Subject: West Side Update - April 27

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 27, 2015

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Jodie Moore
Children’s Ministry volunteer

“I was on the road for 13 years with various Broadway shows, but I’m thankful to have been in one place for almost 8 years—and that God planted me in a church where I can really be using the gifts he has given me to his glory,” says Jodie Moore.

Jodie grew up in Roanoke, VA, graduated from UNC Greensboro, and has been in NYC for almost eight years now. She lives in Harlem with her husband, John Tutalo, and daughter, Sofia, who is nearly 3 years old. Jodie is a pianist. She loves music and cooking.

Jodie and her family have been attending Redeemer for almost three years. She currently leads worship for the Wednesday Moms’ Group and Kids’ Community Group. Her husband, John, is a carpenter and has helped out by building various things needed by the Children’s Ministry. She says, “Spending time with our Children’s Ministry Leaders and other volunteering parents reminds us we are so supported in our endeavor to spiritually feed our kiddo and in turn ends up being a real blessing to us.”

“I first got involved by joining a Moms’ Group right after our daughter was born,” says Jodie. “We started coming to Sunday a.m. worship and found we really loved the sermons and being a part of a community wanting to celebrate and learn about and actually live out the gospel of Jesus.”

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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Redeemer, like most organizations, has a vision statement that helps shape and guide its goals and strategies. It reads:

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.

There are many ways we seek to realize this vision, like planting churches, serving the poor, connecting people to one another through Community Groups, helping people think through how their work intersects with their faith, and serving pizza to 7-year-olds. Yes, that’s right, pizza. And ice water. And the famous Bible Bodega. Every Wednesday afternoon for about two hours dozens of volunteers and our Children’s Ministry staff gather together with 100 children at W83 to worship, memorize scripture, laugh, play and make friends in our Kids Community Groups (KCG). This is in addition to the almost 400 children who show up every Sunday at our worship services. Those children are as central to the vision as planting churches and serving the poor because they are the future leaders of our church and carriers of the vision. Please click here to learn more about how you can serve our children, and thank you in advance.

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in serving in the Children's Ministry like Jodie?  Thank you to all who stopped by the CM table during Coffee Hour and signed up yesterday! If you are interested in serving, please contact Jenni Bounds ( for more info. 


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.

Back on My Feet // Love to Run?
Various locations from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m.
This early morning running program uses running to help create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Learn more here.

NYC Rescue Mission // Serve at a Mother's Day Banquet
Saturday, May 9 
Volunteers will serve food, clean up, and interact with guests at this celebration for hundreds of mothers and children who are living in shelters. RSVP here.

Defy Ventures // Coach Entrepreneurs-in-Training
Coach and mentor men and women with criminal histories in entrepreneurship and leadership program. Commitment is 2 hours a week for 2 months, beginning May 5. Volunteers must be business professionals. Request information here.


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

CFW StartUp Pitch Night
Thursday, April 30, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at TGC Tribeca (75 Murray St.)
Join entrepreneurs, investors, potential customers, friends, family and our extended community for this new event. Watch finalist compete for prizes of up to $5,000. Register here.

Hope for New York: Young Supporters Spring Benefit
Wednesday, May 6 at Providence NYC (311 W 57th St.)
Join HFNY’s Young Supporters for their annual Spring Benefit, a night filled with great food, drinks, and a special program to suppor. Hope for New York’s work across our city. Tickets are going fast! RSVP here.

Volunteer at VBS
July 13 - 17 at W83 Ministry Center
Do you enjoy spending time with kids, doing arts and crafts, or singing fun songs? Please consider signing up to serve one or more days at Vacation Bible School. There are a variety of roles available. Sign up here


Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. —Psalm 145:3-5

Sunday Morning Prayer
Sundays from 10:50 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., Room 406 at W83
Join us for a half-hour 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)!

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