Subject: West Side Update – August 18
August 18, 2014
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 hfny.org/bikeride.
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.
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)
Rev. David Bisgrove
It’s the 6:45 p.m. from here on out
Multiply mercy’s impact, nominate a candidate for the Diaconate
Vocational Intensives available this fall
Help welcome people to the West Side this fall
Teach ESL to UWS Latino community (The Open Door)
Serve evening meal (All Angels’ Church)
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
Renewal Groups start next month
Elementary Sunday School classes take a break in August
Kids’ Community Groups (Register ASAP!)
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