Subject: West Side Update - May 4

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
May 4, 2015

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Rev. Abe Cho

Rev. Abraham Cho first came to Redeemer as an assistant pastor in the summer of 2007 a few years after finishing his theological training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston. At that time, he and his wife, Jordyn, had just one daughter, Lydia (9). Since then they have taken the command "to be fruitful and multiply" to heart and have had three boys in New York City: Ezra (7), Micah (4) and Judah (1.5). Jordyn now says crazy things like "I don't know how people raise kids in the suburbs!" They met at Gordon-Conwell and have been married for almost 11 years.

Abe was born into a Christian home to Korean immigrant parents. He moved around a lot as a kid, but grew up mostly near New Haven, CT, in a small town called Cheshire. It was at the University of Connecticut, during his 8AM Organic Chemistry class, that he felt God definitively calling him out of the sciences. His call to pastoral ministry grew as an undergrad as he experienced the joy of seeing others come to faith in Christ and seeing their lives transformed.

Reading books, eating pork and pork-like products, going on bike adventures with the kids--these are a few of his favorite things. After eight years in the city, the Chos have finally become Mets fans, partly because they know that suffering produces character and character, hope.

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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Greetings from Seoul, Korea! As you read this I am preparing to give three talks tomorrow to 150 Korean pastors as part of Redeemer City to City’s mission to help train church leaders around the world. It’s a global example of one of our core values, which is that “Redeemer is not a church for itself.” By now most of you have heard of a more local example of that value with the news that Abe Cho has accepted the position of East Side Lead Pastor. (Click here for a copy of the letter he sent to our leaders last week.) Those of you that are part of our West Side Congregation know that Abe and Jordyn, along with their four children, are an integral and beloved part of our West Side family. In other words, our significant loss is the East Side’s gain. Personally, I want to thank Abe for his partnership in this journey we’ve been on the last three years. It is impossible to imagine having launched the WS Congregation without him.

So please pray for Abe, Jordyn, Lydia, Ezra, Micah and Judah as they prepare for their new responsibilities, as well as for the WS Staff and leaders as we prepare for a new season of ministry without them.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. –I Corinthians 12:12-14

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Pray with us for Abe, Jordyn and their family for their transition to the East Side Congregation.  On Sunday, May 17, we'll have a chance during all of our West Side services and at coffee hour to celebrate Abe's time with the West Side Congregation and to look ahead to what God has in store for Redeemer in the coming years.

Nepal Disaster Relief
On Saturday, 4/25, Nepal was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and numerous powerful aftershocks and landslides. Half a million people have been displaced and the death toll could reach 10,000. We invite you to pray for those in the region who have experienced grief and loss and that food and water would reach those who desperately need it, and to give to the relief efforts going on there. Donate here. All funds donated will be given to the following organizations:
1. Mission to the World - Our denomination's global missions agency is facilitating relief efforts through national partners.
2. World Vision - They have mobilized emergency response staff and are initiating a response to meet basic and urgent needs.

Volunteer at VBS!
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, July 13 to 17. There are a variety of roles available. Sign up at


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.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
Sunday, May 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Volunteers will deliver hot and cold meals on foot to elderly neighbors in the UWS who can no longer shop for groceries or cook food for themselves. Great group and family opportunity. RSVP here.

HFNY Workshop: Understanding the issue of sex trafficking
Tuesday, May 19
Join us for a workshop to learn more about the issue of sex trafficking in NYC, including the rescue of victims, care for survivors, and practical ways we can engage in the cause. Dinner will be served. RSVP required here.


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

Hope for New York: Young Supporters Spring Benefit
This Wednesday, May 6 at Providence NYC (311 W 57th St.)
There’s still time to join HFNY’s Young Supporters for their annual Spring Benefit, a night filled with great food, drinks, and a special program to support Hope for New York’s work across our city. RSVP here.

New Leader Basics
Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 6 p.m., Redeemer Offices (1166 Avenue of the Americas)
Community Groups are the soil where the teaching planted on Sundays can grow and thrive. We want to train committed leaders to tend to the garden of our church for the life of our city. If this is something God might be calling you to, come to the New Leader Basics training this Saturday. This will be our last one until the fall, so sign up today here.


Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.... The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. —Psalm 126:2-3

Today's prayer from Seeking God's Face
Father in heaven, the hope of my eternal home with you offers visions of a goodness and glory that no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has ever imagined, but yet I was made for. Give me a faithfilled imagination that finds ways to loop the hope of heaven back into today, living ore of your life here and now. Amen.

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