Subject: West Side Update - August 20
August 20, 2012
Program Development Manager
Julie Dienes grew up on Eastern Long Island and moved to NYC after college, in 1994. Several Redeemer members had come to her home church while visiting the Hamptons and they told her about the Redeemer Classifieds, which she used to find her first roommate and apartment on the UWS.
“I really wasn’t in relationship with God at that point. I was going to church because my family went to church,” says Julie. “The relationship with that roommate was really instrumental in helping me to look at Christianity in a different way.” She started going to Redeemer and to Brooklyn Tabernacle. “God just really got a hold of me,” she says.
Julie has since joined Redeemer and served in many ways. She’s been a community group leader, host and leader coach. She and her husband, Jerry, volunteer at the information table and with the Meals Ministry. She also volunteers with the Children’s Ministry.
Julie works for a financial publisher, where she develops agendas for conferences all over the U.S. She and Jerry have been married 12 years. Jerry works as receptionist at Redeemer and as an artist.
Two years ago, Julie sought to broaden the ways she served the city. She began volunteering with the NYC Rescue Mission, located in Chinatown, where she gives out bags of groceries and helps with a monthly worship service. She’s now a team leader there.
“With volunteering, I often don’t feel like doing it. Our human nature is, ‘I want to do what I want to do with my time,’” says Julie. “But I commit to it because I know that it pleases God and out of thankfulness for all He’s done for me. And it’s amazing how once I get there, it’s just a great time of refreshment, of encouragement.”
So my summer reading this vacation (see July 2 WS Update) turned out to have a mystery theme. One author (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) created a world of mystery, which was explored and unlocked through the brilliance of his fictional character Sherlock Holmes. The other author (Annie Dillard) explored the mysterious world of nature created by God in her book “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.” Dillard’s book in particular stayed with me after I put it down each day, as she meticulously and meditatively describes the hidden world that surrounds us. For example, she explains that biologists estimate that in the top inch of one square foot of forest soil there are 1356 living creatures! (That's not even counting a few million bacteria!)
It is humbling and awe inspiring to realize that on a planet teeming with life, God created us in his image. And even though much of life remains mysterious to us, God assures us that he not only knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), but in the ultimate act of love, God the Father sent us his Son, revealing a mystery that Paul described as the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? – Psalm 8:3-4
WS CG Board Game Night is THIS Friday!
Friday, August 24 at 7:00PM
We hope to see you this Friday at our first WS CG Board Game Night for a fun night with new and old friends! Feel free to bring your favorite games and your keen ability to sink a battleship. It's a great time to hang out with your CG (in awesome air conditioning) and to meet new folks and learn more about their groups. Click here to register. If you'd like to help facilitate this event, please email Mei.
Got 7 Weeks to Build Eternal Community?
We are still in need of more volunteers to lead a Beta Group this fall and help welcome newcomers into Redeemer’s West Side community. If you would like to consider leading a group, or if you know someone else who would be a great for the role, please let us know! For more information about leading a Beta Group, visit our website and FAQ page or email us.
Hope for New York Mentoring Info Session for All Congregations
Sunday, August 26 | 12PM-1PM | Hunter College West Building, Rm. 215
Hope for New York has a big need for mentors for the 2012-2013 school year! On Sunday, August 26, take a walk across the park to the information session at Hunter and learn how you can get involved and make a difference in the lives of children and youth in our city. Please click here to RSVP... space is limited & lunch will be provided! Click here to find out more about HFNY's children and youth programs.
See our website for further needs listed on our Serve with Us page.
Gospel & Stewardship Workshop from Redeemer Counseling
Saturday, August 25 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM at 1359 Broadway (at 36th St.), 4th Floor
Want to learn a gospel approach to personal finances? Want to create a budget you can keep? Want to get rid of your debt? Come to our all day seminar at the Redeemer Offices at 1359 Broadway. Cost of $20 includes lunch. Register at www.redeemer.com/counseling For more information, click here or email Missy.
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