Subject: West Side Update - April 1

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WestSide Update
April 1, 2013

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Kyle Werner

Kyle Werner grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and is now studying in the Doctor of Music Arts program at Manhattan School of Music, where he’s also a teaching fellow in the department of music theory. He came to NYC four years ago after doing his undergrad at University of Cincinnati.

At Redeemer, Kyle has co-led a Community Group and is currently a member of the Center for Faith & Work’s Gotham Fellowship. “I have found Redeemer's emphasis on integrating faith and work to be especially encouraging and challenging,” says Kyle. “I feel that Redeemer is helping me share the gospel more effectively as I navigate the individualistic, pluralistic environment of academia and the performing arts scene.”

Kyle lives in Washington Heights and loves grabbing a bite to eat at Celeste, Jacob’s Pickles or Grand Sichuan. You can often find him shopping at Fairway and Pour, doing Bikram Yoga, or going to anything at Lincoln Center.  “I also love cooking and entertaining,” says Kyle. “I find that food and hospitality are especially needed to bring people together and spark genuine conversation in the midst of our busy, technological society.”

Kyle has several performances of his music coming up in the next few weeks. To find out more, check out his site at

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.

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Shortly after graduating from college I attended a lecture by a well-known Christian speaker and author. After the talk, proud of my newly minted status as a graduate, I sauntered up and introduced myself. After a brief exchange of pleasantries, he looked at me and said “Now what are you going to do?” In other words, you went to college, but what are you going to do with this gift? How are you going to serve an agenda greater than your own? On Monday after Easter, having celebrated Christ’s resurrection, we can collectively hear God ‘saying’ “Now what?” In other words Easter isn’t just a celebration for us to enjoy, but a power that sends us out. N.T. Wright put it this way:

The point of the resurrection…is…what you do in the present—painting, praying, teaching, digging wells, campaigning for justice—will last into God's future. These activities are not simply ways of making the present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable…they are part of what we call building God's kingdom.

This is why we take the Hope For New York offering at Easter, to remind us that we are to bring resurrection hope to the world. So look around the HFNY website and find a way that you, as part of Christ’s church, can begin to live out the hope and power of the resurrection.

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. – Colossians 3:1

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

HFNY Easter Sacrificial Offering
There is still time to give online to the Easter Sacrificial offering. 100% of this offering will go toward the work of Hope for New York affiliates that serve the poor and marginalized in NYC.

Easter Day Testimony
At yesterday's services, Amanda Geisinger spoke about how God has transformed her life, click here to see her illustrations.

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 April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30

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. Email Amy for more info.

Job Search Skills Training Classes at the Redeemer Offices
Wednesday, April 3 from 10:00AM

Looking for a job? Sharpen your skills: interviewing, resumé writing and networking in a supportive and gospel-centered group environment. Click here for details and to register.

How People Change
Nine Thursdays starting April 4 from 7:00PM to 8:30PM

This class challenges and equips participants to live out the Gospel in their everyday lives. For more info on this class and others click here or email Karen with questions.

2013 Ei Forum - RISK: Faith or Folly
Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6

Click here for info on the Entrepreneurship Initiative Forum, focusing on the development of gospel-centered ventures.

citilights WS After Service Meals
Sunday, April 7 after 11:15AM and 5:00PM Services

In your 20s or 30s? Join small groups for a meal at a local restaurant. Look for the citilights sign in the lobby at W83.

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