Subject: West Side Update - February 18

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WestSide Update
February 18, 2013

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Bonne Kramer
WS Music Assistant

Bonne Kramer hails from a Christmas tree farm in Florida. She has a B.A. in Performing Arts and works as a singer, actor, and voice over artist. Bonne joined our staff in August 2012 as the WS Music Assistant. Her duties include organizing singer events, supervising royalty payments, making sure musicians get paid, and proofing Sunday worship bulletins. “I really enjoy organizing our singer forums,” says Bonne. “I get to meet performers of all kinds and help provide an environment where there is a genuine desire to fellowship with other Christian professional singers.”

Bonne’s interests are wide-ranging: from Ping-Pong, to riding her bike, to playing the bassoon. She loves swing dancing and has a side job dancing at Bar Mitzvahs. She's also played softball her whole life and plays in Central Park every spring. “As a child I wanted to be the first professional female baseball player,” says Bonne. It didn’t happen. But she did have a gig singing and dancing at Madison Square Garden for Phish.

Fun Bonne Fact: “I can practically drink mustard. I have an entire shelf in my fridge dedicated to all my precious mustards.”

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 ,

Last week approximately 40 fourth grade students and four teachers from the Dwight School visited the W83 building as part of a unit they were studying on ‘belief systems’. After a brief tour of the building they settled in the first two rows of the sanctuary. I introduced myself, gave a brief history of Redeemer and then let them fire away. It was fun and fascinating as some of them excitedly told me about their experiences in their Christian churches. Others asked about everything from the significance of Christmas and Easter, to why Christians drink wine during worship services, and the difference between Christianity and other religions. It was a fascinating experience and a reminder of why Jesus equated genuine faith with children. As they walked away waving and smiling it struck me that I had just spent 30 minutes in the sanctuary repeatedly using the words faith, hope and love. Why? Because I had been in the presence of a group of children who expressed a genuine interest in who God is, and unbridled enthusiasm in telling others about him. That’s a pretty good lesson for the rest of us.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

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2013 Ei Forum
Early Bird Registration through Wednesday, February 20
Make the most of early bird registration and join other entrepreneurs and investors with a vision for gospel centered ventures on April 5-6. This year's theme RISK: Faith or Folly? Register here.

Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Volunteers Needed

Hope for New York is working with organizations serving areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. There are many ways to get involved, check here to stay up-to-date on needs.

HFNY Pilot Programs
Help launch new volunteer opportunities for HFNY, see details below...

Pilot Program: Serve Lunch to the Homeless in East Harlem
Sundays from 11:00AM to 2:00PM
Please email for more information.

Pilot Program: Male Mentors Needed
Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:00PM
Please email for more information.

citilights Volunteer Opportunity: Don't Walk By
Saturday, February 23 from 2:30PM to 8:00PM

Join us for the annual 'Don't Walk By' outreach to the homeless in Manhattan. Email to RSVP.

Beyond Abuse Seminar at the Redeemer Offices
Saturday, February 23 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM

Beyond Abuse is a seminar for those affected by childhood and adolescent sexual abuse. $30. Scholarships available. Click here for registration form. For more info email Andrea Mungo.

Gotham Fellowship Info Session at W83
Sunday, February 24 at 6:15PM (between evening services)

Questions? Interested in finding out more? Please join us to hear from Gotham Alumni and learn more. RSVP here (required). Applications accepted until March 31.

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