Subject: West Side Update - November 30

Redeemer West Side
November 30, 2015

Norma Powell
Children's Ministry Volunteer

Norma Powell is originally from Alabama and moved to NYC with her husband Daniel over a year ago. They live in the UWS with their two labradoodles Ralph and Calvin, and they love walking them in Riverside Park every day.

This fall, Norma led a Beta Group with a few friends in the UWS. Norma also volunteers on Sundays with the Children’s Ministry, where she teaches preschool.

"Volunteering with the Children's ministry has been a wonderful way to meet people and give back,” she says. "It has really made me feel a part of the community."

Norma is the youngest of four girls and says that being “from a big family and they are all back home in Alabama,” her biggest challenge in NYC is being away from all her family back home. So volunteering at Redeemer "has really made me feel a part of the community,” she says.

"I am also so inspired by the knowledge and curiosity the kids have for the Lord."

Norma’s favorite UWS spots are Jacob’s Pickles, Earth Cafe, Rosa Mexicana and Silver Moon Bakery.

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WS Cafe

Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:15p.m. in Rm. 406, W83 Ministry Center

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 will involve a short presentation and discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of 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 ,

Having just come off a weekend that celebrates gratitude as a national holiday, it seems like a good time to capitalize on the spiritual and emotional leftovers of Thanksgiving, even as you polish off the turkey sandwich and cold stuffing later on tonight. Articles in the general press celebrate both our individual and social need for gratitude year round. For example, last week Arthur Brooks wrote that we should 

"Give thanks especially when you don’t feel it. Rebel against the emotional 'authenticity' that holds you back from your bliss."

And David Brooks wrote several months ago that gratitude is a kind of social glue without which society

"would fall apart if not for [the] economy… in which gifts surpass expectations… insufficiency is acknowledged and dependence celebrated."

Christians understand this lifestyle of dispositional gratitude as flowing from experiencing the goodness and generosity of God. G.K. Chesterton wrote that "gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder," which reminds us that our ingratitude is the result of losing our sense of wonder at who God is and what he’s done. So on this second day of Advent let’s recapture the wonder and joy of the good news that the Word became flesh (John 1:14). Now that’s something to be grateful for!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thank to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100:4-5

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Volunteer this Friday or Saturday at Birthday Party for Jesus 
Fri, Dec 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., or Sat, Dec 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Redeemer's Children's Ministries are still looking for 30+ volunteers to serve at this fun, casual event. Get a few friends together and serve during the time and in the area of your choice! For more info and to sign up, click here.


His Toy Store // Serve Families from South Bronx at Store
Saturday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m to 3:00 p.m.
Volunteers will work as team to host families invited by HFNY affiliates to shop at His Toy Store in the South Bronx. Great community group opportunity. RSVP here.

DeWitt Nursing Home // Sing Christmas Carols for Elderly
December 23, 24, and 25 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Volunteers will sing Christmas carols for elderly residents at DeWitt in UES, and build relationships with residents. Volunteer musicians are welcomed and no singing experience required. Evenings of December 23, 24, and 25. RSVP online for Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.


Faith & Work Prayer Night: Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer
December 3, W83 Ministry Center, 150 W 83 St.
The first of our three Faith & Work Prayer Nights will take place on December 3 and will focus on overcoming obstacles to prayer. Prayer Nights are evenings of worship and prayer to seek God for spiritual strength in our workplaces. How can we rely on God through prayer to be strengthened and equipped for our daily work? Register here.

The Philip Series: Esther - Justice and Courage
Thursday, December 10, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at W83, 5th Fl.
The book of Esther is one of quick-paced, drama-filled parts of the Old Testament, but what can we gain from it beyond a delightful read? How does the gospel unfold in Esther? Invite your friends and community group to attend this scholarly lecture given by Rev. Bijan Mirtolooi. Register at


Inspire Mercy month comes to close today. Join us as we pray:

•That God would provide many new leaders to effectively care for the needs of our congregation
•That those who have been nominated would be open to the possibility of serving our church as deacons, deaconesses and elders and to nurture the desire to serve our community
•That God would grant wisdom as we close the nomination process and proceed into the next phase.

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