Subject: West Side Update - September 14
September 14, 2015
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Jonathan and Susan Crane
Jonathan and Susan Crane are both from Westfield, New Jersey, and have lived in a dozen or more locations from coast to coast. They moved to New York City in 2011 and live in midtown near Columbus Circle, where they will be leading a Beta Group this fall.
Since they moved to the city, Jonathan and Susan have been attending the West Side, where their son Jacob is an usher captain. As childhood sweethearts, Jonathan and Susan married before they were 20 and, now, they have 4 married children and, currently, ten grandchildren.
Jonathan and Susan’s neighborhood spots are Bar Boulud at Lincoln Center and Nice Matin on 79th and Amsterdam. But Central Park is their favorite spot.
When asked why they decided to lead a Beta Group this fall, they say one reason is that seeing their “children dedicate themselves to raising their children in the Lord continues to be a spiritually rewarding experience.” Also, “we are nearing retirement age, and we are seeking the Lord’s direction as to how we can go to work for him in a new segment of our life’s journey."
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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.
It is almost impossible to turn on the television or pick up the newspaper these days and not be bombarded with stories and commentaries about the 2016 presidential election. Of course our elected leaders have enormous influence and power, which is why Christians are commanded to pray for them (1 Timothy 2:1-2). But even more powerful and important are the prayers of those who know God as their Father (Romans 8:15). Eugene Peterson puts it this way:
Prayer is political action. Prayer is social energy. Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation's life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation.
As we head into a new ministry year one of the most important ways that this "social energy" is unleashed in our congregation is through our West Side prayer team. These faithful individuals pray regularly for our leaders, staff, ministries and worship services throughout the year. And this year they will be hosting monthly prayer evenings on the second Saturday to reflect on and pray through our core values. So each week when you receive this email, don't just read it for information, but see it as an opportunity for transformation by praying for the various things we highlight. And please join our Prayer Team in this Kingdom-centered “political action” by praying for our church.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Rev. David Bisgrove
Center for Faith & Work Courses and Intensives
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Operation Exodus // Co-lead Saturday Kids Program for K-8th Grade
Shiloh NYC // Mentor High Schoolers in Small Groups
Chinese Christian Herald Crusades // Coach Basketball for Chinese Student Community
CFW Presents Calling: Context is Everything
West Side Classes begin October 4!
May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. - Psalm 67:3-4
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