Subject: West Side Update - January 4, 2016

Redeemer West Side
January 4, 2016

Yoonki Lee
Children's Ministry Volunteer

Yoonki has always loved the final chapters of the book of Job, where God addresses (and humbles) Job. "It's a bit scary, but also very reassuring to know that our God is sovereign and is for us,” he says.

Yoonki Lee is in his last year of his MBA at New York University and has been attending Redeemer for the past couple of years and lives in the UWS. He split his time growing up in Seoul and up and down both costs of the U.S. and finds the UWS to be "the most homey.”

Yoonki serves as a volunteer teacher in the Children’s Ministry at the 5 p.m. service.

"As much as I serve in the Children's Ministry to support the church and the spiritual growth of the children, the time we spend is a lot of fun and really flies by,” he says.

"The kids are so funny and so bright… perhaps something in the city water."

Yoonki is an avid golfer and can be found at Caffe Storico.

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WS Cafe

There will be no West Side Café this week. It will resume 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.

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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 ,

Another year is upon us, one in which we will undoubtedly experience both good and hard times—seasons of joy and seasons of sorrow. So on this first Monday of January it seems fitting to ask the question: “What is the best way to prepare for those difficult times ahead?” The Bible instructs us to trust God’s goodness (Psalm 111:3) and to submit to his majesty (Psalm 111:10). Of course knowing and doing are two very different things. So as the year begins, absorb the wisdom of John Newton, who in a letter to a woman whose sister was dying wrote:

When your spirit is overwhelmed within you, (God) knows your path; He will not leave you to sink. He has appointed seasons of refreshment, and you shall find He does not forget you. Above all, keep close to the throne of grace. If we seem to get no good by attempting to draw near Him we may be sure we shall get none by keeping away from Him.

Do you see what he’s saying? First, he’s affirming what she knows about God (he will not leave or forget you). He then urges her to “above all” be diligent in worship and prayer. In other words, the worst thing we can do when facing doubt, fear, bitterness and despair is to flee from God’s presence. So often when people face difficult seasons, they stop coming to church or Community Group; or they shut down their prayer life. Newton reminds us that our response should be the opposite. Seasons of doubt are the time we must pursue and cling to God. So as we start another year, resolve to stay engaged with God and his community, knowing that Jesus died so that you might approach and trust God as your loving Father.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. —Psalm 40:1

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Don't Walk By Registration is Live
Join West Siders this February for Don't Walk By, a citywide effort to offer an alternative to our homeless neighbors living on the street. The Uptown outreach is Feb. 6, and the West Side outreach is Feb. 28. Learn more and sign up at Curious about what it looks like? Check out photos from last year here.


Morris Academy Mentors: Mentor High School Students in Academic Program
Volunteers will help students develop personal and academic skills in large group meetings twice a month on Saturdays. Learn more here.

The Bridge: Lead Events for Adults with Mental Disabilities
Saturday, January 9 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Build relationships with a group of fun loving, joyful and creative residents who are living with mental disabilities through events, outings, crafts and baking projects. Learn more 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

WS Prayer and Praise Series: City Vision
Saturday, December 12 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.


"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." —Psalm 100:1-2

Join the West Side Prayer Team
Do you love to pray? We are looking for people who enjoy behind-the-scenes ministry and want to partner with those on the front line through prayer. Learn more about the West Side Prayer Team here.

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