Subject: West Side Update - October 19
October 19, 2015
The Open Door
The Open Door is one of Hope for New York's newest affiliates on the Upper West Side. The Open Door's mission is to empower immigrants to reach their full God-given potential to successfully integrate, participate in and contribute to the wellbeing of our society.
Hope for New York fully funded The Open Door to launch their Manhattan location of ESL classes, and connected volunteers to teach the classes. And HFNY has been committed to working with The Open Door every step of the way to launch their new Manhattan location— securing classroom space at W83, funding all program costs, and recruiting volunteer teachers for the Wednesday night ESL class.
Chris Copeland, a West Sider and one of the volunteer teachers, has developed a friendship with Oscar, one of the Open Door Students. Chris told us about Oscar: "I know his commute to work is very long, and our class is not exactly on the way home for him. Yet he is present every Wednesday night. I know he spends five hours each Saturday in a GED class. He has goals for his future, and the first step is getting proficient in English. So far he is doing great."
The Open Door wants to see a new community of diverse individuals participating and thriving in the English-speaking economic mainstream as a model of community development. Their program offerings this year include English as a Second Language classes, GED math classes, and computer skills classes.
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.
At my most recent physical, my physician discussed the need for good nutrition and underscored that despite the fact that we know certain foods are better than others, most of us still prefer less healthy options. But the bottom line of what he was reminding me is that we are what we eat. The healthier our diet, the healthier our bodies.
Of course the same is true with our spiritual lives. In the opening Psalm we are told that "those who delight in the law of the Lord and who meditate on it day and night... [are] like a tree planted by streams of water... whose leaf does not wither." This bucolic image is contrasted with those who avoid God and his law, who are described as chaff that are blown away by the wind. Derek Kidner reflects on the psalm this way:
The Psalm is content to develop this one theme, implying that whatever really shapes a man’s thinking shapes his life.
In other words, there is such a thing as "soul food" and we consume it daily in all forms. And Christians know that it is God’s word applied by God’s Spirit that is the healthiest option, and yet one that we often ignore. So as you begin a new week make sure that you find the time to regularly chew on God’s word, because as the Psalmist reminds us, you are what you eat.
Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. – Psalm 112:1In Christ,
Rev. David Bisgrove
This Sunday, October 25, is HFNY Sunday | We'll share how you can join the movement of mercy & justice across the city through Hope For New York's work to serve the poor and marginalized of New York City. For more info, visit hfny.org/join.
Thank you from Redeemer City to City | Everyone at Redeemer City to City is very grateful for your gifts to the Special Offering on September 27! Together, the 3 congregations gave $117K to help underwrite CTC's global training in 2015. Watch a short video to hear from the church planters that participated in the Intensive or consider giving at redeemercitytocity.com/rpc.
Children's Ministry is hiring | West Side Children's Ministry is looking to hire a part-time substitute teacher for our AM and PM elementary classes. If you have experience and love working with elementary-aged children, please send your resume to Eunice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to impact the next generation of New Yorkers? Volunteering with the Children's Ministry is a great way to build community and use your gifts to show God's love to the littlest ones among us. Contact Jenni at email@example.com for more information.
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Pray with us and Hope For New York
This Sunday, October 25, we will hear stories of how God is working through a movement of mercy & justice in the city. Join us in prayer for:
- Affiliates serving children and youth: Pray that the staff of HFNY affiliates working with children and youth would have all that they need to love and serve the kids in their programs this year.
- Volunteer leaders as they start their program years: Pray that the HFNY Board, Team Leaders, Young Supporters Committee, Community Grant Circle, and others would not grow weary in doing good, but experience the strength of the Holy Spirit as they give of their time and resources to love our city our church partners:
- Church partners: Pray for Redeemer, Trinity Baptist, and Apostles and that the pastors would be strengthened and sustained in their ministries, and that the congregations would grow in their care for their neighbors, and seek to do justice and love mercy in their city.
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