Subject: West Side Update - April 8
April 8, 2013
Zubair Simonson lives in Morningside Heights. He's originally from Raleigh, NC and moved to NYC in 2005.
"For me, New York's the place where I first really started to give Jesus a chance to show me what he's all about," Zubair says. Check out his New Birth Portrait to hear how.
As a church of Jesus Christ, to help 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, as many of you know, the head basketball coach at Rutgers was fired when video recordings of several practices he conducted were broadcast over cable television. It was one of those uncomfortable events when the curtain was pulled back on behavior that had previously been hidden. In many ways, that incident is a metaphor for what it means to be human. We have multiple layers of behavior, and all have a tendency to showcase our more positive qualities when we are being watched. But often times the public impressions we leave with people contradict our private behavior. It reminds me of something Archbishop William Temple once said: Your religion is what you do with your solitude. For a Christian, the standard is holiness (1 Peter 1:16), a word that implies wholeness and integrity in every area of life. As we begin our journey from the cross and empty tomb and seek to live lives that are worthy of the calling we have received (Ephesians 4:1) we must continue to examine our lives in light of Scripture, seek the counsel and accountability of wise friends, and engage in public worship. As those who were buried with Christ and raised with him, we must always remember that it is a deeper appreciation and apprehension of God’s grace that will make us holy, knowing that that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24In Christ,
Rev. David Bisgrove
2013 Ei Business Plan Update
The winners of the Business Plan Competition are Mosaic (not-for-profit), Firebone Theatre (arts), and Gigzolo (for-profit). Over 50 volunteers led workshops and coached the 33 entrants over the 6 month process. Please pray for our winners as they continue in their faithful endeavors.
Downtown Sunday Service Schedule Change
West Side Newcomer Supper at W83
West Side Supper (and special performances!)
Serve Lunch at Hamilton Senior Center
Sunday, April 14 from 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Serve a meal and build relationships with low, moderate-income and homeless seniors. Contact Lauren for more information.
Volunteers for WS Newcomer Supper
Children’s Ministry “Parent Town Hall” at W83
Wednesday April 17 at 7:30PM
Come along to the first ever Parent Town Hall and hear from Lead Pastor David Bisgrove and Children’s Director Bethany Griffith on the vision and plans for the Children’s Ministry, with Q&A and opportunity to share feedback. Childcare provided (Infants to 5th grade). Questions? Email Bethany.
Image, Beauty and the Christian Woman at W83
In the Living Room - West Side Artist Intensive
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