Subject: East Side Update- November 25

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East Side Update
25 November 2012

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Abby Coutant

Abby was born in Seoul, South Korea, adopted at 9 months old and raised in the Midwest on pizza and apple pie.  Nine years ago, she moved to NYC and quickly realized that despite the (true!) statement that "you can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl," she had found her new home.  Having scoped out the city on multiple business trips before her permanent move, she knew straight away that Redeemer would be her church family and started attending the first Sunday she was here.  Over the years, she has met three life-long best friends in various Community Groups and her husband, Steve Hoppe, serving dinner at the Bowery Mission through Hope For New York.  She is the proud mother of a 5lb. puppy named Beatrice, and is really into geeking out on theology, "dinner-and-a-movie", and dragging her husband to vegan restaurants.
Dear ,

As children, my brother and I had the luxury of a lavish Christmas. So when my mother explained to me one year that other children did not receive toys for Christmas like we did, I was shocked.  She took me to a nearby store and we pulled a paper angel off a tree with the name and age of a child in our community. She explained to me that these children had parents who could not afford to buy them Christmas presents and said it was up to us to do so.

Hope for New York offers a similar opportunity for New Yorkers each holiday.  His Toy Store sets up several toy stores in low income neighborhoods to provide toys to 1,400 families in the city.  This program allows families in need and their children to make lasting connections to local churches where they “shop” for toys.  By December 2nd, His Toy Store needs 4,000 toys and it is easy to give.  You can give online through the Amazon Wishlist or by bringing toys to next week’s December 2nd services.  Please help bring a child joy this holiday season who may not otherwise have that opportunity.

In Christ,
Lauren Gill
Ministry Coordinator

Need Assistance As a Result of Hurricane Sandy?
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
Faith & Work Night
Monday, November 26, 7:00PM at W83 Ministry Center

Several of our vocation groups are gathering to re-envision work in light of the gospel. The evening starts with food & fellowship and continues with both vocational & cross-vocational breakouts. Find your group & RSVP online here.

Birthday Party for Jesus
Saturday, December 1, 10:00AM to 12:30PM at W83 Ministry Center

Children's Ministry is having a birthday party which will include music and a performance of the story of the birth of Jesus. In addition, there will be food, crafts, games and a service project.  Email Kathryn if you plan to attend. There are also other Children's Ministry events to celebrate the Advent season listed here.

Membership Q & A
Sunday, December 2, 12:45PM at Hunter West Room 509
We would love to have you join Redeemer as a member! Church membership is an important way for Redeemer to commit more completely to you and for you to demonstrate your commitment to Redeemer's gospel movement. One way to pursue membership is to view videos online based on the membership vows, and then attend a group Q&A session after our morning worship service. Register here. Please email Stacey Hess with any questions.

Preparing Spiritually for Christmas- 2 Week Class
Sunday, December 2 and 9, 12:00PM at Hunter West Room 506

When December 25th arrives, you've bought presents and attended parties, but have you thought much about Christ's birth? Advent (4 Sundays leading up to Christmas), when observed, can help you grow in faith and celebrate Christmas well. Come learn how. 

Understanding Grief Class
Sunday, December 9, 12:10PM at Hunter West
This class, taught by counselors Sandi Taylor and Dr. Brent Bounds, will focus on how to understand grief and loss. It will cover what grief is and isn't and how the gospel offers us hope in the midst of it, how to help those around us in the grieving process, and how to talk to our children about it.
It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November

Do you know any members that would make a good elder, deacon or deaconess? If you are a member, please read the description and nominate Christians that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, download a nomination form or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.
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