Subject: West Side Update – August 4

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WestSide Update
August 4, 2014

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Julieanne Sullivan
Media Relations Program Manager
HFNY volunteer

Julieanne Sullivan is a third generation New Yorker. She grew up in Douglaston, Queens, as the middle of nine children. She lived on the UWS when her son and daughter were young, left the New York area for a while, and then came back to Queens 19 years ago. Three years ago, she began attending Redeemer, and today volunteers with several Hope for New York (HFNY) affiliates, usually spending one weekend a month preparing meals and distributing groceries to those in need.

“My motivation for helping is twofold: My blessings are many and I’m compelled to help where I can,” Julieanne explained. “I am especially interested in the problem of hunger, which can be invisible to most of us. What keeps me coming back is the incredible friendship and gratitude I’ve received from the people I serve, and the staff and volunteers I work with. It brings everything in my life into perspective.”

Last year, Julieanne Sullivan’s employer, the New York Power Authority, introduced a paid volunteer time (PVT) policy that encourages salaried employees to use up to two compensated workdays per year for approved volunteer activities in their local communities. Julieanne used her PVT day to prepare a special pre-Thanksgiving meal for residents at the Neighborhood Coalition for the Homeless. Last month, she was featured in her company’s employee newsletter, highlighting her HFNY service.

“The response to the story at my office has been wonderful,” says Julieanne. “I am usually very private about my spiritual conviction but the opportunity to talk about HFNY was too good to pass up. I have had quite a few co-workers talk to me about it, and it gives me a chance to talk to them about HFNY and Redeemer.”

Recognition or not, she’ll keep volunteering as usual. “These organizations simply can’t serve their communities without the help of volunteers, and everyone has something to offer,” said Julieanne. “Willingness is the catalyst for change.”

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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My brother is a real estate agent and has often commented on the importance of first impressions when prospective buyers or renters walk into a home or apartment. In short, it’s much easier to form a good first impression than to recover from a bad one.

That’s why I am so grateful for our Sunday Service volunteers who, week in and week out, welcome the thousands of adults and children who pass through the front doors of W83 on their way to worship. Whether it’s offering a warm greeting or taking the time to assist or listen to someone in need, these “first impressions” are more than just human acts of kindness, but reflect the important ministry of hospitality as people are welcomed into God’s household.

As the fall approaches, please consider how you might extend Christ’s warmth by signing up to usher and welcome the hundreds of new visitors that will be walking through our doors for the first time.

Thank you in advance!

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2, NASB)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


We came, we sang, we prayed
Thank you to all who planned, served at and came out to “Renewal: An Evening of Prayer & Praise” on Saturday evening. We had a great time of prayer, worship and reflection as we looked forward to what’s in store for ourselves, our church and our city. For those who want to dig deeper into prayer (our ministry theme this year), here is the Redeemer Prayer page, as well as some specific resources from our West Side Prayer Team, including how to start a small prayer group and lead conversational prayer.

Elementary Sunday School classes take a break in August
Sunday, August 3, through Sunday, August 31
We invite all kindergartners through fifth graders to remain in the service with their parents during the month of August, as there will be no Elementary programming this month. Sunday School for all elementary kids will resume on Sunday, September 7. Regular programming is available for nursery through pre-k kids during the month of August. You can learn more about our West Side Children’s Ministry here.

Text to give
Redeemer has added a new easy way to give. You can now text a gift any time to 646-490-1840. Simply type in the amount you wish to give (e.g. “50” for $50). and if it’s the first time, you will be asked to register. The process is simple, secure and quick. For future giving, save the number to your mobile device address book or find it through the Redeemer App under “Give.” For more info, visit

The 7 p.m. is moving to 6:45 on August 17!
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!


Multiply mercy’s impact, nominate a candidate for the Diaconate
In Acts 6, we see that as the church grew a segment of the population was overlooked. The congregants were urged to pick out from among them seven leaders “of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty” (v. 3). We do the same thing here at Redeemer, and you can participate! Help us to multiply mercy’s impact by identifying and nominating fellow Redeemer members who are compassionate, servant-hearted and spiritually mature to be candidates for the Diaconate, through which we as a church care for those most in need. We’d greatly appreciate your help and participation in praying for and with us, considering a financial gift, and, for church members, nominating candidates for the Diaconate this November. Learn more about the Diaconate here.

This month, pray with HFNY for NYC kids
Our congregation is committing this August to pray for the children and youth in Hope for New York’s mentoring programs across the city. Want to join us? Click here to sign up for HFNY prayer emails that will go out later this month, highlighting nonprofits serving kids in our city and how we can pray for them before the school year starts.


Q: What makes a good Beta Group host?
A: Someone who is willing to open their home, however grand or modest it might be. While we recruit Beta Group leaders for this fall, we’re also looking for Beta hosts for the upcoming 7-week Beta season! You do not need to have a penthouse or be Martha Stewart to host, but just be happy to welcome people into community. Learn more about Beta Groups here.

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.

Did you miss yesterday’s info session about HFNY’s Charity Bike Ride?
That’s OK! Everything you need to know about the 2014 Charity Bike Ride is up on HFNY’s website. #TeamHFNY riders have already started their training rides, and they’re looking pretty sharp! Find out more about riding for HFNY on September 20 here, or email

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 or August 8.

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 second and fourth 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

Refine résumés for men and women with criminal histories (Defy Ventures)
August 14 through 19
Volunteers with executive, entrepreneur and/or business experience receive up to five résumés and leadership statements to edit and refine. Résumés belong to the new Team 4 entrepreneurs-in-training, a carefully selected group of men and women with criminal histories. This is an online opportunity that starts on August 14, with deadline on August 19. Learn more here or contact Whitney at to sign up.


Job search skills training classes
Wednesdays starting September 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
Learn how to develop a smart job-search strategy, write a killer résumé, ace the interview and much more at the Diaconate’s free Job Search Skills Training classes for members and attenders. Classes take place over five Wednesdays at the Redeemer Offices in Midtown; see a full schedule of topics and sign up to attend here.

Vocational Intensives available this fall
Consider this opportunity from the Center for Faith & Work to take an in-depth look at your particular area of work through the lens of the gospel. Cohorts meet weekly over a commitment period of three months. Registration for the fall now open for arts, education, finance, healthcare and cross-vocational, with more to come. More info.

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