Subject: West Side Update - February 25
February 25, 2013
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.
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
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
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Uptown Outreach on Saturday, March 2
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HFNY Dinner and Info Session at the Redeemer Offices
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
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.
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