The resurrection of Christ’s body from the tomb demonstrates God’s concern for redeeming the material and the spiritual--body and soul. He is concerned not only for the proclamation of the gospel, but also for the care of the impoverished, the hungry, and the weak. James echoes this high priority on the ministry of mercy (James 1:27).
Just as Job was known at the city gate as one that delivered the poor, the fatherless, and the widow (Job 29:12-13), so we desire to adorn the gospel the same way. We must work for the eternal and common good and show our neighbors we love them sacrificially whether they believe as we do or not. Indifference to the poor and disadvantaged means there has not been a true grasp of our salvation by sheer grace. In light of this reality, the New Hope Community is involved in the following ministries, among others.
Rest Homes: On the fourth Sunday of each month we conduct services at a local elderly care facility, The New Albany Gardens and Care Center .
The Salvation Army: Church members enjoy helping, especially at Christmas, with food and gift distribution to needy families in the greater Columbus area.
Victory Mission: The organization reaches out to the poor and displaced in our community by offering food and a roof over the head.
Western Licking County Coalition of Care: The WLCCC provides funds and services for needy families in Western Licking County.
Heartbeats: Heartbeats provides emotional, physical, and spiritual support to those who find themselves in the midst of an unexpected pregnancy.