Subject: East Side Update-September 23
23 September 2012
Arvin and wife Rhodora live on the Upper East Side and have been married for twelve years. They have four children: Joshua(9), Noah(7), Chloe(4), and Lucas(almost 2). The couple met at Redeemer through a mutual friend at a ski retreat. Arvin works in financial services while Rhodora used to be a teacher.
Arvin grew up in New Jersey and didn't start coming to church until later in high school. As such, he came to faith in college, largely through the benefit of a solid community and encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ. After university, he came to NYC to work and started attending Redeemer in 1995. His primary connection to Redeemer came via a community group downtown that was led by one of the pastoral interns and, to this day, remains one of Arvin's closest friends. Eventually, he started leading and coaching groups as well as teaching Sunday children's classes. Now that Rhodora and he effectively have their own mini-children's class every day, his primary ministry has been focused on community groups.
This fall, Redeemer City to City's offices will be overflowing with 18 visiting church planters from cities like Frankfurt, Montreal, and Santiago.
For five weeks they will be packed into a conference room for training in gospel theology and contextualized preaching, and help planning their core groups and public launches. They will also have sessions with Redeemer Lead Pastors and Redeemer City to City staff.
While it may be less visible than other ministries at Redeemer, church planting is a core part of the ministry here. Since Redeemer itself was planted in New York City 23 years ago, we've helped church planters start dozens of new congregations throughout the five boroughs, and coached or trained hundreds more abroad. We've found that in our rapidly growing global cities, we need hundreds of new churches that embody the gospel, think creatively about the needs of their particular neighborhoods, and speak the language of the city. It's exciting but challenging work which pushes our ministries to be more creative and entrepreneurial than ever before.
This Sunday, we'll be introducing a few of these international church planters at all Redeemer services, and you'll have a chance to meet them afterward and hear more about their cities. We hope you'll join us and be encouraged by the work God is doing all over the world.
Grace & peace,
President, Redeemer City to City
Congratulations to our newest East Side members who joined the church last Sunday!
Diego Alexis Maya
Anton Van Zuylen
Sunday, September 30 | East Side Newcomers Brunch
12:00PM | Hunter College West Building, 3rd Fl.
Are you new to Redeemer in 2012? We'd love to have you join us at the Newcomers Brunch on the 3rd floor of the Hunter College West Building in the large room located over the Lexington Ave overpass. Come and meet Lead Pastor Leo Schuster, others who are new and hear about the opportunities at Redeemer's East Side. RSVP to Stacey Hess.
Sunday, September 30 | Slugs and Bugs Family Concert
4:30PM | Hunter West Building, 3rd Fl
Randall Goodgame joins us from Nashville with a concert for the whole family. His music rollicks from blue grass to folk-pop to arena rock. The tickets are $10 a person /$25 a family for concert and $1 a slice for pizza. Tickets can be reserved here.
Sign up for a Beta Group
If you are new to Redeemer and would like to get a taste of community life at our church, sign up for a 7 week Beta Group! We also have Seeker Groups geared toward those who are exploring the claims of Christianity. Register or invite a friend to sign up at the Beta Groups website. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.
What is Redeemer City to City?
A brief introduction to Redeemer City to City. For more information on what God is doing in cities and what we're doing to support that, visit redeemercitytocity.com.
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