Subject: West Side Update – May 26
May 26, 2014
“I moved up to the city with a few short-term goals, in hopes to move back south in a year or two, but the Lord has completely changed my heart and desire for living here,” says Erica Heffner.
Erica is originally from Pennsylvania but she lived in North Carolina for six years before moving to NYC two years ago. She lives on the UWS and is a full-time nanny.
“I entered this city feeling lonely and frustrated that God had taken me from a place and people I loved and put me in a place and with people, if I’m being honest, that I wanted little to do with. I wanted to see my goals achieved quickly and I wanted to live my life as I had planned and saw fit, but he slowly changed those plans,” says Erica. “I went from wanting to move in a year to wanting to live here as long as I can. I went from only wanting to take from this city to seeing it as my city — a city I could and should love because the Lord has beautiful plans for his people and I have the privilege of being a part of that!”
Erica loves walking in the city: “You get to see the most that way,” she says. And the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow in Central Park are two of her favorite spots.Erica has attended Redeemer since she first moved to the city. She’s now teaching our kindergarteners in our Sunday morning Children’s Ministry. And she co-leads a Community Group for our WS congregation: “They have become my family here and I am constantly challenged and encouraged by the women in my group,” she says.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal lists 12 “helpful hints” for successful leaders, a modern version of what students of the Bible find in the book of Proverbs. These are the first two hints:
So much of successful communication requires active listening. In an age of instantaneous information and the ability through social media to “weigh in” on any and every event, the advice is timely and sound. Taken together, these modern proverbs yield two aspects of godly character, humility and compassion.
Listening and thinking communicate a humility that says, “I don’t have all the answers and need to learn.” That is a sign of wisdom and will always serve you well. Also, engaged listening (as opposed to using the time you aren’t talking to prepare your next response) communicates to the person speaking compassion and care. As you know, so often the most helpful and healing thing you can do with a close friend is make sure the other person is heard. Advice is nice, but being heard can often times go so much further in helping another person.
An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. (Proverbs 18:1-2)
Rev. David Bisgrove
The 2013 annual report is out!
Serve the evening services
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their Volunteer page to see opportunities by neighborhood and service type.
Help host movie night at St. Paul’s House
Teach ESL for adults
Free during the day this summer?
Sundays, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., 251 W 80th
Volunteers are needed on Sunday evenings to help set up, serve a meal, interact with homeless guests and clean up afterward at All Angels’ Church on UWS. Great way for groups to serve together! RSVP for June 1.
New Leader Basics training this Saturday
2014 Ei Forum this weekend
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