Subject: West Side Update - October 29
October 29, 2012
Janetta Lien began volunteering with Hope for New York (HFNY) through her Redeemer Community Group. As a group, they’d already been serving as ushers and communion servers at Redeemer. Then, in 2005, one of their leaders suggested volunteering with HFNY’s annual His Toy Store—a program that provides toys to families in need each Christmas season. Janetta’s group helped that year, and they were instantly hooked.
“I love that there is something for everyone to do,” says Janetta. “If you are artsy or just enjoy origami, you can wrap gifts. If you are sociable, you can be a personal shopper. Like kids? You can help with childcare. It's an event where everyone pitches in equally and fully. At the end of the shopping session, as the volunteers are gathered around pizza, we always have such a great time sharing about our individual experiences that day, and laughing about who had to wrap the most cumbersome gift (usually a soccer ball or a football).”
Janetta was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore. She came to NYC for graduate school nine years ago—and just never left. She’s been at Redeemer since she first moved to NYC, and she loves her UWS neighborhood where she knows her landlords, neighbors, mailman, and the lady at the Korean deli.
Janetta continues to volunteer with various aspects of His Toy Store each year. Last year she was even the site coordinator for the New Song/Harlem store location. She enjoys getting to know other volunteers while helping needy families: “I've been amazed by the generosity and overall kindness exhibited by a wide-ranging number of individuals.”
Yesterday my oldest daughter turned eight. Where has the time gone? It was a weekend of sleepovers, chocolate and laughter. It was also a celebration of the gift our daughter is to our family. It reminded me of the importance of things like birthdays, anniversaries and holidays, which are opportunities to celebrate the important things in the midst of the urgent things of our day-to-day lives. That’s what personal and corporate worship does for Christians. For in worship we remember both who we are (God’s children, Romans 8:15) and whose we are (God’s ambassadors, 2 Corinthians 5:20). William Temple put it this way:
Rev. David Bisgrove
Parents Night Out at W83 Ministry Center
Saturday, November 10 from 6:00PM
Calling West Siders with K-5th grade children. Bring your kids, meet other families, have dinner and enjoy organized fun and games. $20 per adult, $5 for children. Please register by Nov. 4 with numbers, names and children’s ages.
We Need YOU!
The Great BIG Volunteer Sign up...
We’re halfway there, but still need you! We're looking for 100 volunteers to serve once a month at a West Side Sunday Service. There are opportunities for ALL—whatever your skill, whatever your personality, there's a fit for you. Please consider serving with Sunday Service Ministries and email Phoebe, or serve with the Children’s Ministry and email Amy.
It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November
Are you are a member? Do you know any members that would make a good Elder, Deacon or Deaconess? Please read the description and prayerfully consider Christians, mature in faith, that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, or download a nomination form, or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.
His Toy Store Christmas Table on the West Side
Donate Toys at Sunday Services from November 4 thru December 2
In today's West Side Story, Janetta Lien describes how His Toy Store meets a very real need in the city. Please bring toy donations to W83 on Sundays thru December 2. Volunteers are also needed to receive toys before and after services, click here to find an available slot and sign up!
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Every Monday volunteers are needed to help prepare over 600 pantry bags for distribution to the homeless and marginally housed men and women. RSVP now for Nov. 12, Nov. 19 or Nov. 26.
Gospel & Culture Conference Registration
TONIGHT: Registration closes at Midnight (Monday, Oct. 29)
It’s your very last chance to register for this year's Gospel & Culture Conference (Nov. 2-3). Don't miss this opportunity to wrestle with God & re-imagine work.
Two New West Side Classes
November 4 and 18 at 1:00PM
The City Redeemed: How New Yorkers Can Love and Serve New York City (two parts) Nov. 4 and 18, and Questions Your Marriage Should Answer on Nov. 18. Click here to register or for more info.
Diaconate Annual Open House
Thursday, November 8 from 6:30PM at the Redeemer Offices
Thinking about serving with the Diaconate? Come to the Diaconate Open House and hear from current Deeks about their experience. Light refreshments served. Click here to RSVP.
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