Subject: West Side Update – June 2
June 2, 2014
“New York is a designer’s dream,” says Stewart Bean. “Everywhere you look, there is a thoughtful piece of design, and I am constantly visually delighted and inspired. I try to take advantage of all the access we have to the arts, whether it’s visiting an exhibit, meeting with other creatives, or exploring a new neighborhood. I still can’t believe Central Park is my ‘backyard’ and I love running there in the mornings.”
Stewart is a digital designer at SYPartners, a creative consulting firm in Chelsea, where he helps companies turn complex ideas into clean and artful interactive experiences. Stewart grew up in a small coastal town of northeastern North Carolina before moving to NYC one year ago. “The mark of my Southern identity is my name, not necessarily my accent; I have four names (all family) and go by my second name.” The full name? Charles Stewart Taylor Bean.
Last year, he packed up and came to NYC, settling on the Upper West Side. “Living on the UWS actually feels a lot like growing up [in NC] — I have a coffee shop on my corner, neighbors say hello to each other, and I walk everywhere,” says Stewart. He is currently combining his background in editorial design with his heritage and new home — he’s creating a quarterly journal of creative Southerners in New York. He says, “I love getting to know people and their stories, and New York is full of interesting people.”
And he’s layering his faith over it all. “Redeemer’s year of Public Faith was incredibly encouraging as I started life in New York,” says Stewart. “I think I have a tendency to fragment my faith to a certain time and place, but Redeemer equipped and challenged me to take what I believe into every part of my life.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
I recently read a Harvard Business Review article in which the author, the CEO of a large company, wrote this:
[Leaders] have to provide leadership in various ways. Like architects, they must lay out a vision. Like engineers, they worry about making things run efficiently. But above all, they must recognize their people’s desire to build great things.
Last week the West Side staff team engaged in an all-day offsite meeting during which, among other things, we discussed Redeemer’s vision. It was a reminder of the insight in the above quote as there is no greater vision than what Jesus laid out to his disciples, and no greater privilege than being part of laboring for his church.
As the ministry year begins to wind down, I thought it would be helpful for all of us to take some time to read the statement below that summarizes the values to which we aspire as we seek to lift up the beauty of Jesus in New York City together.
Redeemer aspires to be: (1) gospel-centered rather than legalistic or liberal, (2) aimed at transformed lives, not just behavioral “niceness,” (3) privileging community and lay ministry over programs (meaning small groups are central), (4) city-positive, neither hostile or romantic toward the city, (5) holistic in ministry (word and deed), (6) culturally engaged, integrating faith with work, (7) committed to a non-jargony, excellent, outward face that is pervasive throughout church, (8) catalyzing, spiritually dynamic, and cooperative movement among NYC Christians, and (9) planting churches everywhere.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Rev. David Bisgrove
Kids’ Community Group registration is now open!
Find out what’s new at redeemer.com
So check out the site to see what’s new, and as always, just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’ve got any questions or are looking for any other info.
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.
Provide relief to those living on the street
Coach volleyball for Herald Youth in Chinatown
Sunday, June 22, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 28, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Female volunteers are needed to prepare, cook, and serve a delicious dinner for the female residents of The Bowery Mission Women’s Center. The volunteer team leader will plan the menu and have the groceries ready for the evening. RSVP for June 22 and/or June 28.
Job search skills training classes
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