our place in the story: Part 2
Tim Keller
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Sixth Annual Gotham Alumni Retreat: Are we maturing or just getting older?
Church Planting International Intensive: A restaurant review
Bruno Interlandi