Subject: West Side Update - March 16

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WestSide Update
March 16, 2015

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Regan Stevens
WS Nursery and Event Coordinator

Regan Stevens grew up in Alabama (Roll Tide!) and moved to NYC in 2011. She immediately began attending Redeemer and shortly thereafter she felt called to volunteer in Children's Ministry. When she isn't planning lessons or holding babies, Regan enjoys every opportunity she has to perform in the city, specifically in comedy.

Regan's favorite neighborhood attraction is Central Park, and she was engaged there last summer. She also loves rock climbing, ice skating, and exploring the city with friends.

Regan is passionate about helping children begin hiding God's Word in their hearts from their earliest days. She is thankful for sweet examples of childlike faith among the little ones on Sunday mornings. She also appreciates the parents, volunteers, and nursery staff who prioritize ministering to the next generation.

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.

Hello ,

In the March 8th edition of the NY Times Sunday Magazine there was an article entitled "Life Without Pity" that highlighted how the various Reality TV shows have led to a new phrase called the “Loser Edit.” In other words when someone is about to be voted off a show (e.g. Survivor, Amazing Race) the previously taped parts of their participation is edited to show how they failed – hence the “Loser Edit." The author goes on to point out that we all have a loser edit, the most devastating of all being the tape that plays internally:

"Memory is the most malicious cutter of all–preserving, recasting, panning in slow motion across the awful bits so that we retain every detail... [begging the question] 'Can we escape our editing?'"

This is a modern version of the ancient Psalms found in scripture. And like the Psalms the article gives voice to the universal human cry that no matter how much we try to deny or dismiss the concepts of "sin" and "shame"; deep down we all know we are failures in need of an "escape." One of the gifts of Lent is that it reminds us that repentance is not a hammer that God uses to punish us, but a balm given to heal us. So in those moments when your “loser edit” is playing on the big screen of your conscience, remember the one whose death wiped the tape clean once and for all.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:11-12

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Meet Erin Ax, Hope Exchanger
Erin is a West Sider building generosity into her life through monthly gifts to the poor and marginalized. “I give because we’re called to seek the peace and prosperity of the city,” she says. Want to join Erin and nearly 200 others in The Hope Exchange? Learn more (and look for familiar faces!) here.

Holy Week Schedule
This year we will have five Easter Sunday services on the West Side, along with other events throughout Holy Week. Please consider inviting friends and family to an event or service, especially the 8:30 a.m. or one of the evening services as more space will be available there. For the full Holy Week schedule, click 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.

Operation Exodus // Lead Skill-Building Workshops for High Schoolers
Thursdays, from 7 - 8 p.m.
Volunteers will use expertise and/or skills to teach a series of interactive workshop to high school kids ages 14-19 from Washington Heights. Volunteers are encouraged to lead up to 4 workshops. Request information here.

Cru Inner City // Pack Easter Blessing Bags
Saturday, March 28
Grab your family and friends to sort and pack thousands of Easter "Blessing Bags."Learn more and RSVP here.


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

Faith & Work Prayer Night
Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
Join CFW and Consultant Lourine Clark for a night of worship and prayer to seek God for spiritual strength in the workplace. The topic will be Influencing Your Work Environment Through Prayer. Register here.


Today's Lent Devotional
Text: Isaiah 61:1-3
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have accomplished through Christ, the anointed one, what I could never do in my own abilities. Yet, in the course of my day-to-day life I turn back to myself, instinctively putting my hope for change in almost everything but you. Help me to see more of the fullness of what Christ has accomplished so that I might place my hope in him and experience the greater healing, freedom and comfort that he graciously gives. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Consider using this Lenten Devotional to help you experience anew the death that leads to life, available here. Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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