Redeemer West Side Update
For many of us, it can seem like our city and world are changing almost daily.
In my life, one thing that has changed significantly is my home. This change is not necessarily about WHERE my home is located, but more in regards to WHAT happens in my home on a daily basis. My home has now turned into 600 square feet that houses every area of my life: my office, church, coffee shop, restaurant, gym, theater, and more. Whew, that’s a lot!
All of this change and increased emphasis on home in NYC has prompted me to think deeper about this concept of home. While I am filled with joy at the thought of life getting back to “normal” and am even tempted to believe that is the solution to my want, I am reminded of a longing that runs even deeper - a longing for our heavenly home.
Lately, I have found that filling my mind with thoughts of our heavenly home has brought me much peace and hope in this season. The Bible tells us that we will be gathered together in the actual presence of Jesus and see him face to face. C.S. Lewis describes heaven this way: “It will work backwards and turn every agony into a glory.” And here is one of my favorites, ”He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4). Praise God for this steadfast hope we have!
As we navigate this new reality of home in this season, I pray that these truths are a source of comfort and shelter for our church family.
• Disaster Relief Fund for healthcare workers: We would love the opportunity to care for you and your family by providing practical support during this time. We have set aside a portion of the Disaster Relief Fund to help with additional costs that have come up due to precautions your family may have had to take. Contact Ellen Boker for more information at [email protected].
• COVID-19 resources from RCS: Redeemer Counseling Services has put together a list of resources that offers video talks of Redeemer counselors discussing issues people are facing during the pandemic such as burnout, trauma, parenting, mourning, self-care and more.
• Join Noonday Prayer, Mon-Fri: Led by one of our church leaders, join us each weekday from 12 to 12:30 p.m. EST to pray for situations going on in our neighborhood, city and world.
• Connecting "Just Mercy" with Justice in NYC, July 30: Redeemer Downtown, along with Hope for New York, is hosting a virtual panel related to mass incarceration with people from various ministries in NYC.
• Deliver meals to homebound elderly: Work with Citymeals on Wheels to deliver food to elderly New Yorkers. Various opportunities available but subject to change quickly.
• Sign up for Virtual Bible Study, Aug 5: Join Pastor Bijan to study Ephesians 6. Together, we'll see what the Bible says about spiritual battles and the armor of God.
• Join community: West Side Men and West Side Women are continuing to meet online during this season.
• Support survivors of sex trafficking: Restore NYC needs bilingual volunteers to translate documents and lead ESL classes via Zoom.
• Check out our summer reading suggestions: Rather than each member of our pastoral team recommending a list of great books, we wanted to take the opportunity to specifically bring to your attention resources we’ve found valuable on the topics of racial justice and reconciliation.