Subject: West Side Update - December 7
December 7, 2015
Tracy Lin and Emma Bartolazo
Tracy and Emma began volunteering together in the 2-year-old class last year, although Tracy has volunteered in each of Emma's Sunday school classes since she was in preschool.
“When Emma started youth group in seventh grade, I decided that it would be fun to volunteer together especially since Emma also enjoys being with younger children, and it would be a great way to serve the church together as mother and daughter,” says Tracy. Tracy has attended Redeemer since 1998, and has been a member since 2002 when Emma was born.
Tracy, born in Kent, England, moved to New Jersey with her family when she was a teenager. She studied Physical Therapy at Northeastern University in Boston, and currently works at Mount Sinai Hospital and more recently at the Rebecca School, a private school for autistic children in Manhattan.
Emma is 13 years old and was born and raised in NYC. She is in the eighth grade and attends Booker T. Washington Middle School on the UWS. In her free time, Tracy enjoys walking and jogging in Central Park and doing yoga. Emma enjoys learning aerial silks and hanging out with her friends.
“Volunteering is a way to give to others by caring for them, and I now understand that that’s what God does for us. He takes great care of us just like I take care of children when I volunteer,” says Emma.
Tracy says she is learning from “the innocent perspective of a child.” “It reminds me how we should be in awe of God so that we can trust him in our daily, hectic lives, and to feel how much He loves us for who we are. As adults, we lose that perspective so easily.”
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While dining at home on December 1, 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow received a telegram that his eldest son had been severely wounded while serving in the Union Army during the Civil War. Having already buried one daughter as well as his wife, Longfellow took a train to Washington D.C. to visit his son. On Christmas Day, pondering a world of war and despair amidst a season celebrating peace and joy, Longfellow explored that dissonance through a poem entitled “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” which includes these lines:
And in despair I bowed my head;
In a world marked by mass shootings in the midst of holiday parties, global slavery among the poor, and homeless people on the sidewalks of our city, we share Longfellow’s angst. This is why we need to listen more intently to the music and story of Christmas that reminds us that Jesus was born in the midst of darkness, despair and political oppression to bring justice, peace and joy. So this week in those moments when you find yourself bowing your head in despair, remember the last stanza of Longfellow’s poem:
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12
Rev. David Bisgrove
Thank you to our Birthday Party for Jesus volunteers! Thanks you to all of the many volunteers who gave of your time and energy to serve at Birthday Party for Jesus. This event could not have happened without you.
Special December Sunday Schedule | Please note that this Sunday, December 13, there will be three Lessons & Carols services at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. (There will be regular evening services.) Please invite friends and family to the 8:30 a.m. service, as the later services are likely to exceed capacity. For more info, visit redeemer.com/WSdecember.
No Elementary classes during Lessons and Carols | Kindergartners through fifth graders are invited to attend the Lessons and Carols services with their parents, as there are no elementary classes during the a.m. services on Sun, December 13, and the 5 p.m. service on Sun, December 20. Nursery through pre-k classes remain the same.
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