Subject: West Side Update - March 23
March 23, 2015
Kimberly and Jorge Perez
“When Redeemer first moved into the W83 building, the theme that year was focused on integrating with community,” says Kimberly Perez, who is an usher with her husband, Jorge, at our Sunday services. “We really took that theme home with us and it radically changed our perception on choosing neighborhoods, homes, building relationships with neighbors, and all that comes along with that. This really spoke to us because we were so used to naturally being part of a community in our families — here in NYC we had to create that.”
Kimberly and Jorge are from Miami, FL and were married in 2010. They were both born and raised in Miami and are first generation Americans born to Cuban parents. Kimberly had previously lived in NYC for graduate school in 2008, and they moved here together in 2011. Jorge is an IT Security Consultant at KPMG, and Kimberly has chosen to make raising their 9-month-old daughter her main job for now.
Kimberly and Jorge became ushers for our Sunday services when W83 opened, Jorge became an usher captain a few months later. “Being involved at Redeemer and formerly living on W 88th St. taught us how important living within the community of our church is,” says Jorge. “It was great to live in such close proximity to Redeemer because it allowed us to be involved in weekday activities, sub last minute — it felt like the church was an extension of our home.”
They moved to Morningside Heights this January and are slowly getting into a rhythm in their new neighborhood and life with a baby. Kimberly attends the Wednesday morning Moms’ Group at W83 and Jorge is part of a semi-monthly Bible study with some other Redeemer men. “One of our goals for this year is to get plugged into a Community Group that fits in with our new location and schedule.”
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.
The “bright sadness” of the Lenten pilgrimage, with its constant companions of the shadow of Christ’s cross and the anticipated empty tomb, is winding towards its destination – Holy Week. Of course, the events of the week aren’t just for those who know and follow Jesus, but is also a great opportunity to invite your friends, co-workers, neighbors and loved ones who don’t share your faith journey. So as you anticipate your own celebration of Good Friday and Easter, reach out this week to someone and invite them to one of the many services and events that are scheduled. For example, Max McLean will be performing the Gospel of Mark on Wednesday, April 1. This is a great opportunity to introduce people to the story and community of Jesus. In a world that so often is bereft of good news, we have an opportunity to invite people into the greatest news of all next week:
Christ has died
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:20
Rev. David Bisgrove
Meet Nathan Vickery, Hope Exchanger
Interested in joining a Sunday Service Team like Kimberly and Jorge?
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.
Cru Inner City // Pack Easter Blessing Bags
StreetSquash // Tutor Youth from Local Harlem Schools
Here are a highlighted events happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.
The Gospel of Mark presented by Max McLean
Good Friday: Open Prayer and Reflection
For more info on Holy Week events and Easter Sunday service times, click here.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. - Psalm 34:3
Prayers of the People: Redeemer’s Prayer Book project
Sunday Morning Prayer
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