Subject: East Side Update
8 July 2012
Victor is originally from Long Island and first started coming to Redeemer in 1995 while in college. After moving to Washington DC and Chicago for work and having the opportunity to participate in two church plants, he returned to New York and Redeemer in 2009. He and his wife Alice have been involved with various ministries at Redeemer and are particularly excited about the discipleship program for children launching this fall.
On Wednesday, America observed the Fourth of July, a day to celebrate our freedom as an independent country. Last year, I had the honor of witnessing my husband take his oath of American citizenship along with about 100 other people from every corner of the globe. Some had made huge sacrifices to become Americans, and to them, the Fourth of July is so much more significant than it is for me. I was born a citizen of this country; so were my parents. We knew little of the sacrifices my husband and his fellow immigrants had to make to become American citizens because for us, living in a free country was an unmerited gift. But in spite of this blessing, I often take my freedom for granted and find myself deeply unappreciative of being an American.
As Christians, we have freedom in Christ through no effort of our own. Even our most brilliant acts of obedience fade away into the dark shadows of our sinful nature. But Christ has set us free from sin by the perfect obedience he displayed through his death on the cross. How grievous it is that we so easily become blind to the love and mercy of the One who graciously gave us this gift of freedom!
But if we truly grasped the suffering-love of Christ that sets us free, we would be moved to live radically different lives. We need to constantly work the truth of the gospel message into our hearts to set us free from the worldly things that consume us. And as we do so, our insecurities, anxieties and idolatry will fade away in the light of a man who laid down his life to set us free from the wages of our sin.
And that is a freedom we can never celebrate enough.
Lauren Gill, Ministry Coordinator
SSM Needs Communion Team Members
Sundays, 6:00PM Service
Want to be doubly blessed? Once a month, don’t just take Communion – help prepare and serve it, as well. Our 6:00PM Communion Team is looking for Redeemer members to join them the first Sunday of each month as they prepare and serve the Lord’s Supper for our congregation. If you are interested, contact Mark Horton.
See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.
If you would like to submit a personal prayer request to the East Side Prayer Team you can email it to email@example.com or submit an anonymous request using this link here.
Redeemer East Side Hangouts
Want to hang out with other East Siders? Join the East Side Hangouts Facebook page and message the administrators any opportunities you have to connect with other East Siders! Connnect at www.facebook.com/RedeemerEastSideHangouts.
Monday, July 9 | Broadway Dance Class
7:00PM | Chelsea Studios at 151 W 26 St, 5th Fl
The Dance Industry Vocation Group is pleased to offer this Broadway Dance Workshop as part of the Summer Dance Workshop series this year. Beginners Welcome! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee is $10/class.
Tuesday, July 10 | East Side Tuesday Summer Playdates
9:30AM | Ruppert Park - 2nd Ave between 90th and 91st St
Come out and join East Side families this summer for Tuesday morning playdates in parks around the city. Open to families with children infants through Grade 5. This week's playdate will be at Ruppert Park. Contact email@example.com for more info.
Preschoolers-Join Redeemer East Play & Learn This Fall
Children aged 2-3.5 years as of Dec 2012 can join us Friday mornings 9-11AM to learn their numbers & letters, work on arts and crafts, while singing, dancing and hearing stories from the Bible. Moderate parent participation is mandatory. For more details and cost information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, sex, birthdate, and email/phone contact. You will be placed on a mailing list for an Informational Session to be held during the week of Vacation Bible School (7/9-7/13). Seats are currently limited to 18 children.
Tuesdays | East Side Women Summer Book Club
East Side Women Summer Evening Book Club meets on Tuesday evening at 7:30PM at various locations. Email Tania Devito at email@example.com for more information.
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