Subject: West Side Update – April 28

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 28, 2014

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As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
Hello ,

Death visited our apartment this week. Tears flowed. Hugs were exchanged. Our beloved hamster passed away quietly one night.

The tears and hugs were reminders of the reality underscored by Easter. Death and suffering are real. And no matter what age you are, the natural human response to death reveals that we were never meant to say goodbye. We are hope-based creatures.

A recent article by the philosopher Simon Critchley argued that the kind of hope Christians celebrated on Easter is often cruel as it “prolongs human suffering,” and should be replaced by a Nietzsche-like courage in the face of realism. Of course, wisdom dictates a need for a balanced understanding of both human suffering and resurrection hope, which is why Christians must read both Job and Paul. But in the end, our collective grief in the face of loss and the promise offered by Christ’s resurrection seem like a more natural expression of the human condition than Nietzsche’s idea of courage, which seems both cruel and foolish.

RIP, Cocoa.

And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:26-27)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


You’re invited to WS Men and WS Women
Every week, groups of men and women from the West Side get together at W83 for fellowship, worship, Scripture or just a warm cup of coffee. There are two groups of West Side Women: one meets on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and the other on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. West Side Men meet on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m. Join them!

West Side Prayer Ministry
Serve our church by interceding for our congregation, staff and ministries! Two opportunities: (1) Join us on Sunday mornings at W83 from 10:55 to 11:25 a.m. in Room 405, or (2) become a Prayer Team member to receive regular prayer requests via email. More here.


Did you miss Children’s Ministry Sunday yesterday?
There’s still time to sign up to serve! Contact Jenni at to join the vital team of our West Side Children’s Ministry volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to serve our West Side children and families. Thank you to all who signed up yesterday!


Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. As always, you can check their Volunteer page to see opportunities by neighborhood and service type.

Pilot Program: Tutor students in SoHa
Orientation: Tuesday, April 29, at 6:15 p.m.
Tutoring: weeknights and Saturdays
Volunteer to tutor 6th to 12th grade students from three local schools in South Harlem on weeknights or Saturdays for 75-minute sessions. Attend volunteer orientation on tomorrow evening to learn more and get started. Contact Whitney at for more info.

Support men and women living with mental illnesses
Saturdays, 103rd and CPW
Are you crafty? Do you like to cook? Enjoy planning fun outings? Volunteer to plan and lead activities for a fun-loving group of residents at The Bridge. Events happen every other Saturday. Contact Lauren at to learn more.


Sandra McCracken benefit concert + silent auction
Friday, May 2, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., W83
Come hear Nashville-based singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken and support Redeemer’s Youth Ministry as they prepare to serve in Ethiopia this summer. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a silent auction from 7:30 to 8 p.m. featuring artwork by Redeemer members. Get your tickets today!

Women’s Beyond Abuse retreat
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 1
Retreat: Friday, May 16, at 1 p.m. to Sunday, May 18, at 3 p.m.
As a follow-up to the Beyond Abuse Seminar, the Diaconate is offering a three-day retreat for female sexual abuse survivors. The retreat focuses not on the past, but offers you spiritual tools to help you move beyond the abuse and look to the future. The impact of abuse is considered alongside the current challenges you face. For more information, visit here or contact Anne at

Young Supporters Spring Benefit next Wednesday
Wednesday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., 356 W. 58th
This is going to be an amazing night of great company, delicious food and drinks, and an inspiring program (including Abe Cho as MC!) to support Hope for New York’s work to serve the poor and marginalized of our city. Wednesday, May 7 at Hudson Common at the Hudson Hotel. Get your tickets today!

Open Forum: Sex and the Romantic Solution
Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m., W83
What do Bruno Mars, Al Green and Tim Keller have to say about sex and romance? Find out at the Open Forum. Join us for a concert by the West Side band with guest soloists and a lecture by Tim Keller, followed by an open-mic Q&A. Bring a friend! RSVP today.

Ei Forum 2014: Disruption
Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31
Don’t miss this year’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Forum — an opportunity to spend the weekend with a dynamic community of leaders exploring how the disruptive power of the gospel can drive innovation! The weekend will also provide experiences for spiritual formation in order to gain a new vision of God’s glory that propels our work. Register before Friday to get the lowest price.

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