Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - June 14, 2012

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Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
14 June 2012

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Marilyn Smith

"I grew up in south Florida and relocated to several other states for school and my career in environmental education. The most surprising move came in 2003, when I took a position at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I also live in Brooklyn, and love the community vibe and diversity of its various neighborhoods. At Redeemer, I'm co-leader of a community group for women in Brooklyn that's been meeting for 7 years. I feel that God's at work among the people he's brought from all corners of the world to make up this amazing city, and I'm excited to be part of it!"







 

Dear ,

Happy summer!

The Apostle Peter instructs us in his letter that we are "living stones" being built together into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). It's a reminder that as a community, we rely on one another for stability and support, much like stones in a physical building. In many respects, this is precisely what the Downtown Challenge has been. It's been a time for all ministries and congregations of Redeemer to join together in supporting and launching Downtown.

Currently at over 600 givers, we are hoping that over the next few days we'll have over 1,000 givers. There's been a lot of energy and excitement including several volunteer-sponsored parties in support of the Downtown Challenge. (Check out pictures from these events on our Facebook page.) 
 
Please consider making a gift if you haven't already and if you're creative and love throwing parties, email Mai to learn how you too can host a fundraising party with your friends! Though the 17th is Commitment Sunday, parties can be thrown anytime between now and when we announce the result on July 1st. And of course, please be praying for the Downtown Challenge and the launch of our new congregation in the fall.

You can find out more about how to give or participate at www.downtownchallenge.com.


In Christ,

 

 


John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


Community

Third Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday - June 17
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.

"These verses give a picture of an experience of community that is surprising in its ordinariness, especially so quickly on the heels of the extraordinary events of Pentecost. The verses thus serve as a reminder that God’s renewing work by His Spirit has implications for everyday events and decisions, including seemingly mundane ones..."

CLICK HERE to read more.


Community
An Uplifting Night at the First Downtown Well! 
It was great to join you in prayer last Friday night praying for loved ones who don't know Christ and praying for Downtown and the City.  Special thanks to Basil Kim who led us in worship and to all who helped in bringing the Well back! It was truly a blessed night for all and we hope to see you at the next Well on Friday, August 3rd! To RSVP now for August 3rd, email Susan

Serve
Discuss Apologetics at Graffiti's Apologetics Cafe 
Volunteers needed to help create a coffeehouse atmosphere (bake, set-up, serve) and discuss faith questions at Graffiti's Apologetics Café outreach. Each Friday at the Café, a local musician performs two sets of music and faith questions are discussed between each set. 
WHEN: Fridays, 7pm to 10pm
WHERE: 205 East 7th Street near Avenue B
RSVP: To attend, email Courtney
MORE INFO: Find out more about Graffiti.


Coach Volleyball with the Chinese Christian Herald 
Do you play volleyball? Do you like to teach & encourage youth? If so, consider serving as a Volleyball Coach with Chinese Christian Herald this Summer. The program entails a volunteer training on Saturday, June 30 and a retreat in August.
WHEN: Saturdays, 9am to 3pm 
WHERE: 48 Allen Street near Grand Street
RSVP: To attend, email Ellen. 
MORE INFO: Find out more about Chinese Christian Herald. 

Events
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, join other downtowners 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 


CFW Culture Club at the Chelsea Music Festival on June 22nd!
Join Center for Faith and Work's Culture Club at CMF for a two-part Debussy performance at the Rubin Musuem of Art. This special event with CFW will allow you to purchase one ticket for both performances at a reduced rate.
WHEN: Friday, June 22 - 7pm
WHERE: The Rubin Museum of Art at 150 West 17th Street
RSVP: To purchase tickets, email Maria.
MORE INFO: Find out more about the CFW Culture Club event.
 

 
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