Subject: West Side Update - January 7
January 7, 2013
CFW Gotham Alum 2012
“New York has always given me the bad with the good,” says Dan Watkins. “Nearly every day at work I have some opportunity to confront my own idolatry and the broken aspects of my industry. But I also daily see the Spirit work through the intelligence and kindness of my colleagues, as well as the amazing work we help our clients accomplish. Death and resurrection go hand-in-hand, every day.”
Dan is from Colorado and has lived in NYC and attended Redeemer for eight years. He and his wife, Amilee, initially came to the city to pursue their arts (music for Amilee and acting for Dan). “We are still very connected to the arts,” says Dan. “But it’s in ways we never could have envisioned when we drove our U-Haul through the Lincoln Tunnel!” Amilee now works for the Center for Faith and Work, and Dan is an entertainment lawyer at a law firm that represents clients in theatre, publishing, film, TV and other media.
Dan has been greatly encouraged by Redeemer’s Center for Faith and Work, participating in the Gotham Fellowship last year and serving on the Steering Committee of the Entrepreneurship Initiative for some time now. He says, “Both experiences have helped me appreciate the mystery of the Spirit’s work in the world outside of the church.”
On the UWS, Dan can often be found at Amsterdam Ale House, where he and Amilee have a quasi-regular status. He’s also a big fan of the “urban camping” experience of lining up pre-dawn for Shakespeare in the Park tickets. For Dan, being part of the WS Congregation has meant that life cannot be compartmentalized: “I regularly bump into my co-workers and pew-mates in the neighborhood. I think that the integration of all areas of our lives—church, family, work and otherwise—takes on a physical reality on the WS.”
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.
I recently walked through Central Park and was struck by the starkness of the leafless trees. Of course, the lack of ‘fruit’ doesn’t mean the trees are dead. The roots are still absorbing nutrients in preparation for the spring. It reminded me how at the beginning of the year many of you have committed to being more ‘rooted’ in God’s word. Psalm 1 gives us an image of what this looks like as the 'Blessed' (content/happy) person delights and meditates on God’s word and is described this way: That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither (Psalm 1:3). There are many useful tools that can help you, several of which can be found here.
Rev. David Bisgrove
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.
Register for 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 to register and for more info.
Help Lead Events on the UWS for those with Mental Illness
Saturday, Jan. 12 or Jan. 26 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM
Prepare meals, lead events, and build relationships with people struggling with mental illness at an UWS (W80s) residence. RSVP for Jan. 12, Jan. 26.
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
Every Monday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Volunteers needed to help prepare pantry bags to be distributed to the homeless and marginally housed men and women. RSVP for Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 28.
Serve Meals at All Angels' on the UWS
Sundays from 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Sign up to set up and serve after-church meals for homeless and homed parishioners at All Angels' Church. RSVP for 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.
Children’s Communicants Classes Start in January
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