Subject: West Side Update - September 16
September 16, 2013
Daniela F. Italo
Daniela F. Italo Redeemer Deaconess “I'll never forget the stoop culture or the sound of my grandma's voice calling out the window to me in Italian to come in from playing outside for dinner,” says Daniela Italo, who grew up in northern NJ but spent a lot of time with her grandparents in Hoboken as a child.
Daniela has lived in NYC since 2007, coming initially for her Master’s in Public Health. She’s now an internal consultant for NewYork-Presbyterian's uptown adult hospital at Columbia, where she helps empower, engage and educate hospital staff as well as patients and families in order to improve the NYP experience. She lives in Washington Heights and loves spending time with her boyfriend Daniel and biking all over NYC.
Daniela still loves seeing the city through children’s eyes. She’s volunteered with the Children’s Ministry (first for the East Side and now the West Side) for almost five years. “It has shown me the power of Jesus’ word in young hearts and the sacrificial love of these parents raising little New Yorkers in such a big and bustling city,” says Daniela. She’s also the “proud adoptee” of the family of one of the Pre-K kids—they’ve invited her into their lives for dinners, ice cream dates, and the occasional living room dance parties.
This spring, Daniela joined the Diaconate. “Serving our congregation as a Deaconess has been extremely humbling and an absolute privilege,” says Daniela. “How else would I describe hearing someone’s personal journey of faith in a Church Membership interview? How else would I interpret hearing a personal account of suffering, along with God’s provision in the midst of it, from a congregant seeking prayer after a church service? Witnessing these ‘glimpses’ of his mercy and grace teach me over and over the depth and strength of his love for us and the costly price he paid to intercede on our behalf.”
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.
As some of you know, my youngest daughter started kindergarten this past week. As we dropped her off at school, despite the anxiety we felt and the realization that our ‘baby’ has grown up – we also felt confident that despite all the uncertainties she will face in a new school with new friends – she would be fine because she has the same teacher our oldest daughter had. In other words, in the end it is more about the character, care and skill of the person shepherding our children then the overall program and philosophy of a school. The same is true in our faith journey. Some of us were brought up in the community of the church. Others were introduced to it later. For all of us, at one level or another, one person, or a small community of people, who cared for us and whose character we admired, shepherded us into our relationship with God. As we begin this new ministry year, I hope you’ll join me in giving thanks for the people God used to reveal himself to you. And I hope you’ll join me in eager expectation of the ways he’ll use each of us to reveal himself to the people in our lives.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
Rev. David Bisgrove
Join a Beta Group!
Want to plug into Redeemer? Beta groups are seven week community groups that start the week of September 29th. Click on the video below to hear the experience of two former Beta Group attenders:
Hope for New York: Serve Breakfast at St. Paul’s House Before Work
Friday mornings from 7:00AM to 9:00AM
Every Friday morning, volunteers are needed to help serve breakfast and interact with guests who attend the breakfast and gospel service. RSVP: Sep. 20 | Sept. 27
Hope for New York: Serve Dinner at All Angels’ on UWS
Hope for New York: Interview Defy’s Final Candidates
Hope for New York: Serve Lunch to Active and Lively Seniors
Introducing Club 56!
Sundays from 11:45AM to 1:00PM
Our new Sunday School program for 5th and 6th graders, begins September 22nd! CLUB 56 will be the communal bridge from Children's Ministry to Youth Ministry. Built upon God's Word, each Sunday these "Club kids" will experience truth they can stand on with students and leaders they can stand with! For Information please email Bethany.
CFW Conference: Humanizing Work
November 8 & 9
Exploring what it means to be created in the image of God and understanding work as an expression of our humanity and not the source of our identity. Lowest registration rates are available until September 20 only! Details and registration HERE.
EI Business Plan Competition Applications due!
Thursday, September 19
Are you an entrepreneur seeking to accelerate the development of your venture? Are you already in operation and seeking resources for growth? Don't miss this initial deadline for submission. Winners receive a year-long coaching relationship, consulting sessions, financial planning advice, and a financial grant or investment. Details HERE.
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