Subject: West Side Update - January 11

Redeemer West Side
January 11, 2016
Martha Adeline
Usher Captain

"I move around almost every year to try and understand the uniqueness of each neighborhood,” says Martha.

She now lives in the Upper West Side, but in the last 5 years has lived in midtown, Brooklyn, and Newport in Jersey City.

Martha Adeline is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, and grew up in a tropical forestry town, where monkeys were part of daily life. Her career in banking took her all over the world, to London, Singapore, Shanghai and now New York City.

At Redeemer, Martha is the usher captain at the 6:45 service, and she serves at the info table.

Although her family is in Jakarta, Martha finds herself at home in New York City. "Wherever in the world I go I always look for church and small community—they are my family!” she says.

Martha is passionate about jazz and art, and her favorite spot in the city is the Frick Collection.

Martha has also served with HFNY and has sought to understand and serve in the places she’s lived around New York City.

“Wherever God calls me, he also calls me to contribute locally and socially,” she says.

We want to hear from you! Share your West Side Story at

WS Cafe
Tues, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Rm. 406

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 ,

January is a month of beginnings and resolutions, of goal-setting and reorientation—all of which should be done with the overarching question of “Why have I decided to head in this direction?” Or to borrow Alasdair MacIntyre’s words from his classic After Virtue:

"I can only answer the question 'What am I to do?' if I can answer the prior question 'Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?'"

Deprive children of stories, says MacIntyre, and you leave them "anxious stutterers in their actions as in their words." In other words, we all need to see ourselves as part of a larger narrative to avoid anxiously stuttering through life. Our goals and resolutions have to be placed in a larger purpose. For Christians this means seeing ourselves as participants in the story of God. And for those who are part of the Redeemer community it means finding ways to engage with our particular part of God’s story through our Vision and Values. In the next several months you will hear a lot about the next chapter of Redeemer’s vision and how you can be a part of it. For example the next 3 sermon series will explore the following topics:

·What we are receiving – The Gospel Goods
·Where we are going – The City and Mission
·What we are becoming – Transforming Love

I am grateful to be part of such an amazing community and can’t wait to see what God has in store for us as we together tell and live the story of Jesus.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. –1 Corinthians 10:31

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


West Side families are invited to join HFNY & Children's Ministry for Kits of Care | Families will pack 800 care kits that will be distributed to homeless individuals during Don't Walk By, an annual outreach to the homeless in Manhattan. Register at

Start your week with us! | Beginning January 18, the West Side Update will arrive in your inbox at 8 a.m., not at 2 p.m. Start your week with us with an earlier weekly West Side Update.


Serve the homeless with Don't Walk By
Saturday, February 27
Join volunteers this February to serve our homeless neighbors through Don't Walk By, HFNY's outreach to men and women living on the street. The West side outreach is on February 27. Spots fill up quickly, so learn more and sign up at

Young Life // Provide Childcare for Teen Moms
Saturday, January 16 from 4 to 8 p.m.
Female Volunteers will provide childcare for kids and babies while teen moms attend a YoungLives New Year Hangout in Harlem. RSVP here.

The Open Door // Co-teach English Classes to Immigrant Community
Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach English classes for the advanced Spanish level on the UWS. No Spanish speaking skills required. Learn more here.


Faith & Art Lecture Next Thursday
Thursday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m., at W83 Ministry Center
Why do human beings make art? Is art an essential part of what makes us human? Drawing on the film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which reveals the recently discovered Paleolithic cave paintings from Chauvet, France, author Gregory Wolfe will delve into the way art both makes and discovers meaning. Along the way, Wolfe will explore how art and the religious sense have been intertwined through human history. Also presenting are poet Kamilah Aisha Moon and visual artist Caroline Washburn. Details here.

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 - creation, the Fall, redemption and restoration - coheres with your experiences in the world. Find your place in the larger story and be empowered to live constructively in it. More info and register at

Why Work Matters: The Intersection of Faith and Work
Sunday, January 24 from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m.
This two-hour lunch seminar will help us understand the question of why God cares so much about the work that we do Monday through Friday. Two leaders from the Center for Faith and Work will lead the class in exploring being created to work, loving our work, and being empowered for work. More info and register at


Prayer from Seeking God's Face:
Gracious God, it can feel like we lack the necessary equipment to spot you, or maybe that you've hidden yourself all too well from us. Yet the hints of your handiwork and rumors of your glory only confirm out unsatisfied longing to know you. The simple reality is we need your Word and Spirit to effectively reveal yourself to us. Give us the eyes of  faith to sufficiently see you and your salvation. Amen.

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ." —2 Corinthians 4:6

West Side Congregation
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