Subject: West Side Update - January 25

Redeemer West Side
January 25, 2016

Crystal Chen
2015 Gotham Fellow

"Recently, God has been working in me to turn theology into doxology in all areas of my life—whether that is building relationships, serving at Redeemer, or engaging in critical work in academia,” says Crystal.

Crystal Chen is a doctoral candidate and research fellow at Teachers College at Columbia, and she has been attending Redeemer for almost four years.

"I am learning to trust in God's sovereignty—in life and in work—so that I may worship Him and fall in love with Him more and more each day."

At Redeemer, Crystal was introduced to the Center for Faith and Work Gotham Fellowship, and participated in 2015.

"My experience through the Gotham Fellowship has broadened my eyes to how Christians can work in and with institutions and culture through a gospel worldview."

As Crystal is studying literacy, immigrant girls, and urban and multicultural education, she is passionate about empowering the marginalized and seeking justice for victims of violent oppression.

She has also co-led and hosted a community group and has served in the Children’s Ministry.

"I have been incredibly encouraged by the community I have found at Redeemer,” she says.

"There is grace, truth, and love in praying and sharing life with Christians. The gospel is powerful, and it is present and alive in the city."

One of the things Crystal has learned is that "in the greatest city in the world, God has equipped and built His people for His kingdom."

Crystal enjoys her walk to church on Columbus Ave. every Sunday morning, and she can always go for a cream puff from Beard Papa's Cream Puffs, brunch at Isabella's, or dinner at Sushi Yasaka.

Share your West Side Story! We'd love to hear from you 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 ,

As I write this latest version of my weekly update, news reports and the streets of Manhattan are abuzz with talk about the impending winter storm. Everyone from the Director of Homeland Security to individuals buying milk and eggs at the local bodega are preparing for the inevitable storm and its consequences. It’s another reminder that our present activity is shaped by the anticipation of future events.

Of course that’s the perfect description of the Christian life. Scripture is clear about the inevitability of Christ’s return at which time he will judge the living and the dead (Acts 10:42) and bring about the kind of peace for which every heart yearns (Revelation 21:4). Therefore Christians are to be equally abuzz and busy preparing for Jesus’ return. For example, just as we might have redirected our money from dining out on Saturday to the purchase of eggs and milk, followers of Jesus are to redirect their money to the work of his kingdom. Or just as we might have cancelled plans to visit friends out of town and instead spent time reading or watching a movie, so Christians are to repurpose their time in ways that reflect the ethics and values of Jesus. And as we collectively live in light of Christ’s inevitable return, our lives, relationships and city will begin to look more and more like the Heavenly City that will one day be our home.

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

A BIG thank you from the West Side
We are so grateful to all who braved the aftermath of the snow storm to worship with us yesterday. And we are especially grateful to all of our volunteers—Sunday Service Teams and Children's Ministry Volunteers—and staff who make Sunday happen each week. Thank you!

Diaconate Divorce Care Group for Women
First meeting is Thursday, January 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Needing a safe place to share and process pain from a broken marriage? The Diaconate Divorce Care Group is for women in any stage of divorce and seeks to provide mutual support and a fresh start through Scripture, prayer and a divorce recovery workbook. Contact for more info and to register. The group will meet in an UWS home and space is limited.


Don’t Walk By: Supervise Kits of Care Packing Event
Saturday, January 30 from 9:00 to 11:45 a.m.
During the "Don't Walk By" outreach, over 1200 hygiene kits are provided to homeless people in need. Families from Redeemer WS will attend this event to pack 800 hygiene kits or "Kits of Care" to be handed out. We need adult Volunteer Supervisors who will oversee the event alongside staff. RSVP here.

The Open Door: Co-teach English Classes to Immigrant Community
Wednesday or Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach English classes for the advanced Spanish level on the UWS. No Spanish speaking skills required. Learn more here

St. Paul’s House: Monday Breakfast and Gospel Service
Monday, February 1, from 7 to 9 a.m.
On Monday mornings, setup, 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.


Interested in Seminary Education in NYC? Seminary Open House
Thursday, January 28, at 4:30 p.m.
New Yorkers can now locally pursue a M.A. in Biblical Studies in partnership with Redeemer City to City. The Open House is for those interested in vocational ministry or for those who want theological education for personal or other professional reasons. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing Mark Reynolds at

Growing in Gospel-Centered, Spirit-Led Prayer with The Center for Faith and Work
Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for our next Faith & Work Prayer Night. Following a time of worship, Lourine Clark and David H. Kim will guide participants through teaching on Growing in Gospel-Centered, Spirit-Led Prayer as well as corporate and individual guided prayer times. Register here.


Each month, our West Side Prayer Team hosts a prayer & praise gathering to pray for our church and our city. In February, we will pray for God to continue his work of mercy & justice in our beloved city.

Join us in praying:

  • That God would provide protection, sustenance and long-term recovery for our homeless neighbors, especially during extreme weather conditions
  • That we would be further transformed by the gospel and would obey God's call to live out mercy & justice in our neighborhoods

WS Prayer and Praise Series: Mercy & Justice
Saturday, February 13 from 5 to 6:15 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 evening will be interspersed with small group prayer, scripture meditation, and singing. More info and register here

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