Subject: West Side Update - October 6

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WestSide Update
October 6, 2014

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Bob Stec
Bob Stec

“As many people, I have spent a great deal of my life running from God and trying to use my gifts to make things work. Unfortunately for me, early life success convinced me that I could do it on my own with works and effort,” says Bob Stec. “My life fell apart eventually like it does for so many self-absorbed people, of which I was definitely one. But it was in the darkness of business failure, marriage failure, and all that surrounds those situations that God reached out and refused to allow me to keep falling. He used so many people and situations to plant me back on solid ground, his ground. He restored my life in so many ways but at each turn it was so amazingly clear that this time it was him, not me, that was doing the restoring. It showed me that life was about loving him and through that loving others. Life was about selflessness versus selfishness.”

Bob is from North Carolina, has been in and out of NYC for most his business career, and has concentrated in NYC since 2006. He has his MBA in marketing and is currently the president of Hampshire Group, a publicly traded apparel company. His wife, Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, teaches entrepreneurship at the college level, and they have three grown daughters who live in Brooklyn, South Carolina, and Washington, DC. Bob’s passion is golf — he’s been playing since he was five years old. And he says, “My wife and I are foodies, and that is a hard addiction to have living on the West Side — too many great places to eat.”

Bob and his wife came to Redeemer when they first moved to the city. He’s attended the West Side Men’s group on Tuesday mornings for two years: “It has been such a blessing in more ways than I can describe. The diversity and openness are two things that are obvious — men from all stages of life and in every kind of situation imaginable coming together around a Bible study that continuously draws us closer to the God we all desperately need,” says Bob.

He says, “Today I have so many great relationships with my wife, my daughters, my friends and associates that clearly were gifts from God. He opened my eyes to see all that he could do if I would simply turn over control to him.”

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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One of the many benefits of living in NYC is ease of access to the many world-class cultural institutions housed here. For example, I have been to the Metropolitan Museum of Art scores of times and almost always make my way to the Impressionist Wing. Why? Because there is something healing to my soul when I stand in the presence of Van Gogh’s paintings. When Jesus taught us to pray the words “Hallowed be thy Name” (Matthew 6:9) he was underscoring that very principle. Or as John Piper put it:

“No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. (We go) because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding splendor than there is in beholding self”.

Prayer draws us into the presence of the glorious God and is an opportunity to ‘hallow his name’ as we are healed by his splendor. So the next time you celebrate Mozart, or Van Gogh, or a sunset – peer behind their beauty and see the one whose glory is being revealed, and hallow his name.

May the glory of the Lord endure forever. Psalm 104:31

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in having your infant baptized?
The next available dates set aside for infant baptisms are November 16, January 11, and March 8. Members may register their infants online or email Parents who are not yet members, but interested in infant baptism, can start the membership process by registering for the next Intro to Redeemer on October 19.

Enriching Your Marriage
Thursdays at 7 p.m., starting October 16
In our fast paced city, married couples need space to connect. Enrich your marriage with this 7-week Renewal Group. Information on registration and fees can be found at Contact Anita at 212-370-0475 or with any questions.

Hope for New York is Hiring!
HFNY is seeking an individual passionate about mercy & justice in New York City to manage HFNY grantmaking initiatives among our grant-receiving affiliates. The Manager of Affiliate Development will review and analyze grantee proposals, conduct organizational assessments, and provide recommendations to executive management. Learn more here.


Know of a great NYC non-profit?
Recommend them to Hope for New York! At Hope for New York, we’re proud to partner with over 40 amazing New York City non-profits (we call them our “affiliates”) serving the poor of our city. We're looking to partner with and strengthen even more awesome organizations this year. Think you know of a local non-profit that might be a great partner for us? Learn more about recommending potential affiliates here.

Here are some highlighted opportunities to serve the city with Hope for New York. As always, you can check HFNY’s volunteer page to search a full list by neighborhood and service type.

Young Life
Mondays or Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Chelsea
Volunteers will assist with weekly clubs by running activities and building relationships with youth living in the Chelsea housing project. High school youth on Thursdays or middle school youth on Mondays. RSVP online.

Operation Exodus
Weekly from 7 to 8:00 p.m. starting early Oct in Washington Hts
Volunteers will bring expertise to lead interactive 3-6 week workshops on dance, arts, music, technical skills, personal finance, health, etc. for high school students ages 14-19 Request more information online.

Parents of Teens Round Table and Dinner
Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., W83 rm 406
Parenting teens is a unique time. Join our Director of Family Ministries Brent Bounds and other parents for dinner and conversation about concerns, questions and ideas as we raise our teens in NYC and at Redeemer. Register here.

Faith & Work Conference: Spots filling up!
Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8
Register now for this year's Faith & Work Conference: Making All Things New: Imagination and Innovation Required. Speakers include New York Times columnist David Brooks, author Nancy Ortberg, Tim Keller and others. Register at


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

Pray that our love of the city will be fleshed out in the way we live. Do we love the city? Are a growing number of us committed to staying here long term? Are we really engaging with all the people of the city? Do we avoid the extremes of pitying (feeling superior to) the city and fleeing (feeling afraid of) the city? Do we understand the city? Do we know what’s happening?

Pray for our compassion and justice.
 Do we balance our emphasis, rhetoric, money and spiritual gifts well between both word and deed ministry? Do we care for the poor? Are we sacrificial in our giving of ourselves and of our resources to communities of need? Are we wise and smart in giving to communities of need?

For more information on these and other prayer requests, click here.

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