Subject: West Side Update – June 23
June 23, 2014
Theresa Desrochers was born in Buffalo, NY, but grew up in Hong Kong. She went to college near Chicago and moved to New York after graduation, in 2005. She’s a freelance photographer, focusing mainly on families, kids and maternity. And she’s also a nanny during the week for two kids from a Redeemer family. In the summer she likes taking the kids she nannies to play in the fountain by the Museum of Natural History, and in the fall she goes to Blondies to catch college football games. And, she says, “I like reading science-related books and love watching awesomely bad movies.”
At Redeemer, Theresa serves as an usher captain at the 9:30 a.m. service. She and her husband, Brendon, live in Hamilton Heights, where they also host and lead Redeemer Community Group. “I joined a Vision Group in 2005, which merged into an existing Community Group down in the West Village. It was through joining the Vision Group/Community Group that I actually felt connected to Redeemer and invested in relationships at church,” says Theresa. “After we married in 2008, Brendon and I started hosting and leading a new Community Group in our apartment. We love our Community Group members, and have been truly fortunate to develop deep friendships over the years.”“Some of my closest friends in New York are from my Community Group, and I think it is important to have a safe space to make yourself vulnerable, and to have people who are praying for and supporting you in your struggles and grief, and also to have people who will celebrate good times with you,” says Theresa. “Especially since it is so easy to just show up on Sundays and to nothing else during the week, building friendships and being held accountable is vital to growing in Christ.”
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.
One of the things that I look forward to every summer is a break from the normal (read: hectic) schedule of the other seasons of the year. It’s a chance to slow down and spend time with family and friends. That form of rest and relaxation is something we try to encourage in and through our congregation.
That’s why we’re excited to host our first-ever West Side summer social at W83 this Thursday night. We’ll be up on the fifth floor with live music, appetizers, and the terrace open for all to enjoy. Thursday will be a chance to see old friends, meet new faces, and invite even newer ones. If you have friends who might be wary of coming to a Sunday church service, invite them. Or if you find it hard to navigate the coffee hour after worship on Sundays, stop by and meet some new people and find out how you might get more connected to the WS congregation.
Thursday will be a chance to open our doors and invite our friends and neighbors and celebrate summer and the city together. So RSVP today.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
Rev. David Bisgrove
HFNY volunteers, you are awesome
The Center for Faith & Work is seeking submissions for the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration at Redeemer. The show will be held at the W83 Ministry Center the weekend of September 21 and will feature live performances, film screenings and a gallery display. For more information and to submit your work visit faithandwork.com/artistsubmissions/.
Serve the West Side this summer
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.
Revitalize a Bronx youth center with Habitat for Humanity
Serve community meal to All Angels’ parishioners
Provide relief to those on the street
Volunteers are needed to serve as client advocates and committee members to provide emotional, social and spiritual support to those experiencing unexpected pregnancies. To learn more and fill out an application, contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
Who are you bringing to the summer social this Thursday?
Wednesday through Friday, June 25-27, 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
The Diaconate seeks nearly new and pristine women’s clothing and accessories for our unemployed sisters for interviews/jobs. You can drop off items at Redeemer’s Midtown offices; mark clothes “for Diaconate” and please include hangers. We welcome sample clothing items if you are in the fashion business. For questions, contact Suzy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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