Subject: West Side Update — August 22

Redeemer West Side
22 August 2016

Joe Moon
WS Youth Ministry Intern

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?'
'Isn't there Father God and Mother Nature?'
'How come I live in an apartment and others live on the streets?'

"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."


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 ,

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

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


This Sunday is Hope for New York Sunday
This Sunday we're celebrating Hope for New York's 25th anniversary and their vision for the future of mercy & justice in NYC, and we want you to join in their work as a volunteer! You’ll hear from HFNY affiliates during service and have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer. Learn more at or at coffee hour after service this Sunday.

Calling all Beta leaders and hosts in Hell's Kitchen
Beta Groups will be opened for registration next week! If you are considering ways to rise to serve our church, we are still looking for a few more Beta Group leaders and hosts, particularly in the Hell's Kitchen area. For more information about Beta Groups, please visit If you would like to recommend a friend or yourself to lead a group, please take a moment to fill out this form.


The Open Door: Co-teach Classes for Immigrant Community
Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will co-teach classes on English language to adults, or lead a Children's class for students' kids. ESL ranges from basic to advanced level. Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP here to attend the orientation and training.

Still thinking about riding with #TeamHFNY?
There’s still time to join them! #TeamHFNY is over 20 riders strong from across Redeemer congregations. There’s still time for you to join them to ride and fundraise for Hope for New York as part of the Charity Bike Ride on September 24. We recommend all riders sign up by Sept. 1. Learn more about distances and sign up here. Have specific questions? Email HFNY at


Intuitive Eating Workshop
Tuesday, September 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Find freedom from dieting, gain body wisdom by distinguishing between physical and emotional feelings. This Redeemer Counseling workshop will focus on creating a healthy relationship with food. Learn more at

Redesigned Faith & Work Courses
How does the gospel transform your everyday work? CFW has redesigned all of our courses to provide a more effective means of growing in meaningful faith and work integration. There are two main offerings under the umbrella of F&W Courses: F&W Class (6-week introductory level) and F&W Intensives (12-week intermediate level). Learn more about courses here.


This Sunday will be HFNY Sunday, and we join in God's work of loving and serving the poor and marginalized not only through our acts of service but also through our prayers.

Father, we pray:

  • that Christians in our city grow increasingly known for their care and concern for the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the vulnerable. We ask that you, Father, would show us where you have called us to live justly and do mercy.
  • that you would provide everything these affiliates need to begin the school year strong. We ask that the children and families who participate in their programs will feel cared for, empowered, and supported.
  • that you would move in the hearts of your people in NYC to serve as leaders, whether in volunteer programs or committees like the Young Supporters Committee or the Community Grant Circle. Holy Spirit, would you guide and direct Christians in NYC to back up their words of love with acts of love.

To read the full monthly HFNY Prayer Letter, click here.

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