Subject: West Side Update - July 13

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July 13, 2015

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Jose Namias
W83 Security Officer

Jose Namias has lived in New York City for almost 20 years, but he was born in the Dominican Republic. Spanish was his first language, and he now speaks even a little bit of Italian. He lives in the Bronx with his wife Ana and his 7-year-old son, Justin. Jose is the W83 Security Officer and has been working for Redeemer for about a year.

“The most influential part about working at Redeemer is the people I work with every single Sunday,” he says. “I feel like I am part of a family as soon as I walk in the building.”

Jose loves all sports, especially baseball. He played baseball his whole life and started all four years in college. Now, he enjoys watching the Yankees, his favorite team.

Jose also loves spending time with his son Justin, going to parks and playing games and sports with him. “I am the kind of person that cares for others more than I care for myself,” he says. “I would do anything in my power to put a smile on other people’s faces.” Although Jose’s sad that Justin likes basketball more than baseball, nothing gives him more joy than making him happy.

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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.
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As many of you know, an essential part of Redeemer’s Vision is to be part of a ‘movement of the gospel,’ which we define as:

the proliferation of gospel-based churches, ministries, institutions, companies and initiatives throughout the city.

At the heart of that definition is the planting of new churches. One such group of churches that reflect that movement mindset is Resurrection Brooklyn, led by my friend Matt Brown. Recently Omari Hill, who was on the WS Staff, joined one of their churches called Resurrection Clinton Hill as an Assistant Pastor. I’m so grateful for the work our friends across the river are doing to bring the message of the gospel to Brooklyn, and excited and honored to pray for Omari, Cherise, Mia and Preston as they begin this new season in their lives. To find out more about Resurrection Brooklyn, and Omari’s new role at Clinton hill, click here.

Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. – Acts 2:46-47

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

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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.

The Bridge - Park West // Lead community-building events for individuals with mental illness
Saturday, July 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Volunteers lead activities and build relationships with a group of fun-loving and joyful adults who are living with mental illness. RSVP here.

Defy Ventures // Mentor Entrepreneurs in Training Program
Volunteers will provide business, career and life coaching to Entrepreneurs-in-Training, men and women with criminal histories who have been carefully selected to participate in the program. Match night is July 28th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Request information to learn more here.


Here is a highlighted event happening across Redeemer. For a full listing, see the Connect.

Job Search Round Table
Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The Job Search Round Table, sponsored by the Diaconate, meets on Thursdays. Come learn the necessary skills from industry experts to conduct a successful job search from a gospel perspective. No RSVP needed. For more info, contact


Quiet Time Basics: Meditative Prayer
What is a quiet time? Learn how to meditate on and pray through Scripture with this easy-to-use guide. You can use it with just one verse or a long passage. Includes additional resources to help you develop a habit of spending time with God each day.

Visit for additional prayer resources and tools.

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