Subject: West Side Update - September 7

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WestSide Update
September 7, 2015

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T.K. Durham
CM Elementary Teacher

T.K. has been attending Redeemer for four years and has been teaching our elementary classes since February. T.K. leads Bible study and worship for the elementary children. "I have been surprised by how excited [the children] are to know more about God and Jesus Christ. I love how enthusiastic the parents are about their children to know more about God, and their dedication to volunteer to help on Sundays. I look forward every week to experiencing the new and wonderful blessings God has for me, the parents and the children as I teach, worship, pray and share the Love of God and Jesus Christ."

T.K. has lived in NYC for 8 years and works as a singer-songwriter and actor. T.K. was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was born premature at six months, weighing 1.5 lbs and placed in an incubator for 6 months, given no little chance for survival. “I survived by the grace, love and mercy of God. I was placed in five foster care homes and finally adopted when I was 12 years old.” After attending William Jewell College and Liberty University, T.K. toured the U.S. and eventually the world performing in stage, film and T.V. productions.

T.K. loves spending time with his wife Ariane and their new baby boy, Zane. They love eating at Cilantro when on the UWS. When not at Redeemer, T.K. loves playing music at senior homes and children’s schools. “Seeing their joyful faces is uplifting and inspiring.” Fun fact about T.K? He has written over 350 songs and won the Austin Texas songwriting contest in 1992.

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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.
Hello ,

Today marks the unofficial end of summer, and the end of what one recent article entitled "On Instagram, the Summer You’re Not Having" called the “prime side effect for the millions of people who have Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat accounts” the Fear of Missing Out (#FOMO). In other words the constant stream of primarily upbeat curated images we post and peruse over time can, according to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, create envy as they make us feel that the "mundane middle" in which we live most of our lives is somehow inferior.

As I reflected on the article in light of the start of another ministry year I was reminded that it is in the mundane middle where we most model and glorify Jesus. It is through the sacred mundane acts of compassion and kindness, prayer and worship, sacrifice and forgiveness–done in Jesus’ name that God’s Kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). So no matter what your situation, know that God has gifted and called you to live in light of the one whose “social media profile” would have included this description: “he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2).

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. - I Corinthians 12:27

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Interested in volunteering in the Chidlren's Ministry like T.K.?  Our Sunday School classes kick off this Sunday, September 13, and we need 16 elementary volunteers this year. To sign up to volunteer or for more information, contact

Ride with 14 West Siders and Team HFNY! For the 13th year in a row, Hope for New York is hosting its Annual HFNY Charity Bike Ride. On September 26, Team HFNY will participate in the Escape New York Bike Ride to raise funds and awareness for New York City’s poor and marginalized, and there is still room to sign up to ride at


Operation Exodus // Co-lead Saturday Kids Program for K-8th grade
Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m
Volunteers will co-lead groups of kids from Latino community in Washington Heights at Saturday mentoring program. RSVP online for mentor orientation and training on Saturday, September 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. RSVP here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly in UWS
Sunday, September 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m
Volunteers will pick up meals at local UWS center, receive route for delivery from center, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients in the neighborhood. Volunteers must complete an application and be approved to serve. Application required to serve. Learn more here.


West Side Classes begin October 4!
Fall classes will kick off with a seminar on "God's Mercy, Our Compassion" taught by the Diaconate. Whether we realize it or not, there are opportunities every day to be an extension of God’s mercy to others around us. This class will explore together a biblical survey and meaning of God’s mercy. More info and registration for this class, as well as others, at

West Side Monthly Prayer & Praise Evenings
Saturday, October 10 from 5 - 6:15 p.m., Rm. 406
Come and be renewed as we pray for God's people and his city together. At each monthly prayer & praise evening, we will explore and pray through one of Redeemer's nine values. For more information, visit

Center for Faith & Work Courses and Intensives
Explore your calling with a 3-Month Vocational Intensive available in the areas of Built Environment, Cross-Vocational, Healthcare and Law. Registration is also open for 6-Week Faith & Finance and Faith & Art Courses.


Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. - Psalm 34:3

West Side Weekly Prayer for Sunday Services
Sundays, 10:50–11:20 am, Room 406
Join us for a half hour to intercede for the four Sunday services and its staff and attendees. Bring your bulletin and a friend!

Visit for more resources on prayer.
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