Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - Aug 22nd, 2012

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Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
22 August 2012

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Daynan Crull

In the last 10 years, I have moved to New York City 3 times. I have lived in 9 apartments and currently call the LES home. I've worked here in finance, television, digital technology, at City Hall and have been unemployed. Through it all, I've come to embrace New York as my home even as I have struggled in work and love. A few years ago, I went through Redeemer's Gotham Fellowship, which transformed how I viewed my home, work, and faith. I have enjoyed serving this City even more by centering my ambition on God and by serving the Church. I lead a community group newly formed from the Downtown Catalyst, full of amazing people ready to launch this new community. I am truly encouraged by what God is doing in the Downtown Congregation.


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In addition to being one of the fastest growing residential areas of the city, Downtown is a commercial and cultural center for the city. It is a place where many of our diverse spheres of life overlap and intersect. It has been my earnest hope and prayer that our congregation would work towards the flourishing of Downtown in every sphere of human life and experience, spiritual, cultural and social.

Work is one of the most prominent features of life in New York. It inspires and humbles us, and much of it happens Downtown. On November 2nd and 3rd, the Center for Faith & Work will be hosting our second annual Gospel & Culture conference. Together we will be wrestling with God about what work means and how to re-imagine it through this year's theme, "Wrestling God, Work-Re-Imagined". There will be presenters from a wide-range of professional disciplines along with volunteer led "glimpses" of what God is doing to renew culture all around the city. Please save the date! You can find out more information and register by clicking here. I hope to see many of you there!

Over the next few weeks, please stay tuned for information about the location of our congregation, details about our launch and ways to get involved. If you already know that you want to serve and affiliate with Downtown, you can affiliate and sign up to serve at Lastly, we are looking for more Beta group leaders for Downtown. These 7 week groups are a great way for new people to connect to our community Downtown. For information and to lead one, click here.

I'm thrilled to be serving Downtown alongside you!

In Christ,


John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: August 26th
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 19 reminds us that God speaks to us in two ways: through Creation and through Scripture..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Volunteers Needed to Launch Downtown!
Can't wait for the Downtown Congregation to start? We need dedicated volunteers to sign up to serve in a variety of existing and new ministries! Visit the 'Volunteer' page at to choose the ministry fronts that fit you. We need as many committed people as possible so please prayerfully consider which ministry front you sign up for! 

Saturday -- Serve 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 

Sunday -- Mentoring Programs Info Session
Hope for New York has a big need for mentors for the 2012-2013 school year! Learn how you can get involved and hfny.make a difference in the lives of children and youth at our information session. Space is limited and lunch is provided so please RSVP. 
WHERE: Hunter College, West Building, Rm. 215
WHEN:  Sunday, August 26 from 12PM-1PM
MORE INFO: Find out more about our children and youth programs

Monthly -- 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

HFNY Annual Charity Bike Ride
Saturday, September 22

The Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride is back! Riders of all levels (with or without your own bike!) are invited to participate in a great day of raising support for HFNY and choosing one of four distances for the ride: 25, 50, 65, or 100 miles. The beautiful ride starts and ends in Manhattan and goes through Bergen and Rockland Counties. For details:

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:

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