Subject: West Side Update - September 15

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
September 15, 2014

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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 Ahn
Prayer Team Member

“I’m a huge New York Mets fan, which means I live in perpetual agony from April to October,” says Arthur Ahn. “I love karaoke, can play four chords on the guitar, make a decent mac n’ cheese, am an on-again/off-again practitioner of hot yoga, write more Yelp reviews than I care to admit, and really want to know what’s so fun about running.”

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.
Hello ,

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.

Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. – Jeremiah 29:7

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Redeemer's 25th Anniversary is here!
Friday, September 19 through Sunday, September 21

Join in the celebration of all that God has done through Redeemer's first 25 years and all He will do in the next 25! Click here for information about the anniversary including a full weekend schedule and registration links.

City to City wants to celebrate with YOU on September 30!
Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM at 1359 Broadway
We cannot wait for City to City Sunday on September 28. You'll meet some of our global church planters, and trust us, they are all rock stars. Together, we want to send these leaders back to their cities to start new churches with a $150,000 gift from the Special Offering. These funds will cover their ongoing training and coaching in the field. You can already give here. Also, save the date! We are gonna party together on September 30 and celebrate reaching our $150,000 goal. RSVP on Facebook.


Serve community meal to All Angels’ parishioners
Sundays, 5 to 7:30PM, 251 W 80th St

Every Sunday, a group of six volunteers is needed to help set up, serve and clean up after a community meal at All Angels’ Church for parishioners, both homeless and homed. This is a great way for Community Groups to serve together! RSVP.

Serve breakfast before work (St. Paul’s House)
Mondays and Fridays, from 7 to 9AM, 335 W 51st St

Four volunteers will set up and serve breakfast to homeless 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 who can serve before work! RSVP.

Become a Young Life leader at Quest
Tuesdays starting September 23, from 7 to 9PM

Volunteers will attend an eight-week training to learn more about Young Life and connect to serving regularly with a club in Manhattan, including UWS Wyldlife and Capernaum clubs. Volunteers help mentor youth engaged through outreach and assist with weekly activities in neighborhoods once trained. RSVP.

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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