Subject: West Side Update — June 26

Redeemer West Side
26 June 2016

Thank you, leaders and volunteers!

On the West Side, we have # volunteers and leaders that faithfully serve our congregation and city:

  • 155 Children's Ministry volunteers
  • 43 Kids Community Group leaders
  • 222 Community Group Leaders, Apprentices, and Leader-Coaches
  • 332 Sunday Service Team volunteers
  • 13 Prayer Team members
  • 21 Deacons and Deaconesses
  • 9 Elders

Across four Sunday services and throughout the week, our volunteers and leaders make God's love through the gospel known to our congregation and the city. Last Monday, June 20, we celebrated them and thanked God for them at our final West Side Ministry Summit.

To view more pictures from the evening, see our Facebook album at

WS Cafe

The West Side Café will resume again in the fall.

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. 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.

Hello ,

I have been reading through the Book of Numbers and was recently struck by a phrase Moses used when faced with yet another uprising during the long journey from Egypt to Canaan. When a privileged group of Levites and leaders voiced their displeasure with their lot in life, Moses replied “Isn’t it enough?” (Numbers 16:9). In other words, he’s saying, “God rescued you from slavery, put you in charge of the ark, gave you authority over large aspects of the community. And it still it isn’t enough?” The phrase shined a light into my own restless and ungrateful heart, which must leave God routinely wondering, “Isn’t it enough?” 

“Isn’t it enough that I sent my Son to die for you? Isn’t it enough that I poured my Spirit into your heart? Isn’t it enough that I placed you in a new family and gave you ‘hope and and a future?'" (Jeremiah 29:11).

Meditating on Moses’ challenge has reminded me that despite living in an age of unbridled consumption and comfort, we are no more content than our ancient counterparts. In fact Socrates wrote something that is as applicable today as it was when he wrote it, that “he who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” There is only one antidote to this restlessness: meditating on the cross of Jesus. For it is Christ’s sacrificial death that decenters us, shifting the focus off of our needs and onto the needs of those around us. That is the peace we need and one that transcends understanding (Philippians 4:7).

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. - Philippians 4:11

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Apply for the First Cohort in Redeemer’s Pastoral Residency Program
Redeemer is launching a full-time residency program to prepare pastors for gospel ministry in NYC. Pastoral residents will go through an intensive learning experience and receive training from Redeemer pastors and directors. The two-year program includes health care benefits and living stipends. Apply by July 15

Beta Groups are coming!
We are currently preparing for Beta season this fall and we need your help. Beta Groups are seven-week Community Groups that are pivotal in connecting newcomers to community life at Redeemer. We are looking for potential leaders with prior experience in a Redeemer Community Group who have a passion for God, compassion for others, a teachable spirit, and attend Redeemer regularly. To recommend someone or yourself, click here.

We're Hiring! 
There are several open positions available on the West Side: Education Manager, Youth Ministry Intern, Community Group Intern, Sunday Children's Ministry Staff. To learn more, visit


Safe Families for Children: Attend training to support local families in crisis
Monday, July 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Volunteers will learn about ways to get involved in supporting families in need at this overview training from Safe Families for Children. RSVP here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels: Deliver meals to homebound elderly (Groups only)
3rd Sunday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteer groups (up to 10 people) will pick up meals at a local center and hand deliver meals to UWS elderly neighbors who can no longer buy groceries or cook for themselves. Pre-existing groups only! Learn more here.

Avail: Provide support to new fathers
Various times throughout week
Volunteers (male only) will provide supportive, guided counsel and resources to fathers of unexpected pregnancies. Training required. Learn more here.



Be a VBS Crew Leader this summer
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.


"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his." - Daniel 2:20

Start a Prayer or Accountability Group
Grab a friend or two and use this guide to help you create a group that meets regularly to encourage and sharpen one another this summer. For the guide, click here.

West Side Congregation
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