Subject: West Side Update - March 11
March 11, 2013
Redeemer Diaconate Coordinator
Ellie Ellsworth has been a New Yorker since 1966. She's an actress, lives on the UWS, and also works as our Diaconate Coordinator.
Check out Ellie's New Birth Portrait, where she talks of all the ways she sought to address something deep inside her—and what she heard in the story of the woman at the well.
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.
As some of you know, the History Channel recently launched a new mini-series called “The Bible”. A review in the NY Times stated,
“The mini-series certainly seems unlikely to be much of a recruitment tool for Christianity, putting the emphasis on moments of suffering rather than messages of joy.”
As we enter the fourth week of Lent we are reminded that the bible, being all about Jesus, is in many ways about the fact there is no joy, hope, peace or forgiveness without suffering. Following Jesus on the road to Jerusalem during Lent reminds us that Jesus’ mission was to suffer. Immediately after acknowledging that he is the Christ (Mark 8:29), he talked very matter-of-factly that this meant he must ‘suffer many things’ and that ‘he must be killed’ (Mark 8:31-32). He lived his entire life in the shadow of the cross, reminding us that the primary reason for the incarnation was crucifixion, without which there would be no resurrection. At this time of Lent, don’t turn your eyes away from his suffering. Receive it as the gift of joy and new life that it is, and invite those around you to fix their eyes upon Jesus as well.
Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1b-2
Rev. David Bisgrove
Volunteer with the Children's Ministry
Two hours, One Sunday a Month
Please consider volunteering with the Children's Ministry and helping with a nursery, pre-school or elementary class. Email Amy for info.
West Side Classes
Spring Cycle Begins April 7
Check out upcoming classes including Credibility of Christianity, Introduction to Christianity, How People Change, Friendship and others. To learn more and register, click here. Questions? Contact Karen.
Cabs for CARE. Movie tickets for COMPASSION. Takeout for HOPE.
What will you exchange?
Click here to find out what you can give in exchange for hope. You’ll then have the opportunity to join The Hope Exchange, Hope for New York’s new community for committed monthly givers.
HFNY Pilot Programs
HFNY Dinner and Info Session at the Redeemer Offices
Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Interested in serving with Hope for New York? Join us for dinner and learn about volunteering for HFNY programs serving the poor in NYC. RSVP here.
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