Subject: West Side Update - February 8

Redeemer West Side
February 8, 2016
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Ashley Jones
Community Group Leader

"I was not one of those people who did whatever possible to move to NYC,” says Ashley. “But God definitely opened doors and readied my heart for the change, and I'm thankful he did."

Ashley Jones has been at Redeemer for almost six years and has lived in Harlem the whole time. She was born and raised in Texas and loves being a Texan: “We are a proud people.”

Since moving here, Ashley has learned a lot about herself, both good and bad.

"Through Redeemer, I've formed some invaluable friendships with my community group,” she says.

Ashley has been part of the same community group for the last 5 1/2 years, and has co-led it for the last two years.

"They have helped to encourage and challenge me and have made life here in the Big Apple feel a bit more like home."

Ashley also serves on the 5 p.m. usher team and is part of the Tuesday West Side Women. She has also served with HFNY at His Toy Store and The Relief Bus.

"When I first moved here, I knew that I wanted to be a part of a community,” says Ashley, "but it took me a couple of months to work up the courage to visit a small group."

"Who would have known that the first one I visited, would be where I would build a community these past five years."

Ashley is an account executive at a wholesale textile manufacturer, and her favorite West Side spots include Jacob’s Pickles, Pizza Pete’s and Book Culture.

Share your West Side Story! We'd love to hear from you at redeemer.com/wsstory.


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 ,

This past weekend the elders and some staff gathered at W83 for our annual retreat. The focus this year was praying for our vision and strategy. It was a fruitful time of repentance, intercession and praise as we sought God’s guidance for our congregations and city. This kind of prayer is often called “Kingdom-Centered Prayer,” a description of which can be found here. Eugene Peterson summarizes it this way:

Prayer is political action. Prayer is social energy. Prayer is public good. Far more of our nation's life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation.

So in this season of Lent where the church historically spends 40 days preparing for and focusing on Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross, let me encourage you to engage in this kind of “political action” and “public good.” Pray daily that God’s glory and Kingdom would be made more visible in New York City through a movement of the Holy Spirit. (For our Lenten Devotional, click here.) And pray that we would seek to serve one another, our neighbors and our city in a way that models our King, who on Good Friday laid down his life for us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. —Hebrews 12:1-2

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

Community

Expecting parents, did you know?
Children's Ministry offers a free 3-month sermon subscription to parents of newborns. Please email regan.branch@redeemer.com for details. We look forward to welcoming your little one into our nursery!

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 16. Registration and details at redeemer.com/rcsabuserecovery.


Serve

Want to impact the next generation of New Yorkers?
Volunteering with the Children's Ministry is a great way to build community and use your gifts to show God's love to the littlest ones among us. Elementary classes are especially in need of extra hands. Please contact Jenni at jenni.bounds@redeemer.com for more information.


Events

Philip Series: Ecclesiastes - Power and Possessions
Thursday, February 11 from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center, 5th Floor
What is the book of Ecclesiastes about? Come learn from Rev. Bijan Mirtolooi as he expounds on the message of the book and how it may apply to your life. Register online at redeemer.com/philipseries.

Join us to pray for Mercy & Justice in our city
Saturday, February 13 from 5 to 6:15 p.m., Room 406 at W83
Come and join us at the WS Prayer & Praise series 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.

Redeemer Night: Don't Miss Out!
Monday, February 29 at Hammerstein Ballroom 
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, so we need you there. RSVP now at redeemer.com/redeemernight.


Prayer

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us.  —Galatians 3:13

Join us in praying:

  • For God to renew us with the reality of his redeeming grace in this season of Lent that begins this Wednesday
  • That we would individually and corporately make space to remember Jesus' death and resurrection and to winsomely share the gospel with our friends and coworkers
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