Subject: West Side Update - December 17
December 17, 2012
Cate Capozzi has lived on W. 76th street for most of her life. Though the rest of her family hails from Iowa and Missouri, she’s crazy about NYC. “I'm so happy when others commit to staying here with diehards like me, giving something back to NYC,” says Cate.
Cate has been at Redeemer since 1990, where she even met her husband, Paul. She and Paul have a 6-year-old long-haired dachshund named Tobey Shalom.
Cate has served in full-time Christian ministry for 18 years and currently works with the New York Fellowship. Her favorite UWS spots are Central Park and Riverside Park. “New Yorkers need ‘green!’” says Cate. She takes this love of green things into her home as well: “I’m crazy about flowers and love growing them. I grow a few herbs too.”
At Redeemer, Cate was a deaconess from 1992 to 1995, and then reactivated her service in 2005. “I started serving as a deek early on and was greatly surprised at the level of involvement and commitment needed,” says Cate. “But it's wonderful work. I've learned much from my clients and diaconate partners. The Lord is so involved in this work.”
A bible verse that means a lot to Cate is Galatians 5:6, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
To build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
I love New York City at Christmas time as the City explodes with light. People come from all over the world to visit the tree at Rockefeller Center with its 30,000 lights! This imagery draws me into the story of Jesus’ birth, with its haunting description of people walking in darkness longing for a great light. Darkness is frightening, disorienting, and a metaphor throughout Scripture for evil and death. That was vividly brought home last week with the unspeakable murders in Newtown. As Alice and I join you in processing this tragedy we are reminded why Jesus’ birth is so closely tied to light. He is described as the ‘rising sun’ who will ‘shine on those living in darkness’ (Luke 1:79) and the ‘light of all mankind’ (John 1:4). Jesus himself said he was the light of the world (John 8:12) and that faith in him means you will never have to live in darkness again (John 12:46). I don’t know where the darkness lurks in your life—whether in grief, sadness, regret, loneliness, bitterness, anger, greed, pride—the point is that Christmas is a time to let the light of Jesus shine in those dark places. It is a season of hope because Jesus came and experienced the cosmic darkness of death on the cross so that we might have new life and light by his Spirit. Make time in your life over the next few weeks to worship Jesus, in community and in private, and let his light flood the dark corners of your life. And for those who want additional resources to help you process the tragedy in Newtown last week, or losses you've experienced, see our Community section immediately below this letter.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Support for Processing Newtown Tragedy
Healing and recovery from the tragedy at Newtown will be a long and difficult process for that community as well as the worldwide community who shares in their grief. During this sad time, please remember the community and support available to help you. A set of resources for individuals and families can be found here.
Year End Giving
As we approach the end of the year, please prayerfully consider the financial needs we face to meet the 2012 Operating Fund. For contributions to be recorded in 2012, they must be received in the church office, postmarked, or given online by December 31. To donate please click here. Thank you for your generosity.
Lead Activities for those with Mental Illness
Saturday, December 22 from 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Hope for New York is looking for volunteers to prepare meals, lead events and build relationships with people struggling with mental illness at The Bridge-Rita Berger House on the Upper West Side. Email to sign up.
Hope for New York
‘Tis the Season to Volunteer
Click here to visit the Hope for New York webpage listing all volunteer opportunities over the Christmas period.
Hurricane Sandy Response
Help those in need...
Please Pray, Act, Give. Hope for New York is compiling details of volunteer opportunities across the city, click here to register for volunteer updates. Please consider giving to the Redeemer Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.
Christmas Eve Services hosted by Redeemer Downtown
Monday, December 24 at 5:00PM and 10:30PM
Staying in the city over the holidays? Come along to a Redeemer Christmas Eve service at The Carriage House, 135 W. 18th St., btw. 6th & 7th Aves. No childcare provided.
The Redeemer Advent Meditation
Sign up and have the weekly Advent meditation emailed to you on the Sundays of Advent, click here.
West Side Women at W83
Tuesdays, 7:30PM to 9:30PM, or Fridays, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
All women are welcome to come along for worship, prayer and bible study. Click here to register or contact Kari Jo Cates for more information.
Children’s Communicants' Classes start in January
Sundays in 2013Is your child is interested in taking communion? They may be right for a 4-week Communicants' Class (4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade classes). For more info or to sign up, click here or contact Karen.
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