Subject: East Side Update- September 16
16 September 2012
James serves as an Elder in Redeemer's East Side congregation. He and his wife, Carol, have four children, James III (11), Campbell (9), and their twins, Anne and Lois (7). James has worked in finance for 23 years and moved to New York from Memphis 11 years ago. As an elder, he has been involved in a number of areas of the church such as Redeemer City to City and finance. James and Carol have led home fellowship groups for nearly 8 years. James is a native of Mississippi and completed his undergraduate and master's work at Vanderbilt.
One of the best parts of my job is working with our Hope for New York volunteers to share their testimonies at Redeemer- volunteers like Leslie, who shared today on the East Side.
The thing that’s so encouraging to me about our volunteer testimonies isn’t just that these busy and well-educated New Yorkers are making time to “give back,” or that they’re learning important lessons about people who are different from them, or that they’re having such tremendous impact in the lives of those they’re serving. While all of that is really important, I’m most encouraged by these volunteer testimonies because they’re all stories of God’s grace at work.
These volunteers have experienced the grace and healing of God to such an extent in their lives that they, compelled by gratitude to God for the gift of Christ and trusting in God’s power to equip them and sustain them, are looking to extend that grace to the poor, the sick, the hopeless. This kind of service is so much more than “giving back”— it’s this beautiful picture of a God-driven inner change wrought outward.
We pray that more and more people at Redeemer would have volunteer stories like Leslie’s. If you’re interested in finding out how you can serve, visit us at www.hfny.org/volunteer, or send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Hope for New York
Saturday, September 22 | HFNY: Assist Homeowners in Need with Habitat for Humanity
9:15AM-4:30PM | Brooklyn
Help with a new home construction with Habitat for Humanity at the Hart-Lafayette site in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn! The construction project is a joint venture between volunteers and future homeowners. To serve, you must sign up in advance. RSVP to Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.
Join Children's Ministry for Classes During the 9:15 Hour
Beginning September 23rd, Children's Ministry will offer the following classes at 9:15 AM in the West Building of Hunter. To reserve a spot for your child for the 9:15 Hour, please email email@example.com.
Parenting Class - Grace Based Parenting video series by Tim Kimmel facilitated by Family Director Brent Bounds in Room 217Nursery Childcare - 2 years old – 4th Floor
Discover - A Preschool Program that will utilize hands-on sensory activities to explore the wonder of who God is – 4th Floor
Dive Deep - A discipleship program for children, K-5th Grade – 2nd Floor
Middle School Bible Study – Room 215
Tuesday, September 18 | East Side Men
7:00PM-9:00PM | Redeemer Office at 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl
Come help us kick off the new ministry year with September's East Side Men gathering on Tuesday, September 18. Worship alongside men from your congregation, meet new people, and hear teaching from elder Bill Gough. Come and be strengthened in your faith and meet some new friends.
Sign up for a Beta Group today!
Registration to join a Beta Group is now open! Beta Groups are 7-week Community Groups designed to welcome newcomers to community life at Redeemer. Beta Groups start meeting the week of September 30. For more information about joining or leading a group, click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSM Harbor Lights Cruise
As a farewell to summer, the East Side Sunday Service Ministries volunteers and friends gathered on the last Thursday in August to enjoy Circle Line Cruise’s Harbor Lights Cruise. As the ship sailed around the southern tip of Manhattan, a guide pointed out various historically and anecdotally significant sites on the island. The SSM volunteers’ two-hour tour was blessed by “absolutely perfect” weather as well as relaxing fellowship.
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