Subject: Redeemer Downtown Update - September 6th, 2012

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Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
6 September 2012

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Grace Assante

In 1981, I moved from Missouri to Manhattan to participate in a six-month internship for a Christian ministry. I started attending Calvary Baptist Church, and during the coffee hour, I met this man from Brooklyn named Bruno. We fell hopelessly in love, and a few years later, we married. As a result, my six-month internship has stretched to 31 years of living, loving, and serving in NYC. We have three grown children which I home-schooled through high school. Since retiring from that career, I enrolled in Liberty University's on-line college program and am currently working on a Masters in Professional Counseling. Bruno and I are excited about serving the Lord through the Downtown congregation. With the Lord Jesus, there is always a new adventure, and by His wisdom and guidance, the new Downtown house of believers will be built up and knit together.









 


Dear ,

It's so hard to believe that summer is over and fall is upon us!

The summer has been a productive and challenging one for our staff team. We've begun pulling together volunteer teams to work on children's ministry, Sunday serivices, prayer, evangelism, compassion and justice, among other areas of ministry. One significant challenge has been securing a location for our worship services. We've been working diligently to finalize a space and while there have been moments of uncertainty, we remain optimistic that we'll be able to secure space in time to launch this fall.

As the lead pastor of this new congregation, I have held a unique vantage point throughout this journey. This summer has been a reminder to me and to all of us that being a people in mission means our future has and always will be in God's hands. It was true of Abraham who left the security of home to go to a promised land and of all God's people who went forth in faith "looking for the city that is to come" (Hebrews 13). It is no less the case for us as a congregation today. In weeks to come, please continue to pray for our congregation. More than ever, we need to be in prayer for God to provide us with a home as well as abundant opportunities to bring friends and neighbors to our new congregation.

Please make plans to join us on Wednesday, September 26th for our next launch meeting. It will be a night to worship, to pray for our new congregation and to look to God in faith, to lead us as His people serving Downtown together. CLICK HERE for more details and to RSVP. Light refreshments and childcare will be provided; to secure childcare, please email Drew Hammell.


In Christ,
 

John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor

Community

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: September 9th
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 psalms, the psalmists speak of the place of the heart in life and worship..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Community
Sign up for a Beta Group today!
Registration to join a Beta Group is now open! Beta Groups are 7-week Community Groups designed to welcome newcomers to community life at Redeemer. Beta Groups start meeting the week of September 30. We are also still looking for people to lead these groups. CLICK HERE for more information, or email betagroups@redeemer.com.

New Leader Basics this month at Redeemer Offices!
Are you in a community group and interested in leading becoming a Community Group Leader? Sign up to attend a leader training on Saturday, September 8 from 1:30PM to 6:30PM or on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00PM to 6:00PM at the Redeemer Offices on the 4th floor at 1359 Broadway. CLICK HERE to register and for more information, email cg@redeemer.com.

Serve
Hope for New York Volunteer Fair in Two Sundays
Come meet staff and volunteers from the non-profit affiliates of Hope for New York and learn how you can serve the poor and marginalized of our city as a volunteer!
WHERE: Hunter College & W83 Ministry Center
WHEN:  Sunday, Sept. 16 following the 10:30AM East Side and 11:15AM West Side worship services
MORE INFO: Find out more about volunteering with HFNY


Use Your Professional Skills to Serve Hope for New York Affiliates
Hope for New York is now accepting applications for two new Professionals in Action (PIA) volunteer projects! Restore NYC needs web content specialists/web writers to help write new copy for their website and train employees in best practices for writing for the web. The Bowery Mission Women's Center needs construction experts-- contractors, floor technicians, painters-- to renovate their laundry room.
APPLY: CLICK HERE
MORE INFO: Email pia@hfny.org


Serve Dinner to Homeless and Recovering Homeless at Bowery Mission
Serve dinner to the residents and community of the Bowery Mission in cafeteria-style serving line. Great opportunity for a group of friends or a community group!
WHERE: 227 Bowery
WHEN: Every Wednesday from 6:30-8:30PM
RSVP: To serve, email Yoon Hee 
MORE INFO: Find out more about The Bowery Mission

Events
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: www.hfny.org/2012BikeRide.

Center for Faith and Work: Gospel & Culture Conference 2012
Friday-Saturday, November 2-3

Discounted registration ends next Monday night for members so don't wait to register! This year's conference is titled, "Wrestling God. Work Re-imagined" and will explore how the work of the Holy Spirit enables us to re-imagine not only ourselves, but also our work places, our industries, and even our society as a whole in light of God’s redemptive purposes. For details: www.faithandwork.org/gospelculture
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