Subject: West Side Update - December 21

Redeemer West Side
December 21, 2015

Story of Renewal: "Healing in Community"

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, Madeleine shares about her journey as an artist and single mother of three. A few years ago she found a community of women that welcomed and befriended her while she was going through challenging life changes.

As she became part of this community she began to experience God in a meaningful way for the first time, eventually leading her to a personal faith in Christ.

To watch Madeleine's story, click here.

WS Cafe

There will be no West Side Cafe this week.

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.

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.
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The first Thanksgiving in our current neighborhood, my oldest daughter and I strolled over to 86th and CPW and stumbled upon Santa Claus who was patiently waiting for his turn to join the Macy’s Parade. Mary Claire, who was 4 at the time, looked up with a combination of awe and wonder as Santa waved to her. She then whispered into my ear, “Does Santa know everyone’s name?” The thought that this mythical figure had descended to her neighborhood and knew her personally overwhelmed her. Of course, at Christmas we sing familiar songs with lyrics like “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail, the incarnate Deity.”

And yet the combination of the familiarity of these lyrics and our matured view of reality robs adults of the childlike mystery and awe Christmas invites us into. Bonhoeffer put it this way:

“The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty. A human life is worth as much as the respect it holds for the mystery. We retain the child in us to the extent that we honor the mystery.”

In just a few days we will wake up on Christmas morning. For some it will be joyful. For others, painful. For every follower of Jesus, regardless of our circumstances, it is an opportunity to reenter the mystery of the Deity who loved us enough to take on flesh and calls us home by name.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. – John 10:14-15

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Christmas Eve Service | Join us to celebrate Jesus' birth at our Christmas Eve service this Thursday at 5 p.m. Childcare will be provided for nursery - pre-K.

Sunday, December 27 Service Changes | There will be no 6:45 p.m. service this Sunday, December 27. And there will also be no elementary classes at the 9:30, 11:30 or 5 services. Kindergartners through fifth graders are invited to stay in the worship service with their parents. Classes for nursery through pre-K remain the same.

For the full December schedule, visit


Young Life // Provide Childcare for Teen Moms
Tuesday, December 22 5 to 9 p.m.
Female volunteers will provide childcare for kids and babies while teen moms attend a YoungLives Christmas Party in Harlem. RSVP here.

All Angels // Sunday Evening Meal Server
Sunday, December 27, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Volunteers will set up tables and chairs, serve a meal to guests who are both homeless and homed, and clean up afterward. There is also an opportunity to set up beds for a shelter that is run out of the church on Sunday nights. RSVP here.

St. Paul's House // Monday Breakfast & Gospel Service
Monday, December 29 from 7 to 9 a.m.
Volunteers will set up, interact with guests and serve breakfast to homeless or marginally housed guests from the Midtown West community who attend the Gospel Service and breakfast. RSVP here.


Why Race Matters to God and What That Means For Us
Thursday, January 14 from 7 to 9 p.m.
This is the first event of the Grace & Race series at Redeemer on January 14. This event will involve a talk about what the Bible has to say about race and reconciliation, a panel discussion from leaders about experiences on race, and group table discussions. Register at


"Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved." —Psalm 80:3

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