Subject: West Side Update — August 22
22 August 2016
Joe Moon was born and raised in New York City, in Brooklyn to be exact. He earned his B.A. at Stony Brook University and is now attending Westminster Theological Seminary for a M.Div. Joe joined the Redeemer staff three years ago, and is now the Youth Ministry Intern for the West Side.
In his role, Joe supports and builds the structure of the youth ministry on the West Side Congregation.
"The very first time I volunteered for the Youth Ministry, I was tasked to lead a 6th grade boys small group,” Joe says. "I thought it would be a piece of cake. Nope. Some of the questions that I was asked were
'Is God male or female?'
"After that experience, I knew I wanted to begin my ministry with the youth."
In his free time, Joe enjoys volleyball, basketball and football. And his three treasures in life? “First is my Christian faith. The other two are my nieces."
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.
A few weekends ago my family was at a crowded beach. It was a densely populated community of (sweaty) strangers. At one point a young boy offered his spare shovel to my younger daughter who was digging with her hands. My daughter subsequently offered her spare boogie board to the boy who had always wanted to try one. As a result of one act of kindness by a 7-year-old boy, two families who began the day as strangers now stood on the beach talking and laughing. It was a reminder of the power of simple human kindness.
Writers of the New Testament emphasized kindness as a mark of a genuine relationship with God (Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:12), rooted in God’s kindness to us in Christ (Ephesians 4:32; Romans 2:4). The biblical word for kindness means a selfless and forgiving attitude towards others; a general goodness of character that results in stronger relationships marked by love. The simple acts of kindness by two children on a beach demonstrated the truth penned by the stoic philosopher Seneca, who wrote “wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”
These are words to live by in a crowded city and church.
But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. —Titus 3:4-5
Rev. David Bisgrove
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