Subject: West Side Update - August 31

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August 31, 2015

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Nathan Vickery, Cellist
Youth Mentor with HFNY

Nathan has been at Redeemer for 2 years and became a member this spring. He is a cellist in the New York Philharmonic and regularly participates as a musician in Sunday services at Redeemer. Nathan and his wife Elise live in the UWS, where he also leads a community group. Nathan also serves as a mentor with Operation Exodus, a HFNY affiliate that serves at-risk youth in Washington Heights in a variety of ways.

Nathan began volunteering as a mentor with Operation Exodus last summer: “I felt God calling me to step outside of my comfort zone and into deeper community and active service."

At Operation Exodus, Nathan works with 4th and 5th grade boys. "I have had so much fun working with the kids and have grown personally as well. I have seen God's grace at work in my heart, giving me wisdom and grace in my interaction with the kids. My faith has also deepened as I have spent time each week preparing to lead discussions with my class about Jesus."

Nathan serves as a mentor every Saturday morning. In his free time, he also spends a lot of time in Central Park and Riverside Park running, reading and people watching.

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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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At yesterday’s worship services testimonies were given by three different congregants who serve as mentors for affiliates of Hope for New York, which, as many of you know, is the organization we partner with to help meet the needs of the poor and marginalized in the city. The stories shared by these mentors not only highlighted the importance of coming alongside those in our city who lack resources so many of us take for granted but also point to one of the unique aspects of biblical Christianity.

For only in Christianity do we see the all powerful, eternal God of the universe take on humanity–personally coming alongside those in need to bring comfort and hope. There is much about the Christian faith that is mysterious: doctrines like the Trinity, or the relationship between human responsibility and God’s sovereignty. But there is much more that is simple and plain, like the call to serve the poor and oppressed (Isaiah 58:6-10). So as you gear up for another busy September, don’t forget to make room in your lives to bring the compassion and love of Jesus to those who need it most.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in serving as a mentor like Nathan? 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 and to sign up, visit

Beta Groups have launched! Beta Groups are now open to those that are new to Redeemer or not yet involved in community group life. To sign up to attend a Beta Group, visit


Habitat for Humanity // Repair Homes Damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island
Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Volunteers will make necessary repairs on homes affected by Sandy. The work ranges from replacing flooring, painting, tiling and more. No construction experience necessary! RSVP online here.

A House on Beekman // Assist with Childcare Activities for South Bronx Moms
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting September 8.
Volunteers will assist with classes and play with kids while mothers attend childbirth and parenting classes, small groups, and life skills training. Learn more here.

Operation Exodus // Mentor Kids from Washington Heights Community
Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will co-lead groups of kids ages K-8th grade at Saturday mentoring program, and are asked to commit to the year. RSVP for mentor orientation and training here.


Join Team HFNY for the Charity Bike Ride
Saturday, September 26
Interested in riding & fundraising for Hope for New York through the Charity Bike Ride? There's still room on Team HFNY, and training rides are happening now. Learn more at, or join our Facebook group to check out pics of training rides and other team events.

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. Tickets are going fast, so we encourage you to register now. Visit


"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7

Prayer from Seeking God's Face:
May I see your face, God? For to live with your face turned from me is more bitter than death. I thank you that in this ancient blessing, I may place my life in the grace of Jesus and catch sight of your face turned in delight toward me. Amen.

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