Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - July 25th

Redeemer Downtown Newsletter
Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
25 July 2012

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Helen Zuo

I grew up in a Christian family, but never had a personal relationship with God until my senior year of college at NYU. Like a fairy tale, Christ rescued me from many of my idols and healed wounds from broken relationships. He taught me how to forgive others the way He has forgiven us, and to trust Him instead of giving into my controlling tendencies. He also brought me to a Redeemer Community Group of amazing women who are now some of my closest friends and mentors. Two years later, my walk with God gives me more joy, love, and peace than I could have ever imagined. 


Dear ,

As we prepare for a launch of our congregation, one of the questions people have been asking me has been, "how can I help or get involved?" Three answers immediately come to mind.

First, it's critical at this point that we pray for our launch. What's been remarkable throughout the last several months has been the ways in which God has consistently provided for us often when we didn't expect it and always beyond what we had expected. 

Second, our launch is not merely the end of a journey towards becoming a congregation, it's the beginning of a new journey as a congregation. Regular Sunday worship will be a critical focal point for our life as a new congregation but also the platform from which we serve one another and the entire city. To learn how you can serve, come to the Downtown Launch Meeting on Monday July 30th. To RSVP, CLICK HERE and to reserve childcare, please email Mai

Lastly, begin thinking about who you can bring to Redeemer Downtown. What made Redeemer such a powerful movement in its earliest days as a church was the fact that everyone brought their friends who had questions about Christianity. This is no less the case for our new congregation. Begin thinking about friends you can bring to Redeemer Downtown.

Looking forward to serving with you!

In Christ,


John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


Ninth Sunday after Pentecost: July 29th
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.

"Throughout the early days of the church, God’s people were a sending and a giving community..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Volunteers Needed!
If you can't come and attend the Downtown Launch Meeting this Monday, another way that you can sign up to serve is to visit our 'Volunteer' page at There you can learn about the various ministry fronts that are underway and connect with those leading the very important pieces. Don't forget to revisit the page for updates in the coming weeks!

We Are Hiring!
The Downtown Congregation Team is looking to expand. We are looking for enthusiaistic, missions minded, self-starters who are game to join in on the fun of starting the new congregation. Please check out the multiple postings on Redeemer's employment page. To read the job descriptions, CLICK HERE.  Email Kelsie at with any questions and for full job descriptions.

Help Renovate the Garden at the Bowery Mission Transitional Center
Volunteer team needed to execute renovation of garden area at the Bowery Mission Transitional Center-- planting flowers, planters, seating… and make the space inviting!
WHERE: 45 Avenue D
WHEN: July 21 & July 28, Time: TBD
RSVP: To serve, email Ashley 
MORE INFO: Find out more about the Transitional Center

Serve Breakfast at Father's Heart
20 volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast to 700 homeless and low-income guests at The Father’s Heart.  This is a great opportunity for Downtown community groups to serve the neighborhood together!
WHERE: 545 E. 11th Street (near Avenue B)
WHEN: July 28; 8:30AM-12PM
RSVP: To serve, email
MORE INFO: Find out more about the Father's Heart Ministries

Serve a Community Meal with Brooklyn Jubilee
Brooklyn Jubilee's food and nutrition ministry is hosting a Community Meal on Saturday, August 18 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where those in need can enjoy a healthy, diabetic-friendly West Indian-inspired meal free of charge.
WHERE: Flatbush, Brooklyn
WHEN: 1) Grocery shopping on Friday, 8/17 (1:30PM to 3:30PM)
2) Prep work on Friday, 8/17 (7:30PM to 9:30PM)
3) Event Day Cooking & Serving on Saturday, 8/18 (9:30AM to 1:30PM).
RSVP: To serve, email
MORE INFO: Find out more about Brooklyn Jubilee


Downtown Launch Event!
Come one and come all! If you are interested in the Downtown Congregation, you don't want to miss this large gathering where we will hear the latest update from John, worship together and sign up for ways we can serve in the new congregation. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided but you must RSVP.
WHEN: Monday, July 30 - 7pm 
WHERE: W83 Ministry Center, 150 W. 83rd Street
RSVP: To RSVP, CLICK HERE. Please email Mai if you need childcare.  

The Downtown Well!
Join us for a night of worship and praying for non-believing friends, family and loved ones. If you have a heart for prayer or evangelism, don't miss this great night. Space is limited so please RSVP.
WHEN: Friday, August 3rd -10pm
WHERE: Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor
TO SERVE: Volunteers are needed to help set up and sign in guests. If you're interested, please email Susan.

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