Subject: West Side Update - October 27

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WestSide Update
October 27, 2014

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MacKenzie Dubow
MacKenzie Dubow

“I was inspired to volunteer in the nursery because my mom and dad have taught 2- and 3-year-olds in Sunday School at their home church for over 20 years,” says MacKenzie Dubow. “They have shown me how important is it to teach little ones about the Lord.”

MacKenzie and her husband, Byron, moved to NYC four years ago from Nashville, TN. They live on the Upper West Side near Columbia University, where Byron attends medical school. MacKenzie is originally from California and has an older sister who still lives in California and a younger sister who lives here in NYC.

MacKenzie teaches second grade at an all girls school called The Hewitt School on the East Side. She studied early childhood education at Vanderbilt University and has taught junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and first and second grades. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family, playing tennis, and taking her goldendoodle puppy (‘Scotch’) to the park.

“I started volunteering in the nursery at Redeemer just after moving to New York,” says MacKenzie. “In a bigger church like Redeemer, having the opportunity to volunteer helped me to feel connected to the church and meet new people. When I leave on Sunday mornings, I am always so impressed by the Children's Ministry staff! They are friendly, loving, and dedicated to serving the families of Redeemer.”

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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In a recent article in the New York Review of Books, Zadie Smith mused on a large billboard advertisement for a well-known beer that exhorted its readers to ‘Find Your Beach’. She summarized her response to the marketing slogan this way:

The tone is pure Manhattan. Echoes can be found in the personal growth section of the bookstore (“Find your happy”), and in exercise classes (“Find your soul”), and in the therapist’s office (“Find your self”).

In other words, it reflects our culture’s sense of entitlement to actively pursue happiness by shaping reality ‘around our own desires’. Of course, the longing for contentment is deeply embedded in the human condition. In fact Scripture commands it of those who self-identify as Christians (Phil 3:1; Phil 4:4). However, when Jesus teaches us to pray “Give us this day our daily bread” he is signaling that true contentment can’t be achieved (“Give”); and involves limiting our appetites to what we need, as opposed to what we want (“daily bread”). So the question is how do we live that way in a world that urges us to ‘find our beach’? The answer is found by remembering that Jesus is the bread of life who was given to us, and who humbled himself on the cross so that we might never be hungry for the one who is the source of our true happiness, ‘Our Father’ who is in heaven.

Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
 and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’Proverbs 30:8b-9a

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Boxes of Love
Saturday, November 22, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., W83 Ministry Center, 5th Fl
Join West Side Children’s Ministry, Hope for New York, and the Inner City Ministry of Cru for our third annual Boxes of Love packing party, a Thanksgiving service project for families with children of all ages! We will decorate boxes and pack non-perishable food items to be distributed to hundreds of families in need. RSVP is required.

Find your role with Hope for New York
On Sunday, you heard from Hope for New York volunteers who are loving and serving our neighbors in need all over the city. It’s our hope that all West Siders would volunteer with one of Hope for New York’s 40+ affiliate nonprofits. To get plugged in as a HFNY volunteer today, visit And to see a snapshot of what it looks like to volunteer with Hope for New York, click here for video.

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.

All Angels Church // Serve Dinner to Homeless
Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m or Sundays from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on UWS.
Volunteers will serve a meal at a church that serves both homeless and homed congregants. The volunteer team will set up and serve dinner restaurant-style and clean up afterward. RSVP here.

StreetSquash // Tutor Youth in Harlem
Tuesday, November 4 from 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Harlem
Volunteers will attend orientation for tutoring middle and high school youth from three local Harlem schools in all subject areas from 6th grade Math to 12th grade AP Chemistry. Volunteers are asked to commit to tutoring on a weekly basis. RSVP here for orientation.

Operation Exodus // Co-Lead Children’s Small Groups
Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Washington Hts & Inwood
Volunteers will lead groups of K - 8th grade students from Latino & Hispanic communities in academic, spiritual and life skills programs. Sign up or request more informa​tion here.

Faith & Work Conference: Last Chance!
Friday and Saturday, November 7 and 8
It's your last chance to register 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

Save the date for Lessons & Carols & Christmas Eve Services
It's time to mark your calendars and start thinking of what friends, co-workers and neighbors you can to invite to celebrate Christmas with us! Our West Side morning Lessons & Carols services will take place on December 14 with a special schedule of three services at 8:30, 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. (if you can attend 8:30, you will be helping make room for lots of visitors we expect at 10:00 and 11:30!!) Our West Side evening Lessons & Carols services will take place on Sunday December 21 at regular service times of 5:00 and 6:45 p.m. Also, keep eyes peeled on details for our Christmas Eve service on the evening December 24 at W83! 


Pray with us and for us
Pray that our understanding of the gospel will be fleshed out in our practices.

Boldness: Do we have the authority and expectancy that comes from that? Do we believe him only for what we have the human ability to accomplish? Do we expect, seek and find spiritual reality in worship and prayer? Are we as desperate in prayer and as creative and risk-taking as we were in the beginning? Do we dare to raise our families in the city?

Humility: Are we welcoming and extremely approachable for anyone? Are we quick to admit wrong and forgive? Are we too concerned with our own dignity and whether our opinions are respected? Are we quick to give up our rights?

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