Subject: West Side Update - June 22

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WestSide Update
June 22, 2015

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Eunice Shin-Lai
Community Group Intern

Eunice was born in LA but grew up in a suburb of Phoenix, AZ. She came to the Northeast for college at the University of Pennsylvania. She then attended New York Medical College and is a physician by training, but has decided to explore vocational ministry. 

Eunice and her husband, Richard, have lived in New York City since 2010, and they host a community group in Hell’s Kitchen.  Eunice has found the community group ministry one of the most encouraging parts of her time at Redeemer:

“In many ways, my community group has been the best part of my life in NYC. I know NYC can be a very lonely place otherwise, but I've never felt more comfortable, open, and free from judgment than in my CG. It's definitely one of the reasons I decided to become a CG intern because I really hope other congregants will experience this type of life-giving, redeeming, vulnerable, and fun community.”

As the Community Group Intern, Eunice will be helping to coordinate the new beta groups starting in the fall and eventually coaching and offering support to the groups. “I just started so I'm still getting a feel for things but I look forward to learning more about Redeemer and meeting new people in the office and in the community groups!” she says.

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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 ,

As many of you know the sermon yesterday was based on Jesus’ prayer in John 17, which among other things points to the nature of the Trinity, described by Cornelius Plantinga this way:

At the center of the universe, self giving love is the dynamic currency of the Trinitarian life of God…. Each person (Father, Son, Spirit), so to speak, makes room for the other two…(showing) each other divine hospitality.

This beautiful and inspiring image took on new meaning for me as I reflected on the men and women who gathered to study the Bible in a church in Charleston last week.  They extended divine hospitality and made room for a stranger, an outsider, and paid the ultimate price.  The hatred, racism and evil that drive someone to such a heinous act is beyond my ability to understand, requires more than 250 words to explore, and for now is not where my heart has been drawn.  Instead I see in those nine brothers and sisters who gathered together that night the sacrificial divine hospitality and glory displayed on the cross, where in a co-conspiracy of grace, Father, Son and Spirit made room for the likes of even me.  As we mourn with and pray for the families and friends of those killed, we see through our tears a glory that can only be understood through the death of the one by whose wounds we are healed.   In closing I leave you with these words taken from a Syrian Orthodox Liturgy, “how fair and lovely is the hope which the Lord gave to the dead when He lay down like them beside them.”

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” – John 17:24

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Do you enjoy spending time with kids? The West Side Children's Ministry is in need of volunteers this summer. Even if you are here only for the summer, we could use your help in sharing the love of God with the next generation of New Yorkers. Elementary classes are especially in need of extra hands. Please contact Jenni at for more information.

Lead or recommend someone to lead a seven-week Beta Group!
We’re looking for leaders to help launch new Beta Groups this fall. These groups play a pivotal role in connecting newcomers to the life of Redeemer. For more info and to recommend a friend or yourself to be a leader, go 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.

Avail NYC // Counsel Clients with Unexpected Pregnancies
Volunteers will be trained to serve as client advocates to guide men and women clients through a decision-making process that helps them consider next steps, and to offer information and referrals for those next steps. Commitment is 2 hours on 2 Saturdays a month. Learn more here.

All Angels Church // Serve Dinner to Homeless 
Sunday, June 28 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Volunteers will serve a meal at a church that serves both homeless and homed congregants. Volunteers will set up and serve dinner restaurant-style and clean up afterward. RSVP here

Habitat for Humanity // Repair Homes Damaged by Hurricane Saturday, June 27 
Sandy Volunteers will make necessary repairs on homes in Southern Coastal Brooklyn. The work ranges from replacing flooring, painting, tiling and more. No construction experience necessary! RSVP here

Next Intro to Redeemer 
Wednesday, June 24 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 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.

Speak, O God, and I will hear thee, let thy will be done indeed
May I undisturbed draw near thee while thou dost thy people feed
Here of life the fountain flows, here is balm for all our woes.

-Benjamin Schmolk, Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty
Quiet Time: Using the Sunday Bulletin
So often, we go to church on Sundays, and then we've forgotten what we've heard by Monday morning. Use this guide as part of your daily quiet time to extend your Sunday into the rest of the week. It'll help you respond to the sermon, as well as prepare you for the next one. Access the guide here.

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