Subject: West Side Update — July 4

Redeemer West Side
4 July 2016
WS Stories
Yesterday at our Sunday services, we introduced Joe Yu, who has joined the West Side team as one of our Community Group Directors.

Joe grew up in Seoul, Korea, and lived in the suburbs of Boston and Connecticut before coming to New York City in 2010. He attended University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!) where he studied ecology and evolutionary biology, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received a M.Div. It was in college he became a Christian, decided to pursue vocational ministry, and met his wife, Helen. They were married 2010 and have a son named Allan.

Joe previously worked with RUF City Campus Ministry in the city for four years before coming on staff at Redeemer as the Youth Ministry Director. As a Community Group Director, Joe provides oversight, support, and pastoral care for the Community Groups he overseas. He is particularly passionate about helping people see the relevance of the gospel in their lives.

Joe enjoys cooking, hanging out with his family, watching nature documentaries, and dreaming about going on a backpacking trip through Asia.

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 ,

Today is a holiday that for Americans is most closely associated with independence and freedom. The desire for freedom is universal and one that Jesus addressed with some of his contemporaries who were confused and offended when he suggested they weren’t free (John 8:31). They saw freedom in material and political terms, and Jesus was pushing for a far deeper meaning: a freedom that comes from God’s forgiveness and obedience to God’s word.

In John Stott’s beautiful little book Why I Am a Christian, he explains that one of his reasons for being a Christian is the freedom it brings, in particular:

  • Freedom from guilt and the judgment of God
  • Freedom from the cramping bondage of our own self-centeredness
  • Freedom from crippling fears
  • Freedom for self-less love

On this day of fireworks, picnics and parades may we remember the ultimate cost that brought the ultimate freedom, the death of Jesus Christ.

Happy 4th of July!

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:31-32

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Beta Groups are coming and we need your help!
We are currently preparing for Beta season this fall and could use your help. Beta Groups are seven-week Community Groups that help bring newcomers into 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. Please nominate someone or even yourself by filling out this recommendation form.

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 at

Citymeals-on-Wheels // Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
3rd Sunday of the month from 9 a.m. to 12:30 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.

St. Paul’s House // Friday Breakfast and Gospel Service
Friday, July 15 from 7 to 9 a.m.
Volunteers will set up, interact with guests and serve breakfast to homeless or marginally housed guests from the Midtown West community who attend the Gospel Service and breakfast. RSVP here.

New York City Relief // Offer Soup, Prayer and Resources
Saturday, July 9 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Volunteers will serve soup and drinks, pray for homeless guests, and help distribute resources. RSVP here.


Job Search Lunch & Learn
Thursday, July 14 at 11 a.m.
Join our new summer speaker series! Every Thursday an industry expert will teach on a job search theme relevant for professionals in all industries and vocations. Weekly topics and registration at

W83 invites you to participate in an interactive art project 
Now through August 25
"Making Place" is an interactive art project exhibiting the collective memories and places of meaning in our Upper West Side neighborhood. We invite you to take pictures of places on the UWS special to you in themes of Change, Beauty, Joy, Love or Loss and label it with #MakingPlaceUWS on social media (Instagram, Twitter). Your images will be collectively displayed as part of this exhibition, which will run July 21 - August 25 in the W83 Gallery. Share as much or as little as you would like about the significance of the place. Please include the location's name and cross streets. For more details, please email


The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it. —Psalm 24:1

In light of today's holiday and all of the world events flooding our news feeds, let us turn to and remember God, the king of the universe and merciful father, and pray:

  • That world leaders would have the wisdom and courage to seek the good and prosperity for all people, not for any select group
  • That there would be healing, restoration and protection for bodies and places torn by war, fear and violence
  • That all people would gain access to basic human rights and would glimpse the freedom that is in Christ
  • That Christians—the body of Christ—would be vessels of love, mercy and justice towards all neighbors
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