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Loving Our Neighbor Christmas Cards

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Earlier this month, volunteers from churches across the city helped spread love to neighbors through hand-made acts of kindness.  Thanks to 90+ volunteers, over 300 men & women from 8 prisons, 2 women’s shelters, and 1 recovery center received a beautiful hand-written/ hand-made Christmas card.  Each card included a personal touch (unique artwork, bookmarks, and inspirational words of wisdom), as well as a promise to pray for the recipient.

We are so grateful to the volunteers who lovingly made cards and organized opportunities for others to participate.  It was inspiring to see so many people eager to join the effort to love and serve our NYC neighbors.

We had the opportunity to meet with several ministry/ nonprofit leaders through this project, and we are excited about the opportunities to collaborate/ serve/ spread love in the new year.

^The Artist Collective from TGC Park Slope made a fun event out of the card making.
^beautiful handmade cards from the TGC Park Slope group.
^Raul Baez from WITO, Inc. picking up the cards to be distributed to 8 different prisons.
^Hand-painted cards from talented artist/ designer, Leanne from Liberty Church, Downtown Brooklyn.
^ A CCC family made 100 cards (each with a uniquely inspiring message).
^Friends from Liberty Church Brooklyn hosted a bookmark making table at their holiday party (each bookmark included an inspiring message).
^Hand-painted art and individualized bible versus were placed inside cards delivered to a Brooklyn-based recovery center.

We would like to extend a special thank you to:

Friends from Brooklyn Tabernacle
Friends from Christian Cultural Center
Friends from Weill Cornell Medical Students
Friends from Trinity Grace Church, Park Slope
Friends from Liberty Church Downtown, Brooklyn
Friends from Liberty Church, Union Square
Friends from Trinity Grace Church, East Village

Raul Baez, Executive Director of WITO, Inc., for helping us reach men and women from 8 different prison facilities.  WITO’s mission is to equip incarcerated men & women with biblical principles, financial empowerment and transforming values so they can unlock the doors to success.

Darrell Cheng, Manager of Non-Profit Relations at Trellis, for helping us reach out to church volunteers and nonprofits in Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Check out more photos from the Loving Our Neighbor Card Initiative on Flickr 


Let My People Go Launch

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Let My People Go, a nonprofit committed to empowering the church to fight human trafficking by loving those most vulnerable, will launch their national network at a conference on January 24, 2016.   Attendees will learn how their church can be the solution to the suffering of the vulnerable by addressing injustice through the Let My People Go Network.   Guest speakers include:

  • Kevin Palau, president of the Luis Palau Association and author of Unlikely
  • Raleigh Sadler, Founder and Director of the Let My People Go Network
  • Ben Skinner, Founder of Transparentem and author of A Crime So Monstrous
  • Shandra Woworuntu, Founder of Mentari and appointed member of the US Advisory Council on Human Trafficking
  • Iryna Makaruk, survivor advocate and advisor for Let My People Go

There will also be special guests from the NYPD Vice Squad, Homeland Security, the International Justice Mission, the NYC Mayor’s Office, and more.  The cost of attendance for the 7:00-9:00 pm event is $15, and all attendees will receive approximately $50.00 in books and resources.

Learn more at the LMPG website:

NYCS at Movement Day 2016

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Last week while we were at the 2016 Movement Day conference, friends from all over the world– from Indonesia to South Africa– Menlo Park to Dallas– and everywhere in between– stopped by our NYCS booth to say hello, pick up a t-shirt, learn more about how we are celebrating and accelerating collaborations across the city, and to participate in a mural collaboration lead by Thrive Collective (one of our wonderful partners).
Operating on the premise that collaboration begins with action, visitors were invited to answer the question “how should we love our city.”  Over the course of three days 300+ people took courageous action by making their mark on one of four canvas panels alongside professional artists from Thrive.   The finished piece was presented by Thrive’s Executive Director, Jeremy Del Rio, at our  Accelerate 2.0 Fall Celebration.   During the presentation, Jeremy noted that this art installation is a tangible object lesson, offering us a glimpse of “what a city looks like when people come together to love and serve well.”
The mural also served as a beautiful backdrop for our presentation.   Below, is a photo of Evangelist, Luis Palau, when he joined our Executive Leadership team on stage to pray over our new Executive Director, Guy Wasko.
 After the team prayed, Guy proceeded to present the Accelerate 2.0 strategic vision frame, describing what NY CityServe is looking forward to in this new season.


Following the presentation guests caught up before heading off to the final Movement Day activities.   


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Accelerate 2.0 Fall Celebration

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Thrive Collective Celebration at the UFT

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Churches, students, and community supporters celebrated with Thrive Collective at the UFT in June.  

On June 17 Thrive Collective’s staff, board, volunteers, students, and community supporters gathered at the United Federation of Teachers to celebrate the end of another great school year serving 100 schools throughout New York City.

Thrive was joined by churches, community supporters, students, faculty, and artists as they honored Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller, Michael Mulgrew, UFT President, and Kevin Palau, NY CityServe Co-founder, for investing in arts education and school mentoring.

The event included: 2 finished in-door murals (currently installed at schools in the Bronx), 100 pieces of student artwork (from schools across the city), 20 pieces of 3-D and 2-D artwork from professional artists, several films, a 50 piece photo gallery, and an experiential exhibit (where guests could paint a 10 foot “mini-version” of a mural that we painted earlier this spring in the Bronx).