Subject: West Side Update - February 11
February 11, 2013
Chuck & Celine Armstrong
A little over a year ago, Chuck and Celine Armstrong started volunteering through Hope for New York (HFNY) with their UWS Community Group. The group began serving at the Sunday night meals at All Angels' Church on 80th and Broadway, helping the congregation serve a meal to the homed and homeless people who attend church there.
"It was a team decision to try and do some sort of service project, and this seemed to make the most sense," Chuck says. "It's been a fun experience to serve with the same people we fellowship with each week, and it's been awesome to serve with my wife."
Originally from the Kansas City area, Chuck and Celine moved to New York in the spring of 2010. They started attending Redeemer shortly thereafter. Chuck works as the Programming Coordinator for Townsquare Media Group, where he helps oversee all on-air programming for the group's radio stations. Celine is a Landscape Architect and is working on her Master's degree in Urban Design at Columbia. On the weekends, they can be found strolling Riverside Park with their dog, Sassy, or stopping in for brunch at Spring Kitchen after church.
For Chuck and Celine, who have also volunteered at HFNY affiliate Rita Berger House, serving has not only strengthened their Community Group, but it's also become a way to involve friends who wouldn't normally attend church. "I’ve invited friends I go to school with, and several of our CG members include their own friends in the service invites," Celine says. "All of a sudden, what was once just a church service project has turned into something that has created a real community for us on the Upper West Side."
Interested in HFNY volunteer projects on the UWS? Click here to find affiliates listed by geographic region.
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My wife Alice has been reading a book called The Power of Habit which argues that habits aren’t destiny, but powerful parts of the rhythm of our lives which can negatively and positively shape us. As William James put it “if practice did not make perfect nor habit economize the expense of nervous and muscular energy, [we] would…be in a sorry plight.” This is certainly true in our relationship with God. The church calendar helps us redemptively habitualize and practice the spiritual disciplines of grace, of putting ourselves into the story of God’s love and rescue. This Wednesday is the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of reflection and repentance that culminates in the celebration of Christ’s resurrection over death and sin. This year we are making a weekly Lenten devotional available, which will lead you through this season of reflection in anticipation of the Easter resurrection. You can do the weekly devotional on your own, as a family, or as part of a group of friends. The devotional will also tie in the year’s theme of generosity, especially in light of God’s generous sacrifice for us on the cross.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Communion Clean Up VolunteersAre you out of school, new to the city and looking to get connected? Check out Recent Grads community groups and events. Email for more info.
One Sunday PM Service, Once a Month
Seeking Community Groups to serve together for Communion clean up—it goes fast with a team of hands! All welcome, membership not required. Members are also needed for both PM Communion teams. Please email for info.
Recent Grads Community Groups
Register for Don't Walk By!
West Side, February 16
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. Our goal is for 100 West Siders to participate in this event. Click here for more info and to sign up, and here to watch the video.
Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Hope for New York is working with organizations serving areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. There are many ways to get involved, check here to stay up-to-date on needs.
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
Every Monday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Volunteers needed to help prepare pantry bags to be distributed to the homeless and marginally housed men and women. RSVP for Feb. 18, Feb. 25
citilights 30s Pub NightJoin us at the Irish American Pub and Restaurant, 17 John St. for an evening with your favorite games including pool, ping pong and air hockey. Email for more info.
Saturday, February 16 from 7:30PM
The Redeemer Lent Meditation
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