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Practices of Peace

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Overview | Pause | Eat | Ask | Commune | Examine

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." —Matthew 11:28-30

Welcome to the Practices of PEACE, five practices, Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune, Examine, that are the markers of the Redeemer East Side Community. We want all of us to transform together through opening up space for God’s peace and purposes through these practices. Then, filled with peace of Christ, we pass his PEACE to the people and places where we live, work and love. Join us to emerge from the tumult of 2020 transformed for the good.

From February through June 2021, each month a new practice will be layered with those that were practiced before. Transform together by building the Practices of PEACE into the flow of your daily life and experience purpose and peace through the gospel. Every month the following crucial offerings will aid you:

(1) Guidebook, mailed to you each month, with tools and reflections tailored for each practice
(2) “PEACE: An Invitation to...." speaker event designed to activate all of us to build the new practice each month
(3) Pass the PEACE, by committing to a Hope for New York affiliate
(4) Community Groups will build the Practices of PEACE together

Please check back each month as we add tailored offerings for each practice.


Pause

PAUSE – When we Pause for sabbath rest once a week, we arise in mission out of delight and trust in Jesus (Deuteronomy 5:15).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Digital Download

As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Pause | Speaker event with Author and Pastor Rich Villodas
Register for Sun., Jan. 31, 8-9 p.m.
The practice of Pause prompts us to resist overwork and exhaustion, and instead build a life of counter-cultural worship and mission. It's an alternative reality where one does not rest in accomplishment, control or idols but in God, receiving the peace of Christ. Join and Pause together as Rich Villodas, pastor and author of The Deeply Formed Life, leads us through a practical and timely teaching of Pause.

Pass the PEACE: Volunteer with a HFNY Affiliate
As we delight and trust in Jesus, we arise in mission and pass on to others the peace that we’ve experienced. Because our city is in deep need, please consider getting involved with one Hope for New York affiliate from February through June.

  • Dream Center - Pack and hand out food boxes to families in our neighborhood.
    Volunteer
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  • Young Life - Connect with and mentor teenagers on the Upper East Side.
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  • Safe Families - Offer hope and encouragement to overwhelmed families through virtual connections.
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  • The Bowery Mission - Meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness and hunger in the city.
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  • The Open Door - Teach English or become a conversation partner with adult immigrants through virtual connections.
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Supplemental Offerings

Supplemental Offerings

Work & Rest Class
Register for Wed., Feb. 3, 8-9 p.m.
Christians are able to enter into God’s rest because of his work, freeing us from the burden of accomplishment and productivity. If you’re working more than ever (or feeling anxious looking for work), this class will guide you through Scripture readings, personal reflection questions, and group discussions.

Readings in The Beautiful Community
Register for Thurs., Feb. 18-March 11, 8-9 p.m.
As we embrace and pursue the call of God to live in cross-cultural gospel community, or what has been called the “beautiful community,” this book group will discuss and seek to apply practices from Dr. Irwyn Ince’s book The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best. (Please purchase the book before the group begins.)

Walking Tour of Historic Black Neighborhoods
Register for Sun., Feb. 21, 1-3 p.m.
Join us for a guided tour to learn about and celebrate the history and contributions of African American and Black people in NYC. This tour is meant to be a way to pause and reflect together on the deep heritage of our African American and black neighbors in our city.

Parent Game Night
Register for Fri., Feb. 26, 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Parents, join us for an evening for parents to relax and fellowship together.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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Eat

EAT – When we Eat and enjoy time with others, we reflect the joyful hospitality of Jesus (Mark 2:16-17).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Register by Feb. 14 for Delivery | Instant Digital Download Available in Feb.
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Eat
Register for March 7, 8-9 p.m.

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Ask

ASK – When we Ask thoughtful questions, we hear and join Jesus where he is at work in others’ lives (Genesis 3:9).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Register by March 17 for Delivery | Instant Digital Download Available in March
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Ask
Register for April 21, 8-9 p.m.

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Commune

COMMUNE – When we commit to Commune in a small community of Christians to share in the mission of Jesus, we grow through generosity and accountability (Hebrews 10:24-25).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Register by April 15 for Delivery | Instant Digital Download Available in April
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Commune
Register for May 9, 8-9 p.m.

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Examine

EXAMINE – When we invite Jesus to Examine us, daily through scripture reading and prayer, we remain rooted in the gospel and return to his rest (John 15:5).

Essential Offerings

Essential Offerings

Guidebook
Register by May 16 for Delivery | Instant Digital Download Available in May
As our church engages with the Practices of PEACE over the next six months, we’ll be introducing PEACE Guidebooks, a series of interactive booklets for us all to engage the practices more deeply. They’ll be beautiful, fun and engaging, and we can’t wait to go through them all together!

PEACE: An Invitation to Examine
Register for June 6, 8-9 p.m.

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