Subject: West Side Update - March 4
March 4, 2013
“I love to tell stories. In any medium. I am passionate about that. And as an actor I am driven to make the story as clear as I am able while making the technique as invisible as possible,” says Matt Mundy.
For Matt, the story of his involvement at Redeemer centers largely around Community Groups. Originally from Gainesville, Georgia, Matt moved to New York to pursue acting. He came to Redeemer in early 2003, but though he attended regularly, he didn’t yet become a member. “I joined Redeemer years later, only after having joined and committed to the first Community Group I ever attended,” says Matt. “We joke today that I just showed up one night and never went away. I didn't want to hop from Community Group to Community Group. I had already done that with Churches when I moved to NYC, and I didn't need to repeat that on the micro level.”
Matt now reads and ushers at our WS services. And he currently co-leads and hosts a Community Group that he began several years ago as a Beta Group. “It's been awesome watching our group—and new groups coming out of our group—grow and connect and take ownership of our neighborhood and community at large,” says Matt.
Conveniently, Matt lives right near the W83 Ministry Center: “Living on the same block as our new church building has helped me begin to break my long streak of running late to service,” says Matt.
Within the neighborhood, he’s a fan of Dovetail and Dean’s Pizza. He loves morning runs in either park. And he’s a self-proclaimed rare book buff, useless information fiend, and helpless quoter of Kierkegaard and C.S. Lewis. “Also I cannot grow a beard,” says Matt. “It just won’t happen.”
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.
Last week my youngest daughter turned five and it’s safe to say she and I responded to this milestone differently. I found myself a bit melancholy as I looked back at how fast the years have flown by and all the ways she has grown and changed. My daughter on the other hand was all about looking ahead to an exciting year of learning to ride a bike and her teeth “falling out”. A year ago yesterday we opened the W83 Ministry Center. As I look back I think about the new people from the neighborhood who are now worshipping with us each Sunday, the children and youth singing and learning about Jesus each week, how the Mom’s Groups, West Side Men and Women, and many other parts of our community have found a home in the space. As I look ahead I am excited to see how God will continue to use a converted parking garage to reveal his grace and truth in and through the WS Congregation. Like this past year there will be laughter and sorrow, joy and sadness, success and failure. But through it all there will be hope, for it will all be done in the shadow of the cross, which reminds us each Sunday of God’s loving faithfulness.
Thank you for the privilege of serving you this past year, and for all the ways you help make us the Body of Christ.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
Rev. David Bisgrove
Volunteer with the Children's Ministry
Two hours, One Sunday a Month
Please consider volunteering with the Children's Ministry and helping with a nursery, pre-school or elementary class. Giving just two hours of your time once a month can change the life of a child! Email Amy for info.
Join The Hope Exchange
Short Term Missions to Argentina and Chile
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 and learn about volunteering for HFNY programs serving the poor in NYC. RSVP here.
Help Pack the Pantry at St. Paul's House
New Leader Basics Class at the Redeemer Offices
Saturday, March 9 from 1:30PM to 6:30PM
Do you attend a Community Group? Interested in leading a group? Sign up for leader training. Register here or email for info.
Quarters (20's) Potluck & Game Night at the Redeemer Offices
WORK: What is It Good For?
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