Subject: West Side Update - November 3
November 3, 2014
“I grew up in Nebraska on a farm,” says Megan Knapp, who has lived in NYC for four years. “I learned lots of interesting skills. For instance, I can drive a tractor with a trailer in reverse in a straight line. I also love animals. I’m glad I was raised in the country – it’s very dear to me.”
Megan is an opera singer. She initially moved to NYC for her master’s in classical voice performance, and she is now the soloist in large choral works like Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. She also works in the Transaction Advisory Services practice at EY, a Big 4 accounting firm.
During high school, Megan played varsity volleyball and basketball and ran track, so she’s always up for opportunities to play group sports. “I think it’s fun to be a part of a team,” says Megan. She also loves to cook, bake and throw parties. She says, “I can’t wait to have friends over to watch college football this fall – I’ll make homemade salsa, queso and brownies.”
Megan was a 2014 Gotham Fellow with the Center for Faith & Work. “Let me tell you, the Gotham Fellowship program is incredible,” she says. “The curriculum is well crafted and the experience anchored me to Redeemer and the city. I’m grateful for the experience – it deepened my relationship with the Lord and I made great friends.”
One of her favorite quotes is from Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
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.
In 1983, Pope John Paul II visited the prison cell of the man who had attempted to assassinate him, offering forgiveness. Time magazine made it their cover story, an excerpt of which is below:
“The scene in the prison had a symbolic splendor. It shone in lovely contrast to what the world had witnessed lately…for some time a suspicion had taken hold that the trajectory of history is descendant, that the world moves from disorder to greater disorder – The symbolism of the pictures from Rebibibia (the prison) is precisely the XTN message – that people can be redeemed, and they are ascendant toward the light.”
Forgiveness is a concept that we positively embrace, find canonized in the Lord’s Prayer (‘forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors’) and struggle to put into practice. That’s because of the cost involved. It is a debt that must be paid (Matthew 18:27), a cleansing that must be offered (Isaiah 1:18), a self-assessment of our contribution (Matthew 7:5), and a decision to ‘forget’ it ever happened (Isaiah 43:25-26). In other words it is painful, sacrificial, costly, and loving all at the same time - like a cross.
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. – I John 3:16
Rev. David Bisgrove
November is Officer Nomination Month
Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve the city with Hope for New York. As always, you can check HFNY’s volunteer page to search a full list by neighborhood and service type.
Defy Ventures // Coach Formerly Incarcerated Men & Women
Tonight! Mon, Nov 3 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Volunteers will serve as a startup coach at this event to advise men and women in the Entrepreneurs-in-Training program! Individualized meetings with EITs will focus on offering strategic insight into some of their toughest entrepreneurship obstacles. RSVP online.
Project FIND Hamilton // Assist in Winterizing the Hamilton Senior Center Rooftop
Wed, Nov 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.on UWS
5 to 10 volunteers will clean rooftop equipment and furniture, help store items, and clean the rooftop for the coming winter. RSVP online.
The Inner City Ministry of Cru // Supervise the Packing of Thanksgiving Boxes of Love
Sat, Nov 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
Adult volunteers will supervise areas of the project where children and families will pack “Boxes of Love” - a Thanksgiving dinner for families in need. The event is in partnership with the West Side Children’s Ministry. RSVP online.
You’re Invited to the Diaconate Open House
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Ever thought about starting a small prayer or accountability group?
It’s a beautiful way to encourage and sharpen one another as we continue becoming what God has created us to be. Grab a friend or two, find a regular time to meet and use this guide to help you get started!
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