Subject: West Side Update - August 24

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August 24, 2015

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Jennifer Ahn
Beta Group Leader

Jennifer Ahn has been attending Redeemer since 2009 and has served as an usher and has volunteered with HFNY. She currently serves on the Prayer Team and, this fall, Jennifer will be leading a new Beta Group in her neighborhood of Washington Heights.

Before moving to Washington Heights, Jennifer lived all over Manhattan--from the Upper West Side to Midtown to the Upper East Side--and has found many favorite places. Jennifer loves running along the Hudson River Greenway, and her favorite spot in her neighborhood is Fort Tryon Park.

Jennifer says that the reason she will be leading a Beta Group this fall is because of the powerful experience she had when she was involved in a small community. “I became a ‘born-again christian’ after I tasted such sweet fellowship and kindness in a community setting,” she says.

Fun facts about Jennifer? She has a one-year-old cat named CMC (Coco the Mighty Cat) and is currently reading George Muller’s autobiography, which, she says, shows his utter dependence on God for everything.

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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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One recent morning while riding my bike in Central Park I was struck by how many tourists were vacationing in NYC and how so many of us make time to "get away" during the summer. The reasons we create these interruptions in our otherwise regular routines are well documented, including a recent article by Arthur Brooks who highlighted how vacations bring happiness and might even be positively correlated to vocational success.

Christians understand that the root of this universal need for "vacation" is found in the biblical idea of Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11; Genesis 2:3). Judith Shulevitz, in her book This Sabbath World, put it this way:

When we pine for escape from the rat-race, when we check into spas, retreats and encounter weekends... we are remembering the Sabbath, its power to protect us from the clamor of our own desires.

In just a few weeks the quiet, relaxed pace of summer will be a distant memory and the clamor of the rat-race will once again be upon us. So it’s time to once again heed the words of God to “remember the Sabbath” by making sure that time for corporate worship, community engagement and personal prayer are the primary source of our joy and meaning.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. – Psalm 95:6-7

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in leading a Beta Group like Jennifer? There's still time to sign up to lead a Beta Group or to recommend someone to lead. To sign up, click here.

Would you like to serve the youth in our city? Join Hope for New York at the Mentor Match Up social on Thursday, September 10, for a fun night of mentor possibilities, or sign up to attend the Mentoring Info Session on Thursday, September 24. For details, visit


Cru Inner City // Pack "PowerPacks"
Saturday, August 29 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Volunteers will pack school supplies for children in need throughout NYC as they prepare for the new school year. Great opportunity for groups and families to serve together. Learn more here.

The Bowery Mission // Serve Meals at Tompkins Square Park
Saturday, September 5 from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Join the Bowery to provide meals to people in need of nourishment and resources in the East Village. This is a great group opportunity! RSVP here.

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


2015 Faith & Work Conference
Friday, November 6, to Saturday, November 7
Registration is open for Beyond Collaboration: Discovering the Communal Nature of Calling. This two-day event will explore themes of covenant and calling, investigating how the gospel makes a whole greater than the sum of its parts. Visit


"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

"One of the most basic things that the gospel does is change prayer from mere petition to fellowship and the praise of his glory. Galatians 4:6-7 teaches us that when we believe the gospel, we not only become God’s children legally, but we receive the Spirit in order to experience our sonship. The Spirit leads us to call out passionately to God as our tender and loving Father." from "Prayer and the Gospel" by Tim Keller. Read the full article here.

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