Subject: West Side Update - June 1

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
June 1, 2015

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Sophie Rah, Marketing Director
CG Leader-Coach

“Redeemer has been one of the biggest factors in my husband and I deciding to put our roots down in NYC,” says Sophie Rah. “We moved to the city as newlyweds, and our Redeemer community has been our support and our ‘village’ as we navigated (and continue to navigate) marriage, parenthood, illnesses, and both good and hard times.”

Sophie grew up in Seoul, Korea, and California. She and her husband, Albert, have lived in NYC (and on the UWS) for nine years and have two daughters: Izzie is 7 years old, and Maddie is 3. Sophie works as a marketing director in the financial services industry.

Sophie and her family began attending Redeemer when they moved to NYC. She hosts a Community Group in her home and is involved in the West Side Moms’ Group. She’s been a Community Group leader-coach for the past year. “Personally, my whole family has benefited so much from Community Groups,” says Sophie. “I have tremendous admiration and gratitude for Community Group leaders—they are such an integral part of making the Redeemer community vibrant and thriving. As a leader-coach, it has been an honor to support, partner, and pray for the awesome Community Group leaders in the West Side congregation.”

Sophie and Albert love to research different recipes and cookbooks and then invite friends over for a meal. And she also loves game nights, especially with Taboo, Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and most recently, Heads Up! Though she says, “I also usually play with no strategy—which probably means that if you play with me you will beat me!”

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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One of my daily rituals is walking my daughters to the school bus each morning. And regardless of the weather, or our mood along the way, without fail as I lift my youngest daughter up the steps of the bus she looks over her shoulder and says, “Don’t forget to wave.” And in that daily ritual and plea is the cry that lurks in every human heart–our need to be reassured that we are loved. Charlotte knows I love her and could never "forget" her, and yet like all of us she needs to be reminded of that love in tangible ways. Which of course is a good reminder that in our marriages, our friendships, and with our relatives we need to find ways to tangibly express our love and affection. But ultimately it points to the love that alone can satisfy our need, the sacrificial and tangible love of Jesus on the cross. We must daily look up and see his handsnot waving at us, but bleeding for us.

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. – Hebrews 8:12

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in serving as a Leader-Coach like Sophie? Applications are still being accepted for the Leader-Coach role for current Community Group leaders that are interested in supporting and caring for other CG leaders. To apply, visit

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


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.

Bowery Mission Women's Center // Lead Activity Nights for Women in Recovery
Friday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Female volunteers treat the women to a safe and fun night out each month. Great opportunity for volunteers to build friendships with women who are going through a time of transition. Application is required. Learn more here.

The Father's Heart // Offer One-on-One GED Tutoring
Tuesdays from 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the East Village
Volunteers will help adult students prepare for their GED. Learn more here

Habitat for Humanity // Paint a Senior Center
Saturday, June 13 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers will paint and rehabilitate a senior community center in the Lower East Side. RSVP here


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

Job search skills training classes

Starting Wednesday, June 3, 1 to 3 p.m., Redeemer Offices
Learn how to develop a smart job-search strategy, write a killer resume, ace the interview and much more at the Diaconate’s free Job Search SkillsTraining classes for members and attenders. See a full schedule of topics and sign up to attend here.


Do you really long for the courage to believe that deliverance from a prayerless life is possible for you, and may become a reality? Then you must learn the great lesson that such a deliverance is included in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, that it is one of the blessings of the New Covenant which God himself will impart to you through Christ Jesus. —Dr. Andrew Murray

"Every year I look forward to the slower pace of the summer months because of the opportunity it gives me to reinvigorate my prayer life. It’s not that I don’t pray during the year, but rarely, in the press of hectic scheduling, am I able to consistently devote the hours necessary to reawaken the intimacy with God that not only I crave, but which is my only defense against burnout."  —from "A Prayer Life That Nourishes Your Relationship to God" by Tim Keller
To read the whole article, click here

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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