Subject: West Side Update - December 1

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
December 1, 2014

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Tiffany Hyun
Pianist


Tiffany Hyun has lived in NYC for a year, and she’s attended Redeemer from the moment she arrived. Tiffany grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She’s a classically trained pianist. And she now lives on the UWS with her younger sister, Trina, a member of the west side congregation.

“West Side Children’s Ministry was the first volunteer position I signed up for at Redeemer when I moved here,” says Tiffany. “Discussion and craft time with the West Side Children was invaluable to me as we were able to dive a little deeper into God’s message as well as learn from each other — adults and children alike! The children also have very thoughtful questions, which challenges me to have thoughtful answers for them.”

Tiffany continues to attend the WS congregation, but she is also now the East Side Sunday Nursery Curriculum Teacher. “Every Sunday it is amazing to tie in what I teach and prepare for the children into my own life,” says Tiffany. “It is also so inspirational to find so much joy and peace within the children of Redeemer — knowing Christ resides in their giant hearts!”

Tiffany is also a leader for a Community Group for women in their 20’s and 30’s. She went on a short-term missions trip this past summer to Lily of the Valley Orphanage in South Africa. And, she says, “I have been particularly convicted by Redeemer’s vision to equip and go out to love our neighbors.”

Tiffany enjoys running in Central Park. And she’s always up for brunching on the UWS and trying new restaurants.

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, to the world.
 
Hello ,

In a recent Wall Street Journal review of the Andrew Roberts biography of Napoleon, there’s a quote of Napoleon that captures his obsession with military triumph:

“I owe everything to my glory. If I sacrifice it I lose everything…”

That stands in stark contrast to the story of another King whose story we are now celebrating through Advent (Click here for Redeemer's Advent devotionals). The story of Jesus’ birth is full of images of glory and royalty and triumph. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was told her son was going to sit on a throne of a kingdom so powerful that it would never end. (Luke 1:31-32). Angels sang songs of glory at his birth. (Luke 2:14). He was visited and honored by royals from distant lands (Magi) and feared by the local King (Herod). Yet throughout his life, this King Jesus made it clear that his glory was directly related to sacrifice. That his power and the power of his Kingdom were ultimately revealed through weakness. These counter intuitive principles were eventually put on full display at the end of his life when by losing everything, he showed us the full extent of his glory and love.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, 
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage rather, he made himself nothing
 by taking the very nature of a servant, 
being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, 
he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:5-8

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove
@David_Bisgrove

Community
Thinking of who you can invite to a service?
It's a great time of year to invite family, friends and colleagues to a special service! The Redeemer-wide December schedule can be found here and details on our special West Side services can be found inside the weekly Connect insert. We look forward to a beautiful season welcoming lots of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers!

Children's Christmas choir on Sunday, December 21
First through fifth graders are invited to sing in a special Christmas choir. Your child must attend at least 2 of the 3 rehearsals and be able to sing at both morning services on Dec 21. The deadline to sign up is December 10. Please sign up and find out more at redeemer.com/wskidschoir.

A Heartfelt Thank You from the Diaconate
We're so grateful to God for your generous gifts to the annual Diaconate Special offering on Nov 23 (if you missed the offering and would like to make a gift, please click redeemer.com/mercygift or text “mercy” to 646.490.1840 in any amount.) We are also thankful for the ten Diaconate candidates you have nominated. Please be praying for these candidates as they go through interviews and training in the New Year.

His Toy Store: Thank You!
Big thanks to everyone who gave and helped provide 2,100 awesome new toys for this month’s outreach, where families in need will be able to shop at no cost for toys for their kids at 7 locations across the city. Please pray for the toy stores, which will happen on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, that families will feel love and care from our volunteers, and that they’ll be able to connect with programs for long-term community and support. Follow HFNY on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for photos from the toy stores.

Serve
Volunteer at Birthday Party for Jesus!
Fri, Dec 5 from 6 to 10 p.m., or Sat, Dec 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Volunteering at Birthday Party for Jesus is a fun way to connect with Redeemerites across all three congregations. Volunteer this Friday evening to help set up or Saturday morning, and choose to help out with games, crafts, missions, and more. Please sign up 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.

Defy Ventures // Provide Feedback for Entrepreneurs-in-Training
Saturday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers will serve at a special Holiday marketplace where men and women with criminal histories are participating in a second chance program to launch entrepreneurial businesses. RSVP online.

Be a Role Model to Children & Youth
Volunteers will serve as mentors for several HFNY affiliate organizations where kids find hope and encouragement through the commitment of a volunteer mentor during the school year. Request information for programs at Operation Exodus, Morris Academy Mentors, Mont Lawn City Camp or Shiloh NYC

All Angels’ Church // Set up and Serve Christmas Dinner
Sunday, December 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
20 male volunteers and 10 female volunteers will set up and serve a special Christmas meal at a church that serves both homeless and homed congregants. Male volunteers will carry tables to the dining area (up 5 flights of stairs), and female volunteers will set up and serve the meal. RSVP online here for men and here for women.
Tuesday, December 16 from 6 to 9 p.m.
25 volunteers will serve a Christmas dinner at Our Place Cafe, a gospel centered, peer driven, supportive community café for men and women experiencing homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. RSVP online.

Events
Where Do I Go Next? Career Direction Workshop
Sat, Dec 13 from 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m., 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl.
This workshop uses two online assessments, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory. Participants will be better able to understand themselves and apply those insights to career and vocation. Topics discussed include your personality, interests, skills and values. Online registration open until Tuesday, Dec 9.

Prayer
Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.
Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne
.
- Charles Wesley, 1744

Guide for group meditation and prayer
Want to explore how to deepen prayer time as a group, with your Community Group or other groups of friends? Find out how to lead meditation and prayer with this simple guide. It can be used for your Community Group's worship or prayer time, or as a prelude to the study. It’s also a great resource if you’d like to gather friends for a night of corporate prayer!
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