Subject: West Side Update - November 12
November 12, 2012
“When I was asked to consider being nominated for the Diaconate, I was initially hesitant because I didn't understand fully what the Diaconate was and what it did. Then, when I found out, I wasn't sure it was the right fit for me,” says Heather Trussell. “However, I sensed God was leading me into another area of service, so I went forward with the nomination. Through the process it became clear how the Lord had used circumstances in my life to prepare me to serve on the Diaconate and be involved in mercy ministry.”
Heather was born in Chicago but raised in a suburb of Phoenix, where she owned horses and was a competitive rider. She’s lived in NYC for 13 years now, most of them spent in Hell’s Kitchen. She works in music publishing, finding and signing songwriter-artists and licensing their songs for use. And while she may not have horses in the city, she’s often doing anything outdoors-related—from free kayaking on the Hudson to long runs in the city. She also teaches a spin class. She’s got a list of favorite Hell’s Kitchen restaurants: Nook, Eatery, Pam’s Thai, Fat Sals (for take-out pizza), and Kashkaval.
Heather has been coming to Redeemer for 10 years, and has served in various capacities. She was on the Communion Team for several years and has been a co-leader of her Community Group for seven years now. She joined the Diaconate in 2009.
“Being a part of the Diaconate comes with many rewards and challenges,” says Heather. “It's a unique experience to walk side-by-side with people through, arguably, some of the most difficult times in their lives, and then to witness how the Lord works in their situations. Through the process, I've learned much about myself and my relationship with the Lord.”
As I’m sitting here writing this update, two related events are winding down. One is the end of the current sermon series at Redeemer on biblical generosity. The other is the frenetic energy, information and attention surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Starting this coming Sunday we will ‘turn the page’ from the theme of generosity and begin a long study of the Book of Acts. Of course the danger will be to leave behind the lessons of generosity we have learned and miss an opportunity to live out the key principle of the series, which is that Christians are to be deeply and pervasively generous. Similarly, as life begins to return to normal for most people following the hurricane, there will be a danger to leave behind the pervasive and deep needs of those in our city most devastated by the hurricane. Therefore my prayer and challenge to you is that we live out the principles of God’s generosity and remain invested in the lives of those in our city that have suffered so much loss and heartache. Thank you for all that you have already done to bring relief and hope to those in our community.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Hurricane Sandy Response
Help those in need in the wake of the hurricane
If you are wondering what you can do, there are three main ways to help: Pray, Act, Give. Hope for New York is identifying ways people can help practically, please click here to register for alerts as volunteer opportunities arise. Please consider giving to the Redeemer Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help with both needs in our church community and throughout the city with other organizations that provide assistance.
Need help after Hurricane Sandy?
If you are personally in need of assistance as a result of the storm please click here to contact the Diaconate, or leave a message on the Diaconate Message Helpline (917) 719-0259 and the deacon/deaconess-on-call will return your call as soon as possible.
It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November
Do you know any members that would make a good elder, deacon or deaconess? If you are a member, please read the description and nominate Christians that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, or download a nomination form, or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.
Thank You West Siders
Hurricane Sandy Drive
Thank you to all those who came out last week to drop off donations and deliver food, clothing and supplies around the city. We collected over 8 loads (cars, trucks and SUVs) at W83. Click here for photos, and see details above for further ways to help.
Connect with Community while Lending a Hand
The Great BIG Volunteer Sign up...
Wondering how you can get connected? Become a West Side volunteer and serve once a month at a Sunday Service. Serve with Sunday Service Ministries and email Phoebe, or with the Children’s Ministry and email Amy.... If you have already signed up, a 'Great BIG Volunteer Sign up' thank you to you.
His Toy Store Christmas Table on the West Side
Donate Toys at Sunday Services thru December 2
Christmas is coming! His Toy Store meets a very real need in the city. Please bring toy donations to W83 on Sundays. Volunteers are also needed to receive toys before and after services, click here to find an available slot.
Thanksgiving ‘Boxes of Love’ at W83
Saturday, November 17 from 9:00AM to 11:30AM
All West Side families and Children's Ministry volunteers! Bring your children and serve together to make Thanksgiving ‘boxes of love’ for families in need. Lunch will be provided. Please email Amy to sign up.
New West Side Classes
Sunday, November 18
This coming Sunday we have two classes discussing our responses to tragedy and need, Understanding Grief at 11:15AM, and Loving and Serving the City at 1:00PM. Click here to register, or email Karen for more information.
Save the Date!
Friday, November 23 at W83
It's the 'post-Thanksgiving leftovers pot luck and Hurricane Sandy service project' for West Siders, friends and neighbors. Details coming soon.
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