Subject: West Side Update - October 12

Redeemer West Side
October 12, 2015
WS Stories

Jen DeHuff
Children's Ministry Preschool Volunteer

"NYC is energizing to my creative mind, with its constant activity and diversity,” says Jen DeHuff, who has attended Redeemer for five years and has found her community in the former Fashion Industry Group and the Center for Faith & Work, where she can meet other creative folk.

"I have learned to take life one day at a time with the Lord, otherwise it's easy for me to carry too much on my shoulders."

Jen still lives in the same UWS she moved into when she first moved to NYC, right near the express train at 93rd St.: “I’ve concluded this is the best area to live in a snowstorm or a hurricane."

Jen works full-time with Cru, doing discipleship and outreach with young women and the next generation of emerging artists at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons The New School for Design. “Though my folks are missionaries, I never would have predicted I’d be doing full-time ministry, let alone in NYC."

Jen also serves with the Children’s Ministry on Sundays. "When I was a kid in Sunday School, I attended a class called Sewing & Sowing led by an older couple that I still know and love,” she says. "There I grew in my faith, and my creativity."

About the preschool kids she teaches every Sunday: "The kids remind me that life is precious and to keep my sense of wonder,” she says.

In the neighborhood, Pio Pio and Riverside Park are Jen’s go-to spots.

Want to share your West Side Story? We'd love to hear from you! To be featured, visit


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 ,

In an election season like the one in which we find ourselves, candidates are frequently asked their policy views on education. This is because the future success and health of any society (economic, political, etc.) is directly dependent on the effectiveness and reach of its education system. The same applies to the society of God’s people. The Bible very clearly commands God’s people to educate its children so that they know, love and trust God. For example Deuteronomy 6:6-9 paints this vivid picture:

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Each Sunday, over 300 children walk through the “doorframes” of W83 and the passage above is a reminder that everyone in the community has a responsibility to "impress" upon them a love for God. And just like in the broader community, the future health of the Christian community is directly related to how effectively we teach them the story of Jesus as we hope that many of those children will one day live and work in New York and carry with them God’s vision for loving and serving the city. 

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." – Matthew 19:14

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Children's Ministry Sunday is this Sunday! This Sunday, October 18, is Children's Ministry Sunday at all of our services. If you have a heart for serving the next generation of New Yorkers, look forward to stopping by the Coffee Hour after service to learn more about volunteer needs and opportunities.

West Side Deaconess Sarah Newell has passed away on Oct. 1st. Sarah Newell, a Redeemer deaconess since 2011, passed away from battling lung infections. She was 70 years old. We so are grateful for Sarah's faithfulness and God's mercy. While we know Sarah will be raised in glory, she will be missed dearly. Please pray for Sarah's family and the Diaconate in this time of loss.


The Open Door // Co-teach English to Immigrant Community in UWS
Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach English classes from basic to advanced level for immigrant students working in Manhattan at W83 Ministry Center. Basic computer teacher also needed. Learn more here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly in UWS
Sunday, October 18
Volunteers pick up meals at local UWS center, receive route for delivery from center, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver hot and cold meals to elderly recipients in the neighborhood. Great for groups and families! Volunteer application required to serve. Learn more here.

Pilot Volunteer Program // Youth Opportunity: Perform for Elderly Residents
Sunday, November 1 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers ages 4-18 will perform individual and group pieces, playing an instrument or singing, for residents at an UWS senior residence. Learn more and RSVP online here.


“Three Visions Necessary for a Christian Artist”
October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Vito Aiuto expounds on three modes of vision that engender artistic excellence for the person of faith. New Chamber Ballet will also perform. The lecture will be followed by drinks and mingling. For more info click here.


"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." —Psalm 32:7

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!

West Side Congregation
Church Offices | 1166 Avenue of the Americas, 16th Fl | New York, NY 10036
W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024