Subject: West Side Update - October 8
October 8, 2012
Holly Goroff was born and raised in NYC, in Hell’s Kitchen. Her mother was Catholic and her father was Jewish, but neither were practicing when Holly was a young child. After her parents divorced, Holly met her dad’s new neighbors—two Christian “Redeemerites” in their twenties. The two girls took Holly under their wings. She saw something different in their lives and accepted Christ when she was nine. A few years later, her mom and stepdad began attending Redeemer. Pretty soon, Holly was going too.
Holly left the city to go to college at ESF in Syracuse and then SUNY Albany. She remained in Albany for several years after graduation, before returning to NYC in 2005 to pursue nutrition. She went on to graduate with her master’s degree from NYU.
Holly now works in the stroke unit of a rehabilitation hospital, while also building her own business. “My love is helping people who have challenging circumstances—maybe it’s financial constraints, maybe it’s not being able to make heads or tails of the crazy nutrition information out there, or maybe it’s trouble making healthy family meals with limited time. I want to help those people who don’t feel like they can be successful,” says Holly.
At Redeemer, Holly served as an usher from 2006 until this fall, when she became her Community Group’s new leader. She recently began serving with Hope for New York, and plans to provide nutrition lessons to HFNY affiliates.
In her own spiritual walk, Holly often thinks about the story of the prodigal son and how she is sometimes like the younger son, and sometimes like the elder. “Often I’ve thought about myself as the son who ran away. Then I realized it depends on what you’re talking about. Sometimes I was feeling enraged about something in my life, and I realized it was because I felt like I was doing the right thing and being wronged,” says Holly. “It just occurred to me, you can be both depending on the circumstance. I’m both of those people. And because of that I am all the more grateful for God’s grace and patience.”
My wife and I recently returned home from a four day trip. We were hoping to get back in time to see our daughters before they were asleep, but alas the adventure that is JFK airport made that impossible. So the following morning I went in to wake up my 7 year old for school as I do every morning, and when she opened her eyes and saw me, there was a look of spontaneous joy as she grabbed my neck and hugged it with a force that pulled my body down and lifted my heart up. It was one of those pure moments of love, joy, longing and contentment that can fade almost as quickly as they appear. But they are moments that stay with us forever.
Interested in becoming a member of Redeemer?
Sunday, October 21 from 12:45PM at the W83 Ministry Center
Are you ready to learn what it means to be a church member? Do you fidget in half-day classes, but flourish watching videos at home? This is the membership event you've been waiting for! On October 21 following the 11:15AM service, we'll offer the Membership Q&A, an interactive session with Redeemer elders open for all those who have completed the membership videos online. Click here for details and registration, or email Susana Gough with questions.
Calling all High School Students!
Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at the W83 Ministry Center
If you are a High School student looking to make new friends, join your fellow students (9th-12th grades) from the East Side and the West Side on Fridays at W83. For more info click here or email David Plant.
Mentor Youth with Operation Exodus
Saturdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in Washington Heights
Hope for New York is still looking for keen volunteers for Operation Exodus to work with children on Saturdays! As a volunteer mentor you will work as a team to lead sessions, including Bible lessons, for K-12th grade students. Please email for more info.
Business Plan Competition Workshop
Saturday, October 13 from 10:00AM at the W83 Ministry Center
Are you a budding entrepreneur? Got a big idea? See how the Gospel that transforms hearts can also shape a venture.... And meet your peers! For more info click here or email Calvin Chin.
Still time to sign up for West Side Classes!
Starting Sunday, October 14 at the W83 Ministry Center
There’s still time to sign up for our first round of classes: How People Change, Train Up a Child, and The Credibility of Christianity. Spaces are filling up so click here for all the details and register today!
Family Ministries: Education Forums at the W83 Ministry Center
Pre-School and Kindergarten, October 19 from 6:45 to 9:00PM
Middle and High School, October 26 from 6:45 to 9:00PM
Calling all parents of school-age children! Join us as Dr. Brent Bounds, Director of Family Ministries, hosts a panel of parents who will share their experience of navigating the challenges of the NYC education system. $5 includes light dinner. Click here to register or find out more.
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