Subject: West Side Update — August 29

Redeemer West Side
29 August 2016
Safe Families for Children
HFNY Affiliate

Safe Families for Children is one of Hope for New York's newest non-profit affiliates. 

Safe Families works with local churches to ensure that at-risk families receive the help they need to keep their children out of foster care. Safe Families is part of a national organization with chapters in many large cities across the country. 

Their vision is to see all families together and healthy through the love and support of faithful volunteers. There are a variety of volunteer roles and opportunities with Safe Families: host families care for children in their homes; coaches and family friends offer support to the host family and/or the placing parent; and resource friends offer supplies or services. All volunteers will be part of a team coordinating with others to offer holistic care but will be free to focus only on their agreed-upon role.

"Safe Families for Children is one very strategic and needed way that believers in NYC can love our neighbors," says NYC Coordinator Laura Galt. "By reaching out to families in crisis, we can directly impact the lives of parents and their children. We can offer community and become like spiritual extended family. We can prayerfully see the 14,000 children in foster care in NYC decrease in number. We can keep families intact and empower parents to care for their children. We can offer the love of Jesus to our neighbors." 

Learn more about getting involved with Safe Families for Children this fall. Our next orientation session is Saturday, Sept. 24.

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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Frederick Buechner, in his book Longing for Home, writes that "we carry inside us a vision of wholeness that we sense is our true home that beckons us." Then he adds:

"woe to us if we forget the homeless ones who have no vote, no power, nobody to lobby for them, who might as well have no faces. Woe to us if we forget our own homelessness. ... To be really at home is to be really at peace, and our lives are so intrinsically interwoven that there can be no peace for any of us until there is real peace for all of us."

Yesterday at our worship services, we were reminded of this truth and the obligation we have to bring peace to those in our city through opportunities to serve with Hope for New York. As Buechner reminds us, Christians have the most powerful motivation to bring hope to those in hopeless situations because we were once "without hope and without God in this world" (Eph 2:12). This is why Redeemer has been committed from its inception to serving the poor and marginalized of NYC. So as HFNY celebrates its 25th year, please consider how you can "remember your homelessness" by clicking here and volunteering your time to bring tangible healing and hope to those in our city.

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


First time riding with #TeamHFNY? 5 Things to Know
HFNY Staffer Whitney Edge had never ridden more than 15 miles before she rode in the HFNY Charity Bike Ride. Not only did she finish the 25-mile route… but she had a great time while doing it! Here are 5 things she learned. Learn more about riding with Team HFNY on Sept. 24 here.


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.

Operation Exodus // Mentor Kids from Washington Heights Latino Community
Saturdays starting September 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Volunteers will mentor kids ages K-8th grade on Saturdays throughout the school year in class settings based on age groups and gender to build life skills, Biblical understanding, and academic support. Learn more here.

World Vision // Sort and Pack Donated Materials
Saturday, September 10, 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. RSVP here.


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.

HFNY We <3 Kids workshop
Tuesday, September 13 at 7 p.m.
Attend a workshop to hear from city practitioners and our dedicated volunteers about the challenges and opportunities children and youth face, and how you can volunteer to impact the next generation of New Yorkers. Learn more and sign up here.


"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." - Galatians 5:1

Join the West Side Prayer Team
Do you love to pray? 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.

West Side Congregation
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