Subject: West Side Update — September 12

Redeemer West Side
12 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 ,

Yesterday marked 15 years since that terrible day known around the world as 9/11. One of the phrases associated with September 11 is “Never Forget.” Names of the victims are read each year. Outside our midtown office, there is a memorial with the engraved names of victims, helping us each day to “never forget.” Why are names so important to remember? Because names personalize the victims, reminding us that they were part of a larger story of families and friends, stories that can be retold to keep those names alive to us.

Reading through the Bible you also hear God saying to us over and over again, “never forget.” God is acutely aware of our spiritual amnesia and our need to keep God “alive” in our hearts. In the Old Testament he centered that call to remember on his power and grace in the exodus, exhorting them to remember that they were slaves (Deut 6:12). Yesterday at our worship services we gathered around the Lord’s Supper having heard Jesus’ words to eat the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of him. It is at the table that we remember that we were enslaved to sin and that God in his love remembered us, and that because of what Jesus has done our names are engraved in his book of life, and that we will be part of God’s family and story forever. That is something worth remembering.

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”  — Isaiah 49:15-16

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove (at)David_Bisgrove


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Children with special needs are an integral and valuable part of our community. Their unique needs reflect unique parts of God’s glory, and our Children’s Ministry is looking to hire individuals (or volunteers) who have hearts for children with special needs. If you have experience, education or are willing to be trained in interacting with special needs children, please contact Eunice Chen at


There's still time to ride with #TeamHFNY on September 24
If you love to bike & love our city, it’s not too late to ride & fundraise for the poor of NYC on September 24. Learn more about the HFNY Charity Bike Ride and sign up to ride here. Curious about who’s already riding with Hope for New York? Check out the roster here.

St. Paul’s House: Monday breakfast and gospel service
Mondays, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Volunteers set up, interact with guests, and serve breakfast to the homeless or marginally housed guests from the Midtown West community. RSVP online.


Join a Beta Group
Beta Groups are currently open for registration. Beta Groups, which are 7-week-long Community Groups, will begin meeting the week of September 25. Please visit to find a group near you!

"Mourning with Hope" Renewal Group
Groups start September 28
This 10-week group is for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Phases of grief recovery will be processed through a biblical lens in the context of a compassionate community. Registration open at


In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. —Philippians 1:4-6

Pray with us each Sunday!
Sundays at 10:50 a.m. in Room 407
Each week, the WS Prayer Team leads a prayer time between the morning services, and all are welcome! Bring your bulletin and invite a friend to pray for the services and the church.

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