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WHAT IS MERCY MINISTRY?

"But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare. For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel… "
--Jeremiah 29: 7-8a

"He has told you, O man, what is good;
and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?"
--Micah 6:8

“Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
--Luke 10: 36-37

At CTR, we long to be a church that loves our city, not just in its beauty, but also by helping to alleviate its brokenness. Although we hope this is true of each of us in our day to day lives, the formal way we band together is through through “Mercy Ministry.”


SO WHAT IS "MERCY MINISTRY" AT CTR?

The short answer is…

Mercy Ministries are acts of love towards our neighbors, preserving dignity, pursuing justice, and rejoicing in God's love for us in Christ.

The long answer is…

Christ the Redeemer’s Mercy Ministry mission is guided by, and flows from, a spirit-led vision for mercy as modeled and taught by Jesus in the Scriptures. We believe that Mercy Ministries serve as tangible expressions of the Good News the Church proclaims that is rooted in passionate worship and strengthened through prayer. Through this, we hope to foster and nourish environments that affirm the message of hope and dignity through God’s love, and embody His passion for justice and mercy. The Ministry of Mercy is a necessary calling of Christ’s church to active, Christ-like, compassionate service toward the needy, undeserving and oppressed, originating in the grace of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit and emphatically pointing to God’s saving grace.

 

MERCY MINISTRY AT CTR

English Conversation Classes @ CTR
Every Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - May 23, 2017  6:30 pm
97 Allen Avenue, Portland

It is our desire to reach our immigrant and refugee neighbors in Portland by hosting English Conversation Classes each Tuesday evening.  Each class has a teacher, helper and 4-5 students.  There are enough teachers and students for several classes each Tuesday evening.  By discussing relevant topics, our students will become better versed in the English language and thus, gain the tools to secure employment, transact business in their community and make new friends.  We want to extend the love of Christ through these very practical yet casual conversation settings and aid in our students' acclimation to their new home.

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Meals Ministry

This is a ministry designed to show the love of Christ in a practical way to members of the CTR community who are in need of help. We make and deliver meals to members and regular attendees when needs arise due to illness, childbirth, or other circumstances.

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Mercy Ministry Exploratory Team

All churches are a work in progress. Although Mercy Ministry has always been an important part of the ministry of CTR, over the past year, we’ve begun to develop a growing desire for Mercy Ministry to become a central and indispensible part of our DNA.  As a result, in March 2015, we formed a leadership team to help us lay a more solid foundation for Mercy Ministry at CTR, and to explore how we can be most effective in meeting the needs of the Portland area while creating opportunities to share the Gospel. The formation of this team is NOT intended as a church growth strategy, but as a means to sharing the kingdom of God and following the example of Christ.

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Deacons and Diaconal Ministry

In addition to elders, our church elects deacons (listed below). Deacons are those whom the congregation recognizes as particularly gifted to lead the church in ministries of sympathy and service. Despite overseeing certain administrative matters in the church, their primary focus is ministering to those who are in need, both inside and outside the church, through tangible acts of mercy.  Most importantly, the deacons lead, model, mobilize, and disciple us in what it means to be compassionate and “merciful neighbors” (cf. Luke 10:25-37).

John Fecteau*
Aaron Peters*
Greg Lane
Tim Woodward

*Currently serving on deacon board.