Subject: West Side Update - February 9
February 9, 2015
Monte Cozby grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, went to college at the University of Arkansas, and moved to NYC in August of 2013. She comes from a large family: she has an identical twin sister who lives with her on the UWS, an older sister who also lives in NYC, and an older sister and brother who live in Texas. Her parents, Paul and Sherry, live a few blocks away from her and also attend Redeemer.
“I wear many hats,” says Monte. “I work as a waitress on the weekends at a restaurant on the UWS called Elizabeth’s Neighborhood Table. I babysit for a family on the East Side during the week. I have an internship in Beth Israel’s outpatient rehab during the week, and I am a student in Fordham University’s CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling) program.”
“I am passionate about growing into a better counselor,” Monte says.
Monte has attended Redeemer since November 2013 and is involved in a Community Group. “Redeemer has shown me the importance of plugging into a church. When I initially moved to NYC I did not think attending church regularly or getting involved was necessary,” she says. “The sermons on Sunday always teach me something new. I have learned so much about Jesus and God’s grace. I can honestly say that attending Redeemer has helped change the way my mind processes a lot of the pressures that go along with living in NYC and transitioning into the adult world.”
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.
In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the main character Tevye gives voice to the human experience when he says: “We are all fiddlers on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant little tune without falling down and breaking our necks.” Which as he tells us is accomplished through one word – “Tradition! Because of our tradition, everybody knows who he is and what God expects him to do.” In some ways, these words sound alien to our 21st Century ears. We live in a culture that is increasingly suspicious of institutions and their traditions. For example, a recent WSJ article noted how “today’s college freshmen are less likely than ever to identify as part of an organized religion and are quick to question their emotional well-being.” Yet Tevye’s words reflect the deepest yearning of the human soul – a desire to know who we are and what gives our lives meaning. Christians understand that it is in the weekly rhythms of communal worship where those questions are addressed and answered. For worship is, among other things, a weekly re-entering of the story of the world. A story where we are reminded through traditions passed down through the centuries that we are loved; that we are not alone; and that we are participating in the greatest of all stories that will one day culminate in one long feast that would bring a knowing smile to Tevye’s face.
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. - Psalm 150:1-2
Rev. David Bisgrove
Community Group hosts needed
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 Basic Level English to Latino Community in UWS
A House on Beekman // Lead Kids at After-school Program in South Bronx
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
No WS Classes this Sunday, February 15
Calling, Part 2: Faithfulness in the Present
Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. - Psalm 25:4-5
Visit redeemer.com/prayer for additional prayer resources and tools.
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