Subject: West Side Update - July 27

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WestSide Update
July 27, 2015

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Joel Kady
West Side Community Group Intern

Joel Kady has lived in New York City for just over a week and joins the West Side staff team as the new Community Group Intern. He works with the other interns and Community Group directors to help form and care for new community groups on the West Side.

Joel is originally from Washington State and attended the University of Washington, where he studied politics and economics. Joel studied abroad in Dubai for four months and, after finishing his final term, move back to Dubai, where he met his wife Caitlyn. They lived there for two years and have also lived, most recently, in southwest Virginia.

This fall, Joel will also be part of the inaugural class of Reformed Theological Seminary’s New York campus. He is excited to undertake formal theological training in the context that he and his family will live and minister long term.

Joel enjoys playing with his kids Jacqueline and Gavriel at Bennett Park, in Hudson Heights, with a coffee from Buunni Cafe. He is eager to put roots down in Hudson Heights and make friends with his neighbors.

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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.

Dear ,

“It is not simply to be taken for granted that the Christian has the privilege of living among other Christians.”

With these words Dietrich Bonhoeffer opens his book Life Together. Over the years when people have asked me why I have stayed in NYC, part of the answer is because of the friendships and rich community God has given me. I have had seasons in my life during which there have been friendship droughts; seasons, which have made me more acutely aware of Bonheoffer’s assertion that Christian community is a gift secured through Christ’s reconciling death (Colossians 1:20). The primary expression of that gift at Redeemer is our Community Group system, which not only allows people to deepen friendships, but also as Bonheoffer asserts is an opportunity to “meet one another as bringers of the message of salvation.” It is through one another that we speak and receive the good news of Jesus, bearing one another’s burdens as God through his Spirit makes real to us what it means to be the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27).

So for those who have been a part of our CG system, particularly leading and hosting groups, I want to thank you for making Jesus real in our midst. And for those who haven’t yet participated in this aspect of our church community let me encourage you to consider signing up for a Beta Group in September or one of our many CGs that currently have slots available. You can find out more about how to do that by clicking here.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


In last week's West Side Update, David celebrated all that God did at VBS. To see the week in review, click here.

Interested in leading a Beta Group? We still need 25 new leaders to launch Beta Groups this fall. To sign up or to recommend someone, visit


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 // Revitalize a Community Center in Harlem
Saturday, August 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
HFNY volunteers will work with Habitat NYC's Brush with Kindness program is to enhance, beautify and revitalize a community center through painting. Great for groups! RSVP online here.

Avail NYC // Throw Baby Showers for Clients
Volunteers plan and throw monthly baby showers for clients, including decorating, making/buying food, buying gifts, and organizing games & fun activities during the shower. Baby showers are 1 1/2 hours long on weekdays. Learn more here.

World Vision // Pack and Sort Donated Items
Saturday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Sort, package and prepare donated items for distribution to World Vision's community partners. Great group opportunity. RSVP online here.


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

HFNY Charity Bike Ride Info Session
Tuesday, August 11 at 7 p.m.
Registration for the Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride has begun! Join our awesome team of cyclists—beginners, experts, and everyone in between—to ride and fundraise for the poor & marginalized of NYC. The ride is on Sept. 26, but join us for dinner and an info session.  Learn more at

Diaconate Divorce Care Group
Beginning on Thursday, September 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
The Diaconate Divorce Care Group is for women in any stage of divorce to provide a safe place for mutual support and a fresh start, through Scripture, prayer and a divorce recovery workbook. Contact or 917-206-1359 to register. Space is limited. 

Marriage Lab begins this fall
Newly married and looking for fellowship? If so, join Dr. Brent Bounds and other mentor couples once per month for a time of practical discussion about topics to help build a healthy marriage. Cost (including overnight retreat), details and registration here. Limited to 24 couples. Questions? Contact


"I will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." - Psalm 91:2

"'They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength' (Isaiah 40:31, ESV). To wait upon God is entirely within the reach of all, whatever may be the age, condition or environment. All may not be able to preach, teach, go as missionaries, or enter into public service; but any Christian can wait upon the Lord." -from "Waiting on the Lord" by John Wright Follette. To read the article, click here.

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