Subject: West Side Update — September 5
5 September 2016
Carrie grew up in West Virginia and attended West Virginia University, where she studied psychology. She then moved to Darien, Connecticut, and after visiting New York City for weekends, Carried moved to the Upper West Side in April 2016 with her husband Charles.
Carrie joined the West Side staff in July as the Community Group Intern. Previously, she worked on staff with Young Life in West Virginia, and worked to build the new WyldLife and Young Life ministries in a small rural town.
"As a small town girl, I never dreamed I would live and work in New York City,” she says. “But I am extremely grateful for the adventure the Lord has me on as I find my place in NYC."
In her role, Carrie works alongside the CG team and assists with the oversight of Beta Groups, Community Groups, and CG leader training and care.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to connect with the staff and congregants at Redeemer,” Carrie says, "and to care for and support people as they step into Community Group leadership roles."
In her free time, Carrie loves to grab an iced latte from Joe or Irving Farm and explore Central Park. You can find her reading—“my favorite genre being memoir”—or going to concerts at places like Rockwood Music Hall with Charles.
The West Side Café will resume again on October 4.
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.
On this first Monday in September, I thought I would reflect on one of my summer reads, a collection of Annie Dillard’s writings called The Abundance. In one chapter entitled “This is the Life,” Dillard explores how we are shaped by the people and culture surrounding us and writes as the opening line:
“Any culture tells you how to live your one and only life: to wit, as everyone else does.”
This premise leads her to ask of the reader, “Who is your everyone?” In other words, have you examined the largely subconscious values of the world that shape the way you live? How influenced are you by a culture that, as she writes, strives for money, celebrity, and physical beauty—convincing us “This is the life!” As summer winds down and we begin to accelerate into the fall, it seems like a good time to ask the question of ourselves, “Who is my everyone?”
For some the answer might mean leaning into the church community more, perhaps by joining a Beta Group or by volunteering with HFNY or our Sunday Service ministries. For others it might mean distancing yourself from a way of life or group of friends that is drawing you away from the life God wants for you. For all of us it means remembering the life Jesus came to give us—a life that finds its primary identity and meaning in the values of God’s Kingdom. We will be exploring those values in the sermons this year through the writings of the apostle John, whose biography of Jesus reminds us over and over again that in order to find our lives, we must first lose them. This, Jesus said, is your life!
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. —John 12:25
Rev. David Bisgrove
Beta Groups are now open for registration
Children’s Ministry Promotion Sunday is September 11
Two weeks ‘til #TeamHFNY rides
The Open Door: Co-teach classes for immigrant community
Operation Exodus: Mentor kids from Washington Heights Latino community
Job Search Skills Training
HFNY We <3 Kids workshop
Intuitive Eating Renewal Group
As we look forward to the beginning of the fall, we are excited for all that God will do in our work places, homes, neighborhoods as we grow deeper in our community. And we pray to him, who holds all things together:
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