Subject: East Side Update-October 7
7 October 2012
Katherine has been at Redeemer since the early 1990's when Redeemer was a small but vibrant and rapidly growing church. She serves as a Deaconness for the East Side Congregation. She remembers leading a small Bible study in her home (before Redeemer was planted) that prayed for what seemed impossible: a transformative presence of Christ in the city and a permeation of the gospel as the only hope for New York City. Today she is humbled and awed to see how powerfully and faithfully God has answered the prayers of that tiny group.
Kathie is a Psychotherapist in Private Practice in Manhattan. A Licenced Clinical Social Worker with advanced training in Self Psychological Psychoanalysis, Imago Couples Therapy, and Pastoral Counseling, she has a lifelong interest in integrating Christ centered Biblical counseling with current research in the behavorial sciences; her speciality is helping individuals and couples to discover the motivational idols of their heart, while providing the skills to restore a vibrant Christ honoring life.
Originally from the Carolinas, Kathie also enjoys visiting with family out of state, exploring the city (especially the restaurants!), entertaining and ballroom dancing.
In 1 Chronicles 22, we read of King David’s generosity towards the building of the house of God. David knew he would not live to see the temple’s completion, yet this did not prevent him from pouring all of his resources into this important endeavor.
For the next seven weeks, we will be looking at the importance of living generously. Generosity comes in many forms. It refers to time spent with a dear friend or family member in need. It means using your unique talents and abilities for the flourishing of those with whom you work. It means giving up your material wealth so someone with very little is able to have what you often take for granted.
But as Christians, generosity first refers to our God, who extended grace to a people when we were still His enemies. It refers to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who “though he was in the form of God… made himself nothing” so that we could become sons and daughters of our heavenly Father (Phillippians 2:6-7). When we remind ourselves of the great generosity demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, suddenly giving of our own time, talents and treasures is not a requirement but rather a response to His love.
Elementary Coordinator and Community Group Intern
Sunday, October 14 | Children's Ministry Meet & Greet
12:00PM | Hunter West Building, 3rd Fl Small Cafe
Come join other families of Infants to 2 year olds for lunch with fall activities. This will be a great time to get to know your child's Sunday school teachers and Children's Ministry staff. Cost: $10/family. Please RSVP to Kathryn Koontz.
Sunday, October 21 | East Side Church Picnic
12:30PM | Central Park at West 86th St
We're having a church picnic! Get to know others in the East Side congregation and enjoy the fall season in NYC. On October 21 after the morning worship service, bring your lunch and a blanket (but no chairs) to Central Park and we'll be located right inside West 86 Street. Frisbees optional! Contact Stacey Hess with any questions.
HFNY: Bowery Mission Women's Career Center
Thursday, October 25 | 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM | Upper East Side
Orientation for Christian women interested in serving as job skills mentors (including support in basic math, computers, or ESL) at the Career Center at the Bowery Mission Women's Center. Please RSVP to attend.
HFNY: Play Bingo and Serve High Tea to Formerly Homeless
Saturday, October 13 | 12:00PM-2:00PM | Upper East Side
Play bingo, serve tea, and build friendships with residents of an UES facility for men and women recovering from homelessness as part of the Saturday High Tea program. Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter offers a long-term, supportive housing facility that houses 65 men and women, the majority of whom are mentally ill and have been chronically homeless. This is a great group opportunity! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HFNY: Serve at UES Homeless Shelter on Madison Ave.
Volunteer on Sunday-Friday evenings | 73rd and Madison
Volunteers needed to prepare and serve a meal, talk with homeless guests, and clean up at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church-St. James' homeless shelter, which hosts 12 homeless men each night on Sunday-Friday evenings. MAPC-SJ operates in conjunction with NYC's homeless emergency drop-in center. Contact email@example.com.
At the September Leaders@7 meeting, Tim Keller outlined Redeemer's vision for the 2012-2013 ministry year as a church with a missional identity to serve New York City. If you were not at that meeting, an audio recording is available here.
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