Subject: West Side Update - December 31
December 31, 2012
Analyst for Hedge Fund
“For me the UWS combines the best blend of a peaceful neighborhood and convenient access to the things I love in the city,” says Allen Trew. He should know—in the eight years he’s been in NYC, he’s moved around from the UES, to Downtown, to Midtown, before settling into the UWS. Now you can often find him at Sara Beth’s, Good Enough to Eat, or the reservoir at Central Park.
Allen is originally from Nashville and studied finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s an analyst for a hedge fund, so he spends most of his time looking for stocks. He also practices Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Allen started coming to Redeemer in 2004, and joined in 2010. He’s been a part of a Community Group and served on a mission trip to South Africa at an AIDS orphanage.
In 2011 Allen became a deacon. “Several elements of this role have been rewarding, especially seeing the Lord begin to bring real change into client's lives,” says Allen. “The Lord has also taught me to have greater patience and sympathy—when I have become frustrated during a case, I have been humbled to be reminded of how much the Lord has been patient and eternally forgiving with me.”
Allen appreciates the approach Redeemer takes to bringing the gospel to NYC. “I feel like I can comfortably bring non-Christian friends to worship services, and I believe they can leave intrigued and maybe challenged to explore understanding Jesus more,” says Allen. “Telling truth has to be communicated in a way that it will be heard, and the teaching at Redeemer consistently brings gospel truth, while meeting NYC where it is, culturally and intellectually.”
To build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
This is the day (December 31) when many of us scribble down a few New Years resolutions that we hope to carry into 2013. These usually range from personal fitness to vocational accomplishments and everything in between. I usually find myself drawn to something the Apostle Paul wrote in a letter to a church he helped launch: For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). Paul was as driven by his sense of purpose (Hebrews 12:1) as anyone, and certainly had a long list of things he hoped to accomplish in his life. But his resolution to know Jesus personally, and understand as fully as possible the implication of Christ’s crucifixion for his life and calling, is a pretty good place to start if you're putting a list together for 2013. Practically, this means being disciplined in bible reading and prayer, personal accountability with a small group of Christians, corporate worship, and gospel generosity towards others. To the degree we each apply Paul’s resolution to our lives we will continue to see our West Side congregation reflect more and more the beauty of our crucified King.
Rev. David Bisgrove
TODAY: December 31
Today is the last day to give a gift to Redeemer for 2012, to make a gift please click here. As of 12/23 we needed $1.0M to make our budget.
The Center for Faith & Work Celebrates 10 Years!
Sunday, January 13 from 2:00PM at W83
Join us to celebrate God's faithfulness as we honor founder Katherine Leary Alsdorf and welcome new Executive Director Rev. David H. Kim. Formal program at 2:00PM, with reception to follow. Click here to RSVP.
Calling all High School Students!
Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at W83
High School student? Come along and join fellow students (9th-12th grade) on Fridays. For more info click here or email David Plant.
Support for Processing Tragedy
A set of resources for individuals and families can be found here.
Don't Walk By!
West Side: Saturday, February 16
Join Hope for New York for the Don’t Walk By campaign, an annual outreach to the homeless in NYC. Every Saturday in February volunteers cover Manhattan on a search for the homeless to offer people living on the street care kits, warm food, clothing, blankets, and the opportunity to stay in a shelter. Click here for more info and to register.
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
Every Monday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Sign up and help prepare pantry bags to be distributed to the homeless and marginally housed men and women. RSVP for Jan 7, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28.
Serve Meals at All Angels' on the UWS
Sundays from 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Volunteers needed to set up and serve after-church meals for homeless and homed parishioners at All Angels' Church. RSVP for Jan 6, Jan 13, Jan 27.
New Leader Basics Class
Saturday, January 12 from 1:30PM to 6:30PM at W83
Are you in a Community Group and interested in becoming a Community Group leader? Click here to sign up for this class.
Children’s Communicants Classes Start in January
Sundays from 9:15AM to 10:15AMIs your child interested in taking communion? They may be right for a 4-week Communicants Class (classes for 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade). For more info or to sign up, click here or email Karen.
West Side Classes
Ring in the New Year by signing up for a West Side Class beginning in January or February. Topics include Spiritual Disciplines, Credibility of Christianity, How to Study the Bible, Helping People Change and more. To sign up click here or contact Karen.
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