Subject: West Side Update - December 28

Redeemer West Side
December 28, 2015
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Amanda Lindemann
Prayer Team Member & KCG Volunteer

“I love anything from the gospel of John,” Amanda says. “We named our son after him!"

Amanda Lindemann lives in the UWS with her husband Steve and three kids: Caroline, John and Elizabeth. Her background is in law, and she’s currently at home full-time helping her children and husband.

In the six years that she’s been at Redeemer, Amanda has hosted a community group and has volunteered in the Children’s Ministry: “We love KCG, VBS and Preschool Missions Month in the summer,” she says.

At KCG, Amanda serves on the dinner committee, delivering pizzas to each classroom with a fellow mom. “I ask this mom of teen boys lots of questions about parenting teenagers! I’m so thankful."

Amanda and Steve also serve on the West Side Prayer Team, which prays for the needs of the West Side Congregation and Staff, and found that the members of the team are incredibly kind, sensitive and behind the scenes.

"My favorite prayer requests are those from our pastors because I love to see their dependency on God, which has taught me how to pray for myself and my family,” she says.

Some of her favorite things to do include ice skating with her kids in Central Park and dogsitting for free. Amanda also likes to pop into churches with open doors when she’s walking around the city.

She says, “it’s wonderful to pray on our knees with other strangers."

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WS Cafe

The West Side Café will not be meeting this week. It will resume on January 12.

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.


Vision
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 ,

The last week of 2015 has arrived, and with the beautiful music of our Lessons and Carols services and sweet voices of our children readers from Christmas Eve still fresh in my mind, I find myself once again overwhelmed with gratitude for the privilege of serving our West Side Congregation. I want to thank our staff, officers, volunteers and leaders who are the life-blood of incarnating Jesus in our neighborhood and city.

Looking beyond our community, I find myself even more grateful for what God has done through our sister congregations on the Upper East Side and Downtown as well. When the decision was made several years ago to create three separate congregations, there was a lot of understandable concern over the viability of the model:

“Would people still come if Tim Keller wasn’t preaching every week?”
“Would enough leaders leave the WS and ES to help launch the Downtown Congregation?”
“Could we afford the additional staff and the real estate cost needed to launch a Downtown location?”

God has demonstrated his faithfulness as all three congregations are thriving. For example, just 4 years ago there were no Christmas Eve services at Redeemer and our Fall 2011 attendance was 4,727. Last week all three congregations hosted a Christmas Eve service, attended by over 1,500 people, and our 2015 Fall attendance was 5,700.

As we head into 2016 we are planning more ways to reach the city with the gospel by launching new sites and locations for Redeemer over the next several years. But we can’t do this without your help. Please continue to pray for the congregations, and please consider investing today in what God is doing by supporting us financially here. As of today, we are still well over $1.0M behind our giving goal. Also, you can give a one-time gift to the W83 Building Fund, which will reduce our mortgage and allow for growth of other ministries.

Thank you, and Happy New Year!

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

Community

Watch Videos from HFNY Affiliates from 2015
View videos from HFNY's nonprofit affiliates sharing about their work in 2015 and why they're hopeful about 2016 here. To learn more about HFNY's work to serve the poor and marginalized in 2015 and support their work, visit hfny.org/givehfny.


Serve

A House on Beekman: Assist with Childcare Activities for South Bronx Moms
Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will provide child care for 'Babies to 3' Moms attending childbirth and parenting classes, small groups, and life skills training. Great women's group opportunity. Learn more here.

Register for Don't Walk By
Join hundreds of volunteers this February for Don't Walk By, a citywide effort to offer an alternative to our homeless neighbors living on the street. As a Don't Walk By volunteer, you'll cover a neighborhood with a team, offering the homeless you encounter care kits, food, and an invitation to return to a home base for a hot meal and medical care. The Uptown outreach is Feb. 6, and the West Side outreach is Feb. 28. Learn more and sign up at hfny.org/dwb.


Events

The Christian Storyline
Sundays, January 24 to February 21 from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. (no class on February 14)
Have you been feeling like you've been caught in a flurry of news? Have you been in a daze from all that has been going on, whether global or local, or with family or from changes in your own life? Consider taking this 4-week class led by Redeemer staff member, Chris Miles, as he invites open discussion on whether the Christian storyline&mdashcreation, the Fall, redemption and restoration&mdashcoheres with your experiences in the world. Find your place in the larger story and be empowered to live constructively in it. Register here.


Prayer

"The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."—Isaiah 40:5

WS Prayer and Praise Series: City Vision
Saturday, January 9 from 6 to 7:15 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.

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