Subject: West Side Update — July 11

Redeemer West Side
11 July 2016
Yesterday at our Sunday services, Rev. Andrew Field was installed and introduced. Drew is the new West Side Executive Pastor.

Drew Field was a founding member of Redeemer, in 1989, and joined the pastoral staff in 1995. After five years, he and his family moved to California to plant a church in Silicon Valley, where he and his wife Donna raised four children: Timothy, Sarah, Elizabeth and James.

Drew returns to New York City now with Donna and his youngest child, James, after serving as executive pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.

As Executive Pastor of the West Side congregation, Drew will support and guide the West Side staff to help all of the ministries thrive, including the new sites launched over the next decade. “You should see me on Sundays and also behind the scenes,” Drew says, “as an advisor, coach and champion for our great leaders."

Drew and Donna love to explore new places and are looking forward to showing James the highlights of the city, like the 79th St. Green Market, and discovering new favorites.

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.
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In just a few hours, hundreds of children, volunteers and staff will descend upon W83 for the 2016 Vacation Bible School. The energy, emotion and excitement from those children will fill the building and neighborhood all week as a tangible expression of Redeemer’s vision. As you know, at the heart of our mission is an increase in the number of churches and Christians throughout NYC so that God’s kingdom “would come on earth as it is in heaven.” And it’s those hundreds of largely native New Yorkers who will carry the torch of God’s vision forward over the next 50 years.

VBS is not just a five-day summer program for a subset of our community, but an investment in the church and city of the future. So I want to thank all the volunteers and our amazing Children’s Ministry staff from across the three congregations for their commitment and love for our children. And I want to ask you to pray this week that every child who walks through those doors would come to know Jesus in a deeper way.

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. - Deuteronomy 4:9

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 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


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

Divorce Care Groups
Women: Thursday, September 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beginning bi-weekly in September, the Diaconate will open two Divorce Care groups, one for men and one for women. (Men's group day and time to be announced soon.) The groups are for individuals in any stage of divorce and seek to provide mutual support and a fresh start through Scripture, prayer and a divorce recovery workbook. Contact for more info and to register.


How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. - Psalm 84:1-2

Father, we pray:

  • That you would meet the children and volunteers at VBS this week so they come to know you more deeply and see your son Jesus, the light of the world
  • That you would be near to the people of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas—and across the country—as we long and strive for justice and peace
  • That you would give your people wisdom, courage and hope for lives of mercy and justice to bring your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven
West Side Congregation
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