Subject: East Side Update- Hurricane Sandy Opportunities

Redeemer East Side Newsletter

Redeemer EastSide
East Side Update
2 November 2012

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Jean Soo Park

Jean Soo is a native New Yorker.  She has been a member of the same community group for nine years. After working as an attorney for 12 years in the public sector, Jean Soo is now a full-time student at NYU Wagner School for Public Service.  She desires to help empower members of marginalized and poor communities (either domestically or internationally) and encourage them to become leaders within their communities. Jean Soo loves to take solo runs through Central Park and use that time to wrestle, repent and reconcile with God. As a deek, she is constantly being reminded that Christ changes His children, and is grateful that God is allowing her to participate and witness His change through the Diaconate.
Dear ,
I hope you and your loved ones are safe as we as a city begin to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As a congregation, we want to be there for each other and I know many of you have helped out to care for your neighbors and friends. 

We also want to be aware of how we can serve New York in the wake of this storm. I would ask you to think about the ways God might be calling you to serve through prayer, active service and donations.
-Please pray for the safety of those without shelter in the wake of the storm.
-Please pray for the Church, that we will respond with mercy, compassion, and hospitality and that God would be glorified as we seek to serve our neighbors in need.
-Pray that the Lord will draw many people to himself through this time.
East Side elected officials are organizing volunteers to reach out to our neighbors, identify needs and provide basic supplies. We will be climbing stairs and knocking on doors today, Friday, November 2nd. If you would like to volunteer, please click HERE for more information.
-Sign up here for alerts and volunteer opportunities related to hurricane recovery. As HFNY identifies the areas of need, we will let you know about opportunities to serve.
-Check the Hurricane Sandy page for ways you can meet specific affiliate needs.
Hunter College is serving as a Hurricane Evacuation and Special Medical Needs Center for the city. If you're able to volunteer your time, even a couple of hours, you can do so by going to the West Building on the SW side of Lexington and 68th Street and mention that you are from Redeemer. 

Donate online to Hurricane Sandy relief fund that the church has set up.

I'd like to leave you with the following scripture during this time for our city:

"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
        I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
    When you pass through the waters,
        I will be with you;
    and when you pass through the rivers,
        they will not sweep over you...
    For I am the Lord your God,
        the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
                 -Isaiah 43:1-3

Warmly in Christ,
Leo Schuster
Lead Pastor

There Will Be 10:30AM and 6:00PM East Side Services this Sunday
Please keep in mind that the New York City Marathon will be this Sunday as well as Daylight Savings Time.

Need Assistance As a Result of the Storm?
If you personally need assistance as a result of the storm (e.g. lost wages, replenishing spoiled food, etc.), please leave a message on the Diaconate Helpline (
917-719-0259) and the deacon/deaconess-on-call will return your call as soon as possible, or you can send an email to
Monday, November 5 | East Side Leaders
7:00PM | W83 Ministry Center, 150 W 83rd St
Just us for our first East Side Leaders gathering of the ministry year! It will be a time of community building and equipping of leaders in our congregation.

Thursday, November 8 | Diaconate Annual Open House
6:30PM | Redeemer Office, 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl

Every year, the Diaconate Open House is a particularly fun and informative way of discovering what it is like to serve on the Diaconate. It’s a great opportunity to connect with our deeks and to hear directly from them about their experiences serving. RSVP here.

Saturday, November 10 | Redeemer Membership Class

9:00AM-1:00PM | W83 Ministry Center, 150 W 83rd St
Interested in becoming a member at Redeemer? Whether you are new to Redeemer or have been attending for awhile, we invite you to start the membership process by attending this half day seminar. Click HERE to register or email Stacey Hess with any questions.

Sunday, November 18 | SSM Volunteer Training Event

2:00-4:00PM | Hunter West Building, Glass Cafe
East side SSM will be holding a Volunteer Training Event on November 18. Details will be sent via email to each team. All SSM volunteers who have not yet attended a VTE are encouraged to go to this one. Please email Mark Horton that you plan to attend.

Sunday, November 18 | 3rd-5th Grade Meet and Greet
12:00PM | Hunter West Building, 3rd Fl Small Cafe
Come join other families of 3rd-5th graders for lunch and fall activities. This will be a great time to fellowship and get to know your child's Sunday school teachers. Cost: $10/family. Pleae RSVP to Kathryn Koontz.

November 15-18 | Screwtape Letters Onstage
C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters returns to NYC for five performances at NYU's Skirball Center for the Arts, Nov 15-18, featuring Redeemer East Side Congregation's own Max McClean! For discounted tickets, visit  Use the discount code FPA30 to receive 30% off.
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