The season of buying Christmas presents for family, friends, and co-workers is upon us, and wonderfully coincides with the Church’s season of Advent.

Advent is a season of preparation to meet the new-born Savior and to rejoice and acclaim Christ crucified and risen. Traditionally, Advent incorporates spiritual practices that include Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (helping those in need).

This year, rather than rushing around buying stuff, prayerfully consider alternative gift options, and fast from self-indulgence and spending money, and re-direct your choices to support those most in need.

HOW IT WORKS

Lutherans Respond

Lutheran Disaster Response brings God’s hope, healing and renewal to people whose
lives have been disrupted by disasters in the United States and around the world. When the dust settles and the headlines change, we stay to provide ongoing assistance to those in need.

Lutheran Disaster Response has a long and strong history responding and working with disasters, and their affiliates are presently active throughout the world, collaborating with local community leaders and officials to initiate the proper immediate responses and the long-term recovery efforts. Disaster recovery efforts can take years, and Lutheran Disaster Response is there to accompany survivors through every phase of a disaster.

Your gifts ensure that our global Lutheran church will be able to provide help and hope for those left homeless or otherwise affected by this disaster for years to come.

Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response can be designated for specific disaster relief initiatives, or undesignated and allow LDR to utilize those funds where most needed. Designated gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for specified disaster until the response is complete. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support. Give today to support the needs in this response and others like it.

What you can do: 

Pray
Please pray for the people who have been affected and are in the path of Hurricane Harvey. May God's healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need.

Give 
To make a gift, visit LDR's Disaster Response web page where you can make an undesignated gift or select a specific disaster relief initiative and make a designated gift.

1. CHOOSE YOUR GIFT
Gift Box
Choose the gifts that mean the most to you, or select gifts to give in honor of someone special.
  • Unwrapped Gifts - Our Project H.O.P.E. ministry has partnered with Family of New Paltz to gather gifts for children in need. If you wish to donate gifts, please sign up via our Gift Submission Form. You can dropoff your unwrapped gifts at Redeemer on the 2nd or 4th Sundays of November between 1-3, or the 1st Sunday of December between 1-3. All gifts must be received by December 9th. Please ensure that you place a tag with the identification number and the child's name on each gift.
  • Help Fight Hunger - Make a financial donation using one of our secure electronic giving options and help support the Food Justice Program at Phillies Bridge Farm or help the SUNY New Paltz Student Christian Center Food Pantry provide food to those in need.
2. GET A CARD
Gift Card
  1. Click to download a card
  2. Print it, fold it
  3. Check the gift(s) that you made on behalf of the recipient
  4. Add Who The Gift Is From
  5. Add a customized note
3. MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Smiling Kids
Thank you for your willingness to support the ministries of Redeemer New Paltz and the efforts of our community partners.

Through your generosity, your gifts will help provide much needed support to those in need in our local community

Thanks to God in Christ, we can be resurrected from viewing and moving through this season solely with stress and anxiety and instead delve more deeply into our faith - perhaps including practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving - as we journey to the manger to meet the newborn Savior – light and Life for the world and for us all.