Subject: West Side Update – August 18

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
August 18, 2014

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Margaret Burton
Fashion Design Student
#TeamHFNY Member

Originally from Ohio, Margaret Burton moved to New York in 2011 to study fashion design at the Pratt Institute. She immediately began attending Redeemer and now regularly attends a West Side morning service. One Sunday, a pulpit announcement grabbed her attention: “If you like biking and want to use it to raise money for the poor and marginalized of our city, then come to this meeting,” an info session for Hope for New York’s Charity Bike Ride.

Coincidentally, Margaret had just returned from Ragbrai, America’s largest bike tour, during which she biked 450 miles across Iowa for the group Pedaling for Parkinson’s. Margaret’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 16 years ago and, even though she had only begun biking two months prior, she wanted to show her love and support by participating in this ride with him and so she signed up.

Throughout her ride in Iowa, she had been praying for a reason to keep up biking and a chance to meet fellow cyclists at home. Hearing the announcement about the Charity Bike Ride was an answer to Margaret’s prayers: “God landed the opportunity right on my lap as soon as I got home — pretty amazing,” she says, adding that she’s thankful for how Redeemer provides so many ways for people to serve through different outlets with their specific interests or gifts. Margaret has previously experienced how Redeemer engages artists and now looks forward to serving the city as a cyclist as well with her first Team HFNY ride.

Margaret has encouragement for anybody considering the ride: “Your body can do a lot more than you think it can,” pointing to an inspiring 68-year-old Parkinson’s patient she met at Ragbrai who was a three-time participant and even had plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “The more people biking on this team, the more we get awareness out, through friends, family and [even] the strangers we will meet.” And she has one last tip for cyclists of all levels: “Chamois butt’r ;).”

Join Margaret and the rest of #TeamHFNY on the Charity Bike Ride on September 20! The deadline to sign up is Monday, September 9. Register at

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 ,

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament book of Joshua, and at the end of his life and ministry, having successfully led God’s people across the Jordan River, Joshua utters these words to the gathered tribes of Israel, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve” (Joshua 24:15, emphasis mine). Later he exhorts the people to, “Throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD” (v. 23). As I reflected on this farewell speech it struck me how choosing, throwing and yielding are essential to Christian discipleship.

First, we learn how choosing God is a daily discipline. Obviously there is the initial decision to follow God, but the Christian life is a daily walk in which each day we are confronted with the choice whether to follow Christ or the idols of our own making.

Second, Joshua’s ancient wisdom to daily throw away those things in our lives that interfere with our relationship to God, and yield to our hearts to him is as applicable today as they were when first spoken. In other words, we grow as Christians the same way we initially become Christians: we repent (throw) and believe (yield). So just as each day we are confronted with the choice of exercising our body or eating healthily — a follower of Jesus faces a similar choice with their soul.

That, however, is not the way of life you learned when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:20-24)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


It’s the 6:45 p.m. from here on out
Thank you to everybody who came to the inaugural 6:45 p.m. service last night. For everybody else, there’s still lots of great room for you and your friends at that service, so do come!

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.

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.


Help welcome people to the West Side this fall
Sundays, at 5 or 6:45 p.m., W83
The West Side is looking for more volunteers to serve at the evening services. If you are interested in joining one of our Sunday Service Teams – Info Table, Sermon Table, Book Table, Communion or Usher teams – sign up at

Teach ESL to UWS Latino community (The Open Door)
Orientation: Thursday, August 21
Classes: Wednesdays starting September 10, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Ten to 15 volunteers will co-teach English classes for basic- to advanced-level students every Wednesdays for 11 weeks starting on September 10 with volunteer training. No Spanish language skills necessary! To learn more or to sign up for orientation, contact Whitney at

Serve evening meal (All Angels’ Church)
Sunday, August 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., 251 W 80th St
Twenty volunteers are needed for a special meal service that will combine the morning and evening congregations, both homeless and homed. Volunteers will set up and serve the meal and help clean up afterward. Come serve with your community group! RSVP here.

Judge product competition for entrepreneurial participants (Defy Ventures)
Saturday, August 23, from 2 to 6 p.m., Downtown
Ten to 15 volunteers with executive, entrepreneur and/or business experience will act as customers and judges for mocktail competition for the potential participants for Defy’s Entrepreneurs-in-Training program, developing skills in product pitches and salesmanship. RSVP here to volunteer!


HFNY mentoring info session one week from today
Monday, August 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th floor
Learn how you can get involved as a mentor with Hope for New York’s children and youth programs at our mentoring info session! We’ll go over all the opportunities we’re offering this fall. Find out more about the info session here, or check out our #HFNYBacktoSchool posts on Instagram and Twitter to learn more.

Renewal Groups start next month
Registration in August; Groups start second week of September
Renewal Groups are intensive counseling groups led counselors from Redeemer Counseling Services. The groups offer practical insights and tools to help participants heal, grow and receive support within the context of a safe and compassionate community. This fall, group topics include “Grief: Mourning with Hope,” “Sexual Integrity for Men,” “Heart of an Eating Disorder,” “Sexual Abuse Recovery for Women,” and “Enriching your Marriage.” For more information, fees and registration please see

Elementary Sunday School classes take a break in August
Sundays through 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.

Kids’ Community Groups (Register ASAP!)
Wednesdays starting October 1, from 4:15 to 6 p.m., W83
If you haven’t registered for Kids’ Community Groups, there is still time! KCG is a Wednesday afternoon program for our kindergartners through 5th graders that runs from October 1 to May 20, excluding school holidays. Each Wednesday, Redeemer West Side kids gather to worship, study the Bible, be in a small group with their peers, eat dinner together, and have fun. Registration is required and $250 for the year, which covers program cost, weekly dinner for kids, and a monthly dinner for families. Scholarships are available. Please contact Laura at to request a scholarship.

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