Subject: West Side Update - September 22
September 22, 2014
My name is Kip' Chelashaw. I was born and raised in Kenya and am currently spending five weeks in New York City to train with Redeemer City to City to start a new church. Next year, I hope to start a church in Nairobi.
Kenya is a place of many tribes with distinctive identities, somewhat like the different regions of the US or England. The city of Nairobi brings them all together, along with people from surrounding countries like Uganda, Tanzania, and Sudan, and others from farther away like Egypt, Israel, and China. I want to start a church that embraces people from many tribes, tongues and nations. To do this it is my prayer and strong desire to recruit a diverse launch team that can reflect the beautiful diversity of my country.
Many Kenyans identify themselves as Christian, but the statistics show that Kenyan culture is overwhelmed by epidemic corruption, superstition, and tribal favoritism. One of the things I am observing at Redeemer is the active endeavor to link one's faith to one's work. This could be one way to help Kenyans see how Christ's lordship and goodness extends to every area of life and is not limited to a spiritual experience on Sundays.
Being in New York to train with Redeemer City to City is a wonderful blessing. It's helping me think through all of the critical steps and decisions required to launch a church, such as how to properly research a neighborhood. I've been particularly impressed by the hospitality of the CTC staff! I look forward to meeting you all on City to City Sunday, September 28.
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.
One of the most interesting experiences of living in NYC is riding the subway. Not only is it a remarkable feat of engineering, but each subway car is a microcosm of the global village that is NYC. Of course, that is the reason Redeemer was started in Manhattan 25 years ago, to be in a city that shapes and drives so much of the (global?) culture in which we live. It is also the reason City to City was started, to help expand that vision by assisting in the planting of churches and the training of leaders in global cities around the world.
Next Sunday at each of our four worship services you will have an opportunity to hear from seven global church planters who are in NYC this fall for training. We'll be taking a special offering to help launch their churches. You can also meet the rest of the church planters and find our more about the work Redeemer is doing at a reception at CTC's offices on Tuesday, September 30th. This is a great way to celebrate how our church community is connected to those around the world.
Rev. David Bisgrove
City to City Sunday is HERE!
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Thanks for a great 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Below you'll see a few of the opportunities to serve the city through Hope for New York affiliates. To learn more and to see a full list searchable by date, neighborhood and service type, visit the HFNY volunteer page.
Young Life Capernaum
Thursdays from 6 to 7:30PM, All Angels Church
Lead Club Activities for Teens with Disabilities. Volunteers will build relationships with teens that have intellectual or developmental disabilities by helping with weekly club and Bible study activities. RSVP here.
Saturdays from 9:30AM to 12PM, Wash Hts & Inwood
Volunteers will co-lead groups of 15-20 K - 8th grade students from Hispanic communities in academic, spiritual and life skills programs. Request more information here.
Bowery Mission Women’s Center
The BMWC is a residential, discipleship program for women transitioning out of homelessness. There are many ways for female volunteers to get involved--from serving meals, leading outings, teaching women to knit and sew, providing career mentoring, and more. Click here to learn more.
The Salvation Army
Wednesdays or Thursdays, 5 to 7PM near Times Square
Volunteers provide after school tutoring and homework support for elementary and jr. high school level students. Click here to learn more.
Enriching Your Marriage starts October 16
Thursdays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at 1359 Broadway
This 7-week Renewal Group offers tools for married couples to connect and focus on God’s design for marriage in light of his grace and wisdom. Facilitated by Counselors Lois Kehlenbrink and Missy Terrell. Starts October 16 and runs through December 4. Click here for more information on registration and fees.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him sincerely and in truth.
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