Subject: West Side Update - February 15

Redeemer West Side
February 15, 2015
HFNY West Side Affiliates

The West Side is full of life, history, and diversity. Hope for New York partners with a number of affiliates serving the poor and marginalized in this unique community, and volunteer opportunities include serving homeless men and women, men in recovery, children with disabilities, and immigrant neighbors.

All Angels' Church (80th and Broadway) is an Episcopal church that serves the holistic needs of homeless men and women in the church and its surrounding community through meals, Sunday worship, Bible studies, drop-in service programs and a recovery cafe. 

The Bridge (83rd and Amsterdam) offers transitional housing and supportive programs for men and women with mental illness, histories of substance abuse, the homeless and persons with HIV/AIDS. 

Project FIND (73rd and Amsterdam) provides services and support to low and moderate-income and homeless seniors. 

The Open Door (W83 Ministry Center) empowers immigrants to reach their full God-given potential to successfully integrate, participate and contribute to the well-being of our society.

Find these and more West Side affiliates, and learn how you can get involved as a volunteer, 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.

For more info, visit

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.
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Dorothy Sayers wrote that diluting the Easter story into something that no longer surprises, shocks, excites or terrifies us is “to crucify the Son of God afresh.” Of course, Christians’ retelling the story of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection certainly acknowledge its drama, pain, tragedy and wonder. But we also know that too often those historical events no longer enflame our spiritual imagination as they once did. As one writer put it, “to observe Lent is to strike at the root of such complacency.” That is because Lent is a time of preparation that is designed to re-ignite our own passion for Christ’s “passion.”

So as we approach Holy Week take the time to engage with God through fasting, prayer, and repentance–not as some morose ordeal, but as a means to satisfy our heart’s deepest longing, which is knowing Christ more fully.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. – John 17:3

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Join a Neighborhood Gathering
At Redeemer Night on February 29, we will kick off a special season where we will come together in community to look forward to our church's vision for the next ten years—a vision that will start in your neighborhood. In March and April, there will be Neighborhood Gatherings happening all across the city. To join a gathering, sign up online at


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 for more information.

St. Paul’s House: Monday breakfast and Gospel service
Monday, February 22 from 7 to 9 a.m.
Setup, interact with guests and serve breakfast to homeless or marginally housed guests from the Midtown West community. RSVP here.

Don't Walk By: Volunteer at the registration table
Saturday, February 27 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration volunteers will greet and check in fellow volunteers who signed up to serve with Don't Walk By at the West Side Outreach. RSVP here.


CFW Spring Vocational Courses and Intensives
Explore your calling with a 3-Month Vocational Intensive here. Registration is also open for 6-Week Faith & Finance and Faith & Art Courses here. These programs allow you to get an in-depth look at how the gospel impacts your heart, community and world. Learn how to apply theological content and biblical truths to your everyday work life.

Redeemer Night: there's still time to sign up!
Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m. 
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


Yesterday at our services, we highlighted Hope For New York affiliates on the West Side. Join us in praying:

  • That God would continue his work of mercy & justice to bring about renewal and transformation in our neighborhoods through Hope For New York affiliates
  • For our lives to be deeply marked by humility and generosity as we rise up and faithfully serve our neighbors in need 

For today's Lent devotional, click here.

West Side Congregation
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W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024