Subject: West Side Update — August 15

Redeemer West Side
15 August 2016

Danielle Allan
WS Administrative Assistant

Danielle Allan grew up all over the country, from California to Chicago to Ashland, Ohio. She moved to New York City last fall from Columbus. Danielle has a B.A. in graphic design and joined the West Side staff as the Administrative Assistant in June 2016.

As the administrative assistant, Danielle supports Lead Pastor David Bisgrove and Executive Pastor Drew Field. "I help Drew keep all of our many ducks in a row here on the WS team,” she says. Danielle also assists David with administrative tasks.

Danielle lives in Long Island City with her husband Jon, and is eager to get to know their neighborhood and the UWS better, and find good food and coffee spots. When not watching Netflix or sleeping, Danielle enjoys reading fantasy fiction and playing soccer whenever she gets the chance. 

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 ,

Walking around NYC, one constantly sees (or trips over!) scores of people taking “selfies” that quickly find their way to various social media platforms. It’s a reminder that most of us have some curated online existence that garners attention in the form of likes and emojis—myself included. This “selfie” culture in which we find ourselves surfaces a long standing human desire captured in the article “For the Love of Being Liked,” summarized this way by its author:

We are deep enough into the social-media era to begin to recognize certain patterns among its users. Foremost among them is a mass anxiety of approval seeking and popularity tracking that seems far more suited to a high school prom than a high-functioning society.

And then there’s Tola. Remember him? I didn’t either. He shows up in Judges 10:1-2 surrounded by the heroic celebrities Deborah, Gideon, and Samson. All we are told in his brief biography is that Tola rose up to save Israel, led them well for 23 years, died and was buried. That’s it: no fanfare, no celebrity. Barely a blip on the biblical radar—just a life of faith, wisdom and service to God.

I was convicted by Tola’s (scant) resume and reminded again that following Jesus is mostly, to borrow a line from Nietzsche (and Eugene Peterson), a long obedience in the same direction. May God help us in this increasingly celebrity-driven culture to be a community that is satisfied with serving God and one another in the tradition of Tola.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. —Micah 6:8

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


No Sunday elementary classes in August
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.


The Open Door: Teach basic computer or TASC/GED Math to students
Thursday, August 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach classes for students from the immigrant community in the UWS on weeknights from 7 to 8:30 p.m., starting September 14. RSVP here for the volunteer training.

Defy Ventures: Coach Entrepreneurs in Training on best practices
Tuesday, August 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Volunteers will coach participants in the EIT program for men and women with criminal histories, offering strategic insight into some of their toughest entrepreneurship obstacles. RSVP here.

Citymeals-on-Wheels: Deliver meals to homebound elderly
Sunday, August 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers (up to 10) will pick up meals at local UWS center, receive route for delivery from center, and walk in groups of 2-3 to deliver meals to elderly recipients in the neighborhood. Must be pre-existing group. RSVP here.


Love NYC & love to ride your bike? Join #TeamHFNY!
Saturday, September 25
Join other cyclists riding & fundraising for the poor and marginalized for our city through Hope for New York’s Charity Bike Ride on September 25. Training rides are happening throughout August and September. All are welcome to participate - this is a great opportunity to involve your CG, your neighbors, & your coworkers! More info and sign up at

The 2016 Faith & Work Conference: The Wonder & Fear of Technology
November 11-12
Technology—both theoretically and practically—has staked its claim in our cultural moment. It is here to stay. Join us as we examine the future of work and develop a new thought on the intersection of faith and technology. More info at


Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. —Psalm 9:10

Looking for more ways to pray for our church and city? Join the West Side Prayer Team
Do you love to pray or have a longing to pray for our church? We are looking for people who enjoy behind-the-scenes ministry and want to partner with those on the front line through prayer. Learn more about the West Side Prayer Team here.

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