Subject: West Side Update - January 14

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Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
January 14, 2013

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Lana Waites
Children's Ministry
Communications Coordinator

Lana Waites was born and raised in Alabama. After graduating from Auburn University, she travelled for 11 months, doing missions in 11 different countries with a program called the World Race. She then worked for Big Idea (the makers of VeggieTales) in Nashville, TN, before moving to NYC. Lana’s an avid baker: “My favorite place of solitude is in an apron, kneading some dough, with the music turned up,” she says. “If I'm baking, I'm happy.” And going to see live music is her favorite past time.
 
Lana came to NYC in November 2012 and joined our staff as the Database and Communications Coordinator for WS Children's Ministry. “If you receive an email from the WS Children's Ministry, yours truly sent it,” says Lana. “I'm bringing my mad organizational and admin. skills to the office, and I jump on board to help wherever needed.” She’s also mastering our database system for our Children’s Ministry check-in process. Lana enjoys working alongside our other staff and volunteers: “The group of people I get to work with daily make coming into the office a cake walk.”
 
Fun Lana Fact: “I seriously cannot stand cotton balls.”

Vision
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.

Hello ,

I remember a few years ago visiting Yosemite National Park with extended family. At one point we were driving along and came across a place that was so beautiful we just had to stop and get out. As we stared at the vista in front of us we found ourselves shouting to each other: “Come over here, look at the view from here!” As we think about one of the priorities we have as a WS Congregation to invite people in to meet God, the experience from Yosemite is instructive as a metaphor for evangelism. J.I. Packer put it this way:
 
If we have known anything of the love of Christ for us, and if our hearts have felt any measure of gratitude for the grace that has saved us…then this attitude of compassion and care for our spiritually needy fellow men ought to come naturally and spontaneously for us.
 
When we see a beautiful view or eat at a great restaurant, we let it be known to anyone within earshot. Packer is saying the same thing about talking to people about Jesus—it is to be a natural overflow of joy and gratitude. To be effective ambassadors of the reality of God, we have to regularly ‘re-evangelize’ our own hearts and find ourselves humbled, grateful and full of hope through the love and mercy of God that is in Christ (Romans 8:39). To the degree we do this we will find ourselves inviting our friends to taste and see that God is good. (Psalm 34:8)
 
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” – Psalm 150:6

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Community
It's Movie Night at W83
Thursday, January 17 at 7:30PM
Looking for a night out? Come along to Redeemer's Family Ministries movie night. We will be screening 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner' with a Q&A on race and relationships to follow. Childcare provided.

Don't Walk By Care Kits at W83
Saturday, January 26 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

February marks Don’t Walk By month with over 1,000 volunteers hitting streets and subway platforms to offer care kits to the city’s homeless. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to serve our neighbors by helping assemble care kits for distribution. Snacks and coffee will be served. Click here to RSVP.

Serve
Register for Don't Walk By
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 Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
Every Monday from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Volunteers are needed to help prepare pantry bags to be distributed to the homeless and marginally housed men and women. RSVP: Jan 21, Jan 28

Events
Gotham Fellowship
Applications Now Open thru March 31
Calling young professionals between the ages of 25-35 who desire to participate in a 9 month intensive leadership training program focused on gospel worldview engagement, spiritual and personal development, and community formation. Click here for more info.

West Side Classes
Are you interested in helping others change, about the spiritual discplines of Bible study and prayer? Or, do you have questions about Christianity? If so, please come to a Sunday West Side class starting in January! To sign up, click here or contact Karen.

Preparing for Marriage Seminar
Saturday, January 26 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Engaged or thinking about marriage? Sign up for this seminar discussing healthy marriage, the true nature of love, how to effectively express it, communication and conflict resolution, role relationships and sexuality in marriage. $50 per person. Click here to register.

 
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