Subject: West Side Update - February 1

Redeemer West Side
February 1, 2016
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Story of Renewal:
"Trapped in the Grip of God's Grace"

Stories of Renewal is a series of video vignettes that highlight how God is using Redeemer’s vision to write stories of gospel renewal in the lives of people in New York City.

In this story, Jordan Rice shares his story about how God brought him to plant a church in partnership with Redeemer City to City.

After the unexpected death of his late wife, Jordan wrestled with and did not understand why God would allow her to die. Through this living nightmare, Jordan realized that he had constructed his own version of God—a god who wouldn't let anything bad happen as long as you were good—and came to ultimately find the beauty of the gospel: "Life will not always give you what you want. But in every situation, in every circumstance, God is there; God is present." 

Jordan found that real hope was found in knowing that God will never forsake and leave us because of Christ, and he continues to share the gospel at his church, Renaissance Church.

To watch Jordan's story, click here.


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.

For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.

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 ,

In 1991, I had the privilege of participating in one of Redeemer’s short-term missions trips to Merida, Mexico, where a group of us (among other things) painted a school in a remote and rural village. I remember how, within a few days of our arrival, I stopped wearing my watch. The pace of the village, generosity of the people and, most profoundly, the time spent in service of others resulted in a liberating self-forgetfulness that stood in stark contrast to my life back in Manhattan. In short, I experienced the fruit of Jesus’ teaching that deep joy and contentment flow from giving instead of receiving.

As you may have heard yesterday in one of our West Side worship services, those opportunities are still available. So if you have any interest in participating or supporting short-term mission trips please click here. Not only are they opportunities to escape the relentlessly consumeristic and often self-centered nature of our lives in the city, but they are also opportunities to glorify God through modeling Jesus’ sacrifice in places around the globe. And you can leave your watch at home!

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

Community

Redeemer Night: Don't Miss Out!
Monday, February 29
We hope you'll be able to join us for a special evening, where all three congregations will come together to embark on a vision for the future of our church and our city. This is a defining moment for Redeemer, and we need you there. RSVP now at redeemer.com/redeemernight.

Healing the Wounded Heart: Sexual Abuse Recovery
A 12-week Renewal Group for women that seeks to help survivors of sexual abuse heal and grow through Christ-centered community. The group meets Tuesday evenings, starting February 9. Details and registration at redeemer.com/rcsabuserecovery.


Serve

Do you have a heart for special education?
Children's Ministry is looking for volunteers with an interest and background in special education. Contact Jenni at jenni.bounds@redeemer.com for more info.


Events

Ready to reboot your job search?
Thursdays, starting February 4
Come see where God fits into your job search, network with professionals actively seeking work in NYC and learn the spiritual disciplines and skills to land your next role at Redeemer's newly restructured weekly Job Search Roundtable (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.) and 5-week Job Search Skills Training (2 - 4 p.m.). Registration for both is requred and can be found at redeemer.com/jobsearch.

Gotham Fellowship Info Session
Sunday, February 7, and Tuesday, February 9
Gotham provides theological, spiritual and relational foundations required for meaningful and sustainable integration of faith and work. Hear from Alumni and learn more about the Gotham experience at our info sessions. Registration required at faithandwork.com/events.

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.


Prayer

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” — John 17:18

Join us in praying:

  • For God to call, equip and protect those participating in short-term mission trips this year
  • That God would continue to make himself known through the partner communities around the world, from Guatemala to South Africa to Madagascar to the Philippines and India. 
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