Subject: East Side Update-September 9
9 September 2012
Diane came to Redeemer by way of invitation and began to attend the evening services in late 1994. Soon after coming to Redeemer she participated in the Habitat for Humanity service project in Sandtown, Maryland and became a part of a community group. Since then she has served on missions teams and led a community group for Redeemer. In the fall of 2002 she joined the diaconate mercy ministry and is still amazed with how Redeemer cares for its congregation. The diaconate has made the truth of 2 Cor. 4:7 come home to her, " But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us."
Diane is a lifelong resident of NYC, having been born and raised in Queens. She works at a non-proft social service agency where she trains and provides publications to social service providers on public benefit programs so they can effectively navigate the system on their clients' behalf.
Long before I moved to New York, I was impressed and influenced by the deeply held view at Redeemer that Sunday worship is an inherently evangelistic moment. It is a time for the body of Christ to worship the Lord and grow more deeply in him together. It is also, however, an important time for those outside the faith to be exposed to the gospel.
Every time we gather for worship, we "declare his glory among the nations" (Psalm 96:3) gathered in the melting pot that is New York City. This opportunity is extraordinary and it is our responsibility to invite others to join us in this. Because life in this city moves so fast, often just getting to worship on Sunday can be an accomplishment. But we have to fight to keep our priorities straight.
Let's not slip into the mode of being simply a consumer, but instead a bringer. Please make a habit of regularly inviting people you know to visit Redeemer. We intentionally design the entire Sunday experience to be comprehensible to those outside the Christian faith.
Over the last two years I have been struck by the number of you I've met who became a Christian because someone invited you to attend a Redeemer worship service. Pray for the Lord to continue to draw people to himself through our time together. And thank you for being a bringer!
Warmly in Christ,
Sunday, Sept 16 | Hope for New York Volunteer Fair
After the 10:30AM Service | Hunter College
Discover volunteer opportunities to serve your neighbors in need, including mentoring opportunities with children and youth! At the volunteer fair, you'll meet volunteers and representatives from Hope for New York affiliate non-profit organizations and learn how you can get involved. Contact email@example.com for more information or visit http://hfny.org/volunteer.
HFNY: Help Restore NYC Move Safehouse Locations
Restore NYC is moving its current safehouse for survivors of sex trafficking to a new location. Volunteers are needed the week of Monday, September 17-Friday, September 21 to help pack and clean. Volunteers are needed Saturday, September 22 to assist with heavy lifting and moving large items. Find more information and sign up HERE.
See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.
Join Children's Ministry for Classes During the 9:15 Hour
Beginning September 23rd, Children's Ministry will offer the following classes at 9:15 AM in the West Building of Hunter. To reserve a spot for your child for the 9:15 Hour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parenting Class- Grace Based Parenting video series by Tim Kimmel facilitated by Family Director, Brent Bounds in Room 217Nursery Childcare- 2 years old – 4th Floor
Discover -A Preschool Program that will utilize hands-on sensory activities to explore the wonder of who God is – 4th Floor
Dive Deep -A discipleship program for children, K-5th Grade. – 2nd Floor
Middle School Bible Study – Room 215
New and Improved Book Table!
After being closed for two weeks, the East Side Book Table will have a “Grand Re-Opening” next Sunday, September 16, following both the morning and evening services. The Book Table staff invites you to come check out our recently expanded inventory showcasing more than 300 titles, including over 100 new ones. Also, be sure to check out the newest addition – a “Families” table featuring resources for parents along with books especially for children.
Saturdays, September 8 and 15 | New Leader Basics Classes
Redeemer Office at 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl
Are you in a community group and interested in leading becoming a CG Leader? Sign up to attend a leader training on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30PM to 6:30PM or on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM. Register on the CG website. Email email@example.com for more information.
Friday, September 14 | The Well
10:00PM-12:00AM | Redeemer Office at 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl
Pray with friends for friends! Join us as we spend time in worship, reflection and prayer, particularly for those of our friends who are not believers. Please RSVP by emailing Daniel Lee.
Sunday, September 16 | Sing with Voices of Redeemer Choir
Sing with the choir at an East Side service! No audition necessary. One rehearsal: Saturday, September 15 at 10:00AM at the W83 Ministry Center. Performance will be Sunday, September 16th at the East Side AM Service. Email Lindsay.Lamberth@redeemer.com with your name and voice part to RSVP.
Sunday, September 16 | East Side Women's Community Groups Lunch
12:00PM | Hunter West Room 508
If you are interested in being part of a women's community group this fall, you are invited to lunch with East Side women. Please RSVP to Jessica Hong.
Sign up for a Beta Group today!
Registration to join a Beta Group is now open! Beta Groups are 7-week Community Groups designed to welcome newcomers to community life at Redeemer. Beta Groups start meeting the week of September 30. We are also still looking for people to lead these groups. For more information about joining or leading a group, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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