Subject: West Side Update - October 5

Redeemer West Side
October 5, 2015

Sadie Smeck
CG Leader-Coach

“To err is human; to forgive, divine."

“Not sure who said this first, but I love when Katharine Hepburn says it in Adam’s Rib,” says Sadie about her favorite quote.

Sadie Smeck is originally from Arizona and lives in the UWS. "Every day on the street, I'm constantly reminded of the great needs of our city, and feel that a giant mirror is being held up to my face asking, 'What are you going to do about this?’” she says.

“That challenges me and weighs on my heart, but hopefully has helped to foster heart change as well, without giving me a chance to hide from both myself and the needs of others."

Since first attending Redeemer, Sadie has jumped into serving as an usher and with HFNY. For the past year, she has co-led a community group on Wednesdays and teaches GED math with The Open Door, a HFNY affiliate, on Thursdays.

"The experience of leading a CG has been both challenging and encouraging, seeing the ways God can use me in spite of myself, and how hard it is to give up control and allow him to do so,” says Sadie. This fall, Sadie became a CG Leader-Coach and will be providing care and support to the leaders of three community groups.

When not at her job at a corporate PR agency, Sadie enjoys running, reading, seeing live music and making cards for all occasions.

Sadie’s favorite spot in the UWS is Riverside Park, where she runs in the morning. “Having a beautiful place to spend time outdoors keeps me sane!”

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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 ,

Last Monday evening, close to 200 lay leaders from our congregation gathered at W83 for our first Ministry Summit of the year, during which we ate together, reflected on the biblical model of steward leadership, prayed around our tables and looked towards the future. I also reminded the group that the name of the event is in part connected to Summit Rock, which is found just inside of Central Park on West 83rd St. It is a reminder to our leaders (and, by extension, to all of us) that in a city that is relentlessly transient, we are a community that is here to stay—that, like that rock, our church community that gathers throughout the week at W83 is a permanent part of the neighborhood. In other words, we seek to reflect the incarnation of Jesus, captured this way in The Message translation of John 1:14:

The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.

This is an important part of our vision as Redeemer has always strived to be a "church not for ourselves but for the city." And so, from time to time over the next several months, I will use this weekly reflection to highlight different aspects of our mission and vision as we continue to make Jesus’ incarnation increasingly tangible in our neighborhood and city.

The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish. – John 1:14 (The Message)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Thank you, Team HFNY! Big thanks to the 70+ members of Team HFNY for cycling and fundraising for HFNY on Sept. 25. Thus far, they’ve raised nearly $100K for the poor and marginalized of our city. They’re still fundraising through October 9 to meet their $125K goal, so, if you haven’t supported them yet, click here to help them reach their goal. And click here to view photos of the team, which include a group of folks in tuxedo bike jerseys.

The West Side Café resumes tomorrow, October 6! Are you or someone you know exploring Christianity? The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week involves a short presentation and a discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. Recommend or bring a friend to the West Side Café tomorrow, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in room 406. (150 W 83 St.). More info at


The Open Door // Co-teach English to Immigrant Community in UWS
Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach English classes from basic to advanced level for adults from the immigrant community working in Manhattan. Basic computer skills teachers also needed. Learn more here.

Morris Academy Mentors // Be a Role Model for High School Students in the Bronx
2 Saturdays a month from Oct-June
Volunteers will pair up with students from Morris Academy of Collaborative Studies to support them academically, emotionally, and spiritually at topical group sessions. Learn more here.

A House on Beekman // Provide Homework Help to Kids
Weekdays from 4 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers will help kids individually with homework, reading and studying for kids K-5th grade from the South Bronx neighborhood. RSVP to visit and to learn more here.

To see more opportunities to serve with HFNY on the Westside, click here.


West Side Monthly Prayer & Praise Evening
Saturday, October 10 from 5 - 6:15 p.m., Rm. 406
This year, we will be gathering on the second Saturday of each month to pray for our church and the city as we walk through each of our nine values. Come and be renewed as we pray for God's people and his city together. In October, we will be reflecting on and praying for Gospel Centrality. For more information, visit

CFW's Faith & Entrepreneurship Course
Wednesdays, October 14-November 18
This 6-week course will serve individuals in the NYC faith community that are at the ideation to early stage of a business or non-profit through a dynamic learning exploration of startup fundamentals from a practical and theological perspective. Register here


"The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love."  —Psalm 33:5

Prayer from Seeking Gods Face:
Holy God, keep me from dishonoring you, boxing you into tidy formulas I can take hold of, taming you into something that I can manage. Let me really know you so I never trivialize you but make the glory of your name the concern of my life. Amen.

West Side Congregation
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W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024