Subject: West Side Update - December 15

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WestSide Update
December 15, 2014

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Aaron Link
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Aaron Link moved to NYC two years ago and lives in Hell’s Kitchen. He’s from Carmel, Indiana (a suburb of Indianapolis), went to Purdue University, and is a midwesterner at heart. Aaron’s a software engineer at Google, working on Google Search.

Aaron has attended Redeemer since shortly after moving to New York, and he became a member last May. He volunteers with our Children’s Ministry, teaching the first graders during the 9:30 service. “I love hanging out with the kids, and the hardest part is having to remind them not to goof off during class, when I would much rather just start goofing off myself,” says Aaron. “But if we goofed off all the time, they wouldn't be learning as much about God, and that’s pretty important too. So we do some of both. I also know it’s challenging to raise a family in New York, so I consider it a privilege to be able to serve the families at Redeemer.”

Aaron also co-leads a Community Group: “I think it’s clear from God’s Word that the church is meant to be a warm, welcoming, close-knit community,” he says. “It’s vital for the support and growth of Christians, and it makes the church the kind of place that those outside will actually want to join.”

Aaron loves Japanese culture: he studied Japanese for two years in college and spent a semester in Tokyo. And, he says, “I’m a geek. I like computers, video games, all that kind of stuff. Everyone who reads this is invited to come play Mario Kart at my place. I’m not even joking. Find me at coffee hour after the 11:30 service and ask.”

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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As you may already know, Rev. Omari Hill will be leaving the West Side Staff at the end of January. You can read his letter here but I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank and celebrate him. As many of you know Omari is humble, joyful, pastoral and faithful. His laugh is infectious and personally his spirit of encouragement has been a gift to me during this journey we have been on together in the WS Congregation. You may also know that Omari was born and raised in NYC, and his return a little over two years ago after 13 years in other parts of the country has served as confirmation that this is where he and his family want to stay and serve God. As he states in his letter, he is in a season of waiting to see what role might best fit his call and passion to serve a community that forms “a bridge between center city and inner city, while remaining a felt partner” with us.

I join Omari in asking you to pray for him and his family during this time of their transition. One lesson that Advent impresses upon the Christian community is the discipline of waiting. That’s the season Omari and Cherise are entering into. It is a season that is both fruitful and sometimes painful, as it tests our faith and transforms our prayer life to one of sacred patience. So please take his request seriously and pray for trust, wisdom and an opportunity to serve. And stay tuned for more updates as God answers our prayers on his behalf, as we together look forward to celebrating the next chapter in his life and ministry.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Feliz Navidad!
Last week at W83, HFNY’s Open Door students and volunteers gathered to celebrate Christmas and the end of their first semester of classes. Click here for a short video that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart (and check out the serve link below to volunteer for the new semester starting in January!)

Email a sermon or series from
As you may know, our Gospel in Life website is the one-stop shop for sermons, studies, videos and other resources from Redeemer, Tim Keller and City to City. The site has just launched a highly requested new feature: "Gift this Item" where you can email a digital sermon, an entire series or even a study guide to friends and family - a great way to share resources, just in time for Christmas!

Winter Vocational Courses for Fashion & Arts
The Center for Faith & Work are offering winter vocational courses! The next iteration of the popular Faith & Art Course and the new Faith & Fashion course now have open registration. Register here.

The Diaconate is seeking a part time Career Coach
This position serves the congregation of Redeemer through career coaching, prayer, encouragement, and instruction on job search skills from a Gospel perspective. This position is part of the Diaconate, Redeemer’s mercy arm whose mission is to provide spiritual, financial, emotional, social and job search assistance to congregants who are going through hardships. For job description and qualifications, please send resume to

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 Senior Community at Christmas Dinner
Fri, Dec 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on UWS
Volunteers will assist in preparing all supplies and areas of Hamilton Senior Center for a Christmas dinner, and helping serve and deliver food and drinks during the meal service time. RSVP here.

Operation Exodus // Serve Families at Christmas Meal
Sat, Dec 20, 9:30-11 a.m. and/or 11 a.m-2 p.m. in Washington Heights
Volunteers will decorate, set up, and serve the annual Christmas meal which brings the children served in the year-round mentoring program and their families together for a time of fun, food and fellowship. RSVP here for 9:30-11 or here for 11-2.

The Open Door // Teach English to Immigrant Community
Weekly, Wed or Thurs from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at W83
Volunteers will co-teach weekly English class for basic to advanced level to students from immigrant community. Starting January 7, volunteers are asked to commit to teaching 1 day per week for the 21 week semester. Request additional information here.

Does Christianity make sense emotionally, culturally, intellectually?
Starting in January, Tim Keller will lead a new Questioning Christianity lecture series that explores a wide range of topics associated with his question. If you are exploring the Christian faith, this series is for you. If you are a Christian, this is an opportunity to bring a friend who does not identify as a Christian and is open to exploring the faith with you. The series will meet for 6 Thursday nights over 5 months (Jan 15, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7 & 28). Each session will build on the previous discussion and will be followed by Q&A and a reception. Click here to register or learn more.


At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:3-7

Thou who art love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling, make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling, Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Frank Houghton, 1934

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