Subject: West Side Update - March 23

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
March 23, 2015

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Kimberly and Jorge Perez
Volunteers with Sunday Service Teams

“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.

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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
Christ has risen
Christ will come again.

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.2 Corinthians 5:20

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Meet Nathan Vickery, Hope Exchanger
Nathan is a West Sider building generosity into his life through monthly gifts to the poor and marginalized. “I decided to choose to make my own coffee each day and avoid buying coffee. Now, instead of buying 10-12 cups of coffee a week, I give that money to HFNY. I love being able to give monthly support to an organization like HFNY that supports amazing programs serving our city, and that gives me the chance to volunteer and serve alongside them as well,” Nathan says. Join Nathan and nearly 200 others in The Hope Exchange? Learn more (and look for familiar faces!) here.

Interested in joining a Sunday Service Team like Kimberly and Jorge?
There are five different ways that you serve on Sundays, once a month: ushering, serving communion, book table, info table, and connections team. For more info, email


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
Saturday, March 28 
Grab your family and friends to sort and pack thousands of Easter "Blessing Bags." Volunteers can also sign up to set up on Friday, March 27. Learn more and RSVP here.

StreetSquash // Tutor Youth from Local Harlem Schools
Volunteers will tutor youth one-on-one at weekly sessions to improve grades and build specific academic skills for success in school. Orientation and training is mandatory for all volunteers. RSVP online for orientation on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:15-7:15pm, here


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

The Gospel of Mark presented by Max McLean
Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
As part of Holy Week, Redeemer will host an evening performance by Max McLean of The Gospel of Mark. This presentation of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus will be followed by a reception. Registration is required for this free event, accessible here.

Good Friday: Open Prayer and Reflection
Friday, April 3 from 12 to 3 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
The sanctuary will be open and prayer guides will be available for those who would like to pray and reflect on the moments before Jesus' death. 

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
We’re excited about the number of people who have submitted prayers, but we still have room for more submissions so we’re extending the submission deadline two weeks to April 7th. We hope this will allow many more of you to submit a prayer for the book, which you can do here.

Sunday Morning Prayer
Sundays from 10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., Room 406
Join us for a half-hour between the two morning services to pray for our congregation, staff and ministries. It's a great opportunity for Community Groups to serve together. Bring a friend (and your Sunday bulletin)!

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

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W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024