Subject: West Side Update - January 19

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WestSide Update
January 19, 2015

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Trina Hyun
Short-term Missions Alumna

When considering going on a short-term missions trip, Trina Hyun said that her biggest question was: "how willing am I to leave behind the comforts of my New York City life to serve in South Africa?” Trina shared her testimony yesterday at the 11:30 a.m. service as part of Missions Month.

Trina went to Lily of the Valley Orphanage in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, in July 2014. There, she volunteered to assist her dentist Soo in the medical clinic. One procedure that Trina shared involved an 8-year old girl, who was scared for two teeth to be extracted. To comfort her, a House Mother "began singing a soothing melody of hallelujahs.”

“I joined her, feeling awkward at first, but all we wanted to do–all we could do–was to love our patient, our child, in this moment of pain and anxiety," said Trina. "I not only felt God’s love working at Lily, but I also felt an even greater longing for His redemption–to meet us, all of us, in our different kinds of needs and thoughts.”

Originally from Honolulu, Trina has lived in NYC for three years and is an usher and a member of the West Side Prayer Team. Found usually in a library or a doughnut shop, Trina is pursuing her MA in English at Columbia, focusing on 17th century poetics. She lives in the UWS, and she loves finishing her early Saturday morning runs around the loop in Central Park with a baguette with butter and jam from Levain Bakery.

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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Over the Christmas holiday I read the book The Twilight of the American Enlightenment by historian George Marsden, which traces the historical influences of the 1950’s that shaped our national identity. One major theme of the book is the challenge of developing a public consensus in an increasingly diverse society that has no shared understanding of what is morally good. Of course, one of the biggest challenges the country faced in the 1950’s was the exclusion and discrimination faced by African Americans. Marsden points out that one of the reasons Martin Luther King's voice (and leadership) was so effective was his “bedrock conviction that moral law was built into the universe.” This conviction was the centerpiece of King’s now famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” which I would commend to you. Marsden’s insight and King’s faith are reminders of the resource given to Christians: the truth, power, promise and hope of God’s word.

Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the Lord your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 16:20

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


January is Missions Month!
Redeemer mission trips allow us more ways to be a church not for ourselves but for the city and for the world, and short term mission trips help connect us with communities and churches around the world. Learn more about mission trips and prayerfully consider signing up for a 2015 trip at

Join fellow West Siders for Don't Walk By
Saturdays, February 21 (West Side) and 28 (Uptown)
Don't Walk By is a citywide volunteer outreach to the homeless. Volunteers will canvass neighborhoods searching for homeless men and women and offer care kits and the opportunity to receive long-term help and support. The West Side outreach is on Feb 21 and the Uptown outreach is Feb 28. Spots fill up quickly, so sign up today 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.

Join Hope For New York in prayer for the homeless
January 26 to January 30
Receive a daily prayer guide from HFNY to focus your prayers around the homeless in our city here

The Open Door // Volunteer Workshop on Teaching English to Immigrant Community in UWS
Saturday, January 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
This workshop is for volunteers who will co-teach weekly English class for basic to advanced level to students from immigrant communities every Wednesday and Thursday evening from January - May. RSVP here.


Here are some highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.

Thinking about kids?
Wednesday, January 21 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Join us this Wednesday for an interactive evening discussing what it's like to raise kids in the city, and in the church. Hear from Dr. Brent Bounds as well as other Redeemer parents. Register here.

Winter West Side classes begin Sunday
Sundays, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., 4th Floor at W83
Looking for resources for spiritual growth? Register for one of the WS Classes offered this session: Introducing Christianity and Foundations for Understanding the Bible.

Gotham Fellowship Info Session this Sunday
Sunday, January 25 at 6:15 p.m., following the 5:00 p.m. service
Interested in developing a more meaningful understanding of faith & work integration? Consider applying for the Gotham Fellowship, a 9-month leadership development experience. More details here.

Kits of Care service project for families
Saturday, January 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at W83
Register for a packing party for WS families in partnership with Hope for New York to make personalized cards and pack 800 homeless care kits for Don't Walk By here.


How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. - Psalm 84:1-2

Prayer Event: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
Thursday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. at W83
Tim Keller will be sharing from his latest book on prayer and discuss how to make prayer more personal and powerful. A Q&A session and reception will follow. Register here.

Sunday Morning Prayer
Sundays from 10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., Room 406 at W83
Join us for a half-hour 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)!

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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