Attention: Sunday @ Irving Plaza (10, 12, 2, 5, 7, 9)

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

As our city recovers from the devastation that Hurricane Sandy left behind, Hillsong NYC has been busy serving the city and some of the areas hit the hardest. Here's an update from Pastor Carl and how you can help through prayer and support. If you want to make a donation to Hurricane relief, you can do so here.

UPDATE: tomorrow we're meeting at Irving Plaza  (17 Irving pl): 10 a.m., 12, 2, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. 

For up to the minute info on the who what where when why and how of HIllsong NYC, make sure you're keeping up with us on facebook: facebook.com/hillsongNYC and following us on Instagram and twitter - @hillsongNYC. 

Hope in the Aftermath: HillsongNYC update

Author: 
Carl
New York City, Hillsong

Due to the amazing deluge of questions, emails and rightfully concerned loved ones around the world, I thought a quick update on the current state of HillsongNYC and our amazing, relentlessly resilient city was in order.

It's been said that when the night is at it's darkest, the light of the local church must be at it's brightest. In the early aftermath of the superstorm known as "Sandy" (side note, at what point do we stop attaching deadly natural disasters to names of real people?! All the Sandy's out there, keep your head up, you’re loved) it's been apparent that the call for churches to be like “cities on a hill, shining for all to see", is truly on it's way to fruition and fulfillment. Obviously the NYC Fire Department and Police force are world class when it comes to responding to our city in need. Additionally there are other organizations doing a fantastic job, but from what I can see, NYC emergency shelters are filled with volunteers primarily from the local church. While food banks are lined with hungry people, again, the majority of those distributing food are volunteers from a local church and not just one church, but many.

In Sandy’s wake, Brad Reed and the NYC Dream Center really led the way; many of his congregation on the streets of NYC helping people even before the storm had ended. Our church and many like it have joined that fight and there are simply so many stories already of our church putting it's money where it's mouth is - so much so, it's overwhelming. I think our response may be my favorite memory thus far of pastoring this church. To see our people, help people, when many themselves need help!

That's the story of many churches, many of which are working together. It’s so encouraging to see - especially in a day and age where pathetic insecurities can turn church relationships into cold competitions or worse yet, opposing forces. Sometimes a tragedy like Sandy can remind EVERYBODY, what EVERYTHING is all about; helping people, encouraging the disheartened and mending the broken. If people can't unite around that vision, especially churches, that's a problem far greater than any natural storm. I pray what I’ve seen in the last few days are signs of cooperative things to come. I even saw a Romney supporter hugging an Obama supporter… okay, I made that up, but still, there’s a lot of love amidst the debris around this city!

For all those outside of NYC asking what you can do, firstly, thank you. It’s always a challenge to not feel guilty for going about your regular life while other parts of the country, or world are really hurting. Yet, although it’s part of life, “out of sight” doesn't have to mean “out of mind.” There’s a lot to be done in our city and in the State of New Jersey (over 1000 people who call HillsongNYC home live in NJ) and so far we’re only scratching the surface of assessing the damage done and response required.

As of today, NYC is losing 200 million dollars economically EACH DAY. The micro to that macro picture is families not only without power, but some without food and other urgent necessities. Our volunteers have seen first hand, elderly people going up 17 flights of stairs and down again simply to get water. More than a few people have died due to Carbon Monoxide poisoning from poorly run generators. Others have been lost due to falling power lines and other electrical disasters and fires. Some people are still trying to actually get out of their homes for the first time in days. A close friend of mine is grieving the death of his longtime friend and car park attendant of his building that was trapped in the garage and drowned - a lifetime of friendship gone in a blink, while 8 blocks away, some streets are virtually untouched. This is the current NYC reality. Our city truly looks like a war zone and long after the cameras are gone, churches like ours will remain here, picking up the pieces. All help is appreciated.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1.) GIVE MONEY

The advantage of giving to a local church like ours is that your money is used almost immediately and goes directly to the heart of the need. Giving to larger charitable organizations is important (and needed) however we have no corporate red tape or office outside of NYC to gain approval in activating any money given. We want funds to go directly to victims of this disaster, and RIGHT NOW.

You can give online here to our relief fund. I have already received some really encouraging messages from many Pastors planning on taking a special offering in their churches this Sunday to then send on to us. For individuals also looking to be generous, you can also use the same link above. Thank you all, ahead of time, for your support and your realization that a little bit of generosity goes a long, long way.

100% of all donations will go directly to the relief of Hurricane Sandy and is tax deductible through our registered 501(c)(3). Thank you for your generosity!

2.) PRAY

Prayer is perhaps the most powerful weapon the Church has in its arsenal. Please don’t underestimate what private and corporate prayer at your church this weekend can do in our city. It's going to have a bigger impact than you think!

Many people have also offered to send interstate volunteers and "teams". Its such a graceful and generous response but its important to note that sometimes that can actually be a detriment to some relief efforts. What ends up happening often is that in addition to housing and feeding people in desperate trouble, you have to also house and feed volunteers! So in this context if you are out of town but moved to help, I believe financially supporting and spiritually covering and powering a locally based emergency response is the most effective thing you can do to contribute. Thank you again for your heart to do so.

This Sunday, HillsongNYC will continue to hold our 7 services and I'm looking forward to personally worshipping Jesus and gathering together to build my own faith and the faith of many who are discouraged right now. Of the thousands of people that call our church home, a huge majority take the subway or other public transportation to church, which as of now, remains underwater in some parts. While at best, we can expect only a few routes this Sunday to be running, we started this church with the phrase "church in the WILD" so I’ve no doubt that our church family will be out in force by any transportation means necessary. As my friend Arlene likes to say (one of my all time favorite human beings, a 5 time cancer survivor, currently serving her heart out after this storm and volunteers at all 7 services EACH SUNDAY, traveling all the way from the Boogie Down BRONX…) when I frequently ask her "WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?!" on a Sunday... Her reply: "Where else would I be? This is my home."

In the aftermath of Sandy, most importantly through all we do, you’re going to find many followers of Jesus in NYC who are doing their best to point people continually toward Jesus and the hope that only He can offer. He is our Cornerstone in the middle of the storm and in the rubble that remains long after any storm. THANK YOU for your continual support, prayer and passion for our great city.. 

Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way." - Notorious B.I.G

Saturday: Serving our City

Author: 
Carl

  Tomorrow Hillsong Church NYC will be meeting at 184 Kent ave (North 3rd) at 10 a.m. We are going to have an outdoor communion service then head to the Rockaways to serve. We'll have a bus ready to go. We'll be back around 5 p.m. - Pastor Carl Lentz

Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Serve Your City

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

Church, below is a list of shelters you can go to for help if you've been affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you are safe and are able to help others, we are encouraging all our Connect Groups, Volunteer teams and whoever else can be of any help whatsoever, to head to these shelters.  No better time than the present to serve our city. Please stay updated on our website, by following us on Instagram and twitter - @hillsongNYC and on facebook: facebook.com/hillsongNYC.

 Brooklyn

No Wednesday Exchange

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

Church, there is no Wednesday Exchange tomorrow. Please stay tuned on how we are serving our city in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

Remember that, "through the storm, He is Lord, Lord of all." Be safe church.

For up to the minute info on the who what where when why and how of HIllsong NYC, make sure you're keeping up with us on facebook: facebook.com/hillsongNYC and following us on Instagram and twitter - @hillsongNYC. 

Important: Last service at 4 pm

Author: 
NYC Team

 Because of Hurricane Sandy, there will be NO 6, 8 or 9:45 pm services tonight. The trains stop running at 7 pm. We hope you will join us for our 2 and 4 pm services. For those that usually come to the evening services, then tonight church is where you are. Occupy your street and be safe!

Creative Collected Thursday Night

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

 Tonight, we're having Creative Collected Night at 7:30 pm at 155 E 22nd St. This is an opportunity to learn more about the team and how you can use your gifts to help build the church. Whether it's taking photos, making things, singing, playing an instrument, making singers and musicians sound and look better through audio engineering, lighting, TV etc - filming, producing and editing videos... the list goes on - Email NYCcreative@hillsong.com for more information.  

For up to the minute info on the who what where when why and how of HIllsong NYC, make sure you're keeping up with us on facebook: facebook.com/hillsongNYC and following us on Instagram and twitter - @hillsongNYC. 

Exchange Tonight: Gramercy Theatre at 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

 Tonight we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

THIS WEEK at HILLSONG NYC

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong

This week all Sunday services will be at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 10am + 12pm + 2pm + 4pm + 6pm + 8pm + 9:45pm.  

Wednesday: we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

Heart For The House

Author: 
NYC Team

Mark your calendars for November 18th, which is when we'll be having Heart for the House. The above video is a sneak peak from Pastor Carl of what it's all about: fighting for what Jesus wants us to fight for in New York City. 

 

Sunday Services at Irving at 10 + 12 + 2 + 5 + 7 + 9

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

Update: This coming Sunday all services will be at Irving Plaza (17 Irving pl) with updated times at 10am + 12pm + 2pm + 5pm + 7pm + 9pm.  See you at church!

THIS WEEK at HILLSONG NYC

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong

We had a big Sunday with Pastor Carl preaching part two in the "Back to Life, Back to Reality" series (photos). This coming Sunday all services will be at Irving Plaza (17 Irving plat 10am + 12pm + 2pm + 5pm + 7pm + 9pm.  

Wednesday: we have eXchange at 7:30 PM at St. George's Episcopal Church (209 E 16th Street). This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Services at Gramercy Theatre at 10 12 2 4 6 8 9.45

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

Tomorrow all services will be at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 10am + 12pm + 2pm + 4pm + 6pm + 8pm + 9:45pm.  See you at church!

THIS WEEK at HILLSONG NYC

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong

We've got a packed week ahead after an incredible Sunday where Pastor Carl & John Gray preached (photos). This coming Sunday all services will be at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 10am + 12pm + 2pm + 4pm + 6pm + 8pm + 9:45pm.  

Wednesday: we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Services: Gramercy (10, 12, 6, 8) & Irving Plaza (11, 5, 7)

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

A reminder about services tomorrow: We'll be having servivces at two venues.

See you at church!

Wednesday Exchange at Gramercy Theatre: 6:30 & 8:30

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

 Tonight, we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

THIS WEEK at HILLSONG NYC

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong

We had an amazing Sunday at Hillsong NYC, where we heard incredible messages ("Back to Life, Back to Reality") and held baby dedications (photos). This coming Sunday, we're at two venues again: Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex): 10 a.m, 12, 6 and 8 p.m. and Irving Plaza  (17 Irving pl): 11 a.m, 5 and 7 p.m. 

Wednesday, we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

Volunteer Highlight: Vikentiy

Author: 
NYC Team

 Hillsong NYC is not built on the sacrifices of a few, but the sacrifices of many. Here is the story of one of our many volunteers who make Hillsong NYC possible. 


If you're interested in serving and getting plugged into the church, join a team that can use your talent and your help. We have a place for everyone! E-Mail: nyc@hillsong.com for more information or stop by an information bar on Sunday at one of our services. 

For up to the minute info on the who what where when why and how of HIllsong NYC, make sure you're keeping up with us on facebook: facebook.com/hillsongNYC and following us on Instagram and twitter - @hillsongNYC. 

 

++ DOUBLE VENUES THIS WEEKEND ++

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong

 

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This weekend in Hillsong NYC is going to be our best yet. Expectation is at an all time high (which is really saying something) after a week which included our eXchange Bible Study, Creative Team Night, Hillsong NYC Youth, and our lead pastor Carl Lentz encouraging us @ the eXchange. 

This Sunday, we are @ 2 venues, with service options throughout the day -

IRVING PLAZA (17 Irving place): 11AM 5PM 7PM 

GRAMERCY THEATER (127 E23rd): 10AM 12PM 6PM 8PM

See you there!

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THIS WEEK at HILLSONG NYC

Author: 
NYC Team
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong
New York City, Hillsong

We're coming off a Sunday in which we had a SIX different speakers (photos)! What a blessing to be part of a church that builds up leaders. Next Sunday, we're back at two venues: Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex): 10 a.m, 12, 6 and 8 p.m. and Irving Plaza  (17 Irving pl): 11 a.m, 5 and 7 p.m. 

Tonight, we're kicking the week off with Exchange Bible Study at Canoe Studios (601 West 26th Street, Suite 1465) at 7:30 p.m. This is a time to get together and learn the essential building blocks of our faith and ask the tough questions. We hope you can make it. 

Wednesday, we have two eXchange services at Gramercy Theatre (E 23th, btw Park & Lex) at 6:30 & 8:30 PM. This is a time to get reconnected with your church family, bring a friend and worship. We hope to see you there!

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