Subject: West Side Update — July 4
4 July 2016
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.
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 redeemer.com/wscafe.
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.
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:
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
Rev. David Bisgrove
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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
New York City Relief // Offer Soup, Prayer and Resources
Job Search Lunch & Learn
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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:
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