Subject: West Side Update - January 5

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WestSide Update
January 5, 2015

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Jeanie Ahn

“Everything we love about the community at Redeemer started with volunteering in the nursery once a month,” says Jeanie Ahn, a producer at Yahoo who has lived in NYC for 16 years. “It’s only once a month, but you start getting to know teachers, other volunteers, families, and this is where I found out about the Moms’ Group as well. I joined when our son was born, and at the time I was feeling particularly lonely. No one tells you how lonely it can be as a new mom staying at home with your baby all day long. And I was especially isolated because all of our close friends with children moved to the suburbs once they found out they were pregnant.

“I loved getting to know the other mothers in Moms’ Group, hearing their wisdom, their passion for raising their children in the city, their passion to serve the Lord and pray through it all … it really opened up my eyes and renewed my love for the city and our church.”

Jeanie and her husband, Ryan, have a one-year-old son named Jeremiah and a baby girl on the way. They’ve attended Redeemer on and off since 1998. Because Jeanie’s father is a minister in NJ, she served that community for many years, going back and forth to NJ. Once she got pregnant, they wanted to build a community where they live, so they’ve attended Redeemer regularly for a few years.

“It’s been a challenge finding a family Bible study that meets when we’re able to, so we started our own just last summer with friends we’ve met over the years” she says. “We all have small children and they play during our meeting.”

“We were really worried that trying to have a family Bible study with our children present would be hectic and not possible, but during the study, the kids behaved, and the spirit was with us all as we shared honestly about all of our different spiritual journeys with the Lord,” says Jeanie. “It reminded us all that when our hearts are willing, God does all the work and blesses us more than we could’ve ever imagined.”

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 ,

NEW is the word most associated with the last week: Happy NEW Year; NEW Years resolutions. It’s a word we associate with this time of year because we see January 1st as an opportunity to hit the ‘reset’ button on our lives. We resolve to eat better. Exercise more. Be more patient. It struck me how the word ‘new’ is something that describes a Christian as well. So as a reminder, take a few minutes and remember that to know Jesus means a:

       New Birth
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23
       New Identity
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith – Galatians 3:26
       New Family
You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. – Ephesians 2:19
       New Creation
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17
       New Song
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. – Psalm 40:3
       New Heavens and Earth
See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind. – Isaiah 65:17

This is just a short list to remind us that sometimes the best new things are ancient.

Happy New Year!

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." – Revelation 21:5

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

The new year is a great time to get into community
Here are a few great ways to get started getting more connected at Redeemer.

Community Groups
Community Groups are the primary place where you are known and cared for at Redeemer. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. Composed of 6 to 12 people, groups meet in homes and offices throughout the city. All groups are led by trained lay leaders from our congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. We have many groups that you are welcome to join at any time of the year. Click here to find a group near you.

West Side Women
Tues from 7:30 to 9 p.m. or Fri from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., W83
West Side Women is a weekly gathering where women from Redeemer and their friends can come together to worship, pray and study the Bible together, in order to better know and experience God in community. For more information, please contact Mary Li about the Tuesday evening group, or Kari Jo about the Friday morning group.

West Side Men
Tues from 7 to 8:15 a.m., W83
Men join us Tuesday mornings for coffee, bagels, fellowship and prayer. We are currently studying Romans. Our meetings are informal and no preparation is required. All men are welcome. For more information contact Drew Melton.

West Side OWLS (Older Wiser Loving Servants)
Friday at 10:45 a.m. at W83
The Diaconate OWLS is a gospel-centered group for adults 60 and over that gathers on a regular basis. No registration required. Click here to learn more about the goals and purpose of the OWLS.

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.

The Open Door // Teach English to Immigrant Community
Weekly, Wed or Thurs starting Jan 7, 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 every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 9:00 pm.m for 21 weeks, starting on January 7. Volunteers are asked to commit to teaching 1 day per week for the 21 week semester. Request information here to learn more.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
Sunday, January 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on UWS
Volunteers will deliver nutritious meals on foot to homebound elderly who are no longer able to shop for groceries or cook for themselves. Great community group or family opportunity! RSVP here.

Winter West Side classes kick-off this month
Sundays from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., W83
Starting January 25, we’ll begin the winter term of our West Side classes with Introducing Christianity and Foundations for Understanding the Bible. Both classes meet on Sundays from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at W83 for four sessions on Jan 25, Feb 1, 8 and 22. Click here for full schedule of classes and seminars.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16-18

"We must pray without ceasing, pray long, pray hard, and we will find that the very process is bringing about that which we are asking for — to have our hard hearts melted, to tear down barriers, to have the glory of God break through." From Kingdom Centered Prayer at

Sunday Morning Prayer
Sundays from 10:55 to 11:25 a.m., Room 406 at W83
Join us for a half hour between the two morning services to pray for our congregation, staff and ministries. It’s a great opportunity for Community Groups to serve together. Bring a friend (and your Sunday bulletin)!
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