Subject: East Side Update-November 18

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East Side Update
18 November 2012

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Yvette Knight

Yvette is originally from Jamaica in the Caribbean but she has lived in New York City most of her life.  She began attending Redeemer in 1998 and currently serves as a Deaconess and co-leader for her community group. Although she became a Christian as a child,  joining Redeemer revitalized her Christian walk.  It was where she experienced a paradigm shift that helped her understand the importance of grace, service and community.

Yvette loves her job as a Community Relations Manager for a City Agency.  She engages with Brooklyn school communities, community boards and elected officials.  Someone who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, Yvette is a passionate New Yorker who celebrates every aspect of diversity in the city.
Dear ,

Let me share with you two things. First, I want to remind you that this is nomination month for new elders, deacons and deaconesses. Please pray that the Lord would raise up new leaders for the East Side congregation. If you are a member of Redeemer, prayerfully consider members whom you might nominate to serve in one of these capacities. If you are a member and you’ve been nominated, I hope you will seriously consider going through the candidate process. Information about the various roles, their qualifications and the nomination process can be found HERE. The nomination deadline is November 30th, which is coming up soon, so thank you for acting quickly. 

Next, Thanksgiving is this week. I recently read Psalm 118 which opens and closes with the same words: "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." It then struck me that our lives also from beginning to end should be characterized by thanksgiving. This, of course, is a struggle for all of us because we live in a world in tension, full of stress, suffering and sadness. It's frankly easier to be consumed by these things than by what is most real and beautiful. So how do we become more genuinely thankful? As the psalmist encourages us to do, we should reflect on the goodness of the Lord and his love that lasts forever. When we don't feel thankful, we should refresh our hearts by meditating upon passages of Scripture that highlight the magnificent character of God, as well as ones that redirect our hearts to the heart of God: He is always loving and his love is supremely realized in his Son, who loved us and gave himself for us.  May the Lord, who is good and loving beyond our wildest imaginations lift our weary souls and engender in us heartfelt thanks this Thanksgiving. 

Warmly in Christ,
Leo Schuster
Lead Pastor

Need Assistance As a Result of the Storm?
If you personally need assistance as a result of the storm (e.g. lost wages, replenishing spoiled food, etc.), please leave a message on the Diaconate Helpline (
917-719-0259) and the deacon/deaconess-on-call will return your call as soon as possible, or you can send an email to

New Members to Redeemer East Side
The East Side welcomes our twelve new members who took vows to be part of Redeemer last Sunday!

Elizabeth Avanzato
Sharon Chin
Jaime Hayes
Jim Hayes
Elizabeth Kim
Carrie Kirby
Susie Park
Hiro Teranishi
Jennie Tom
Jim Vogelzang
Mary Beth Vogelzang
Thomas Whang
Preparing Spiritually for Christmas- 2 Week Class
Sunday, December 2 and 9, 12:00PM at Hunter West Room 506

When December 25th arrives, you've bought presents and attended parties, but have you thought much about Christ's birth? Advent (4 Sundays leading up to Christmas), when observed, can help you grow in faith and celebrate Christmas well. Come learn how. 

Membership Q & A
Sunday, December 2, 12:45PM  at Hunter West Room 509
Interested in joining Redeemer as a member? One way to pursue membership is to watch videos online based on the membership vows, and then attend a group Q&A session after our morning worship service. Register here. Please email Stacey Hess with any questions.
His Toy Store
So far HFNY's His Toy Store has 336 of the 4,000 toys needed for their outreach.  Please donate a toy for a family in need, many of whom have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Donate a Toy:  Go to our Amazon Wishlist and send a toy straight to our office, or bring a toy to church any Sunday through Dec. 2.
Volunteer at a Christmas Table: We need volunteers to receive the toys every Sunday through December 2 before and after services. Sign up HERE.

It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November

Do you know any members that would make a good elder, deacon or deaconess? If you are a member, please read the description and nominate Christians that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, download a nomination form or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.

HFNY: Bake with UES Formerly Homeless
Saturday, December 8 from 12PM-2PM; 2nd Saturday of each month

Volunteers needed to bake and interact with residents of an UES facility for men and women recovering from homelessness as part of the Saturday High Tea program at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter. This is a long-term, supportive housing facility that houses 65 men and women. This is a great group opportunity! Contact for more information.
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