Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - Aug 9th, 2012

Redeemer Downtown Newsletter
Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
9 August 2012

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Ben Schmid 

"In 2008 I moved to the city after graduating from Rutgers and soon began to attend Redeemer on a regular basis. Despite my involvement in the downtown church I confess I am more of your standard "NYC-midtown-finance-guy" who admittedly often neither feels cool enough nor oriented enough downtown (thank you Google Maps)! However, there is a rich harvest downtown and the workers are few. It is into this type of unknown enviroment that God often calls His people so my involvement with the downtown church is in response to this…working alongside Pastor John Lin and many others as we seek to advance Redeemer's vision of a renewed city."


Dear ,

It's amazing that the summer is flying by so quickly and the fall will be upon us soon!

As you may be aware, for our Downtown staff team, this summer has been all about preparing for a fall launch of our congregation. There has been progress in key areas, such as new hires and while we are still building our staff team, we've been thrilled about God's provision so far. Of course, there have also been some challenges.

Over the past several months, we've evaluated over 150 venues, including churches, theaters and schools, that would meet our budget, space and accessibility requirements. Two weeks ago, we were about to finalize a contract with a venue, but at the last minute, due to circumstances outside of ours and the venue's control, those plans fell through.

While this is something of a setback, it is also an important reminder that God has a different plan for us than what we had envisioned for that specific space and that serving God anywhere, but particularly in space-constrained New York City, is difficult work. It speaks to the fact that being missional is challenging and yet what drives our love for this city is not our ingenuity but God's own love for the city. We are still working towards a launch this fall and ask that you continue to pray that God provide the right home for us.

We look forward to updating you soon! Until then, stay cool!

In Christ,


John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: August 12th
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.

"In these verses, Jesus reminds us that God’s attention to the seemingly little things is what allows us to trust Him with the big things..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Volunteers Needed to Launch Downtown!
It was great to see close to 200 Downtowners come out to the Launch Event on the 30th. It was a great night to hear about the various ministry fronts that will be part of the new congregation. If you were not able to attend and sign up to serve, please visit our 'Volunteer' page at

Center for Faith and Work 2012 Gospel & Culture Conference
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3
Hundreds of you participated in last November’s Gospel & Culture Conference as we re-envisioned our work in the world in light of God’s sovereignty over all things. Registration is now open for the 2nd annual conference this fall focused on “Wrestling God. Work Re-imagined.” Redeemer members receive a special rate for a limited time only so don't wait to register and spread the word. For details:


Assist Homeowners in Need with Habitat for Humanity 
Help with home construction at Habitat for Humanity and build in Brooklyn! Reservations required so please RSVP to serve.
WHERE: Brooklyn
WHEN: August 25, Time: 9:15am to 4:30pm
RSVP: To serve, email Cynthia
MORE INFO: Find out more about Habitat for Humanity 

Help those Recovering From Addiction Study for the GED
Volunteers are needed to work alongside Teen Challenge students studying for their GED. No expertise necessary, just a desire to encourage and learn material along with students. 
WHERE: 416 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
WHEN: Once or twice a month; Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm; Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
RSVP: To serve, email Ashley
MORE INFO: Find out more about Teen Challenge

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


Our Place Cafe: Join Us For a Night of Art, Faith and Food! 
On August 14th, join Downtowner Justin Shockley at "Our Place Cafe" and listen as four breakout artists discuss their work in their respective artistic fields and how their faith informs their art. Some areas represented are film, photography, and poetry. Q&A will follow the event. "Our Place Cafe" is a gospel centered, peer driven, supportive community café sponsored by All Angels Church for men and women experiencing homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. 
WHERE: All Angels Church 251 W 80th St. (and Broadway),
WHEN: August 21st, 6pm
RSVP: None required

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