Subject: West Side Update - January 26
January 26, 2015
“‘Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness.’ I came across this quotation recently and believe that it summarizes life in New York City,” says Lionel Archille, who has lived in NYC for much of his life. “There is always that struggle to find the balance between enjoying the little pleasures in life and reaching for the stars.”
“I think because I grew up in such a big city, I spent most of my time at small churches, where everyone knew everybody — where I felt connected,” he says. “So until very recently, I had reservations about being part of a big church, but I have attended Redeemer for a little more than a year and have been pleasantly surprised. The community is unlike any other that I have known, and the people I have met are warm, vibrant and talented.”
Lionel joined a Beta Group last fall and has participated in Hope for New York projects at Hamilton House. “I also enjoy the way the weekly sermons challenge me to think about living my faith in practical ways,” he says. “My grandfather was a pastor and church has always been a major part of my life, yet I find that Redeemer has awakened other aspects of my faith that will enable me to deepen my walk with God.”
Lionel loves sports, volunteering, cooking or dining out, and traveling. “Film, music and literature also have a special place in my heart. Because I work in the financial services industry, I don’t get to indulge my creative side as much as I would like, so I’m always up for a good movie,” says Lionel. “I guess one other attractive part of the Redeemer community is that I have met many people with a wide range of interests, so I know that there will be plenty of opportunity to share my hobbies — or find new ones.”
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.
Yesterday at our worship services we heard testimonies of how God used people’s vocation to deepen their understanding of the significance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. It was an opportunity for the WS Congregation to get a glimpse into the important ministry of our Center for Faith and Work. CFW is an important aspect of our Vision for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the obsessive, driven, workaholic culture that is New York City. In other words, in order to faithfully follow Jesus in a place like NYC, we not only have to make sure we overcome self-righteous ‘moralism’ (God loves me because I’m good), but also vocational ‘dualism’ (My work life and church life are separate). That is to say, Christians have to resist the temptation to seal offSunday worship from Monday’s work – whatever that might be. Because when that happens Christianity is reduced to a means of individual spiritual peace and strength and not a comprehensive interpretation of reality that affects everything we do. And therefore if we are to effectively live out Jesus’ call in our lives and our vision as a church we have to integrate our relationship with God into our vocation. So if you haven’t taken the opportunity to learn from and engage with CFW, there’s no better time than the present.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17
Rev. David Bisgrove
Beyond Abuse Seminar
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 fellow West Siders for Don't Walk By
StreetSquash // Attend Volunteer Orientation to Tutor Kids in Harlem
Here are some highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
Beauty, Image and the Christian Woman
Winter West Side classes - registration is still open!
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. - Psalm 126:3
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