Subject: West Side Update – July 7

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WestSide Update
July 7, 2014

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Arielle and Lawrence Anglin
Beta Group leaders

Arielle and Lawrence Anglin met as undergrads at Columbia University. Arielle was an international student from Trinidad and Tobago, and Lawrence came from New Jersey. They got to know each other through the Campus Crusade fellowship on campus. Lawrence had been attending Redeemer for a couple of years at that point, and Arielle soon began attending as well.

After Arielle and Lawrence graduated and got married in 2012, they got involved in leadership at Redeemer. They led a Beta Group in their apartment in Hamilton Heights, and this past year they served as leader-coaches. “We’ve really enjoyed getting to know other Community Group leaders and leader-coaches, and felt like we finally found a community of friends out of college—which was harder than I thought!” says Arielle. “These last two years also surprised us because at Columbia you think you’re a New Yorker, but you’re not quite one yet . . . at least we weren’t. It’s very easy to just stay within that five-block radius in Morningside Heights (except for Sundays at Redeemer). So working in the city has definitely been good for us and allowed us to explore and actually be engaged with the city and its many cultures.”

“Sadly, we’re both heading off to graduate school in the fall, so we have to say goodbye to New York for now. We do hope to return once we’re done, but a lot happens in five years. We’ll have to see where God leads us,” says Arielle. “But I think we can both say that our time in New York has been a transforming experience we’re extremely grateful for.”

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 ,

On this first Monday of July, as I browse Instagram and Facebook pictures of beaches and picnics, I must confess to a certain level of anxiety as I sense the days of summer ticking away. Of course there are many reasons why I respond that way, one of which is that I see the summer months as an opportunity for rest and renewal that is often elusive in a place like NYC. To that end I’ve been re-reading Gordon MacDonald’s book Ordering Your Private World. One of his theses as to how to make our inner lives more ordered and therefore more peaceful is to guard against our tendency to what he calls a “driven life.” For most of us that is a term with which we are far too familiar. MacDonald at one place characterizes a driven person as someone who is “abnormally busy, averse to play” and someone who tends to avoid “spiritual worship.”

So wherever you are and whatever your plans the rest of the summer, let’s help each other slow down, balance leisure with work, and stay rooted in God’s word and people. That way we can live out the African proverb of making sure we “let our souls catch up with our bodies.” Good advice any season of the year.

My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity. (Proverbs 3:1-2)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


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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.

Lead community-building events at the Rita Berger House
Saturdays, from 1 to 3 p.m., 428 Amsterdam
Prepare meals, lead events, and build relationships with people with mental disabilities at this residence just down the street from W83. Second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Email David at to learn more.

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. RSVP for July 9.

Deliver meals to homebound elderly on the 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 to UWS elderly who can no longer buy groceries or cook for themselves. Great Community Group and family-friendly opportunity. RSVP here.

Pack and sort donated items for community partners
Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 310 Tiffany St
Help sort, package, and prepare donated items for World Vision’s community partners in the South Bronx. Great opportunity for kids to pitch in! Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.


Job Search Round Table
Thursday, July 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
The Round Table is a weekly open meeting at the Midtown office for those seeking employment by those seeking employment. It features job search tips and information, biblical teaching, and breakout sessions for networking, prayer and accountability in a gospel-centered community. See Summer Schedule at

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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