Subject: West Side Update - September 15
September 15, 2014
As part of our prayer renewal year, we have launched a new prayer section in our weekly updates to shape and encourage our prayers as individuals and a body. For information about our WS prayer team and other prayer resources, please check out the links below!
Arthur is a native New Yorker. He grew up in Queens, lived upstate for seven years during college and his first few years of working, and then moved back to New York in 2004. He lives in Rego Park, Queens, and works for a large education company, managing content and curriculum for test preparation courses. He also teaches these courses in both physical and online classrooms.
Arthur’s been what he calls “a Redeemer tourist” since his senior year in high school, 17 years ago. But he’s considered Redeemer his home church for the last three years, and he became a member in June 2013. He serves Redeemer as a volunteer with Children’s Ministry and a leader-coach for Community Groups. Arthur has also been a member of our Prayer Team since September 2013. “Being part of the Prayer Team has been an eye-opening experience,” he says. “It is here that I become acutely aware of how truly we as a church are more broken than we dare imagine, and are more loved than we dare hope. Given such a large church, it’s refreshing to be able to pray in a smaller community on a regular basis.”
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.
In the Spring of 1989 I began to attend a new church on the Upper East Side called Redeemer Presbyterian. I was newly out of business school and working in hospital administration. Little did I know how much my life would change as a result of the decision to attend Redeemer. I began to take Seminary classes. Made amazing friends. Met my wife. Had my 2 daughters baptized. Changed careers. Got ordained. And now have the privilege to serve as the Lead Pastor for the West Side Congregation. In the words of the Psalmist, “the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places” (Psalm 16:6).
But as great as all of those things are, what energizes me more than anything isn’t what happened in the past, but what will happen in the future. As many of you heard me say, the reason I have stayed in NYC for so long is because of Redeemer’s vision.
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, the world.
I love being part of something that will outlive me. When I see the growing number of children in our congregation, I see hundreds of native New Yorkers who will carry the torch after we are gone. So as we celebrate all that God has done in and through Redeemer this coming weekend, let’s recommit to what He will do through His church over the next 25 years.
Rev. David Bisgrove
Redeemer's 25th Anniversary is here!
City to City wants to celebrate with YOU on September 30!
Serve community meal to All Angels’ parishioners
Serve breakfast before work (St. Paul’s House)
Become a Young Life leader at Quest
These are highlighted opportunities to serve from Hope for New York for this week. As always, you can go to HFNY's volunteer page to search regular opportunities by neighborhood, date, service type and more.
West Side Intro to Redeemer
Wednesday, September 17 from 7 to 8:30PM, W83 Rm 406
Whether you're brand new to Redeemer or have been around a while and are considering becoming a member, come join WS elders and staff to learn about Redeemer's history, vision and how to get started in the membership process. Click here to register or email Susana Gough for more information.
Welcome to our new prayer section of the WS Update!
Each week, we hope the prayers, resources and events highlighted here will help us draw near to God in prayer. There are also great resources on our Redeemer-wide prayer page and our WS prayer page.
Prayer Renewal Year, drawing near to God
As we embark on our 2014-15 year of prayer renewal, we hope you will pray with us for what God will do in our hearts, relationships, church and city. To help guide and encourage our prayers as a body, please download our prayer card here.
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