Bringing There Down Here.

April 27, 2009

Sermon for Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn by Jacob Beaver of The Victor Ministry.

Study Resources:

Matthew 9:9-13

Luke 12:14-21

Luke 16:19-29


Celebrate Arbor Day! Plant a tree in Brooklyn!

April 23, 2009

Still looking to do something green this Arbor Day – Friday, April 24?

Join New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in celebrating MillionTreesNYC Month with presenting sponsor BNP Paribas by planting over 200 trees in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Friday, April 24. By volunteering, you will be helping MillionTreesNYC create a cleaner, greener New York City, while also having some fun under the Brooklyn sun! So dig in and demonstrate just how green you can be by registering today! Only 100 volunteer opportunities remain available for our Arbor Day celebration tomorrow. So, register today.

Friday, April 24 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Volunteer sign-in begins at 8:30 am Sternberg Park – East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (On Lorimer Street, between Montrose Ave and Boerum Street) IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION: All volunteers must be 18 years or older.

To volunteer you must register in advance by contacting Olivia Chen at ochen@nyrp.org. Upon registration, you will receive an e-mail confirming your participation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registered volunteers. Tree-planting will end at 3:00 pm and culminate with an ice cream social in NYRP’s Heckscher Foundation’s Children Garden.


Green Bible Study Tmw. April 23rd

April 22, 2009

Hey All,

Hope you are having a blessed Earth Day!

Just a reminder about the Green Bible Study tmw. Thursday, April 23rd at 7 PM. We will be meeting at the home of Chris and Anne Ammons. They are locate in Williamsburg, Bklyn just off the Hewes stop of the J train. If you are interested in going email me at vince@revolutionnyc.com and I will send you the address.

The passages for this week are Micah 6:1-8, Isaiah 58:10-12, 2 Corinthians 5:14-21, and Matthew 25:31-46.
If you get a chance to take a look at them please do…


REVOLUTION NYC : STAND UP.

April 22, 2009

Ok, so i know its super short notice, but if you are reading this and live in NYC please come out to stand vigil with us, Wednesday April 22.

Here’s the deal:

The UN is trying to pass this “declaration on sexual orientation and gender identity ” (see below), basically saying that no one should be discriminated against because of anything, including their sexuality.  predictably, the Catholic Church has decided that despite their belief that they are for runners of social justice, that they need to block this declaration, because it  seems to be in opposition to their stance that gays are not entitled to get married or have equal rights or equal love from God do to their sinful nature.

WHAT WE’RE DOING……..

In conjunction with our friends at Soulforce (remember “7 straight nights”?), we will be standing vigil outside the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See.  We hope to be scene and spark interest so that we may speak out against this wretched idea of blocking a resolution of equal rights  for ALL humans.

TIME LINE:

9-9:30am; gathering at Marble Collegiate Church (1 West 29th Street) and walk to vigil site.

10am- 4pm; Vigil , Prayer, Conversations and Public Education

Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, 26 E. 39th st

hope to see you there. remember this is a NON VIOLENT campaign. you are welcome to come and go as you need to.  any amount of time on the line is wonderful.  and if your interested in some civil disobedience, i think there will be an opportunity for that.

Come out and join us please.  Jay and i will be there, not sure who else. We would love to have you with us.  This is an opportunity to live out the ideas and actions we preach and believe in.  Please STAND with us.

And if your the praying type, we wouldn’t mind if you tossed a few our way Wednesday and Thursday.

here is the UN STATEMENT:

  1. We reaffirm the principle of universality of human rights, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights whose 60th anniversary is celebrated this year, Article 1 of which proclaims that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”;
  2. We reaffirm that everyone is entitled to the enjoyment of human rights without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, as set out in Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 2 of the International Covenants on Civil and Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, as well as in article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  3. We reaffirm the principle of non-discrimination which requires that human rights apply equally to every human being regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity;
  4. We are deeply concerned by violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
  5. We are also disturbed that violence, harassment, discrimination, exclusion, stigmatisation and prejudice are directed against persons in all countries in the world because of sexual orientation or gender identity, and that these practices undermine the integrity and dignity of those subjected to these abuses;
  6. We condemn the human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity wherever they occur, in particular the use of the death penalty on this ground, extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the practice of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, arbitrary arrest or detention and deprivation of economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health;
  7. We recall the statement in 2006 before the Human Rights Council by fifty four countries requesting the President of the Council to provide an opportunity, at an appropriate future session of the Council, for discussing these violations;
  8. We commend the attention paid to these issues by special procedures of the Human Rights Council and treaty bodies and encourage them to continue to integrate consideration of human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity within their relevant mandates;
  9. We welcome the adoption of Resolution AG/RES. 2435 (XXXVIII-O/08) on “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity” by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States during its 38th session in 3 June 2008;
  10. We call upon all States and relevant international human rights mechanisms to commit to promote and protect human rights of all persons, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  11. We urge States to take all the necessary measures, in particular legislative or administrative, to ensure that sexual orientation or gender identity may under no circumstances be the basis for criminal penalties, in particular executions, arrests or detention.
  12. We urge States to ensure that human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity are investigated and perpetrators held accountable and brought to justice;
  13. We urge States to ensure adequate protection of human rights defenders, and remove obstacles which prevent them from carrying out their work on issues of human rights and sexual orientation and gender identity.

Newsletter for April 21st, 2009.

April 22, 2009

(If you didn’t get this in your inbox today, you can subscribe at our homepage, RevolutionNYC.com)

Greetings from Revolution Church NYC!

It’s a rainy day here in the Brooklyn. Nothing new. It’s been a cold and rainy April.  I’m looking out my window to the dark and dreary skies. Right outside my front door is a newly planted tree, struggling to live through it’s first tumultuous spring. You can see only the tips of the buds, pushing through, yearning to reveal their splendor to our little neighborhood.

To me, this tree represents the Easter moment that we find ourselves in. I love Easter. Always have. And we did Easter up here at Revolution. We had a choir, and Easter lilies. We partook of the sacrament, opened to all. It was such a joyous celebration of life.

Then came Monday. As I mentioned in last weeks sermon, Monday brings the Easter hangover. In Easter Sunday lies the promise that life wins, and life abundantly. Come Monday we realize that though the promise is real, the struggle continues.

Just like that tree on my street, we the children of God, struggle to reveal our essence. We struggle to announce our unique beauty to the world. We push and grow attempting to fulfill God’s purpose in us. Along the way, we doubt if it will ever happen. Will the Kingdom come?

To me, this struggle is the Kingdom of God.

I have seen it first hand here in Brooklyn and with the online congregation. We are a community that shares our struggles to one another, and in that sharing, God is truly present.

Thank you for sharing your struggle with us. Your stories inspire us. We hope that ours inspire you.

Yours in the Easter moment,

Vince Anderson

Assistant Pastor, Revolution Church NYC


Hell or High Water.

April 21, 2009

This cat William Whitmore doesn’t have anything to do with Revolution Church as far as we know, but Pete’s Candy Store is the setting for his new video “Hell or High Water”. If you’d like to hear an incredible song and see more of Pete’s, please check it out!

“Hell or High Water”


Jay’s Question for You.

April 20, 2009

Today, Jay flips the script with a question for you instead… does how somebody disagrees with you and who that person is make an impact on what they have to say? Or is it only the message that matters?