Subject: West Side Update — November 9

Redeemer West Side
November 9, 2015

Chris Tanabe
Community Group Leader

Chris Tanabe grew up in sunny Florida and is a big Dolphins, Heat and Marlins fan. But he’s also a lover of all things Billy Joel and has called NYC home now for four years.

Chris works in finance and says that “there is a pace about New York that is unlike any other city I’ve lived in.” While it can “drive people to engage in their jobs maybe more than in other places,” Chris has found that there is a sense of kinship with those that are also running at a similar pace.

At Redeemer, Chris has been challenged to focus on giving back to the city. He says, “it requires sacrifice of time, sure—but anything that is worthwhile and valuable requires sacrifice."

Chris is a HFNY Young Supporter, and leads and hosts a men’s community group in the UWS: “Leading a community group has been a great way to live out Redeemer’s mission of bringing people in,” he says. “The way that friendships are formed between strangers… is a true sign of how the Spirit is working in the city."

"Our community group recently did a prayer walk in the UWS with another group, and it really was a neat experience to walk around the neighborhood to focus on and pray for areas of need,” Chris says.

"Praying while walking amidst the busy streets was definitely out of the ordinary, but it also helped us feel like we were in the middle of it all and not as self-conscious."

Chris has lived in the UWS for two years, and his favorite UWS activity is rollerblading in Riverside Park. His fun fact? "Weddings bring out the dancer in me."

Want to share your West Side Story? We'd love to hear from you! Share at

WS Cafe

Tues, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Room 406 at W83 (150 W 83 St.)

The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. If you are considering the claims of Christianity, or would like to bring someone you know who is, feel free to stop by on a Tuesday evening or register to attend here.

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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 ,

A recent article on simplicity by David Brooks along with an article on being "Stressed, Tried and Rushed" struck a chord with me. Like many of you, I find myself living a pace that, more often than not, leaves me breathless. The words I say most to my children have as their main message, “Hurry up.” Rarely do I exhort them to slow down. This stands in direct contrast to so many of the exhortations in Scripture to make time to listen to God.

As someone who has lived in NYC for the better part of 28 years, I’m realistic about the pace of life that pulsates in our streets, but am equally aware that living here is no excuse for ignoring our need for simplicity and balance. As one African proverb states, we need to “let our souls catch up with our bodies.” So as we head into a very busy time of year, let me exhort you (and myself!) to slow down and find balance. After all, no one had a more important life mission than Jesus, and he repeatedly found time to slow down, talk with people, and get alone with his Father. That sounds like a pretty good place to start.

He says, "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." – Psalm 46:10

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


New Story of Renewal: God's Faithfulness, My Unbelief
Stories of Renewal is a series of video vignettes that highlight how God is using Redeemer’s vision to write stories of gospel renewal in the lives of people in New York City. In this story, Steve shares how God used serving with Redeemer's Diaconate to reshape his perspective of what God can do in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

Interested in membership? Attend Intro to Redeemer this Sunday
Sunday, November 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Rm. 406 at W83
Come hear David Bisgrove and others share on the vision which birthed all the ministries of Redeemer and find a place to connect. This Intro session is also a requirement for people interested in receiving baptism (or having their infants baptized) and/or membership. Register here.


Give toys through His Toy Store all month
Christmas is right around the corner and we are partnering with Hope for New York provide 2,600 Christmas toys to families in need. Give to provide toys through November 30 at

Citymeals-on-Wheels: Deliver meals to homebound elderly (Groups only)
Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Volunteer groups (up to 10 volunteers) will deliver meals on foot to homebound elderly in the UWS once a month or every other month on . Learn more here.

Cru Inner City: Lead W83 Boxes of Love project for families
Saturday, November 21 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Volunteers (adults only) will lead areas of the packing process for Thanksgiving meal boxes that will be packed by West Side families and distributed to families in need across Manhattan. RSVP online here.


WS Prayer and Praise Series: Changed Lives
Saturday, November 14 from 5 to 6:15 p.m., Room 406 at W83 
Come and join us as we pray and worship together, remembering who God is and seeking his vision for us and our church. The evenings will be interspersed with small group prayer, scripture meditation, and singing. Each month will feature a different theme, exploring one of Redeemer's nine core values. Register here


The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. —Psalm 9:9

Pray with us during Inspire Mercy Month
• For qualified, mature Redeemer members to serve as elders, deacons and deaconesses
• For clarity of vision and unity of spirit for our elders as they make decisions that govern our church
• For wisdom and compassion for our deacons and deaconesses as they care for congregants facing distressing situation
• For those receiving Diaconate care, that their lives will be transformed by the Gospel and their faith in Christ be deepened as they face various hardships in their lives

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