Subject: West Side Update - August 10

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August 10, 2015

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Adrian Acevedo
Children’s Ministry Intern

Adrian completed her first internship with Children's Ministry last summer and is back this summer after graduating from the University of Delaware. Adrian is a long-time Redeemerite -- her parents attended Redeemer when she was born and were involved in a Redeemer church plant for several years thereafter. The Acevedo family returned to Redeemer when Adrian began sixth grade, when she joined the junior high youth group. Adrian attended Redeemer's youth ministry throughout high school, and she has been attending services again since working for the Children’s Ministry.

“Working with WSCM has helped me realize that I have a passion for ministry and for working with young people; it has inspired me to pursue involvement in youth ministry, and possibly even youth counseling a little further down the line. I have loved working with a diverse array of staff and volunteers who inspire me to challenge myself, be more intentional about my spiritual growth and to give of myself to serve others.”

Adrian was born and raised in Harlem, where she currently lives with her parents and younger brother. In her free time, Adrian loves food and cooking and is always looking for new restaurants and interesting recipes to try out. She also really enjoys arts and crafts and DIY projects, and listening to and discovering new and interesting music.

A fun fact about Adrian? “In the nerdiest time of my life (middle school, duh) I was in the Scripp's National Spelling Bee.”

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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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In a recent review in The Economist of a book on the literary and cultural history of worry, the book’s author defines worry as “the hidden histories of ordinary pain” in everyone’s life and a sign of “being human.” Of course worry takes several forms, but it flows from the fundamental human condition of our finiteness. We are inherently limited in our understanding of the world around us, painfully aware of how little control we ultimately have over the circumstances of our lives, on top of which we have no idea what tomorrow brings.

And yet Jesus commands his followers not to worry! (Matthew 6:25-34) How are we to heal this “ordinary pain”? We are to remember that the all-knowing, omnipotent creator of heaven and earth, who holds the past, present and future in his hands, loves and cares for us. This “remembering” requires us to make time to worship, read and pray Scripture, and regularly engage with those in the Christian community so together we can affirm with Oswald Chambers that:

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. – Psalm 91:1-2

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Are you a member of Redeemer? We need your help serving communion at our services once a month. To learn more or to sign up to serve, visit

CFW Faith & Art Course applications open: Registration is now open for CFW's Faith & Art Course to be held in September & October. Six classes include art sharing, theological teaching and group discussions. If you are an artist who would be encouraged and served by learning more about integrating your faith and art, please apply here.


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.

Defy Ventures // Coach Entrepreneurs at Training Event
Wednesday, August 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m
Volunteers will act as start-up coaches to entrepreneurs in the EIT program offering strategic insight into some of their toughest entrepreneurship obstacles as they build finance models and incorporate their businesses. RSVP online here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly in UWS
Sunday, August 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will pick up meals at local UWS center, receive route for delivery, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients in the neighborhood who can no longer shop for groceries or cook for themselves. Great for families and CGs! RSVP online here.

The Bridge // Lead community-building events for those with mental disabilities
Saturday, August 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Lead crafts activities and build relationships with a group of fun-loving and joyful adults who are living with mental disabilities on the Upper West Side. 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

Preparing for Marriage seminar
Dating? Engaged? Getting married soon? Join us on September 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a fun, interactive and practical pre-marital seminar. $60/person includes lunch. More information, dates and registration here. Space is limited. Questions? Contact Karen at


"The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him." - Exodus 15:2

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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