Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - May 31, 2012

Redeemer Downtown Newsletter
Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
31 May 2012

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of Redeemer Downtown.

Joe Selvidio

"I live, sail, co-lead a community group and practice law in Lower Manhattan.  For the past few years I’ve also been a part of a mentoring program for students in the Bronx through Hope for New York. Partnering with our mentees, in good times and in trials, has been one of the most powerful ways I've seen God at work in the city and in my life. Serving has been a big part of how my faith has grown since I moved to New York in 2007. I’m looking forward to seeing all of the ways our downtown congregation will build community and serve the people of this city in the years ahead!"


Dear ,

Happy start of summer!

As you know, we are currently in the midst of the Downtown Challenge and very exciting times in the formation of our congregation. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming and we're hearing stories of community groups that have taken significant ownership of the Downtown Challenge. Some groups are hosting their own "giving parties" while others are establishing their own group goals for participation.

One way to get involved, in addition to giving, is to sponsor your own Downtown Challenge "giving party." If you or others in your community group were planning to give, you might as well do it among friends! We already have some fun ones lined up and would love for you to host one too. For more information, or guidance on how to set one up, please email Mai.

Have a fantastic start to a new summer!

In Christ,



John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday - June 3
These devotionals are to help you prepare for each Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar. This week's devotional is written by John Lin.

"Psalm 8 is a reminder of the uncontested majesty and greatness of God in dramatic contrast with the frailty of man. The heavens are God’s handiwork, yet He is a God who hears and is attentive to the lowliest of men. The psalm speaks of God’s glory and grace and our fitting response in celebration and awe..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Adam Thiesen and Webb Younce Installed as Officers! 
Congratulations to Adam and Webb Younce who were installed as officers of Redeemer on May 20 to serve the Downtown congregation. Adam is a newly minted deacon. Webb has been a ruling elder in the PCA for several years and is now rejoining the Redeemer session (board of elders). It's a great joy to have both of them serving in our midst. Please pray for them, that their service would be a joy to them and to the Downtown congregation.

Assistant Pastor Jeff White to be Installed on June 18th! 
Jeff White will be officially installed as an assistant pastor for the Downtown Congregation on June 18, at our Redeemer-wide leader gathering. This will be a great time for us to acknowledge Jeff and Rebecca White and to formally welcome Jeff as a minister serving in our midst. Jeff has already done so much for our Downtown community and it's our hope that in coming years, God will continue to work through Jeff in remarkable ways.

Spring Volunteer Training at Open Hands Legal Services
Anyone interested in volunteering with Open Hands Legal Services, which provides free legal counseling to those in need, must attend a volunteer training session. This session will feature a special training on food stamps calculations, acquisition, alteration and termination.  
Find out more about Open Hands.
WHEN: Saturday, June 9th - 1pm to 4:30pm
RSVP: To attend, e-mail here with contact information, and indicate whether you are a law student/graduate, paralegal, attorney, or non-attorney.

Teach Job Skills at The Bowery Mission
Help prepare men in the Bowery Mission's residential recovery program for workforce reentry at a job skills career clinic. Assist in leading a brief lesson on resume preparation or online job search strategies & offer practical assistance with the tasks involved.
WHEN: Monday, June 18 - 7pm to 9pm
RSVP: To attend, email Ashley 

Pray with Fellow Downtowners Every Friday!
Do you work near Herald Square or can sneak off for lunch on Fridays? As we prepare for our launch in the fall and trust God with the Downtown Challenge, we want as many people praying as possible. Join fellow members of Redeemer Downtown in praying for the needs of our congregation and community.
WHEN: Every Friday - 12:30pm
WHERE: Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor
RSVP: To attend, email Cindy 

The Well is Back on June 8th!
Join us for a night of worship and prayer for non-believing friends, co-workers, and loved ones as well as praying for Downtown and the launch this fall. Please RSVP as space is limited. 
WHEN: Friday, June 8th - 10pm
WHERE: Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor
RSVP: To attend, CLICK HERE.

Chelsea Music Festival starts June 15th!
Hailed by The New York Times as “a gem of a series,” CMF celebrates great music with the world's leading musicians and exciting newcomers to the international music stage. Inspired by the dynamic Chelsea neighborhood and the intimacy of chamber music, CMF explores the interplay of musical, visual and culinary art forms.
WHEN: From Friday, June 15 to June 23
WHERE: Various Venues in Chelsea
TICKETS: Please visit
VOLUNTEER: To volunteer at the event, CLICK HERE.


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