Lent & Outreach
(Opportunities are listed below)
As you share your faith with others, I pray that they may come to know all the blessings Christ has given us. – Philemon 6 (CEV)
There's one complaint that everyone shares—there just aren't enough hours in the day! So to help you keep track of where all the time goes, take our quick time assessment! The circle represents the 168 hours in a week. As you fill it in with the hours already designated in your routine, how much is left to consider using with friends talking about your faith? Use this tool to help you make time to P6X40.Next month (March 9 specifically) marks the beginning of Lent, a season when the church traditionally prepares for the celebration of Easter. The 40 days prior to Easter are spent focusing on our hearts, examining our lives in light of the great gift of life provided by the resurrection of Jesus on Easter. It is appropriately marked by, among other things, repentance and self-denial (i.e. 'giving up something for Lent'), the goal of which is to remember the great gift of redemption and hope we have in Jesus.
So along with perhaps "giving something up for Lent," we hope this new initiative (P6X40) will encourage those in our community to give up a little more room in their lives for friends and family who aren't sure what they believe about Jesus (specifically to spend time engaging them and praying for them.) Scripture reminds us that God the Father so loved us that he gave his only Son, Jesus, so that those who believe in Jesus might have eternal life (John 3). In response to this generosity of God—celebrated most fully during the week leading up to and including Easter—we want to encourage those who have experienced God's grace to extend it to others, as the verse above from Philemon 6 encourages us to do. (Hence the title P6X40: 40 days of generously making room in our lives for others).
The purpose of this initiative is to encourage and challenge one another to think about our friends in the context of mission and re-purpose some of our time to that end. For many of us the amount of time we spend purposefully trying to help gospel change happen in our friend's lives is often too small.We believe that this type of action is critical to Redeemer's 10-year plan to create generative churches that grow through personal conversion. Some of the opportunities Redeemer will provide to help you in this endeavor will include the promotion of existing events and the creation of some new ones as well.
So as you begin to think about how to prepare for Lent, consider how you might participate in P6X40. For those who try it, we hope it's not just a 40 day exercise, but that it could even be a lifestyle change.
The Well: Praying with Friends for Friends
The 'Well' happens on Fridays once a month from 10:00PM to 12:00AM at the Redeemer Offices. Through small group prayer and contemporary worship, we focus on grasping the beauty of the gospel more deeply and on sharing it with others. RSVP is necessary due to limited space. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP or to find more information.
Friday, March 18 @10pm at 1359 Broadway, 4Fl
Friday, April 15 @10pm at 1359 Broadway, 4Fl
Pray for Friends Daily!
Email email@example.com to be added to our daily emails or pray along on Twitter (The_Well)
Special Lent Readings
(meditate and pray on scripture) Find out more about our Daily Prayer Devotions on the Redeemer website.
Do you cringe when you hear the word 'evangelism'? Deconstructing Evangelism is a class that will help you learn how NOT to share your faith. Lunch (and an entertaining afternoon) will be provided.
Sunday, April 3 12:15PM, Hunter College West Building, Room 117
Are you looking for answers, but aren't sure where you can ask your questions? If this describes you or someone you know, consider coming (or bringing your friend) to Christianity Uncorked. Each meeting will feature a different speaker and topic. Email ChristianityUncorked@redeemer.com for more information and to RSVP (since space at some of these locations is limited).
Wednesday, March 23 @7:30 at The Parlor (86/Broadway)
Topic: Would Jesus Call Himself A Christian?
Tuesday, April 5 @7:30 at Redemption (53/2)
Topic: Fact or Fiction? Does it Really Matter? A dialogue about the Resurrection
Monday, April 18@ 7:30, Amsterdam Ale House (76/Amsterdam)
Topic: Is there any Hope? A conversation about Easter
Every Sunday there are scores of people in our services who aren’t sure what they believe about Christianity and who are processing the claims of Jesus. However, we recognize that this is hard to do in isolation, which is why we have created discussion groups for those who aren’t sure but want to know more. These informal groups (that we are calling Seeker Groups) are for people who have questions about Christianity and are designed to be a respectful, moderated dialogue. For this season of Lent, consider bringing a questioning friend to one of our groups! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Family Ministries Couples' Retreat March 18-20
The 2011 Spring Couples Retreat will be at Honors Haven Resort, Ellenville, NY (approximately 1.5 hours from NYC in the beautiful Catskill Mountains): www.honorshaven.com
Come join us for a weekend focused on strengthening your marriage and deepening your community as we explore how the Gospel transforms both. We'll begin with a session Friday evening and conclude with lunch on Sunday. For details and information go to: register for this event
Voices of Redeemer Choir
Sunday, March 27 10:00AM
Rehearsal: Saturday, March 26 10:00AM-12:30PM
Email with name and voice part: email@example.com
Living Justly in an Unjust World
Monday, March 28 7:00PM Join us for a conversation on Justice with Dr. Tim Keller hosted by Martin Bashir, NBC News Anchor and Investigative Journalist. The event starts at 7pm at the Ethical Culture Society. Light refreshments will be served.
Culture Club at The Museum of Biblical Art (61/Broadway)
Tuesday, April 12 6:00PM to 8:00PM. To celebrate Easter the Museum of Biblical art will hold a special viewing time and lecture concerning their latest exhibition, 'The Passion of Venice: Tintoretto and Veronese.
InterArts Fellowship (Location TBD)
Friday, April 15 7:00PM: The Artist as Cultivator
Gospel and Culture Lecture Series (Hunter College, 68/Lexington)
Sunday, April 17 1:00PM
OS GUINNESS, Towards a Christian Renaissance - Constructive Faith in an Age of Fear, Alarm, and Indifference
Good Friday Services April 22 at 5:30 & 7:00PM
All Souls Unitarian Church on the East Side at 80th St & Lexington
First Baptist Church on the West Side at 79th St & Broadway
EASTER Sunday, April 24 (6 Services)
9:15AM at the Ethical Culture Society at West 64th St & Central Park West
9:45AM, 11:30am & 6:00pm at Hunter College at 68th St & Park Ave
5:00PM & 7:15PM at First Baptist Church at 79th St & Broadway