Ben & Christy Spalink – City Grace Church, NY

Learn how God is glorifying his Name in New York City!

 

Maya, Christy, Gus, Eli and Ben (Upper East Side)

 
 

News from New York

 

The past few months have been filled with blessings!  Read on to learn more.

Please note that our official mailing address is 37 W 26th St. Rm 331 New York, NY 10021.

If you desire to make a donation to City Grace, please reach out to me via email to learn the best way to do so. Thanks, Ben

 

Welcome new part time staff
Dr. John Lee recently approached City Grace about coming on to help support the work God is doing here. After meeting the congregation, we are enthusiastically welcoming him to serve as a part time pastor. John has planted a number of churches and has lived and worked in New York City for some time.  He is bi-vocational  - he pastors while also working full time in private schools. He also writes and supports missions in a variety of contexts.  We're eager to see what kind of new ideas and energy God will generate through him! We are VERY grateful to God for his timely provision for us. Many hands make light work. Pray for John as he discerns next steps regarding ordination in the CRC.

If you're interested, check out this article in Christianity today: "Learning from Paul to leverage networking for missions."

 
 
 

Retreat in Poconos

Nothing is quite as effective when it comes to drawing people together and deepening relationships than a church retreat! In October we headed to Spruce Lake in the Poconos to spend the weekend thinking and praying through Ephesians 1-3.  Many were blessed and encouraged to be reminded of God's resurrection power that is available for us and at work to build up the church.

 
 

Possible new venue: Nord Anglia International School

Prayer

Jesus' kingdom comes through faithfulness in prayer. We are so thankful for those of you who, like the persistent widow of Luke 18, hammer on the gates of Heaven, asking for God's blessing and his justice. For mysterious reasons, God decides to build his kingdom as his people pray and pray and pray. Our prayers play a vital role in the furthering of God's mission.  Here's where we could use God's help:  

  • For John Lee as he comes on board at City Grace so that God may use him powerfully to deepen our love for him and our willingness to serve on mission
  • For the leadership of the Nord Anglia International School to approve City Grace to begin holding worship services there (this is just across the street from where we are currently. The facility is much more suitable for a church and the cost is the same. This could be a game changer for us).
  • For growth and momentum to continue to build so that City Grace can show God's glory and goodness to the world
  • For two men as they prepare for baptism, so that God's grace can multiply in their lives
  • For the new Christians in our midst to remain faithful in church attendance. Some have put God on hold and are falling away.  For wisdom on the part of leadership in knowing how to encourage them. 
  • God's blessing over our Christmas outreach service this Sunday so that many will come and hear the Gospel message and put their faith in King Jesus

We're so thankful for:

  • A new family attending with children!
  • Members who have returned after being gone for a long time
  • A new elder entering into training
  • Interest in a deacon training class for prospective future deacons
  • John Lee and his family! (Mimi, Sophia and Caleb)
 
 
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