Subject: East Side Update
6 May 2012
Sunday Operations Manager
Cybele moved to the United States from Brazil in 1980. She lived in Michigan for five years before coming to New York City where she began working for Redeemer. Having been with the church since its early years, she has developed a passion for the city and a dedication to Redeemer's church planting vision. As a native Brazilian, Cybele is an avid soccer fan.
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This Sunday's sermon was about lust- an immediate attention grabber! Lust is a disorder of desire that Jesus described as adultery of the heart. It is not wrong to admire beauty. It is when that appetite, unrestrained, is allowed to grow and become inordinate that lust is born. It is wanting the pleasure without the person: the exact opposite of love. In love you want a person and the pleasure received is a return on that pursuit.
We all struggle with lust, even if the lust isn't sexual in nature. Whenever our heart fixates on something we must have besides God to make us complete we are dealing with the enslaving force of lust. What will help us neutralize such power?
First, we need safe, gospel-centered friendships within the body of Christ to help us deal transparently with such sensitive and vitally important aspects of following Jesus. Second, we need to take gospel repentance seriously. It is the Lord's kindness that leads us to repentance. Any other approach is moralistic, fear-based and doomed to fail.
Finally, we must replace our inordinate desire with a holy one. Our lust grabs hold of something artificial that seems deliciously real in the moment. Instead we need to develop the habit of satisfying our hunger by firing the imagination of our hearts with the glory of God in Jesus.
Rev. Leo Schuster
Tue, May 8 | East Side Leaders Gathering
7:00PM | W83 Ministry Center at 150 W 83rd St
Join fellow Redeemer East Side Leaders as we reflect on our inaugural year as a congregation and look forward to the 2012-2013 ministry year. Dinner will be provided. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat, May 12 | Redeemer Membership Gala
6:00PM | W83 Ministry Center at 150 W 83rd St
Redeemer members are invited to attend the Spring Congregational Meeting and Membership Gala. At 6:00PM drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served followed by the congregational meeting at 7:00PM. Following the meeting we will celebrate with dessert and dancing. Cost is $20 per person but scholarships and childcare vouchers are available. RSVP required. Click HERE to RSVP.
Sat, May 12 | HFNY: NYC Relief Bus
10:00AM-2:00PM | E 124th St and Park Ave
NYC Relief uses mobile buses to provide food, counseling, spiritual help and resources to communities in need. Volunteers are needed to serve with the East Harlem Bus. Click HERE to RSVP.
Tue/Wed Evenings | HFNY: Math Mentor Needed
A volunteer female remedial math tutor needed to assist women in residential recovery program on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings at the Bowery Mission Women's Center, once a week or every other week through the end of August. Contact Sandi at email@example.com.
Saturdays | HFNY: Events for Pregnant/Parenting Teens
1:00PM-2:00PM | E 82nd St and 2nd Ave
Help lead social events (dessert decorating, ice cream social, arts & crafts) at an UES maternity residence for pregnant and parenting teens who are homeless, adjudicated or in foster care. Contact Savina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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