Subject: West Side Update – June 16
June 16, 2014
“When I moved to NYC, I had two babies, my husband was working all the time, and I knew no one. It was quite pathetic actually. It was lonely and overwhelming,” says Katie Cameron. “Then, I found the Redeemer Moms’ Group, and the rest is history. My family and I have been blessed with community and love and support beyond our wildest imagination.”
Katie grew up in Berks County, PA. She’s lived in New York City for four years, with her husband, Troy Woolley, their daughters, Harper and Lovie, and their Maltese dog, Sadie. Katie stays at home with the children — she says, “I am the CEO of our family!” On the West Side, she and her family love Blondies for the wings and Levain Bakery for the cookies. Katie enjoys reading novels, doing spin or Pure Barre classes, having lunch with friends, and napping: “I could win the Olympic medal in napping if that was a sport,” she says.
Katie joined the 99th Street Moms’ Group four years ago and has been the director of the group for the past two years. She also volunteers for Kids Community Group, Redeemer’s discipleship group for children that meets on Wednesday evenings. And she and Troy host a Community Group in their home. “One of the most exciting parts of my life is that the Lord sees fit to include me in a small way in his great work,” she says. “Since arriving in New York, God has taught me personally about loneliness and he has put me in places where I can relate to and love people who might be lonely in this huge, overwhelming city,” she says.
Of all her involvements, though, the Moms’ Group has a special significance for her. “Motherhood is such an emotional and vulnerable time in a woman’s life, when all of a sudden you become responsible for this new, precious life. And you are so in love with your baby and yet so overwhelmed at the same time,” says Katie. “The Lord has loved me deeply and widely through Christian community during my journey into motherhood, and I am so grateful to be able to love other new moms in a small way through the Moms’ Group ministry.”There are four Moms’ Groups that meet on the UWS. See a full schedule of Moms’ Groups that meet around Redeemer here.
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.
In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “The Capital of the World,” a Spanish father travels to Madrid to reconcile with his runaway son. The father takes out this ad in a local newspaper: “Paco, meet me at the Hotel Montana at noon on Tuesday. All is forgiven. Love, Papa.” Paco is a common name in Spain, so when the father arrives he finds 800 young men waiting for their fathers. What drew them to the hotel? As Hemingway tells it, it was the words “All is forgiven.”
On this Monday after Father’s Day, it is good to remember that the purpose of the cross was forgiveness in the service of reconciliation: drawing prodigal men and women back to the arms of a Father who embraces us with the words “All is forgiven.”
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. (Galatians 4:4-7)
Rev. David Bisgrove
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