Subject: West Side Update – June 23

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 23, 2014

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Theresa Desrochers
CG host and leader

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.
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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)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


HFNY volunteers, you are awesome
We love these photos from Hope for New York’s superhero-themed awesome volunteer appreciation dinner at W83 last week — including a lot of friendly West Side faces in the mix!

CFW is looking for artist submissions
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


Serve the West Side this summer
Did you know? More than 2,400 people attend a service each Sunday here on the West Side — which means it takes a lot of volunteers to make everything run smoothly! Have you thought about serving? It’s a great way to get involved in the Redeemer community and give back to the church. Check out current opportunities to serve on Sunday Service Teams and in Children’s Ministry at

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
Saturday, June 28, 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. Click here to RSVP and to learn more.

Serve community meal to All Angels’ parishioners
Sundays, 5 to 7:30 p.m., 251 W 80th St.
Every Sunday throughout the summer, a group of six volunteers is needed to help set up, serve a meal and clean up after at All Angels’ Church for parishioners, both homeless and homed. RSVP online at for June 29 or July 6. This is a great way for Community Groups to serve together!

Provide relief to those on the street
June 28 (evening), July 12 and 19 (day)
Join the NYC Relief Bus to connect the homeless and people in need with food and resources. Volunteers will serve soup and drinks, pray for homeless guests, and help distribute resources. Serve near Port Authority on Saturday, June 28, from 8 to 10 p.m., South Bronx on Saturday, July 12, or East Harlem on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click on the dates to RSVP.

Offer care and support at pregnancy support center
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


Who are you bringing to the summer social this Thursday?
Thursday, June 26, from 7 to 9 p.m., W83
Are you looking for a way to introduce your friends to Redeemer’s community? We’re hosting a summer social on Thursday night, June 26, on our fifth floor and terrace! Bring your friends and neighbors for an evening of appetizers and live music. Questions, contact RSVP at

Diaconate Community Closet
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

West Side Congregation
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W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024