Subject: West Side Update – July 2
July 2, 2012
Freelance Art Director
Janie Yoon is a freelance art director who’s been a deaconess at Redeemer for a year. She’s lived in NYC since 2000, although for her it was like coming home—she was born in Queens and grew up in New Jersey.
The first time Janie was nominated for the diaconate, she turned it down. The second time, it got her attention and she felt God calling her to commit and know that he would provide.
When she began dating Mike, a neuroradiologist, Janie was concerned because he was committed to another church in NYC, and she, to her 3-year Redeemer diaconate term. “I told Mike that this was a commitment that wasn’t easy to make and a training that wasn’t easy to go through—and not one that I take lightly,” says Janie. Mike agreed to come to Redeemer during her term and make a decision as a family later. “That was a good indicator of his support and humility,” says Janie.
Mike and Janie were recently engaged (by Bethesda Fountain!) and will be married this October. And sure enough, you can find Mike at the WS evening services with her, and at her community group. Janie's also served communion at Redeemer and hosted monthly social gatherings for her community group for several years.
“You often think, 'I can’t serve until this and this gets settled in my life.' But that’s sometimes when it’s the best time to sort of step outside of yourself and realize God is working," says Janie. She says she's learned a lot about mercy ministry—both the biblical basis and the logistical and spiritual aspects of it—through her work with the diaconate: “It’s a training and a humbling time that I will never regret.”
Fun Janie Fact: Her community group leader is now her wedding coordinator!
It’s July. Which means (for me at least) that summer has finally arrived. And so, like most people, it’s time for me to think about a good “summer read.” Something I can take to the beach next month. Last year it was The Devil in the White City.
But summer is also a good time to read more deeply of God’s word. CS Lewis once wrote, “we read to know that we are not alone.” There is no book that affirms that truth more powerfully than God’s book. For in it we are drawn into a story that has all the elements of a great narrative—love, betrayal, rescue, sacrifice, forgiveness, community and hope. But the unique thing about the Bible is that, as a Christian, you read it knowing that because of the protagonist, Jesus, you’ve been written into the story. Peter put it this way:
“Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:10
So as things slow down a bit in the next two months, choose a book of the Bible to read this summer. If you aren’t sure where to start, pick one of the Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke or John) and ask God to draw you deeper into a relationship with his son, Jesus.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Resource Note from David:
“I often get asked about good resources to help study the Bible. One resource is the New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition published by InterVarsity Press. It is one volume and has excellent information on each book of the Bible.” – David Bisgrove
Ushers for Sunday Service Ministries
Sundays, 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM Services, W83 Ministry Center
We know we've mentioned this recently (and we so appreciate all the responses), but we still need more volunteers to help out at our evening Sunday services. Right now, we particularly need more ushers. And if you're a Redeemer member, we need help preparing and serving communion. All volunteers serve once a month, no prior experience needed. Please consider helping with one of these opportunities at our PM services—you can do it on your own, with a friend, as a family, or even as a community group! Contact Phoebe if you are willing and available!
See our website for further needs listed on our Service Opportunities page.
W83 Men's Group Meeting
July 10 from 7:00 to 8:15 AM, W83 Ministry Center
The W83 Men's Group had their first meeting (and a great turn-out) this past week! The men gathered for early morning coffee, bagels and fellowship. Join them for the next meeting on Tuesday, July 10th, to discuss Ephesians 2:1-22 and the theme, "Before and After." All men welcome. Meetings held at W83, 5th floor fellowship hall. This will be a weekly meeting (but please note that there is no meeting on Tuesday, July 3rd due to the holiday week). Contact Jerry Boak for more information.
CFW's InterArts Fellowship and Maria Fee's Art Exhibition
July 16 at 7:00 PM, W83 Ministry Center
On July 16, the Center for Faith & Work's InterArts Fellowship will hold "The Artist & Eternal Life," a summer art event open to all. This event will celebrate the good news of eternal life by featuring visual, dance and musical works by Redeemer artists Anna Hillengas Troester, James Hall and Maria Fee. Also, Professor of Theology Cherith Fee Nordling will speak on the implication of eternal life in the present lives of artists.
Afterwards, there will be an artist reception for Maria Fee, whose exhibition, "The Second Garden," has just gone up at W83 and will be featured from July 2 to August 7. Click Here for more information on the event and be sure to check out Maria's exhibition all month!
Children's Ministry Missions Month
Month of July during Regular Sunday Services
In the month of July, our Children's Sunday School classes will be devoted to World Missions. You and your family can participate by praying for the South African, Indian and Argentinean children and mission teams. You can also ask your children what they're learning about foreign missions and support the efforts of the mission teams by bringing donations to Sunday School or Donating Online. Contact Amy for more information.
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