Subject: West Side Update - May 23

Redeemer West Side
23 May 2016
WS Stories

Rich Rivera
City to City Church Planter

“Stories of Renewal” is a series of video vignettes featuring short stories about people in NYC whose lives have been changed by the gospel. In the latest story, CTC Church Planter, Rich Rivera, tells his story about planting Restoration Church in the Bronx. Rich says, “ … what I wasn't expecting was that God was going to do a big work in my life, and he was kind of going to just wreck my whole perspective on life and what it meant to be a pastor.” 

To see past stories, visit

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.
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The current sermon series, as some of you know, is examining the spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23) that results from knowing, loving and obeying Jesus―fruit that often grows out of pain, trials and hardship. I have been struck (and convicted!) in studying these passages by the prominence of prayer as the means through which God both comforts and changes us. Or as Oswald Chambers put it, "prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work." I was thinking about the importance of prayer in light of Proverbs 6:9-11, which says:

“How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.”

The context relates primarily to vocational work, but the principle is equally true when it comes to the work of prayer. Despite knowing the importance of prayer, Christians are lazy too often when it comes to the work of prayer, the result of which is an impoverished soul that lacks assurance of God’s love, awareness of one’s sin, and hardness towards the needs of others. So as you think about a summer project, why not set the alarm a little earlier (or stay up a bit later) and seek the wealth that comes from knowing God through prayer.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ―Philippians 4:6

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

Refresh: Designing Spiritual Rhythms to Reimagine Work
June 3 and 4
Feeling tired and drained? Losing a sense of meaning in your work? Join the Center for Faith & Work for their first in-city retreat, REFRESH: Designing Spiritual Rhythms to Reimagine Work. Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dave Evans will lead us through a weekend to refresh the soul by reestablishing spiritual rhythms. Come experience spiritual practices that bring new perspective and encouragement that brings importance to the work we do in the city.


All Angels: Our Place Cafe
Tuesday, May 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers prep, serve, and clean up the meal at Our Place Cafe, a gospel centered, peer driven, supportive community cafe for men and women experiencing homelessness. RSVP here.

St. Paul’s House: Friday breakfast and Gospel service
Friday, June 3, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Setup, interact with guests and serve breakfast to homeless or marginally housed guests from Midtown West community who attend the gospel service and breakfast. RSVP here.

The Open Door: Co-teach English at 3-week intensive for immigrant community
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., starting June 15 and ending June 30
Volunteers will co-teach English classes for basic to advanced level to mainly Latino students (program is open to all immigrant populations) for a 3 week summer intensive. Learn more here about the volunteer training.


Broadway Benefit Concert for South Africa: Help support the Youth Mission Team
Saturday, June 4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at W83 Ministry Center
22 students and leaders from the Youth Ministry are putting on a concert that will feature Broadway performers. This concert will raise money for their summer mission trip to South Africa to serve Lily in the Vallge Village for 11 days. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit

“Designing Your Life” Workshop
Saturday, June 11
Are you looking for clarity in your life direction and goals? Wondering how you got to where you are? Join us for this one-day workshop designed intentionally to help focus your life and career aspirations. Instructor Dave Evans is the co-founder of the Life Design Lab of the Stanford Design Program and co-author of the upcoming book Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. For more info and to register, click here


As we believe that church planting is a vital part of a gospel movement in the city, we are committed to planting (and helping others plant) hundreds of new churches. And we know that no gospel movement can happen without prayer, so as we are excited and hopeful for the West Side new site, to start in 2017, please join us in praying:

  • That God would transform our hearts and minds to consider how he might be calling us to be sent out to be part of a new site, to serve our neighbors by creating a space for gospel community and gospel witness
  • For God to provide clarity and courage in our search for a venue for the new site, and that it would be used to create a space where current West Siders and new congregants can be known and cared for. 
  • That we would continue to be a church not for ourselves but for the city, and that this new site would shape lives and transform hearts to know the grace and love found in Jesus.

Join us to pray for church planting and the West Side new site
Saturday, June 11 from 5 - 6:15 p.m., W83 Ministry Center, Room 406
Join us to pray for God’s work of gospel movement in our church and the city through the work of church planting. The evening, hosted by the West Side Prayer Team, will be interspersed with prayer and songs, including a time of prayer for the West Side new site. More info at

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