Subject: West Side Update – June 30

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 30, 2014

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Elizabeth and Jared Yoder
Sunday Services Teams volunteers
Community Group leaders

Elizabeth and Jared Yoder moved to New York two and a half years ago and live in Washington Heights. Jared is originally from Ohio and Elizabeth is from Florida. They met on eHarmony and just celebrated their fifth anniversary this month. After getting married, they moved to Greensboro, NC, where they lived until coming to the city.

Jared’s background is in cardiac ICU nursing and he works at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Elizabeth is a singer and music teacher and is completing her doctorate in music. Jared used to be a triathlete and is now just a gym rat who can’t stay away. Elizabeth is enjoying rehearsals for her next performance project in the city. Their favorite spot on the West Side used to be the Big Nick’s location on Broadway between 76th and 77th — before it closed. Now most Sundays include a visit to the farmer’s market or Joe coffee shop.

They’ve been coming to Redeemer since they arrived in NYC. Both volunteer for our Sunday Services Teams: Jared serves as an usher, Elizabeth reads Scripture, and they both serve on the Communion team. Elizabeth and Jared are also Community Group leaders and hosts. Jared says Redeemer has changed his perspective on the city: while he used to see only how he needed the city, he now he sees how the city also needs him. They are both excited to see how God continues to teach them about his love through life in the city.

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.
Hello ,

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is already halfway over! It’s one of those times of the year where I tend to look back at the first half of the year and see whether any of my New Year’s resolutions have borne any fruit. It is also a time of year to make mid-year course corrections as I look ahead.

One way we can collectively do that is to think about our financial commitment to Redeemer. As many of you know, there is no endowment that is drawn upon to fund the operations of the church. Therefore, we rely completely on the gifts of those in our congregation. If you were at Sunday worship yesterday, you heard that, despite a strong first quarter, giving has dropped off significantly in April, May and June, and we now trail our goal by just over $1M.

If you are someone who regularly benefits from the ministry of Redeemer, please consider donating to the church today. The site allows you to make one-time as well as recurring gifts. On the West Side alone, we regularly serve more than 2,100 adults and 300 children every week, not to mention the work of those in our Counseling Center, Center for Faith & Work and Family Ministries who serve the broader Redeemer community. As I look ahead to the second half of 2014, I am excited about all the opportunities before us to live out our mission to:

  1. Invite people in to meet God.
  2. Care for each other in community.
  3. Equip people to serve.
  4. Love our neighbors as Christ loves us.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. (1 Chronicles 29:14)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


The 7 p.m. service is moving up to 6:45
Starting August 17, the 7 p.m. service will move up 15 minutes to 6:45 p.m. With our other three WS services at or near (and often beyond!) capacity, we encourage you to prayerfully consider attending the new 6:45 service, so we can make room for newcomers in the fall, when our attendance typically goes up 15–20%. Thank you!

Thanks to all who came out to the Summer Social!
We had a great evening last Thursday at the inaugural West Side Social up on our 5th floor terrace. Stay tuned in months ahead for more socials and opportunities to invite friends and make new ones.


Be a VBS crew leader!
July 14 to 18, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., W83 Ministry Center
Did you know that there will be about 260 kids from preschool to fifth grade at W83 during the week of July 14? It’s time for Vacation Bible School! VBS is a gospel-centric, fun-filled week of Bible stories, worship, crafts, games, skits and so much more! We are looking for about 10 additional volunteers to be “crew leaders” for this event. Crew leaders go from station to station with the kids, engaging with them as they learn that God’s love is one-of-a-kind! Please sign up if you are interested in serving during this important and exciting week! If you have questions or would like to find out more, please contact Mallory at

Is your reading list your favorite part of summer?
If so, you’d make a great addition to the Book Table team, helping others pick out their own summer reads. Join at (On that note, be sure to check out our own Redeemer summer reading list, with picks from the Kellers and Brent Bounds!)

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.

Build relationships over board games with UWS seniors
Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., 141 W 73rd
Volunteers can join the fun of Scrabble, Jenga and Trouble with residents from Hamilton Senior Center and community with Project FIND. RSVP for July 9.

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 the South Bronx on Saturday, July 12, or East Harlem on Saturday, July 19, both from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click on the dates to RSVP.

Deliver meals to homebound elderly on UWS
Sunday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., 263 W 86th
Citymeals-on-Wheels is looking for up to 15 volunteers to hand-deliver meals on foot to UWS elderly who can no longer buy groceries or cook for themselves. This is a great Community Group and family-friendly opportunity! RSVP here.

RENEWAL: An Evening of Prayer & Praise
Saturday, August 2, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., W83 Sanctuary
Come and be renewed as we remember who God is and seek his heart for us and our church together. The evening will be interspersed with worship, small group prayer and individual reflection.

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