Subject: West Side Update - April 13

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 13, 2015

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Eunice Chen
West Side Elementary Coordinator & Curriculum Specialist

Eunice was born in the States but grew up in Canada and Taiwan. She returned to the States to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Penn State University and her Master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. While in grad school, she met her husband through volunteering for Cru. They attended Redeemer and loved the church’s vision in reaching out and restoring the city. After teaching second grade for a year in Brooklyn, Eunice moved to Northern Virginia (her then-fiancé soon joined her) and taught third grade for two years. Still feeling the tug to join ministry full-time, Eunice and her husband moved to Queens, and Eunice started her job with Redeemer’s West Side Children’s Ministry in early 2015.

Eunice loves serving with like-minded people and using her gift of teaching to share God’s story with children. She believes in investing in the next generation to love and reach the world for Christ. Another reason why she loves working with children is because the children often will (unintentionally) teach adults something new about Jesus!

In her spare time, Eunice likes discovering new restaurants to dine in on the UWS. She and her husband also enjoy walking their corgi around the neighborhood and meeting up with friends.

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 ,

There are a few calendar dates each year that need no explanation, like December 25th and July 4th. Another one is two days from now – April 15th, the deadline for filing our various taxes. Of course Christians are not only encouraged to be good citizens of their earthly cities (Jesus’ famous ‘give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, Mark 12:17), but their heavenly ones as well (Philippians 3:20). The implication being that Christians are to remember that everything we have is on loan from God and is to be stewarded in such a way that brings to bear the reality of that kingdom ‘on earth as it is in heaven’. Practically speaking this means that Redeemer relies on the stewardship of the financial resources God has given you. As you can see below, we are already over $1.0M behind our 2015 giving goal.

General Fund Giving: 1/1/15 to 4/5/15

Giving through 4/5/15


Giving Goal through 4/5/15


Amount behind our goal


Please prayerfully consider how you can help us realize our vision, which is that:

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, the world.

Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops. – Proverbs 3:9

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Next Intro to Redeemer
Wednesday, April 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at W83 Ministry Center
For those wanting to become members of Redeemer or interested in finding out more about the vision, values and ministries of Redeemer, join us for our next Intro to Redeemer session. This is the first step in the membership process, though you don't need to be pursuing membership to attend. Register 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.

All Angels' // Set up and Serve Dinner at “Our Place Cafe”
Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m.
Serve at a community gathering for men and women experiencing homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Volunteers will plate dinner and serve as wait staff as the dinner is served "restaurant-style". RSVP here.

St.Paul's House // Serve Breakfast to Homeless Guests
Mondays and Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m.
Volunteers will set up and serve breakfast to homeless guests. RSVP here.

StreetSquash // Tutor Youth from Local Harlem Schools
Orientation on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
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 here.


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

Vacation Bible School registration is open
July 13 to 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., W83
You can now register for VBS 2015 by visiting VBS is for kids ages 4-years-old (by December 31, 2015) to fifth grade. We hope your kids can join us as we explore God's incredible power and love.

Prayer: Putting It Into Practice
Sundays, April 19 to May 3, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
Experience and be transformed by God through prayer. In this multi-session class, we will explore the obstacles to prayer, ways to hear from God, how to pray for ourselves, others, and the city, and ultimately, what it means to walk with God each day. Format includes individual and group prayer time, in-class exercises, and daily devotionals. Register here



The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy - Psalm 126:3

“The Psalms are acts of obedience, answering the God who has addressed us. God’s word precedes these words: these prayers don't seek God, they respond to the God who seeks us. These responses are often ones of surprise, for who expects God to come looking for us? And they are sometimes awkward, for in our religious striving we are usually looking for something quite other than the God who has come looking for us. God comes and speaks - his word catches us in sin, finds us in despair, invades us by grace. The Psalms are our answers. We don’t always like what God speaks to us, and we don’t always understand it. Left to ourselves, we will pray to some god who speaks what we like hearing, or to the part of God that we manage to understand. But what is critical is that we speak to the God who speaks to us, and to everything that he speaks to us, and in our speaking (which gathers up our listening and answering) mature in the great art of conversation with God that is prayer. The Psalms - all of which listen in order to answer - train us in that conversation.” Eugene Peterson in Answering God: The Psalms As Tools For Prayer

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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