Subject: West Side Update - February 16

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WestSide Update
February 16, 2015

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Kaylee Souther

Kaylee Souther grew up in Oklahoma with her mom and has lived in New York since 2009, first in Long Island City and now on the Upper West Side. “I came here for acting but ended up completing a business degree,” she says. “I nannied simultaneously, and for a bit I worked as a stand-in for a lead in an episodic—which was so much fun!”

Kaylee is a type one diabetic: “I’ve met so many awesome people through it — other diabetics with pumps—and we have an instant bond. It makes it a little easier,” she says.

Kaylee has attended Redeemer for two and a half years and joined a Beta Group this fall. She enjoys walking or running around the reservoir and strolling with a cup of Joe’s coffee. And she’s always up for getting dinner with friends at Peacefood. Kaylee also loves making cards: “I even got an embosser for Christmas,” she says. “The owner at Magpie was gracious enough to put them in her store for a while...though I don’t know that they are that good.”

Like many New Yorkers, Kaylee struggles in her relationship with her work. “The hardest part (for me) of living in NYC is resisting the temptation to judge my success by the standards that others judge theirs,” says Kaylee. “Both industries that I am interested in are highly competitive, and remembering that I even have made it this far and what an achievement that is, is something that I do not ever want to forget. I’m the first person in my family to graduate college or even leave Oklahoma. I know that I will keep going and trying to move forward, but accepting myself (in my work life) where I am is a struggle.”

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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“When a man leaves on a journey, he must know where he is going.” With these words Alexander Schmemann opens his book entitled “Great Lent.” Lent is the journey; Easter the destination. It is the destination because Easter represents hope in the face of despair; and life in the face of death. In other words Easter is the destination because it is the event that shapes the Christian life and community. Of course too often our spiritual journey becomes one in which we are too busy and preoccupied to remember the Easter message, and therefore, in the words of Schmemann, our lives reflect a “meaningless journey towards a meaningless end” in which “we live as if He never came.” Lent therefore is a reorientation of our lives that acknowledges and takes seriously our sin, and prepares us for the celebration and hope of Easter. In other words, Lent is the “foretaste of Easter that makes Lent’s sadness bright and our Lenten effort a spiritual spring.” So as you journey along the road towards Easter, use this guide to help you experience anew the death that leads to life.

When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.Psalm 32:3-5

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Prayers of the People: Redeemer's prayer book project
Prayers from those attending Redeemer will be collected and published in a book that will serve as a tool that inspires us to pray, instructs us how through example and celebrates what God is doing in this city. Interested in writing and submitting a prayer? Or know someone who could write for Prayers of the People? Sign-up or nominate at here. Questions? Email

Redeemer Midtown Offices are moving
Midtown offices for Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Redeemer Counseling Services, Redeemer City to City and Hope for New York are moving. Beginning Monday, February 23, all scheduled events and appointments formerly held at 1359 Broadway will be held in our new offices at 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 16th Floor.


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.

HFNY Sunday is this Sunday

This Sunday, February 22, we'll be sharing with you how you can get involved as a volunteer serving NYC's poor and marginalized through Hope for New York, our partner for mercy and justice. Learn more at coffee hour after either service next week, or at

Join fellow West Siders for Don't Walk By this weekend
Saturday, February 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. (West Side)
Spots are still available! It may look like registration is closed for Feb 21, but HFNY has reserved spots for West Siders. Go to to get a special promo code and register to volunteer. And for a prayer guide for the homeless this month, click here.


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

Job Search Skills Training classes
Wednesday, February 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Redeemer Offices
Learn how to develop a smart job-search strategy, write a killer resume, ace the interview and much more. See a full schedule of topics and sign up to attend here.

Marriage Renewal Workshop
Wednesday, February 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at W83, Rm 406
Our marriages face many challenges. Dr. Brent Bounds will lead an interactive workshop on marriage renewal, specifically discussing God's design for sex and intimacy. Register here.

New WS Classes begin March 1
Starting Sundays, March 1 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at W83, 4th floor 
Two new classes are being offered this season of Lent: "How People Change" (WS elder Tim Knapp and RCS counselor Esther Suh) and "Christian Apologetics" (Rev. Bijan Mirtolooi). To learn more about and register for each class, click here.


This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. - I John 3:19-20

Quiet Time Basics: Meditative Prayer
There are many different ways to do quiet time, but they all come down to these three elements of time, scripture and prayer. One method is by meditating on Scripture—interacting with God’s Word directly to discover what the Bible says on our own— and then responding in prayer. For the full guide on meditative prayer, click here.

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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