Subject: West Side Update - October 13

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
October 8, 2012

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Christine Metzger
Christine Metzger
Managing Director, Fellowship for Performing Arts

Christine Metzger was born in Wappingers Falls, NY to German immigrants. Her first language was German, and her family owned their own business, Metzger’s Meat Market. She lived in Hoboken for many years and moved into Manhattan last year.

“My plans and God’s plans haven’t exactly matched up recently,” says Christine. “I thought I was going to start my doctorate at Columbia Teacher’s College this past September, and now I find myself running a nonprofit theatre company on 52nd and Broadway!”

Christine has worked in education for the majority of her career, running faith-based schools around the country, and was the Head of School at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken for 11 years. Now her work has taken a different direction, into nonprofit management. She’s the managing director of Fellowship for Performing Arts, working with Max McLean to bring excellent theatre from a Christian worldview to a diverse audience. "I love the idea of capturing the moral imagination through performing thought-provoking material," she says. Christine also serves as an officer of the Board of Trustees of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. And she teaches executive management skills to newer heads of faith-based schools through the VanLunen Fellows Program.

Christine first visited Redeemer in the early 90s, and she joined the Hoboken church plant in 2000. She’s attended the WS congregation regularly since 2008, and started leading a Beta Group this fall. The Center for Faith & Work has been particularly influential for Christine: she’s been involved in EI (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) since the group began, and she often attends the CFW arts events.

“My journey has been a bit out of the ordinary with twists and turns I never expected,” says Christine. “Landing in NYC and returning to Redeemer after a time of traveling the world and working in the Boston area is such a blessing. The Redeemer community was a big draw. I longed to ‘return home’ to NYC.”

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 ,
Ten years ago this past summer I was ordained into the ministry. Not long after that we had friends over for dinner, one of who asked me what I liked most about my ‘new job’. The first answer that popped into my mind was ‘hope’. It struck me that at the core of my vocation as a pastor, whether from the pulpit or in one-on-one counseling, is the opportunity to communicate genuine hope to people.

When we pray, ‘thy Kingdom come…on earth as it is in heaven’, Jesus gives us a way to pray that hope into our lives and the world. How? On the one hand by praying ‘on earth’ we acknowledge there is still much to grieve over in our lives and world. Yet because Jesus himself came from heaven to earth and conquered death through his death and resurrection, our grief is mixed with hope as we pray ‘as it is in heaven’. Philip Yancey puts it this way:

"There are two ways to look at human history...One way is to focus on the wars and violence... From such a point of view Easter seems a fairy-tale exception, There is another way to look at the world. If I take Easter as the starting point, the one incontrovertible fact about how God treats those whom he loves, then human history becomes the contradiction and Easter a preview of ultimate reality. Hope then flows like lava beneath the crust of daily life."

So let that ‘lava’ of Christ’s resurrection hope flow into your prayer life even as we wait for Jesus to come again. (Click here for a brief article on Kingdom Centered Prayer) Come quickly, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. – Romans 12:12

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Are you looking for a fun way to grow your community?
Our West Side Sunday Service Teams are looking for you! To welcome an average of 2,500 people who worship at our four West Side services each week, we rely on almost 100 volunteers every Sunday to usher, serve communion and help congregants and visitors find information, CDs and books up on the 5th floor. We are hoping to add new team members at every service! It’s a great way to share your gifts to serve our church, and it’s a fun way to grow your community at Redeemer. Sign up here (on your own or with a friend!)

God's Mercy, Our Compassion
Sunday, October 26, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83 Rm. 405
Whether we realize it or not, there are opportunities every day to be an extension of God’s mercy to others around us. In this special seminar, we will explore together a biblical survey and meaning of God’s mercy, and identify practical ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus. Click here for more information and to register.

Have you created your HFNY volunteer profile yet?
If you're ready to join HFNY's movement of Christians loving and serving our neighbors, then we're committed to making it pretty seamless for you to find a place to plug in. A great way get started is by creating a profile on our website, where you can find volunteer opportunities across the city that fit with your skills, passions, and availability. You'll also be able to meet HFNY volunteers and staff in person at Hope for New York Sunday on October 26 after all services. See you then!

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.

Morris Academy Mentors
Saturday mornings in the Bronx
15-20 volunteers will mentor high school students from Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies at bi-monthly group sessions, and through one-on-one tutoring and relationship building activities to encourage achievement in academics and development of life-changing goals. Program starts Saturday, October 18. Request more information and complete the online application here.

Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Upper West Side
8 or more volunteers will deliver meals to elderly neighbors making sure that a nutritious and warm meal is provided to those who can no longer shop for groceries or cook for themselves. RSVP online for Sunday, October 19.

Young Life Capernaum
Thursday nights, Upper West Side
Volunteers assist in providing a safe and fun space for teens with intellectual and developmental disabilities to build community and grow spiritually at this weekly club. Request information online.

Gospel & Stewardship Workshops Part One and Two
Saturdays, October 18 & 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th floor
Discover what the Bible has to say about finances; explore a biblical perspective of money and stewardship in Part 1 on Saturday October 18th. Part Two on Saturday October 25 is all about practical money skills such as creating a budget, how to stick to the budget and a plan for getting out of debt. Workshops are $30 each. Light pastries served. To learn more or register, visit, and click on Financial Counseling.

Foundations of Spiritual Disciplines
Sundays, October 19 & 26, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83 Rm. 413
How can the practice of spiritual disciplines become more than just one more obligation in an already packed schedule? This class will examine prayer and the sacraments and how each is designed to help us experience communion with Jesus in our modern day. Led by Andi Brindley, the class will include a teaching followed by an exercise to take the teaching deeper. Click here for more information and to register.

Faith & Work Prayer Night | Identifying Obstacles to Prayer
Thursday, October 23rd, at 7 p.m, W83 Ministry Center
Join CFW and Executive Coach and Consultant Lourine Clark for a night of worship and prayer to seek God for spiritual strength in the workplace. The first of three CFW prayer events. More info here.

Quiet Time Basics: A Way to Get Started
Thursday, October 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., W83 Room 406
Want to know God more? How do we spend time with him each day in this busy and noisy city? Join instructors Tim and Monica Philippo to learn how to meditate and pray through Scripture on your own so you can discover who God is and how he’d like to transform you. Knowing and loving God — that’s what quiet times are about. Click here for more information and to register.
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