Subject: West Side Update - March 16
March 16, 2015
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.
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
Rev. David Bisgrove
Meet Erin Ax, Hope Exchanger
Holy Week Schedule
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
Cru Inner City // Pack Easter Blessing Bags
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
Faith & Work Prayer Night
Today's Lent Devotional
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