Subject: West Side Update - February 25

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WestSide Update
February 25, 2013

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Max Anderson
Marketing and Sales Manager, Author, Redeemer Elder

“I became an elder because I love the church and want to see it flourish,” says Max Anderson. “It's been rewarding to get to know godly people who care deeply about making Redeemer a great church for the city.”

Both Max and his wife, Jess, have lived in NYC and attended Redeemer since 2002 (minus a few years spent in Boston for graduate school). Though they met during college, their first date as a couple actually entailed a Redeemer evening service, followed by a French dinner: “Reformed theology for appetizers. Crème brulee for dessert!” says Max. They were married in 2004. Max and Jess have two daughters: Carolina is 4 years old and Gracie is 2. “They both would like you to know that they love princesses and that Cinderella is their favorite,” says Max.

Max is originally from Colorado. He manages marketing and sales teams for an investment fund in Westport, CT, which has him doing the reverse-commute from the city each day. He also previously worked full-time at Redeemer, managing the Vision Campaign in 2005 and 2006. And he and Jess started a Community Group in 2002 that has continued to multiply and meet ever since. He became an elder in May of 2012.

“The most influential part of Redeemer for us has been the close friendships and community we have formed over the years,” says Max. “We've served together, done mission trips, retreats, and watched each other get married, have kids, and grow.”

Max and Jess often take the kids to play in the fountain at the Natural History Museum when it’s warm. He loves reading and spending time with friends. And here’s a fun fact: “I play a little guitar,” says Max. “No, seriously, its tiny.”

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 ,

Life in NYC can feel like a blur. It’s a place where being the busiest person in our circle of friends can be celebrated as a badge of honor. I recently came across a quote by Blaise Pascal that perhaps captures at least one reason why so many of us surrender to the business. In Pensées he wrote, "being unable to cure death and wretchedness, people have decided in order to be happy not to think about such things.” Of course, who would want to think of such things? But that’s the whole purpose of Lent. Lent calls us to slow down so that we can search and unmask whether our business is covering an unwillingness to confront our own sin and mortality. It does this by encouraging us to search the depths of our sin as well as the heights of God’s love. In other words it takes us to the cross. And it is only at the foot of the cross, apprehending God’s grace more deeply, that we find the courage to confront our fears, anxieties and sin. So slow down. Kneel down. And look up at Jesus on the cross, and pray with the Psalmist:

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! – Psalm 139:23-24 

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Faith & Work Night at W83
TONIGHT: Monday, February 25 at 7:00PM

Several of our vocation groups gather monthly to re-envision work in light of the gospel. The evening starts with food and fellowship, and continues with vocational and cross-vocational breakouts. Find your group and RSVP.

Don't Walk By West Side
A Big Thank you!
Many thanks to all who came out on February 16 for Don't Walk By. 167 Redeemer West Siders walked the UWS on a search for the homeless, offering those they encountered care kits and the opportunity to get long-term help and support. Check out HFNY's Facebook for photos and updates on the outreach, and find out how you can get involved with serving the homeless all year round.

Register for Don't Walk By!
Uptown Outreach on Saturday, March 2

Sign up for the Uptown outreach (rescheduled due to snowstorm). Click here to register and for more info.

HFNY Dinner and Info Session at the Redeemer Offices
Tuesday, March 12 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Interested in serving with Hope for New York? Join us for dinner to learn more about volunteering for HFNY programs serving the poor in NYC. RSVP here.

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 Feb. 25, Mar. 4, Mar. 11, Mar. 18

Calling all High School Students!
Fridays from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at W83

If you are a High School student, join your fellow students (9th-12th grades) on Fridays at W83. For more info click here or email David Plant.

citilights Praise Night & Pizza at the Redeemer Offices
Saturday, March 2 at 7:00PM

Come along to an evening of acoustic praise and worship! Click here for more info.

New West Side Class
Sundays, March 3, 10 and 17 from 11:15AM to 12:30PM

Interested in learning practical steps for reading, understanding and applying the Bible? Sign up for the Foundations of Understanding the Bible class taught by Bijan Mirtolooi, Youth Ministry Assistant. Click here for info and to register.

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