Subject: West Side Update - September 2
September 2, 2013
Jenni Bounds grew up in a small town in the mountains of northern Idaho. After graduating with a degree in voice performance from Furman University, she moved to NYC (and the UWS). She intended to stay for only 6 weeks—but that was 18 years ago! She’s worked steadily as an actress, singer and model in theatre, film and TV, and as a makeup artist in between. Jenni has been an active part of Redeemer since moving to the city, and even met her husband, Brent, in a Redeemer Community Group. When she's not chasing after their two sons, Griffin and Wyatt, she's an avid half-marathoner, event planner and tennis player.
As Volunteer Coordinator for our Children’s Ministry team, Jenni helps foster an environment in which parents, families, youth and young professionals desire to share in the lives of young children and teach them about the gospel. “I love gathering people into community and connecting to others,” says Jenni. “My role on the WS team is to gather people into Children’s Ministry and connect them to some of the youngest members of our larger Redeemer community. How cool is that?”Favorite WS Restaurant: “The Mermaid Inn—their fish tacos are the BEST!”
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.
On this Labor Day it seems only fitting to reflect on the significance of ‘work’. For some, work is parenting. For others it is engaging in the ‘rat race’ and seeking to appease a boss who doesn’t appreciate you. For all of us work can be both fulfilling and a struggle. As I was thinking about the end of summer and the upcoming busyness of September, I was reflecting on the account of the woman who poured an expensive jar of perfume on Jesus’s head. Some who witnessed this act were indignant. But what struck me was Jesus’ response: “She has done a beautiful thing” (Mark 14:6). It was a reminder to me that no matter what our job is we are to do it in a way that allows the beauty of Jesus and his coming Kingdom to shine through. There is beauty in shepherding our children well; in working with integrity when no one seems to care; in celebrating our co-workers achievements and helping them succeed. Why? Because all of those things are windows into the ‘City of God’, described by the Psalmist this way: “Out of Zion, the perfection of Beauty, God shines forth." On this Labor Day let us not only rest from our work, but also find new ways starting tomorrow to allow our work to be beautiful in the eyes of Jesus.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men – Colossians 3:23
Rev. David Bisgrove
Ei Kickoff Event at 1865 BroadwayThursday, September 5 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Calling all entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, advisors, mentors and coaches! Join us for our annual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Kickoff! Info HERE.
Hope for New York: Pack Pantry at St. Paul’s House
Mondays from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Help St. Paul’s House pack their pantry on Monday evenings! Sign up to serve tonight or commit to serving once a month with your community group! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Hope for New York: Tutor Kids Afterschool at Operation Exodus
Family Ministry Kick Off Event
Saturday, September 21 at 5:00PM
Join us for a family-friendly concert featuring Dana Dirkson & Band from Portland,OR and a discussion with Leo Schuster about Big Questions Kids Ask. Stay afterwards for pizza and fellowship and a HFNY outreach project. Please bring a pack of pencils to donate. Register HERE.
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