Subject: West Side Update – July 28

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
July 28, 2014

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25 years of changed lives
What’s your story?

As Redeemer approaches its anniversary this September, which will mark 25 years of serving New York City, we’re gathering short stories about how people have experienced gospel renewal through the church’s ministry. How has God used Redeemer to change your life? Share your story!

Learn more about this fall's 25th Anniversary and read past West Side Stories.

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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Each ministry year is marked by a theme that seeks to support our church’s overarching vision. As many of you know, last year it was Public Faith, in which we were challenged both individually and collectively to find ways to engage with those in our circles who don’t share a Christian view of the world. This coming year, we will be exploring the topic of prayer. I have been doing some reading on that topic and was struck by one passage by Eugene Peterson that reminds us that prayer, though necessarily private at times, is also public.

Prayer is political action. . . . Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation’s life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation. That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police. . . . That society continues to be livable and that hope continues to be resurgent are attributable to prayer far more than to business prosperity or a flourishing of the arts. The single most important action contributing to whatever health and strength there is in our land is prayer.

It is a vivid reminder that our prayer life is to be regularly focused on seeing the values of God’s kingdom brought to bear in our public square. To that end, please consider coming to the prayer evening this Saturday, August 2, at 5 p.m. in the W83 sanctuary. You can RSVP here.

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Q: What’s the difference between Beta and Community Groups?
A: There are two primary differences. One, Beta Groups have a temporary duration of seven weeks, while Community Groups are ongoing and meet for years. Second, most if not all Beta Group attendees will be meeting one another for the first time, whereas Community Groups are established and people often join knowing other members. Beta Groups are a great way to meet new people in the city and build community. Find out how to lead and more at

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!


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.

Help lead community-building events for those with mental disabilities (The Bridge)
Two Saturday afternoons per month, Rita Berger and Park West houses
Prepare meals, lead events, and build relationships with a group of fun-loving and joyful adults who are living with mental disabilities. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday at two different residences on UWS: (1) Rita Berger House (83rd and Amsterdam), contact team leader David at (2) Park West House (103rd and Central Park West), contact team leaders Joy and Kerry at

Volunteer to serve breakfast before work (St. Paul’s House)
Fridays, from 7 to 9 a.m., 335 W 51st
Four volunteers will set up and serve breakfast to homeless and marginally housed guests from the Midtown West community who attend the morning gospel service and breakfast. You’ll finish by 9 a.m. so it’s great for early risers looking to serve before work! RSVP for August 1 and/or August 8.

Build relationships over board games with UWS seniors (Project FIND Hamilton)
Wednesdays, from 5 to 6 p.m., 141 W 73rd
Eight to 10 volunteers can join the fun of Scrabble, Jenga and Trouble with residents from Hamilton Senior Center and community. RSVP for July 30.


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. RSVP today!

Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride info session
Sunday, August 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., W83, Room 405
Ride & fundraise for Hope for New York through our Charity Bike Ride on September 20! You can sign up as an individual or get a group together. Last year’s 111 Team HFNY riders raised over $114,00 for the poor and marginalized! Learn more and register here, or join us for meet-and-greet info session after the 5 p.m. service on August 3 at W83, Room 405.

Financial Services Ministry welcome event
Sunday, August 10, from 1 to 2 p.m., W83, Room 412
New to the city? New to finance? Come meet other professionals working in the financial services and join a dynamic community seeking to integrate faith and work in this field. Find out about classes, socials and prayer events for the year. More info from the Center for Faith & Work.

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