Subject: West Side Update - November 5

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WestSide Update
November 5, 2012

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Bob Highsmith
Manager, Admin.
for Children’s Services

Redeemer Deacon

Bob Highsmith is a manager for the Administration for Children’s Services, the agency charged with ensuring the safety of NYC children. After initially teaching for a few years, Bob has spent most of his life working for state-level and national non-profit education organizations. He’s passionate about politics. And he loves good deals on food: “I’m always seeking leads on restaurants that provide great value for the money. I love finding $5 meals that give $10 worth of value, or $20 meals that give $40 of value. I care most about the quality of the food, next about the quality of the service, and least about the ambiance.”  
Bob grew up in Baltimore. He and his wife, Sarah Fogg, have been married 33 years and live in Yonkers. “We are devoted parents of Ernie, our 20-pound Patterdale Terrier, who thinks he’s a Rottweiler and has large scars testifying to his over-sized self-image,” says Bob.
Bob and Sarah have been part of Redeemer since 2004. They first volunteered at the book table, and then led a Community Group for six years. Bob became a deacon earlier this year.
“Preparing for the Diaconate has been the most influential, encouraging and challenging role I’ve played to date at Redeemer,” says Bob. “I was greatly influenced by the theological training and the opportunity it provided to integrate the bits and pieces of my theological understanding into a more coherent whole.”
Training for and serving as a deacon has affected Bob in many ways: “Most of all, I was unprepared for the intense self-reflection that preparation for the Diaconate spawned in me, deepening my appreciation of my utter inadequacy to do what is needed with clients, and of my need for utter reliance upon the Holy Spirit.”

Hello ,

Walking the streets of the UWS on that benign Sunday afternoon before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy (relief info below), it was fascinating to see people scurrying about and standing in long lines buying bread, water, brownie mix (that would be me), and other essentials. It was a normal response to a predicted event. It made me think about how God exhorts Christians to live in light of a predicted event. Christians not only look to the past and find strength and assurance from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; they are also people who look to the future, knowing that one day, as the Apostle John put it, the ‘kingdom of the world’ will become the ‘kingdom of our Lord’ (Revelation 11:15). That predicted event is to inform every part of our present reality—who we date, our vocational choices, how we spend our money and time—everything. So, just like buying several gallons of milk and multiple loaves of bread on a calm afternoon might look strange to someone who doesn’t know a storm is coming, radical generosity and biblical fidelity in the name of Jesus might also seem countercultural. And yet the cumulative impact of those actions by God’s people are bringing about and pointing to the inevitable arrival of the beauty and glory of Jesus.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:23-25

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Hurricane Sandy Response
Help those in need in the wake of the hurricane
If you are wondering what you can do, there are three main ways you can help today: Pray, Act, Give. Hope for New York is identifying ways people can help practically, please click here to register for alerts as volunteer opportunities arise. Please consider giving to the Redeemer Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help with both needs in our church community and throughout the city with other organizations that provide assistance.

Need help after Hurricane Sandy?
If you are personally in need of assistance as a result of the storm please click here to contact the Diaconate, or leave a message on the Diaconate Message Helpline (917-719-0259) and the deacon/deaconess-on-call will return your call as soon as possible.

It’s Nomination Month for Elders and the Diaconate
The entire month of November

Do you know any members that would make a good elder, deacon or deaconess? If you are a member, please read the description and nominate Christians that might be a good fit. Submit nominations online, or download a nomination form, or pick up a form at the info table after the Sunday services.
His Toy Store Christmas Table on the West Side
Donate Toys at Sunday Services thru December 2

Christmas is coming! His Toy Store meets a very real need in the city. Please bring toy donations to W83 on Sundays. Volunteers are also needed to receive toys before and after services, click here to find an available slot! 
Be a Part of It
The Great BIG Volunteer Sign up...

Wondering how you can get involved? Become a West Side volunteer and serve once a month at a Sunday Service. Opportunities for all—something for everyone! Serve with Sunday Service Ministries and email Phoebe, or with the Children’s Ministry and email Amy.

Diaconate Annual Open House
Thursday, November 8 from 6:30PM at the Redeemer Offices
Don't miss this annual event if you're considering serving with the Diaconate—it's your chance to hear more. Click here to RSVP.

Business Plan Competition Budget Workshop
Thursday, November 8 from 7:00PM at the Redeemer Offices
Considering a new entrepreneurial venture? Learn about building a budget and estimating the financial costs to get your venture moving forward. Register here.

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