Join us at the movies to watch Unconditional

Let’s admit it, life is hard.  We’ve all experienced broken dreams, broken relationships and broken promises.  Many of us have lost loved one to sickness and other tragedies.  In the inner-city, it seems that these realities are exponentially experienced.  Around every corner there is a reason to give up.  Violence, crime, addiction, poor education, physical and spiritual poverty, scarcity of healthy fresh food, slum landlords, absentee fathers and much more plague our neighborhood. To be a child or youth that growing up in our community, the obstacles can be overwhelming, crippling and often result in physical and certainly emotional scars.

The Psalmist in Psalm 68:5 shows God’s special concern for and unique presence with the poor we he says, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” In fact the scriptures are replete with hundreds of verses proclaiming and illustrating God’s care and compassion for the poor and our responsibility to take up these concerns ourselves.

Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, says,

“A deep social conscience and a life poured out in deeds of service to others, and especially the poor, is the inevitable sign of real faith and real connection with God.  If you think, God says, that you have a real connections with me, you have humbled yourself and you have found me and yet you don’t care about the poor then you haven’t. This is a real index of your heart. Justice is the grand symptom of real faith.  It’s the great symptom of a real relationship with God. And it will be there, maybe slowly, but it will develop. But if it never develops then you really don’t have the relationship with God that you think you have…Do you understand that this is at the heart of Biblical faith?”

The great news is there is unparalleled joy in doing our Father’s work.  It’s work that matters.  It’s work that proclaims the coming King and His Kingdom.  It’s a work that will radically transform you personally.  After all it’s the place of God’s “holy habitation.”

At St. Roch Community Church, we have the amazing privilege of walking alongside many children and youth in our community.  Our summer day camp served over 45 kids all summer long and now our after-school program is relaunching. We need your help though.  To fund our children and youth ministries, we need to raise $30,000 annually.  We have been given a really unique way to share this message.  We have partnered with the producers of Unconditional the movie as one of their ACT partners.

Unconditional beautifully illustrates God’s ever-present, unconditional love… even in life’s most challenging times. It’s a message that everyone in your world can benefit from, even if they claim to have no interest in faith or religion. Inspired by true events, Unconditional is a drama about hope found in unexpected places and highlights the need to help at-risk children. Here’s a bonus…this isn’t a cheesy Christian film!

Unconditional premieres this weekend. To find the closest theatre to you click here.  Bring your family, friends, co-workers and church member along with you and be inspired.  We are hoping that you’ll be affirmed in your support of our ministries to youth and children and encourage others to do the same.

Grace & Peace,


Ben McLeish

Diaconal Ministries Director

Premiering 09.21.2012

Do you live near Baton Rouge? If so we’d like to invite you, your family, your friends, your co-workers and church members to a private screening of Unconditional this Saturday at 10:00 am. E-mail Ben McLeish at for details.

We need to raise $30,000 each year to support our children and youth ministries. Please consider giving a special gift online or one of the following in-kind resources:
-Construction Paper
-Glue sticks
-Notebook paper
-Kids’ scissors
-Regular scissors
-Composition books
-Children’s books (chapter books, too!)
-Healthy snacks (fruit, trail mix, pretzels, carrots, etc.)
Donations can be mailed to:
St. Roch Community Church
1738 St. Roch Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
All donations are tax deductible.

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