Subject: West Side Update - March 18

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WestSide Update
March 18, 2013

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Bethany Griffith
Children’s Ministry Director


Bethany Griffith grew up in Alabama near the Gulf Coast. Even as a teenager, Bethany had a heart for NYC. So she was particularly excited when she got the opportunity to move here in 2008, coming to work for Redeemer Children's Ministry. "That was a season of my life where I really walked in faith and saw the Lord lead the way," says Bethany.
 
Bethany's degree is in Early Childhood Education. After working for four years within our Children’s Ministry, she became our Children’s Ministry Director in 2013. “It is my desire that every time children enter the doors of Redeemer, they would experience deep community, gain a greater understanding of the gospel of Christ and of their personal need for a Savior, and have fun!” Outside of work, you can find Bethany hanging out with friends, playing tennis, wandering the neighborhood with her camera, or volunteering with Hope for New York.
 
Favorite WS Spot:
"The pier at 70th street is my favorite place to read and hang out. I grew up on the water so being near the river always brings peace to my soul in the midst of living life in a very large city."


Vision
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 ,

As you read this, my family and I are hopefully settled into the early part of our week long vacation. We have been counting down the days for this break from our routine and the chance to spend time together, having fun and relaxing in the Californian mountains. It’s a time of year when many of us are feeling fatigued after the dark, cold winter months, as well as the grueling pace of city life. However, our longing and need for rest isn’t just a function of the weather or our overly scheduled lives. It is rooted in the biblical notion of Sabbath. The bible reminds us that we need rest (physical, emotional, spiritual) because we were created by a God who is rested (Exodus 20), and commanded us to rest (Deuteronomy 5). Barbara Brown Taylor put it this way:

Sabbath was the day when Israel celebrated its freedom from compulsion… (when) they remembered their worth lay not in their own productivity but in God’s...love for them. Sabbath offered them a foretaste of heaven, when they would lie back in God’s arms and behold the glory of creation for all eternity.

That is something we all need. 

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us. – Hebrews 4:1-2a

In Christ,


Rev. David Bisgrove

Community
Five WS Easter Services
Sunday, March 31 at 8:30AM, 10:00AM, 11:30AM, 5:00PM, 7:00PM

Please consider coming along at 8:30AM or to an evening service to help accommodate all expected visitors. Click here for full Easter week schedule including Theology on Tap, the Maundy Thursday Dinner and prayer.

Easter Is Here
You're Invited!

If you'd like to invite a friend, neighbor or work colleague to an Easter Service, the invitation is available at this url www.redeemer.com/wseaster.

Redeemer's Youth Community Easter Basket Fundraiser
Order by Thursday, March 21 for March 23 Delivery

Students have made Easter baskets for children (age 3-8) to raise funds for Youth Scholarships and A House on Beekman. Baskets help tell the Easter story through crafts, toys and a little candy. Click here to order or make a donation.


Serve
Volunteer with the Children’s Ministry
Consider being part of a Children’s Ministry volunteer team and read stories, help with a craft, lead a song or assist the lead teacher. Visit a class this Sunday! Email Amy for more info.

Help HFNY Reach 150 Hope Exchangers
Join The Hope Exchange, HFNY's new program for committed monthly givers, and help reach HFNY's goal of 150 committed monthly givers by March 22. Click here to join today!

Help with Wellness Cafe at All Angels'
Tuesday evenings from 6:00PM to 8:30PM

Volunteers needed to set up and serve after-church meal for homeless and homed parishioners at All Angels' Church. RSVP for Mar. 19, Mar. 26


Events
InterArts Fellowship at W83
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00PM

Artists and art lovers! Join us as artist and theologian Bruce Herman casts a vision for artists in light of Christ's renewing work in the world. This special InterArts will showcase art from the ES congregation. Details here.

Job Search Round Table
Thursdays from 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Are you searching for a job? The Job Search Round Table provides networking and fellowship, scriptural teaching, prayer and accountability. No registration required. Email Lauren for more info.


 
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