Subject: West Side Update - March 30

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WestSide Update
March 30, 2015

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Alexandra Bacon
Worship Leader, West Side Women (Tuesday evenings)

“Whether I am spending time with my Community Group and West Side Women, attending a Ministry Summit, or being of service, Redeemer affords me many opportunities to deepen my faith, care for others and be cared for,” says Alexandra Bacon, who has attended Redeemer since 2011.

Alexandra was born and raised in Boston and moved to New York at 17 to pursue her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano at Manhattan School of Music. She’s now the Vice President of the Vocal Division of Barrett Vantage Artists, where she represents opera singers, stage directors and conductors.

At Redeemer, Alexandra is the worship leader for the Tuesday evening West Side Women, leading the ladies in hymns, either a cappella or at the keyboard. She’s also the coordinator for the book table after Redeemer’s 11:30 a.m. Sunday service. “A particular joy was to write and recite Prayers of the People for services in August and December 2014,” says Alexandra. “It is a privilege to share my ‘Public Faith’ with the congregation.”

Alexandra enjoys walking around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. “I love to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden, when the trees in Central Park are in bloom, and to see the magnificent New York City skyline,” she says. And she likes to travel to Europe and hopes to do so more in the future.

Her favorite passage in the Bible is Psalm 23. “It never fails me,” says Alexandra. “I return to this Psalm again and again, for comfort, wisdom and connection with God.”

Interested in attending West Side Women on Tuesdays like Alexandra? There is also another West Side Women on Fridays and a West Side Men on Tuesdays, too. For more info, click here.

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 ,

I recently had an opportunity to spend a week in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with my family. The pace of life in the small town we visited reminded me that I had taken with me one of the primary character traits of living in New York City – impatience! The people walked too slowly; took too much time in a check out line and generally didn’t seem to share my passion for expediency. On this Monday of Holy Week, having celebrated Jesus’ arrival to Jerusalem yesterday on Palm Sunday, there can be a certain spiritual impatience about arriving at the empty tomb of Easter. But the gospel writers devoted a disproportionate amount of their narratives to the events leading up to the resurrection, reminding us of our need to slow down on the way to Easter Sunday. We find the cleansing of the temple (Luke 19), the washing of the disciples feet (John 13), the identification of Judas as the betrayer (Luke 22), Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, his betrayal and arrest (Matthew 26), his trial (Matthew 26) and of course Jesus’ suffering and death. In other words, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John understood that the full impact of the glory, hope and joy of the resurrection can only fully be understood in the context of the one who first had to cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" This is the week to remember that the answer to that question is – me.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, 
yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:4-5

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


On Easter, we give to Hope for New York

On Easter, we'll receive a special offering for our mercy and justice partner HFNY, which serves 40+ local nonprofits. The majority of our financial support for HFNY comes from your gifts this Sunday. Prayerfully consider how you can serve the poor and marginalized, and learn more here.

Startup Pitch Night Taking Applications
Applications now open for the Center for Faith & Work's inaugural Startup Pitch Night! 12 finalists will present pitches April 30 in front of an audience and judges who will award prizes up to $5000. Apply with your pitch by April 16 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.

World Vision & A House on Beekman // Lead an Easter Egg Hunt & Outreach to the Bronx Community
Saturday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Join in this huge Easter outreach to the Bronx community. Volunteers will provide help with concessions, games, face-painting, clean up, and all sorts of Easter fun at outreach to kids and families in the Bronx. RSVP here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly in UWS
Sunday, April 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will pick up meals at local UWS food distribution center, receive route for delivery within the neighborhood, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients who otherwise might go without a meal. RSVP 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.

West Side Café
Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center, Room 406
Are you or someone you know considering the claims of Christianity? The West Side Café is a safe and open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. For more info or to register to attend, click here.

For more info on Holy Week events and Easter Sunday service times, click here


Today's Lent Devotional Prayer:
Lord, too often I worship the wrong things. Help me to see that my life is to be “wasted” on you and only then will it become something beautiful for you to use in your world. In Christ’s Name, Amen

Quiet Time: Using your Sunday Bulletin
So often, we go to church on Sundays and then forget what we've heard by Monday morning. Consider using this guide as part of your daily quiet time to extend your Sunday into the rest of the week. It will help you respond to the sermon, as well as prepare you for the next one.

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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