Subject: West Side Update – August 4
August 4, 2014
Julieanne Sullivan is a third generation New Yorker. She grew up in Douglaston, Queens, as the middle of nine children. She lived on the UWS when her son and daughter were young, left the New York area for a while, and then came back to Queens 19 years ago. Three years ago, she began attending Redeemer, and today volunteers with several Hope for New York (HFNY) affiliates, usually spending one weekend a month preparing meals and distributing groceries to those in need.
“My motivation for helping is twofold: My blessings are many and I’m compelled to help where I can,” Julieanne explained. “I am especially interested in the problem of hunger, which can be invisible to most of us. What keeps me coming back is the incredible friendship and gratitude I’ve received from the people I serve, and the staff and volunteers I work with. It brings everything in my life into perspective.”
Last year, Julieanne Sullivan’s employer, the New York Power Authority, introduced a paid volunteer time (PVT) policy that encourages salaried employees to use up to two compensated workdays per year for approved volunteer activities in their local communities. Julieanne used her PVT day to prepare a special pre-Thanksgiving meal for residents at the Neighborhood Coalition for the Homeless. Last month, she was featured in her company’s employee newsletter, highlighting her HFNY service.
“The response to the story at my office has been wonderful,” says Julieanne. “I am usually very private about my spiritual conviction but the opportunity to talk about HFNY was too good to pass up. I have had quite a few co-workers talk to me about it, and it gives me a chance to talk to them about HFNY and Redeemer.”Recognition or not, she’ll keep volunteering as usual. “These organizations simply can’t serve their communities without the help of volunteers, and everyone has something to offer,” said Julieanne. “Willingness is the catalyst for change.”
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.
My brother is a real estate agent and has often commented on the importance of first impressions when prospective buyers or renters walk into a home or apartment. In short, it’s much easier to form a good first impression than to recover from a bad one.
That’s why I am so grateful for our Sunday Service volunteers who, week in and week out, welcome the thousands of adults and children who pass through the front doors of W83 on their way to worship. Whether it’s offering a warm greeting or taking the time to assist or listen to someone in need, these “first impressions” are more than just human acts of kindness, but reflect the important ministry of hospitality as people are welcomed into God’s household.
As the fall approaches, please consider how you might extend Christ’s warmth by signing up to usher and welcome the hundreds of new visitors that will be walking through our doors for the first time.
Thank you in advance!
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, NASB)
Rev. David Bisgrove
We came, we sang, we prayed
Elementary Sunday School classes take a break in August
Text to give
The 7 p.m. is moving to 6:45 on August 17!
Multiply mercy’s impact, nominate a candidate for the Diaconate
This month, pray with HFNY for NYC kids
Q: What makes a good Beta Group host?
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.
Did you miss yesterday’s info session about HFNY’s Charity Bike Ride?
Volunteer to serve breakfast before work (St. Paul’s House)
Help lead community-building events for those with mental disabilities (The Bridge)
August 14 through 19
Volunteers with executive, entrepreneur and/or business experience receive up to five résumés and leadership statements to edit and refine. Résumés belong to the new Team 4 entrepreneurs-in-training, a carefully selected group of men and women with criminal histories. This is an online opportunity that starts on August 14, with deadline on August 19. Learn more here or contact Whitney at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Job search skills training classes
Consider this opportunity from the Center for Faith & Work to take an in-depth look at your particular area of work through the lens of the gospel. Cohorts meet weekly over a commitment period of three months. Registration for the fall now open for arts, education, finance, healthcare and cross-vocational, with more to come. More info.
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