January 19, 2010

The Heart and Hand are One

Redeemer Presbyterian Church is featuring the calligraphy work of David Chang (Sharon Song’s brother) in an art exhibition:

Opening Party – Friday, February 5
Redeemer offices (1359 Broadway Suite 400)

Calligrapher David Chang mixes Asian inspired techniques with graphic design and fine art elements to create an elegant, yet playful, body of work. David’s expressively fluid hand bestows beauty, motion, and meaning to his chosen body of text in this exhibition of drawings, paintings, and mixed media.

Food, fellowship, live music, and beautiful art! No RSVP necessary.

Viewing before and after most events at the Redeemer offices or by appointment during office hours (10AM -5PM, M-F). Email arts@redeemer.com to set an appointment.


January 14, 2010

Yesterday, January 12, 2010, at about 5.00p, a massive magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, causing indescribable destruction & devastation.  Haiti is already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  In 2008, it suffered the impact of 4 severe hurricanes in just 3 weeks.  It is among the most politically & economically unstable countries, almost perpetually beset by governmental misrule & environmental mismanagement.  Strong aftershocks are still rattling the area, epicentered in the capital, Port-au-Prince.  Port-au-Prince itself is virtually entirely destroyed.  Check out any news source for continuing updates.  The images and stories — real life — are terrible.

If it is true that light shines more brightly in darkness, then let the church of Christ rise up now with our lamps of mercy, compassion, generosity, sacrifice, and Truth.  May Jesus Christ be seen in each rescue & recovery effort, in each medic, in each act of service and provision.  Let the enemy know that whatever he wants to use for chaos, God already intends to turn into good.  And He will do it.

Please intercede for Haiti & its citizens.  Pray for our Haitian brothers & sisters on the ground there, that the Holy Spirit would empower & equip them to be light in the darkness, working & moving with the hands & feet of Jesus Christ.  Pray for our Haitian-American neighbours here who are waiting, waiting, waiting to hear from or about loved ones abroad.  And pray for us, New Hope Fellowship, and other Christians here in the States & in other 1st-world countries; let’s not be lulled into mere TV-watching from the comfort of our still-standing living rooms.  Let’s get on our knees with humility & compassion.

According to Raymond Joseph, Haitian ambassador to the U.S., the most urgent needs right now are medics, first-responders, medical equipment & supplies, blankets, clean water & clothing.  If you’d like to donate any of these things, or give financially so that these things can be purchased & shipped abroad, here are some resources you can turn to:

International Red Cross

American Red Cross

Samaritan’s Purse

Mercy Corps

World Vision


List of other on-the-ground organizations

Conversation: NH4J Meet-Up

January 14, 2010

Thanks to Sunny for hosting the most recent NH4J meeting, held on Sunday evening, January 10th.

Click here for notes from that conversation.

The next meeting will be on an upcoming Thursday night, TBD.  All are welcome to join us for dinner, conversation and prayer.  Please get in touch with Kim F. for information about the reading materials.

Follow NH4J on Twitter: newhope4justice

How wonderful to close out another year, worshiping together as a church family!

As always, please feel welcome to speak with any member of the Worship Team for music recommendations, song sheets, lyrics, etc.

Happy New Year, New Hope!

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