Subject: West Side Update - January 21
January 21, 2013
Tokyo Mission Team Member
In May 2012, Andrea Yee went to Tokyo as a part of a four-member team from Redeemer. They assisted Redeemer’s two-year-old church plant, Grace City Church Tokyo, by visiting small groups and working at a homeless shelter. Andrea also had the chance to share her experiences of integrating her faith with her work when the team spoke at a Work-Life seminar for young professionals. This was a particular challenge, and a special opportunity, because Andrea herself has struggled with balancing work in her life.
Andrea is a buyer at Macy’s, currently working in men’s accessories and gifts. She’s from St. Louis, MO, where she went to college and studied marketing and economics. When Andrea moved to NYC in 2008 to establish her career as a buyer, she invested much time, energy, and efforts into her job. “It was a year to the exact date after coming to the city when I read Counterfeit Gods,” says Andrea. “I was overwhelmed with the reality that my career had slowly taken God’s place in my heart.”
While on the Tokyo trip, Andrea spent hours preparing for the Work-Life seminar. “I recalled all the ways that God had transformed my heart in the past four years of living and working in New York City,” she says. “I realized people from all cultures can struggle with taking a ‘good’ thing, like work, and making it an ‘ultimate’ thing.” For Andrea, the mission trip showed her both how God could use her experiences to encourage others and how he could continue working in her life as she served, and through the people she served. “It’s been 7 months, and there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about Tokyo and the people of Grace City,” says Andrea. “I'm prayerfully considering my next mission trip and look forward to witnessing God’s redemptive power once again.”
Considering a mission trip in 2013? Click here for more information.
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.
In "Letter from Birmingham Jail” (if you haven’t read it, today’s a good day to do so, click here) Martin Luther King, Jr. argued that the standard for determining which laws are just and which are unjust is God’s law—which Jesus summarized as loving God with your entire being and loving your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27). In other words, love is at the heart of God’s law—a love for his world that seeks to bring justice and compassion to those who are oppressed and on the margins of society. One of the four priorities of the West Side Congregation is to love our neighbors as Christ loved us. One practical way for you to do that is to participate in the upcoming Don’t Walk By Campaign. Our goal is to have 100 congregants sign up (click here to register) to participate during the month of February, specifically on either the 9th (Harlem) or the 16th (UWS). This is just one of many ways we can work to bring the reality of God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, and, in words found in the Birmingham Jail letter, for the church not merely to be a “thermometer” that records ”the ideas and principles of popular opinion; (but) a thermostat that transform(s) the mores of society.”
Rev. David Bisgrove
Don't Walk By Care Kits at W83
Saturday, January 26 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
February marks Don’t Walk By month with over 1,000 volunteers hitting streets and subway platforms to offer care kits to the city’s homeless. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors by helping assemble care kits for distribution. Snacks and coffee will be served. Click here to RSVP.
Next Sunday is Missions Sunday
Sunday, January 27
Interested in Redeemer Missions? Come along to coffee hour next week after all services and meet alumni of past short-term missions trips. They will answer questions and share info about upcoming trips for 2013.
Calling all High School Students!
Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at W83
If you are a High School student, join your fellow students (9th-12th grade) on Fridays at W83. For more info click here or email David Plant.
Register for Don't Walk By!
Harlem, February 9 and West Side, February 16
Every Saturday in February, volunteers will cover Manhattan on a search for the homeless, offering people living on the street care kits, warm food, clothing, blankets, and the opportunity to stay in a shelter. Sign up for the Harlem outreach on February 9 or the West Side outreach on February 16. Click here for more info and to register to volunteer, or click image below to watch video.
Preparing for Marriage Seminar
Saturday, January 26 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Thinking about getting married? Sign up for this seminar discussing healthy marriage. $50 per person. Click here to register.Faith & Work Night at W83
Monday, January 28 at 7:00PM
Come along to a vocation group! The evening starts with food and fellowship, and continues with breakouts to re-envision work in light of the gospel. Find your group and RSVP online.
West Side Classes at W83
Click here to see the range of classes being offered on the West Side and sign up.
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