Subject: East Side Update
3 June 2012
A Kentucky native, Lauren moved to New York City in 2002 to study acting and journalism at New York University. As an actress Lauren has performed widely, from London to Off Broadway to Amish country, in pieces ranging from biblical musicals to Shakespeare's classics. She founded and operates The Redemptive Pursuit, a weekly devotional series for women, and will begin work on a master's degree at Columbia University in the fall. Lauren is a graduate of the 2010 Gotham Fellowship class. She is married to fellow East Sider, Suneel Gill.
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This Sunday’s sermon was about treasure. Jesus spoke more about money than any other subject, except his kingdom. Here, he unites the two. He urges his followers to be smart investors--to direct their resources toward the kingdom of heaven, where they will not be vulnerable to the kinds of perils our treasures are subject to on earth--rust, moths, thieves, recessions and the like.
The real problem, as Jesus points out, is not money but our hearts. Percolating beneath the surface of many of our hearts is an inordinate love for all that affluence can bring, such as comfort, security, status, recreation. God is not opposed to us enjoying life and the things in life. It is when those things begin to guide us, shape us and rule us. It’s not how much money a person has that matters, but how much their money has them. If we’re not careful, the money we think we own actually ends up owning us. Don’t cling to money and possessions, the Bible argues, so you are free to cling to God, the only master in who’s service we are actually free.
What is powerful enough to reorient our hearts? Of course, it is the gospel. Jesus didn’t spend his life storing up for himself, but pouring out himself until he had nothing left (Phil. 2:7). Though he possessed unimaginable riches in heaven, he became poor for us, so that we through his poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). As our hearts are melted by truths such as these, we come to see that Jesus is a far greater treasure than anything held out to us on earth.
Rev. Leo Schuster
East Side Prayer Team
The East Side is looking for individuals who will commit thirty minutes each week to praying over prayer requests from congregants. Prayer topics will be sent via email to participants on a weekly basis. For more info or to sign up please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 5 | East Side Tuesday Summer Playdates
9:30AM | Carl Schurz Park, 84th St at East End
Come out and join East Side families this summer for Tuesday morning playdates in parks around the city. Open to families with children infants through Grade 5. The first playdate is Tuesday, June 5 at Carl Schurz Park, 84th St. at East End. Contact email@example.com for more info.
Sundays | Worship at DeWitt Nursing Home
2:00PM-4:00PM | E 79th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves
Join HFNY volunteers to sing hymns, read scripture and spend time with residents at an UES nursing home who are often abandoned or rarely visited by their families. Worship services are currently held on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month. Starting on Sunday, July 1, they will be held on the 1st Sunday of the month. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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