Subject: Downtown Update - May 2, 2012

Redeemer Downtown Newsletter
Redeemer Downtown
Downtown Update
2 May 2012

Quick Links

Each week, this section
will spotlight a member
of Redeemer Downtown.

Ashley and Greg Buechele

"I (Ashley) grew up in Texas and came to New York for a finance job in 2005. One month after arriving in New York, I met Greg on an outdoor terrace on Carmine Street in the West Village. We have been Downtowners ever since!  An ideal evening out for us involves soaking up Downtown by eating dinner in the East Village or the Lower East Side and then walking home through Noho, the West Village and Soho before ultimately ending up in Tribeca.

Greg works in the commodities business and I now work as a counselor at Redeemer Counseling Services. Greg and I serve on the Diaconate together and we both feel called to minister to those who suffer."


Affiliate with the Downtown Congregation!

Dear ,

As part of Redeemer's mission to serve and renew the City, we have launched three congregations with the hope that each will be more robust in community, exuberant in worship and sacrificial in mission to serve and renew the City than anything we have already experienced at Redeemer. What it means to affiliate with one of our congregations is to join closely with others who are working towards those same ends: transformative community, celebratory worship and self-giving mission to renew the City, whether you are part of the East Side, West Side or Downtown congregations.

A congregation exists not because of one or several pastors or a church staff. It exists because the people of God are empowered by the Spirit of God to worship and serve Him in a particular place and time. In our case, the place is Downtown and the time is now.

Please consider affiliating with Downtown and joining us in this journey. What we ask of you is that you give yourself to serving this City and our community, regardless of what congregation you affiliate with. What you can expect from me and from our staff is that we will provide you with the care, resources and support to do so. Be in community with us. Worship with us. Serve Downtown with us.

CLICK HERE for ONE CLICK AFFILIATION for the Downtown congregation and to join us in this journey or login at and click on 'Account' to choose the Downtown congregation in the top drop down. 

In Christ,


John Lin
Downtown Congregation Lead Pastor


Fourth Sunday After Easter
These devotionals are to help you prepare for the Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar. This week's devotional is written by John Lin.

“The conversion of Paul (formerly Saul) represents one of the most dramatic transformations in all of the Bible. At the moment of conversion, he is “still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, demonstrating active hostility both to the followers of Jesus and to Jesus Himself..."

CLICK HERE to read more.

Worship Space Update
Please pray that God would provide a space for Sunday worship beginning in the fall. We're looking for space that is affordable, can accommodate our expected congregation size for worship, and will meet our additional needs for a fellowship hall and classroom space.

We have already researched over 80 spaces in the Downtown area and have not found an available space that satisfies all of our requirements. Please continue to pray for God to provide a worship space!

We Are Hiring! 
The Downtown Congregation Team is looking to expand. We are looking for enthusiaistic, missions minded, self-starters who are game to join in on the fun of starting a church in Downtown. If you are interested, please check out the postings for Children's Ministry Director and Director of Ministry on Redeemer's employment page. To read the job descriptions, CLICK HERE.  Email Kelsie at with any questions and for full job descriptions. 

The Well is Back and We Need Volunteers!
Interested in prayer AND evangelism? We need volunteers for our first Downtown Well, a prayer and evangelism initiative focused on praying for our non-believing friends, co-workers, loved ones as well as praying Downtown and the launch this fall. To ensure that it is a great night of worship and intercessory prayer, we need worship leaders, greeters and people to help set up. Please email Susan at to get involved.
When: June 8th, 10pm
Where: Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor

We Need Photos for a New Downtown Congregation Website!
Do you like to take photos of Downtown? We're putting together a new website and we would like to feature photographs of downtown taken by our own people.  We have started a Group Flickr page where you can go upload photos and view what others have taken so far. To find our Flickr group page, CLICK HERE. Email Mai at with any questions.  

Downtown Leaders Gathering - May 7th
Join fellow Downtown Leaders as we share exciting new developments regarding Redeemer Downtown and reflect on and pray for all that is happening in preparation for the Fall launch of our congregation. This event is for Community Group Leaders, Leader Coaches, Catalyst Plus participants, Elders, Diaconate and Task Team Members. To register, CLICK HERE.
When: May 7th - 7pm
Where: Notre Dame School - 327 West 13th Street 

Come to the Membership Gala - May 12th
If you're a Redeemer member or in the process of becoming a member, this will be an exciting gala for you as some exciting developments related specifically to the Downtown Congregation will be announced! To register, CLICK HERE. 
When: May 7thReception at 6:00PM, Program at 7:00PM
Where: W83 Ministry Center - 150 West 83rd Street

HFNY Spring Benefit for Young Supporters - May 10th
Come support Hope for New York and enjoy a great night of live music by Kenyon Adams, good food and great company! The program features Downtowners - Jeff White, who'll give the main message, and Joe Selvidio, a HFNY team leader. This event is FREE! To register,
When: May 10th - Reception at 7pm, Program at 7:30pm 
Where: Church of the Holy Apostles - 296 Ninth Avenue (at 28th Street)

Downtown Congregation | Redeemer Presbyterian Church | 1359 Broadway 4th Floor | New York, NY 10018