Subject: West Side Update - May 27
May 27, 2013
HFNY Volunteer Coordinator
“I have a passion for informing others on how they too can make a difference to bring mercy and justice. When I moved to the city in 2009, I came to be a journalist, and God used my passion and that path to direct me toward non-profits,” says Whitney Edge, who joined the staff at Hope for New York (HFNY) this month as a Volunteer Coordinator. “Now I get to live out the motto of ‘helping people help people’ that HFNY has, and I'm blessed when I look back and see how God orchestrated a unique way for me to be a part of his kingdom work here in NYC.”
Whitney moved to NYC with a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia. She interned and worked in journalism before turning to the non-profit sector, working first for The Bowery Mission. Now Whitney specifically oversees HFNY’s children and youth affiliates, as well as targeted population affiliates. She also manages HFNY’s relationship with two of their church partners—including us, the WS Congregation. “I'm a big extrovert so spending all of this relational time with people feeds my soul,” she says.
Whitney met her husband, Mason, in NYC. “When we were dating I was working at Book Culture (116th) and he was in graduate school at Columbia, living at 108th. We spent most of our first dates in the UWS,” she says. They now lead a Redeemer Community Group together and still love eating at Kefi, Absolute Bagels and Calle Ocho.Whitney also enjoys foreign cultures and travel—she’s spent time in over 10 different countries. And Psalm 84 is one of her favorite scripture passages: “The key tattoo on my arm that many people have probably seen is based on this Psalm, especially verses 3-4 and 10-11,” she says.
As a church of Jesus Christ, to help 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.
Memorial Day is one of those days when Americans remember things so important that everything comes to a stop. School, Business, and Government all rest from their labors to honor the memory of the women and men of our armed forces who gave their lives that we should enjoy lives of liberty. It is a profoundly human thing to remember and honor, probably because we realize how quickly time erodes our memory, our sense of the sacred. For the Christian, corporate worship is the time when God's people gather to remember and celebrate the sacred good news of Jesus. Equally important is our daily time with God when we recall to our hearts and minds the beauty, truth and mercy of God, which we find in his word. The Lord's Supper, which is done in remembrance of Jesus, has been so central to the Church's identity from the earliest days that it is often referred to as a memorial meal. Today, as you enjoy your picnic, or relax with friends, or simply sit quietly with a book, remember the one who loved you so deeply that he paid the ultimate price on the cross for your freedom.
The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” - 1 Corinthians 11:23-24
Rev. David Bisgrove
Thinking About Kids Roundtable Dinner and Discussion
Tuesday, June 4 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at W83
Meet people from the WS congregation, share dinner and discuss raising a family in NYC. Questions? Email Karen. $10 per person (includes dinner), register here.
Nursery Open House at W83
Hope for New York: Pack the Pantry at St. Paul’s House
Monday, June 3 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Volunteers are needed to pack pantry bags for distribution to homeless and marginally housed men and women in Midtown West. RSVP here.
Hope for New York: Help at World Vision
Hope for New York: Serve with the Relief Bus
High School Youth Group at W83
Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Are you a high school student? Come along on Fridays. Click for info or email David Plant with questions.
Membership Q&A at W83
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