Subject: West Side Update — September 5

Redeemer West Side
5 September 2016

Carrie Berlepsch
Community Group Intern

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.

WS Cafe

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

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 ,

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

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


Beta Groups are now open for registration
Beta Groups are seven-week-long Community Groups for those new to edeemer or to community life. They will begin meeting at the end of September. Please visit to find a group near you! 

Children’s Ministry Promotion Sunday is September 11
All preschool and elementary kids promote to their new classes by age or grade. This is also the first day of our ministry year curriculum and programming at the morning services and the 5 p.m. service.

Two weeks ‘til #TeamHFNY rides
Team HFNY is riding and fundraising for Hope for New York as part of their Charity Bike Ride on September 24. See if you know any of the riders… and support their effort to raise $125,000 for Hope for New York. And it's not too late to join them for the Charity Bike Ride. Learn more 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.


Job Search Skills Training
Starting September 8
Join our five-week Skills Training course and learn all the necessary skills for a successful job search including job fit assessment, career search strategy, resume writing, LinkedIn, mock interviewing and salary negotiations. Register online.

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.

Intuitive Eating Renewal Group
Starting September 27
Find freedom from dieting! Gain body wisdom by distinguishing between physical and emotional feelings. This 12-week group for women will focus on creating a healthy relationship with food. Registration is currently open


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:

  • That those in our congregation who are not connected to others would have the desire and courage to join a Beta or Community Group
  • That we would be a church community that prays and cares for one another in deep and meaningful ways
  • That, as the school year begins again, students, parents, teachers, administrations and faculties would be renewed and work together for the flourishing and renewal of the city
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