Updated February 7, 2017 with information on how Arden served our members and the community though the Mercy Ministry in 2016
“The only true and enduring motivation for the ministry of mercy is an experience and a grasp of the grace of God in the gospel. If we know we are sinners saved by grace alone, we will be both open and generous to the outcasts and the lonely.” from Ministries of Mercy by Tim Keller
Arden Presbyterian Church is committed to addressing the needs of both the immediate church body and those outside of the church who seek assistance. Guided by Scripture, the Holy Spirit and good stewardship, Arden’s Mercy Ministry provides congregational care to meet the needs of our members and “Good Samaritan Ministries” for those outside the church.
Arden’s Mercy Ministry is directed toward short-term crisis needs which may include food, shelter, transportation and medical treatment resulting from loss of employment, financial crisis, of addressing a death in the family or other personal issues. Following the example of Jesus himself, we believe in meeting the physical as well as the spiritual needs of those we serve. Mercy Ministry funds are administered by the deacons. “Short-fuse” needs such as a meal, transportation and fuel needs, particularly for those outside the church appealing for help, are managed by the church business administrator, Mr. Dan Berger (ext. 313). Funds for the Mercy Ministry come from regular congregational donations and special offerings (e.g. during the Thanksgiving service).
In 2016, the members of Arden Presbyterian Church, through their Mercy Ministry, provided over $19,000, including medical support, needs identified by the Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministries (largely rent and utilities assistance), car repairs, emergency financial assistance and other needs. Early this year, working through Evergreen PCA in Sevierville, we approved sending $1,250 to support 5 first responders who lost their homes in the Gatlinburg fires.
We want to grow and make the best possible use of this valueable resource in 2017. You can become an active part of the Mercy Ministry by designating your donations in the section of the offering envelope as shown, or on-line when that utility becomes available.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of support from the Mercy Ministry, please contact Deacon Mark Gould or the church office.