Subject: West Side Update — August 1

Redeemer West Side
1 August 2016
WS Stories

Rev. Michael Keller
New Site Pastor

"​If you know me," Michael says, "you know I love Jacob's Pickles, and all the people who work there."

Rev. Michael Keller moved to New York City in 1989 and grew up on Roosevelt Island. He attended Vanderbilt University, where he met his wife Sara, and earned his M.Div and Th.M at Gordon-Conwell Seminary.

After working in Boston for five years, Michael and Sara moved back to NYC to launch RUF City Campus Ministry. They have lived on the Upper West Side for the past eight years with their two daughters, Lucy and Kate.

Michael joined the West Side team in July as the new site pastor and has been tasked to lead the first church plant out of the West Side Congregation.

"​I have been around Redeemer my whole life,” he says, "so it is exciting to be on staff and actually work at Redeemer. The West Side congregation has been my home for so many years, it feels completely natural to also work on the West Side as well."

Michael believes the best way to reach New Yorkers is to plant churches and is excited to start this congregation in the coming year and to mobilize people to serve and care for the city in tangible ways.

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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 ,

Social media this time of year is full of sunsets, ocean waves, water parks, and campgrounds, reflecting the many ways we get much needed time away. Yet despite a slower season, the work of the church continues throughout the summer months. So I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage you to remember that we continue to need your financial support in order to meet the needs of our congregation. The need is highlighted by the financial summary below:

Redeemer’s overall giving goal (East, West, Downtown) for 2016 is $19.7M and, as of last week, we are $1.8M behind that target.

So please consider how you might support the ongoing expenses of the church (click here to give and learn more). We need everyone who has benefited from the church to support its work in an ongoing way. That was Paul’s argument when he exhorted his Gentile audience to support the needs of the Jerusalem church, reminding them that “if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews spiritual blessings they owe it to the Jews to share in their material blessings” (Romans 15:27). In other words, if God through the church has "blessed" you spiritually with friendship, encouragement, wisdom and hope through a deepened understanding of his love and grace, then it’s only right that you support the very means by which that blessing has occurred. After all, that is the very heart of the gospel in which Jesus sacrificially gave of himself so that we might enjoy the riches of his presence forever.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. —2 Corinthians 8:9

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Consider leading a Beta Group!
We are currently preparing to launch 25 new Beta Groups this fall and we are behind in our goal to recruit leaders. Beta Groups are seven-week Community Groups that are vital to 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. Please recommend someone, or even yourself, by filling out this form here.

No Sunday elementary classes in August
Beginning this Sunday, there will be no Sunday elementary classes for children K-5. Elementary classes resume on Sunday, September 11. We encourage children to follow along during the service using our children's worship guide available at the entrance to the sanctuary.


St. Paul’s House // Monday Breakfast and Gospel Service
Monday, August 8, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Volunteers set up, interact with guests, and serve breakfast to homeless or marginally housed guests from Midtown West. RSVP here.

World Vision // Sort and Pack Donated Materials
Saturday, August 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join World Vision to sort and pack donated materials that will be distributed to communities in need in the South Bronx. Volunteers will be working in a warehouse so you will get dirty. RSVP here.

Do For One // Build Relationships with Adults with Disabilities at Game Night
Friday, August 5 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Volunteers will hang out and play games to learn about what DFO does and build relationships with those they serve. RSVP here.

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


"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."  -John 17:20-21

"People are used to thinking about prayer as a means to get their personal needs met. However, we should understand prayer as a means to praise and adore God, to know him, to come into his presence and be changed by him. We need to better learn how to pray, repent and petition God as a people." from "Kingdom-Centered Prayer." For the full article, click here.

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