Subject: West Side Update — May 30

Redeemer West Side

30 May 2016

WS Stories

Kate McMillan
Community Group Leader & CM Volunteer

"Since college, I've always wanted to work with a charter school in NYC,” says Kate, who now teaches pre-K at a charter school in Williamsburg.

Kate McMillan moved to NYC three years ago and has been attending Redeemer ever since.

"I first started greeting and helping out in the children's ministry. Now I volunteer at Dewitt Nursing Home through HFNY, lead a community group, and volunteer as a 2nd grade Sunday School teacher."

Kate says that “being able to serve and live life alongside neighbors and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ has made New York quickly feel like home."

Community group and worship on Sundays each week have helped create a rhythm of consistency for Kate.

“In a place where things seem to be ever-changing,” Kate says, "knowing that I can count on my community group to speak truth into my life, and I can expect biblical preaching each Sunday that will challenge and encourage me, have gotten me through various seasons that I have faced here."

Kate loves living the Upper West Side (“I don’t know if I’ll ever move”), and her favorite spots are Good Enough to Eat (“They have the best homemade desserts.”) and Irving Farm, where you can find her hanging with friends or reading a good book.

She also loves to run in the park and, in summers, having picnics on the Great Lawn. "I love living close to the park, where I have such beautiful running routes anytime of year."

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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One of the unique things about the Memorial Day holiday is that it forces us to stop, remember and give thanks to all the men and women who sacrificed so much in service to our country. And what’s interesting is that researchers have actually found that gratitude is critical to human happiness. Tal Ben-Shahar, a lecturer in psychology at Harvard, has written that “if we’re not aware of the good things in our lives, then as far as we’re concerned they don’t exist.” Gratitude therefore is an antidote to a kind of spiritual dementia that robs us of joy.

As we come to the end of another ministry year I want to stop, remember and thank those who have served God and our congregation so faithfully over the this last year. Hundreds of you give of your time to host groups, volunteer on Sundays, support CFW as well as volunteer through HFNY. All of those acts of service, formal and informal, are part of the greater story of God’s redemption through Christ’s life, death and resurrection. Thank you for living out the gospel story and making Jesus and his Kingdom visible in and around our community.

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. —Psalm 95:1-3

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove

Make a difference in kids' lives this summer at VBS!
July 11 to 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., W83
Make a difference in kids' lives this summer by volunteering as a Crew Leader at Vacation Bible School. Crew Leaders are super volunteers; they're present all 5 days and have the unique opportunity to have spiritual conversations with their group of kids. Sign up at and email with questions.


The Open Door: Co-teach English at 3-Week intensive for immigrant community
Sunday, June 5 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
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 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting June 15 and ending June 30. Learn more about the volunteer training on June 5 here.

Restore NYC: Paint Restore’s new office space
Sunday, June 5 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Volunteers will paint a brand new office space that will be used specifically for counseling clients from our HTIC (Human Trafficking Intervention Court). Previously they've only had one small room to do this, but will now have 3 beautiful rooms. Sign up here.

Back on My Feet // Volunteer Orientation for Early Morning Running
​Thursday, June 8 from 7 to 8 p.m.
​Back on My Feet uses running to help men and women experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change that results in employment and independent living. Learn more here.


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.

Broadway Benefit Concert for Sout Africa: Help support the Youth Mission Team
Saturday, June 4 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at W83
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 LIV Village for 11 days. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit


He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God. —1 Corinthians 4:5

So often, we go to church on Sundays, and then we've forgotten what we've heard by Monday morning. Use this prayer guide as part of your daily quiet time to extend your Sunday into the rest of the week. It'll help you respond to the sermon, as well as prepare you for the next one. Click here.

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