Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - November 14, 2012
14 November 2012
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I was raised in suburban Texas and grew up in the church. At 18 years old, I moved to Center City Philadelphia for music school and attended Tenth Presbyterian Church, my first exposure to city ministry (and the rigors of Reformed thought). My severe culture shock was cushioned by a church that loved students and loved the city. I joined Redeemer in 2008 when I came to New York to play Principal Bassoon at the NYC Ballet. God took me through an amazing discipleship journey, led by a combination of the preaching, leading a community group, and the courtship of the woman who soon became my wife. My hope for Downtown is that we will bring the healing power of the gospel to lower Manhattan in word AND deed, and that we worship on Sundays in a way that both edifies the church and attracts seekers and skeptics to our community.
This month is nomination month for new elders, deacons and deaconesses. As a new congregation, this is a particularly important time to choose and train leaders as officers of our congregation to serve those within our community. Elders provide oversight and shepherding over church leadership, as a reminder that God is our true Shepherd (1 Peter 5). Members of our Diaconate serve and provide practical assistance to those in need (Acts 6), as a reminder that ours is a compassionate and just God.
If you are a member of Redeemer, please prayerfully consider other members whom you might nominate to serve in one of these ways. If you are a member and you’ve been nominated, please consider serving in one of these roles! Information about the various roles, their qualifications and the nomination process can be found HERE. The nomination deadline is November 30th, which is coming up soon!
See you on Sunday and have a great Thanksgiving!
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor
November 18th - The Carriage House at 135 W. 18th St. between 6th and 7th Avenues.
November 25th - The Metropolition Pavilion (South Pavilion) at 125 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Childcare and Children's Ministry
The location of Childcare and Children's Ministry for the 9:30am service will remain the same at the Metropolitan Pavilion on the 4th Floor at 123 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
Check out our celebration video of the first ever Downtown worship service!
November is Nomination Month for Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses:
As a church member it is your privilege to consider your fellow members for this special time of nominations. We need your help to recommend Christians with mature faith for these roles. Please take note of the description and qualifications for these roles. Submit a nomination online or pick up a form at any service at the information center.
Donate Toys and Volunteer to Receive Toys at Redeemer!
His Toy Store is Hope for New York’s Christmas outreach to provide toys to families in need all over New York City. There are two ways you, your family, your community group, and your friends can serve this Christmas!
1. Donate a New Toy
You can drop off toys on Nov. 18, 25 or Dec. 2 at our worship services! Don't know what to get? Check out the HFNY website for gift ideas!
2. Serve at the Christmas Table
We need volunteers to help receive the toys every Sunday before and after services; to find an available slot, and sign up HERE.
Community Group Needs and Training
With the launch of our congregation, we have a great need for more Community Group hosts and leaders. If you would like to serve by offering your apartment or office for Community Groups to meet Downtown, please email Joseph Yu. If you are interested in being a Community Group leader, please attend the upcoming New Leaders Basics.
WHEN: This Saturday, November 17th from 1pm-6pm
WHERE: The Redeemer Offices, 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
INFO: Register here for the class.
Partner with Hope for New York to Help with Hurricane Recovery
Hope for New York is working with our affiliate organizations to assess their needs and learn how to best partner with them in their relief efforts. They have set up a dedicated webpage to channel volunteer/resource/prayer support. More information is here on their website.
Children's Ministry Fall Meet and Greet
All Downtown families and volunteers are invited to a time of fun and fellowship. We will have pizza and fall activities for the children.
WHEN: November 18th at 11:15am
WHERE: Fourth Floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion (Children's Ministry Floor)
INFO: Suggested donation is $10 per family. If you have any questions please email Benita Kim
Credibility of Christianity Class
The Credibility of Christianity class is for those who are interested in reflecting on the truth claims of the Christian faith. Can our beliefs withstand the challenges presented by the problem of evil, the discoveries of science and the doubts generated by our own minds and hearts? Bring your questions to this time of spirited discussion. The class runs for 7 weeks.
WHEN: November 11th - December 23rd, 10 minutes after the 9:30am worship service
WHERE: In the worship space
INFO: Email Jeff White
Redeemer Membership Class
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 seminar.
WHEN: Sunday, December 9th from 11:30am - 3:30pm
WHERE: South Pavilion of the Metropolitan Pavilion following the AM service
INFO: Click HERE to register or email Josh Simmons with any questions
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