Subject: West Side Update - January 11
January 11, 2016
"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 redeemer.com/wsstory.
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.
For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.
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.
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
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
Rev. 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 redeemer.com/wskits.
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
Young Life // Provide Childcare for Teen Moms
The Open Door // Co-teach English Classes to Immigrant Community
Faith & Art Lecture Next Thursday
The Christian Storyline
Why Work Matters: The Intersection of Faith and Work
Prayer from Seeking God's Face:
"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
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