Subject: West Side Update - June 3
June 3, 2013
“I enjoy walking all the way from the W83 Ministry Center back home to Hell's Kitchen after service on Sundays, taking in all the sights and sounds of the UWS,” says Jonathan Lee, who moved to New York in 2000 for work. “I also like taking walks in Central Park, which is such an oasis in the city. My favorite part is the Mall with its beautiful elm trees.”
Jonathan was born in Malaysia, but grew up in Singapore. After turning 18, he served in both the military and police force for two and a half years as part of a mandatory National Service in Singapore. He then moved to the U.S. to attend the University of Michigan. Jonathan’s now a CPA with a background in accounting and auditing. He worked in public accounting for 11 years and recently switched to internal audit at a French bank.
Jonathan began attending Redeemer as soon as he moved to the city and became a member in 2010. For the 9:15 service, he’s served at the sermon table since 2004 and been an usher since 2008. He’s also involved in the Center for Faith & Work’s Financial Services Ministry Vocation Group and just completed the Gotham Fellowship. And in 2012, Jonathan was part of Redeemer's inaugural short-term missions trip to Mumbai.
While he enjoys food and watching movies, Jonathan is most passionate about scuba diving: “There's something about seeing beautiful coral reefs up close and swimming with fishes of all varieties and other marine critters—it never ceases to blow my mind about the wonders of God's creation, in a way that nothing else can.”
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.
This past week I watched an interview with members of a family who were at the Boston Marathon in April. Two adult sisters were waiting near the finish line to celebrate their mom’s accomplishment when the bombs exploded, injuring them both with one losing a leg. At one point in the interview the mother was asked about the pain of seeing her daughters suffer and what it evoked in her. Her answer was one that instinctively flows from any parent – “if I could take the pain off of her and put it on myself I would” (paraphrased). In a world that is often confused by the definition of ‘true love’, the mother’s response crystalized it. And the reason those moments inspire and touch us is because they are windows into the God who is love. In our efforts to understand our faith, and explain it to others, it is important to remember that at the heart of Christianity is Jesus willingly dying on a cross. At that moment Christ did what that mother couldn’t do – taking upon himself our pain, despair, guilt and shame and making us holy and blameless in God’s sight. Why? Love.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. – Isaiah 1:18
Rev. David Bisgrove
Events all June throughout the city
Join the Center for Faith and Work in re-imagining NYC through cultural events all month long, guided by leaders from each congregation, that point toward evidence of God's glory and sovereignty over both the brokenness and beauty of this great city. Click here to learn more and sign up!
Nursery Parent Open House
Sundays June 9 and June 16
Want to get to know the staff and volunteers who care for your children each week? We invite you to come early to Nursery and Preschool Sunday School at 8:45AM, 10:50AM, or 4:30PM to spend a bit of time in your child's class with their teachers and other parents and enjoy light refreshments before attending the service.
Hope for New York: Serve with the Relief Bus
Saturday, June 8 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Distribute food and donated items to people in need. Click for additional info.
Coach Teens with Major's Minors Baseball Club Mentor
Saturdays from 12:30PM to 3:00PM in Williamsburg
Help coach a baseball team of at-risk youth in Brooklyn. Major's Minors Baseball is looking for individuals with a passion for the game and a desire to help young people practice for a tournament. Email Julia for more information.
Vacation Bible School Volunteers
June 22, 29, and July 14
Emotion Regulation Skills Workshop
Tuesday, June 4 at 6:30PMThis 8-week workshop will teach you skills to help regulate intense emotions, connect them to your thoughts and actions, and become healthier interpersonally. Register online.
Job Search Skills Training Classes
Wednesday, June 5 at 10:00AM at 1359 Broadway, 4th FloorLooking for a job? Sharpen your skills: interviewing, resume writing and networking from a Gospel perspective. Meets on 5 consecutive Wednesdays. Open to all Redeemer members and regular attendees. Register online to attend.
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