Subject: West Side Update - January 28
January 28, 2013
“This is pretty much my dream job,” says Ashley Phillips, an associate editor specializing in cookbook publishing at Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House, Inc. “I’m working on the types of cookbooks that I read and cooked from in high school and college—the things that shaped how I think about food. I love food and cooking—and eating.”
Ashley grew up in Jackson, MS, and went to Vanderbilt University for a degree in English. She then interned for seven months in Birmingham, AL, with the food department at Cottage Living magazine: “I caught the bug for publishing there and followed that thread to NYC.”
Ashley’s been in NYC since 2008. She enjoys reading, discovering new restaurants, and running. “I love the west side running trail! Miles of running right along the water—so peaceful and beautiful,” she says.
At Redeemer, Ashley is in a Community Group and previously served on the information table team. In 2011, she was installed as a deaconess. “It’s been incredible to be so close to someone as God works in his or her life—to truly see prayers answered and struggles relent and fall away,” says Ashley. “At times, off and on, finding enough time or balancing time in order to be there for my Diaconate clients has been trying. But that in itself is an area where God has taught me great lessons—where the truth that my time is not my own has become more deeply rooted.”
In a city so fast-paced and fluctuating, Ashley says Redeemer has been a rock for her: “I would have burned out long ago if not for the relationships built on the Lord, for the consistency of the church, and for the growth in Christ that the church has helped facilitate.”
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.
Recently my family and I had an opportunity to get away for a long weekend. And right on cue, about 30 minutes into a four-hour drive our young daughters began to ask us if we were there yet. Throughout the drive we fended off increasingly passionate lamentations from the back seat—“How much longer?” Of course, by that point in the journey the cries were less of a question and more of a longing. The Psalms are full of similar lamentations, one of which Psalm 13 starts out with the expression—“How long, O Lord?” These words give voice to our individual and collective longing for a life and world without pain and suffering. They remind us that Christians aren’t exempt from pain or trials, nor are they to be casual about the suffering they see around them. The last six months have given our community many opportunities to join the psalmist in that cry as we have been witness to individual and communal suffering. So, as we begin a new year let us be honest about our struggles, invested in the struggles of others—and pray that the words of the psalmist would more and more shape us:
Rev. David Bisgrove
Faith & Work Night at W83
TONIGHT: Monday, January 28 at 7:00PM
Come along to a vocation group! The evening starts with food and fellowship, and continues with breakouts to re-envision work in light of the gospel. Find your group and RSVP online.
RUF City Campus at W83
Register for Don't Walk By!
Harlem, February 9 and West Side, February 16
Every Saturday in February, volunteers will cover Manhattan on a search for the homeless, offering 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 sign up, and here to watch the video.
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 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb. 18, Feb. 25
Applications 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 at W83
Click here to see the range of classes being offered on the West Side and sign up.
citilights Praise Night at W83
Saturday, February 2 at 8:00PM
In your twenties or thirties? Come along to Praise Night next Saturday evening! Click here for more info about citilights.
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