Subject: West Side Update - September 14

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WestSide Update
September 14, 2015

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Jonathan and Susan Crane
Beta Group Leaders

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.
Hello ,

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

With gratitude,

Rev. David Bisgrove


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. More info here.

City to City Sunday is Coming on September 27
Hi West Side, it's the CTC Team here. We want to be friends! Please be thinking and praying about how you might give to CTC during the Special Offering on September 27, and you can already give online. Also, if you are interested in getting to know more about us, September is an awesome time. We've got 16 global leaders in NYC all month to train with us full-time. They journeyed here from Amsterdam, Cape Town, Dublin, San Francisco, Hamburg, Johannesburg, Krakow, Lagos, Pretoria and others. Please get in touch so we can connect you better. Sincerely, Lindsey & Everyone at CTC.


Operation Exodus // Co-lead Saturday Kids Program for K-8th Grade
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m
Volunteers will co-lead groups of kids from Latino community in Washington Heights at Saturday mentoring program, including tutoring, games, and Bible study. starting September 19. Learn more here.

Shiloh NYC // Mentor High Schoolers in Small Groups
Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.
Volunteers will build relationships with high school students from Harlem and South Bronx schools at weekly group time focused on life skills, Bible study, and community starting September 16. Learn more here.

Chinese Christian Herald Crusades // Coach Basketball for Chinese Student Community
Saturdays from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers will coach and mentor high school students from Chinatown community at basketball club. No coaching experience necessary! Volunteer training and orientation required. Learn more here.


CFW Presents Calling: Context is Everything
Thursday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. at The New York Academy of Sciences Conference Center
What happens when expectations misalign with reality? Join us as Rev. David H. Kim expounds the rarely discussed, surprising, and vitally important context of calling as it relates to our work. Light reception to follow. More info 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


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

Join the West Side Prayer Team
Do you love to pray? We are looking for people who enjoy behind-the-scenes ministry and want to partner with those on the front line through prayer. Learn more about the West Side Prayer Team here.

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