Subject: West Side Update - October 26
October 26, 2015
Mark and Fiona Dieffenbacher
Mark and Fiona Dieffenbacher have lived in New York City for more than 25 years and call Hell’s Kitchen home. They hold Proverbs 29:18 close to heart—“Where there is no vision, the people perish”—and have sought to live out Redeemer’s vision of an outward-facing church that impacts the surrounding neighborhoods and city.
To that end, Fiona is involved in the community garden on W 48th Street, and she and Mark love creating community among neighbors. They strongly feel the call to “truly love our neighbors, walk with them through trials, serve them and demonstrate our Christian faith in practical ways."
The Dieffenbachers have attended Redeemer for ten years and have served as CG leaders and leader-coaches for many years. This fall, they are leading a new Beta Group.
They have also been actively involved in the Center for Faith and Work: Fiona in the Faith & Arts and Fashion groups and Mark in the AEC vocational group.
When they’re in the UWS, Jacob’s Pickles is a favorite spot for brunch (“When we can get in!”), and they enjoy searching for unique finds at the flea market on Columbus between 76th and 77th St. Mark is also a fan of the warm chocolate chip cookies at Jacques Torres.
Mark and Fiona feel the call for Christians to remain in urban centers in order to influence society, values and culture. Although “the transient nature of the city (investing in relationships knowing that these may be short-term as friends often move on due to work opportunities or other callings)” is often difficult, they hold onto “the vision to build authentic community by reaching out to people in our neighborhood, building and workplace."
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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.
On any given day at W83 there are tangible expressions of our community living as ambassadors for Jesus: neighbors and congregants in need receiving food and friendship; WS men and women caring for one another as they read and study God’s word; groups of moms gathering to study, pray, laugh and support one another; men and women who work in the neighborhood learning English and computer skills.; children deepening their friendship with each other and with Jesus; people praying for what God is doing in our hearts, our community and our city; individuals exploring Christianity together; art exhibitions; concerts; neighbors renting space for parties and events; leaders being trained; and, of course, hundreds of children and over two thousand adults gathering on Sundays. There are myriad of ways we are serving one another and the city outside the doors of the building as well, but it’s all a reminder of what a gift our community and building is and how we can continue to steward and give to serve one another and our neighbors.
So as you think about the ways your life has been shaped and enriched by the Redeemer community, and perhaps the building in particular, please consider supporting the ongoing ministries and activities of our congregations. For those who are already pouring out financially to invest with us in these life-giving activities, we thank you for your generosity and partnership. For those who are not, please pray and consider the impact your gifts could make. As you may know, we are currently $1.96M behind in our giving, so we need the generous support of our full congregation in order for us to continue these and other ministries that bring God’s kingdom more fully to the West Side. You can click here to find out more, including how you can directly give to pay down the building's mortgage.
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:20
Rev. David Bisgrove
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