Subject: West Side Update - May 18

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
May 18, 2015

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Jessica Anderson
Community Group Director

Jessica Anderson is a proud New Jersey native and moved to NYC in 2003. She and her husband, Max, were married in 2004 and have three children: Carolina, Gracie and Sam. She got her Bachelor’s in Religion from Princeton and her Master’s of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School. Jessica has worked with an undergraduate Christian ministry at Princeton, and as an executive assistant and nonprofit manager for the New Canaan Society, a men’s ministry. She’s been an active part of Redeemer since moving to the city. She played soccer competitively her whole life and during college. So on Saturdays, she can now be found on the soccer field at Riverside and 72nd, volunteering as a referee or cheering for her oldest daughter in her games. And, she says, “I love running in Central Park or along the Hudson and ‘enjoy’ (if you can say that) running about one half marathon each year as a way to keep up my fitness level.”

As our Community Group Director, Jessica cares for and supports Community Group leaders and leader-coaches, and helps with pastoral care for the members of the Community Groups she oversees. She says, “I’m excited to help people find deeper community at Redeemer and connect with Community Groups—where I hope they’ll build lasting friendships that make life in the city so rich and meaningful, and that will challenge them and grow them in their personal journeys with God.”

Fun Jessica fact: “There’s a good chance that I am personally responsible for keeping the coffee shops on the UWS between 79th and 86th in business!”

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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Tonight the ministry leaders of our WS Congregation will gather at W83 for our final Ministry Summit of the year, exploring together the strategic importance of church planting. As many of you know, I had the privilege of seeing first hand some of the work Redeemer is doing through City to City in Tokyo and Seoul a few weeks ago. (Thank you for your prayers and encouragement!) Riding the trains of Tokyo (a city of 35 million) and seeing some of the beautiful mountainous terrain of South Korea reminded me of the rich diversity and beauty of God’s world. I was also reminded of how even though one can be 6000 miles away from home in a foreign culture, worship is a universal language that binds the people of God together. So I would encourage you to explore more about the importance of church planting by watching this video and reading this article, and beginning to pray about how the WS Congregation can do its part as we plan for the launch of our new site in the not-too-distant future.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” - Matthew 28:18-20

Rev. David Bisgrove


West Side Children's Ministry is hiring
The West Side nursery is hiring staff for Sunday mornings. We are seeking candidates who possess strong communication skills, are comfortable interacting with parents, have experience with children, and have a foundational relationship with Christ. Hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Email a cover letter and resume to

Nepal Disaster Relief
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal again on Tuesday, May 12, days after the country was devastated by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake on April 25. Responding to God’s call to care, please continue to pray for those impacted. We also encourage you 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 to meet basic and urgent needs.


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.

Habitat for Humanity // Repair Homes Damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island
Saturday, May 23 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers will make necessary repairs on homes that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. The work ranges from replacing flooring, painting, tiling and more. No construction experience necessary. RSVP here.


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

CFW End-of-Year Celebration
Thursday, May 21 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Tribeca Grill
Join us for a special event celebrating God at work in NYC. Evening includes live music, food and drink and a chance to connect with the entire CFWcommunity. Register here.

Design Your Life Seminar
Monday, June 1
Are you confused about your life direction & goals? Join us for this one-day seminar designed intentionally to focus your life and career aspirations with Dave Evans (Co-Founder, Electronic Arts & Lecturer, Stanford University). More information here


Join the West Side Prayer Team
Do you love to pray? We are looking for people who enjoy behind-the-scenes ministry and want to partner with those on the front line through prayer. Learn more about the West Side Prayer Team here.

Conversational Prayer: A Simple Way to Pray Together
Experience how the style of conversational prayer can transform your group prayer time by helping you listen actively to one another and the Spirit. Download the guide here.

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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