An Open Letter and Humble Request

An Open Letter and Humble Request

dsc_3000March 3, 2009

Dear Family and Friends,

Before you read any further, go to Google and search on this name: Darisabel Baez. If you have followed this blog, you will recognize the name and the story. I will explain further in a moment.

In February 2008, I was approved by the Presbyterian Church in America to launch a new church. Experts argue that starting new churches is the best way to serve the underserved and to reach the unreached. New churches have a higher likelihood of making a connection with those who are not currently served by established churches. Little did I know how difficult it would be for me to decide on a location for starting a new church. I visited and considered several locations including Chicago, Northern Virginia, New Jersey, Philadelphia; talked with recruiters in Vancouver, Utah, and London, England; and revisited the thought of starting a church in York, PA several times. Each visit and conversation stirred an excitement and a sense of urgency to begin the work of church planting.

Why York City?

The York Metro area is home to some 400,000 people and is said to be one of the fastest growing areas in the Northeast. York City, though not the most strategic population center in the United States, crams roughly 45,000 into five square miles and proudly lays claim to the disputed title as the nation’s first capital city.  See www.revyork.com for more fun facts about York City.

When it came time to make a decision in June 2008, Gail and I chose York City in large part because of Darisabel Baez and her family. Darisabel was our little neighbor girl. She was a playmate of my own little two-year old. Darisabel’s life was tragically cut short by a troubled young man with a short temper.  I don’t think it was a coincidence that we lived next door to her family. Her story is in many ways the sad reality of the painful struggle of city life in York, PA. As Gail and I considered church planting opportunities, we realized that God already had us in the place He wanted. We are firmly convinced that God wants us to plant a church in York City for several additional reasons:

  1. The York City church plant is a smaller part of a larger strategy and partnership to reach the nearly 400,000 people in York County.
  2. The city has been our home for the last three years as I served as an Assistant Pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church. We have built a significant web of relationships that allow us to hit the ground running.
  3. We have a very gifted and enthusiastic team of 15 families on board with us.

Thus, in 2009, City Church York has begun.

What Does City Church York Need to Get Started?

The simple answer to that question is people, money, and prayer. As I stated earlier, we are blessed to already have 15 families committed to the work. As I write, we currently have 80 people signed up to receive our newsletter, many which have committed to pray for the work. My goal is to have at least 200 individuals committed to pray for our work before we launch publicly.

The chart below reflects a breakdown of the source of City Church’s income over a five-year period from 2009-2013.
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How Can You Help?

As you can see, City Church has already generously received a significant financial commitment from our mother church, Providence, as well as our home presbytery. According to our best calculations, our 15 core families plus anticipated new ones will be able to significantly contribute to the overall budgetary needs during that five-year span. City Church needs to raise an additional $350,000 to cover our projected expenses for the next five years.

The pessimist in me says that it is a waste of time to send out a letter of this nature. The reality of the current state of the economy in 2009 suggests that nearly every family, business, and church in America is, in some way, struggling to make ends meet. Alas, I am humbly asking for your prayer and financial support. Would you please commit to pray and to give financially to City Church York as God enables you?

The LORD bless you,

Aaron Anderson

Church Planter, City Church York

2 Replies to “An Open Letter and Humble Request”

  1. The need to start a new church at york city by Pr. Aaron Anderson has been no doubt a vision from God and it may seem as a test to many on the other hand, but i hope it will at one time become a testimony. I wish the entire team of that newly born church a Godly blessing both financially and spiritually throughout their time of service. Lots of love-Abel(Uganda), c/o 1st pres. church Uganda.

  2. The need to start a new church at york city by Pr. Aaron Anderson has been no doubt a vision from God and it may seem as a test to many on the other hand, but i hope it will at one time become a testimony. I wish the entire team of that newly born church a Godly blessing both financially and spiritually throughout their time of service. Lots of love-Abel(Uganda), c/o 1st pres. church Uganda.

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