Subject: West Side Update – June 16

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 16, 2014

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Katie Cameron
Moms’ Group director

“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.
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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)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


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Spending your summer in the city?
Sundays, W83
The usher teams could use a few extra hands and smiling faces to help serve on Sunday, so come serve and get plugged into Redeemer community. If interested, please contact Amanda at or click here.

Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York. Here are 5 Ways to Pray for HFNY Over Your Coffee Break.

Serve lunch and build relationships with UWS seniors
Sundays, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 111 W 71st
Volunteers assist in lunch service for local senior community and Hamilton Senior Center residents through Project FIND. Great opportunity for a small group of up to five people. (Also, check out this awesome photo of the Hamilton Center ladies dancing!) RSVP for June 22.

Habitat for Humanity: Repair homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Coney Island
We’re looking for five volunteers to make necessary repairs on homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work ranges from replacing flooring, pailing, tiling, and more. No construction experience necessary! The Habitat staff will train all volunteers. Go here to RSVP and to learn more.

Habitat for Humanity: Revitalize a community center for youth
Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 1368 Webster Ave.
Ten volunteers are needed to help revitalize a youth center in the Bronx through painting and light repairs. Go here to RSVP and to learn more.

Offer hospitality to homeless women
Weeknights, between 5 and 9 p.m., 90 Lafayette
NYC Rescue Mission is opening up a women’s shelter this summer. Female volunteers are needed for two hour shifts any evening during the week to offer hospitality. Volunteers will welcome the women, escort them around the facilities, and provide support to the staff. Contact


Mark your calendars! Summer Social on June 26
Thursday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., W83 5th Fl.
Been looking for a fun, casual way to invite people into Redeemer community outside of a Sunday service? Bring a friend and meet others at the West Side Summer Social for an evening of live music and appetizers for all to enjoy. RSVP today! For questions or more info, contact

Music, missions & Madagascar
Saturday, June 28, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
Come support the medical team going to Madagascar! A worship band will lead us in an evening of singing, sharing and absorbing some original works.

CFW’s City Rhythms year in review
This year, the Center for Faith & Work launched City Rhythms, a series focused on exploring a wide spectrum of the key industries and sectors contributing to the overall flourishing of New York City. Read a recap of our year here as we engaged more than 700 participants and highlighted 10 distinctive industries in the city.

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