Subject: West Side Update - August 6
August 6, 2012
Community Group Director
Pamela Brown-Peterside grew up in Jos, Nigeria and lived in the Midwest (U.S.) and then London before coming to NYC in 1990. She has a background in public health and previously worked in HIV/AIDS prevention among women, first in the South Bronx for 9 years and then in rural Uganda for 2.
Pamela has attended Redeemer since 1998 and came on staff in 2008. She now oversees our Community Groups and spends much of her days meeting with leaders and hearing about their lives and groups. She supports and prays for CG leaders, coaching them on how to deal with the challenging and messy parts of life in community.
Pamela's all for discussing real life in the city: "Knowing that the pace and intensity of life in NYC can burn anybody out—it burned me out 7 years ago—I'm always eager to think and talk and strategize about how to enjoy this great city while living in a healthy rhythm of rest, work and play."
Favorite WS Spot: "Fort Tryon Park, a little slice of heaven on the northwestern edge of Manhattan, surrounding the Cloisters, overlooking the Hudson River and blocks from the highest point on our island."
I am writing this note to you twenty-four years to the day that I started my first job in Manhattan. I don’t remember many details of that day, but it was a milestone in my life that reminds me of the journey I have been on. That discipline of looking back and remembering is one the bible often celebrates and encourages. I have been reading through the book of Joshua, and in Chapter 4 the people have crossed the Jordan River and entered the Promised Land. God then commands them to pull 12 stones out of the river and create a permanent memorial. And the reason he gave was so that they would remember, and pass on to their children, the story of God’s faithfulness to them.
When I look back on my life, and see my first job, or my first Sunday at Redeemer, or the day I met Alice – those are ‘stones of remembrance’ of God’s love and faithfulness that point me toward the ultimate stone that was rolled away from Jesus’ grave on that first Easter. That stone reminds us that no matter what you might be going through, God is working all things together for your good and his glory.
In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground….He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God. – Joshua 4
Registration Open for CFW 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: www.faithandwork.org/gospelculture
Call for Members to Join our Communion Team!
First Sundays of the Month, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. services
The 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Communion Teams are currently seeking Redeemer members willing to help prepare and serve communion. We need you! If you're willing and interested, please email Phoebe. Click here for more information.
See our website for further needs listed on our Serve with Us page.
Sign up TODAY for CG Board Game Night!
Friday, August 24, 7:00 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
Do seven letter words make you dream of a Scrabble board? Have you been meaning all summer to buy a railroad and build some hotels on Park Avenue? Then we've got the night for you! Join us for our first West Side Community Group Board Game Night. We'll gather in the Fellowship Hall with light snacks and lots of games on hand. Please feel free bring your favorite game to share or donate. Our biggest high fives to Mei Wong for her leadership in getting us all together! Click here to register and get ready to stretch your Cranium.
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