Subject: West Side Update - October 21
October 21, 2013
Mary Flynn Niemitz
HFNY Manager of Affiliate Dev.
“I really enjoy working with our team to invest in Hope for New York’s partners who are serving the poor and marginalized in our city,” says Mary Flynn Niemitz, who joined Hope for New York 2012. As Manager of Affiliate Development, Mary Flynn works to strengthen HFNY’s partners through grant making initiatives, capacity building training sessions, and technical assistance grant programs. “We work with incredibly passionate and creative organizations, and I’m inspired daily by their work, bringing restoration and hope into the broken places of the city,” she says.
An Atlanta native, Mary Flynn met her husband, Matt, in San Francisco while she was working for an affordable housing non-profit. They moved to New York in 2010 for Mary Flynn's graduate program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Mary Flynn and Matt live just a few blocks from the W83 Ministry Center and are both part of the Center for Faith & Work’s Gotham Fellowship. They love building community by hosting friends for dinner. “To me, eating together, even in NYC-sized apartments, is something that makes the city feel more livable,” says Mary Flynn. “Matt’s actually a much better cook, but I’m learning!” Aside from cooking, Mary Flynn still takes advantage of local eateries: “One of my West Side favorites is the hot chocolate at Bird Bath on Columbus,” she says. “And I’m ashamed to admit how often we eat Thai food from Spice on Amsterdam—it’s our go-to comfort food when the fridge is bare.”
In one of her favorite quotes from Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, you can see how Mary Flynn’s passions for serving the poor and for building community combine: “As individuals we cannot be everything to everyone, but as a community we can indeed serve a great variety of needs.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists 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, in 1988 I started a job after finishing grad school and was looking around for a church to attend. I had recently moved to the Upper East Side and was told by a friend from Business School about a new church plant not far from me that I should visit. That church turned out to be Redeemer. It was a small group of people (who obviously grew into a large group of people) who benefited from the years of planning, prayer, and financial generosity of people who didn’t live in the City but had a vision for a network of churches in the greater New York metro area. One year ago several hundred people left the West Side and East Side congregations to help start the Downtown congregation. That community has thrived with an average of 1000 people attending their combined services, many of who are exploring Christianity for the first time. I wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate what God has done through John Lin, his team and the scores of volunteer leaders in the last 12 months, and thank those of you who have supported and continue to support Redeemer’s vision of planting new churches. If you would like to virtually celebrate the last 12 months with the Downtown congregation without getting on the subway, click here. Thanks again!
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15
Rev. David Bisgrove
West Side Classes at W83, 4th Fl
Sundays from 1:15PM to 2:30PM
It's not too late to join us! Classes include: Investigating Christianity, Introduction to Christianity,The Purpose and Practice of Spiritual Disciplines and Prayer: Foundation of Public Faith. Click here for exact class dates and to register. Questions? Contact Karen.
Redeemer Downtown Free Worship Songs
The Downtown Folk and PM bands each recorded a song to commemorate their first year and they are free to download here. Be sure to share with your friends!
Hope for New York: Volunteer this Thanksgiving
It's not too early to start thinking about volunteering for Thanksgiving! Hope for New York offers many opportunities to serve families and individuals in need the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and on Thanksgiving day. These are great opportunities for groups! Find opportunities at hfny.org/thanksgiving.
Hope for New York: Mentor Teens with Special Needs
October 29 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Defy gives formerly incarcerated men and women the opportunity to become entrepreneurs-in-training. Volunteers are needed to help the next class of entrepreneurs with business plan advice and coaching. Must be in business, finance, or an entrepreneur. Info HERE.
Parenting Mini-Conference with Tim Kimmel
Friday, November 1 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM, $20 per person
Join us for a fun evening that will give parents tools to deal with day to day challenges,discipline, ADD/ ADHD, siblings, rebellion, and most importantly, how to prepare a child’s heart to receive God’s love and plan for their life. Questions? Email karen.clemente@redeemer.
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