Subject: West Side Update - March 2
March 2, 2015
Joe Yoon was born in Seoul, Korea, but primarily grew up in the NYC area from the age of two. His father was a pastor and his family moved around a lot, from Brooklyn to Queens, New Jersey, and then Buffalo, Seattle, and Michigan. He’s been back in NYC off and on since 2002 and currently lives in Jersey City. Joe works for Volkswagen Group of America as the manager of warehouse operations.
Joe has attended Redeemer since 2005 and began volunteering with the Children’s Ministry, 3rd and 4th grades, last summer. “It’s really been a blessing to me, as I feel that all I'm doing is participating in Sunday worship with a younger group,” says Joe. “If I could pinpoint some specifics on encouragement and challenges, it would be that of the entire staff — the dedication and care that they show our church's young people really moves me.”
Joe also volunteered with our Vacation Bible School last summer: “It was probably the most challenging and rewarding experience I've had volunteering thus far,” he says. “I didn't know what I was getting myself into — five days, hundreds of kids, what was I thinking? But through it all, it seemed that there was something every day that was a blessing. The kids were a blast to be with. And it was just that all of these people would come, volunteer their time (in a city where time is the most precious commodity), when many were so much busier than I, and show how much they care. And for the first time since I had been attending Redeemer, I felt an active part of this community, and not just an attender.”
Joe’s a big supporter of all NY sports and local teams. He calls himself a Wiki addict (if he finds a topic interesting, he immediately looks it up on Wikipedia). He’s always wanted to be on The Amazing Race but hasn’t had the courage to try out. He enjoys travelling. And he loves coffee—his two go-to spots are Joe’s on Columbus and REX on 10th. He says, “Whether it's via sports, food, traveling, or just hanging out, creating connections and developing relationships is a big priority for me.”
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.
Three years ago this month the doors of W83 opened and the West Side Congregation was born. Since then we have had over 600 worship services, welcomed thousands of people (and consumed 1000’s of mini-muffins and cookies!). Standing at the door on Sundays the last three years–talking to visitors from around the world, strangers who would become friends, seekers who would become Christians, and fellow pilgrims who are traveling some difficult roads–has been an amazing privilege for me. Of course the WS Congregation is so much more than Sundays at W83 and SO much more than me. So I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank my amazing and dedicated staff team who work so hard to serve you, and the hundreds of volunteers and leaders who give so selflessly of their time: ushering, reading scripture, serving communion, welcoming and serving the congregation on the 5th floor, hosting and leading Community Groups, leading Mom’s Groups, WS Women and WS Men, teaching our children on Sundays and at KCG on Wednesday afternoons, praying, volunteering through HFNY and serving CFW, and our Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses–not to mention all of those in the congregation who informally serve Jesus in ways we will never know. So as I think about the last three years I am reminded of these words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his book Life Together:
God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song.
I have loved every note we have sung together, and look forward to the music we will make together going forward.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. –Romans 12:4-5
Rev. David Bisgrove
Thank you from HFNY
WS Classes (Lent Term)
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.
Care for the poor daily with HFNY's Hope Exchange
Operation Exodus // Mentor Kids from Latino Community in Washington Heights
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
Join a Vocational Intensive
Questioning Christianity: Session 3
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:2
Prayer from today's Lenten Devotional:
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