Subject: West Side Update - November 10

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WestSide Update
November 10, 2014

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Meagan Lloyd
Children’s Ministry Director

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that Meagan Lloyd is our new West Side Children's Ministry Director! Meagan joined the West Side team in 2013 as our Elementary Coordinator and Curriculum Specialist where she worked alongside awesome volunteers to reconfigure the format and content of our elementary program as the number of children in the program nearly doubled. Please join us in congratulating Meagan and praying for her and our amazing Children's Ministry staff and volunteers as they continue to bring the hope and truth of the gospel to the next generation of native New Yorkers!

Meagan Lloyd is a native Californian who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Her interest in ministry began shortly after becoming a Christian at the age of 13. She attended California Baptist University, where she earned her degree in Christian behavioral science and got her elementary teaching license. She’s taught preschool and fifth and seventh grades. Meagan and her family moved to New York City in 2012 so that her husband could pursue a career in acting. She came kicking and screaming and never dreamed that she would fall in love with the city. Though they live in Astoria, Meagan and her family love the Upper West Side. They frequent Irving Farm on 79th for maple lattes, and enjoy walking through Central Park on Sunday afternoons.

Meagan is passionate about Redeemer’s vision for Children’s Ministry and the city at large, and she clings to Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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 more fascinating scenes at the end of Jesus’ life is in the Garden of Gethsemane when he finds his friends sleeping and admonishes them this way: “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation!” (Matthew 26:41) On the surface it raises the question, just how much trouble could they get into sleeping in a deserted garden? How much temptation could there be? But what Jesus understood was that a storm was brewing. A trial. A test. Something that would shake the faith of his disciples to its very core. In other words, he was admonishing them to put into practice what he had previously taught them about prayer - “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” William Willimon puts it this way when describing this aspect of the Lord’s Prayer:

Words like "save" and "trial" and "deliver" are words of crisis. They remind us that to pray this prayer means to be thrust into the middle of a cosmic struggle. At this point the temperature rises within the Lord's Prayer. Things are not right in the world. It is as if something, someone has organized things against God. You pray this prayer faithfully, attempting to align your life to it and the next thing you know, it's like you are under assault.

Jesus was hours away from willingly bowing his head under the storm of God’s wrath and justice on the cross. And yet here he was, in his darkest hour, reminding his disciples and us why he was about to die – love. Prayer is one of the many gifts Jesus has given us to remind us just how much we are loved. (Luke 22:31-32) Let us not just remember them, but put them into practice.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:11-12

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

CFW Artists-In-Residence Announced
CFW has chosen three artists who are halfway through their six week residency with us. Our photographer is Sasha Arutynova whose commissioned pieces are currently on display at the W83 Ministry Center. Additionally we have two authors, Carey Wallace, who is the author of The Ghost in the Glass House and The Blind Contessa's New Machine, and Kamiliah Aisha Moon who has written for the Harvard Review, Essence, Oxford American and others.

Start your Christmas gift-giving with His Toy Store
Give to His Toy Store this month, and you'll help Hope for New York provide new toys for families in need this Christmas. In December, we'll host 7 stores across the city, where parents can shop free of charge and connect to local organizations for year-round support. (Check out our Facebook album to see last year's stores.) Now through Nov. 30, you can give to stock these stores with awesome new toys at

Looking for an opportunity to serve this Christmas season?
Children's Ministry is hosting a "Birthday Party for Jesus" and is in need of 150 volunteers to help with setup, games, crafts, and food at this celebratory event. This is a great opportunity to serve with your community group. Sign up to serve either Friday, December 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. or Saturday, December 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

Project FIND // Serve as Meal Inspectors on Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on UWS
Volunteers will act as Homebound Meal Inspectors to ensure that all hot meals are correctly packaged, distributed, and counted for delivery to homebound elderly neighbors from Hamilton Senior Center in the UWS. RSVP online.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
Sunday, November 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on UWS
15 to 20 volunteers will deliver meals on foot to UWS elderly neighbors who can no longer buy groceries or cook for themselves. Great family and CG opportunity! RSVP online.

Two chances to dive deeper into God's mercy
Officer nomination month is a great time to learn more about our diaconate and our call to show compassion in our daily lives. At the diaconate open house on Fri, Nov 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Redeemer offices, current deeks will share their experiences and reflect on giving and receiving mercy. On Sun, Nov 16 at 1:15 p.m. at W83, the seminar God's Mercy, Our Compassion will explore the motivations and practical ways for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Click here to rsvp for the open house and here to register for the Sunday seminar.

First of Three Marriage Renewal Classes
Wednesday, November 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m., W83 Room 406
Many things work against our marriages. However, God’s plan is that we love and honor one another. Whether you’re newly married or have been married for a longer time, this class led by Dr. Brent Bounds will help refine skills in communication, conflict resolution, and be reminded what a unique gift marriage is. Class material is not sequential, and couples can sign up for one or multiple sessions. Click here to register.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Phil 2:14-16a

How can we overcome our obstacles to prayer?
How can we rely on God through prayer to be strengthened and equipped for our daily work? What are some common obstacles to prayer and how can we combat them? See the replay here of Lourine Clark and David H. Kim’s discussion on October 23, the first of three prayer events for the Center for Faith & Work. More info on upcoming events here.
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