Subject: West Side Update - April 15
April 15, 2013
“I love this city. It’s such a beautiful representation of God’s creation. You see every swath of the human experience here—every race, every social class and economic background, every kind of talent and interest and opinion,” says Keely Latcham. “I think heaven will be a lot like New York City, except that we won’t see the poverty and pain and dirtiness and ugliness that exist now. It is a foretaste of the Kingdom—and reminds us of how much this world needs a Savior and complete restoration.”
Keely grew up in Denver, Colorado. She went to the University of Virginia and then moved to NYC in 2010 to pursue a job in publishing. She’s now an assistant editor for Oxford University Press, working on their history list. “Most of my day is spent reading submission manuscripts we get from authors and agents, editing books that we’re going to publish, and working with authors to make sure all the phases of editing, production, and publication go smoothly,” says Keely.
At Redeemer, Keely says her community group has been key: “I joined Kari Jo and Cory Cates’s group a few months after moving to the city, and I immediately felt more connected to the neighborhood and the church.” She even met her fiancé, Nick Boeving, through her community group. She and Nick are getting married this August.
Keely also ushers at Redeemer’s 5:00PM service. And she and Nick volunteer with Habitat for Humanity through Hope for New York. They serve with Habitat’s “100 Homes in Brooklyn” project, which aims to develop 100 affordable homes in lower-income areas for first-time homebuyers. “It is such a neat thing to be involved in,” Keely says. “First, the work is fun. And secondly, it’s great knowing that the work you’re doing is going to impact a family in a very real way.”
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, on one of those warm summer-like days, I was having lunch outside on the Upper West Side with a colleague when our babysitter walked by on her way to pick up our youngest from pre-school. For the rest of the lunch I found myself sneaking peaks over my shoulder knowing that just a glimpse of my daughter, or an opportunity to spend a few minutes with her in the middle of the day would be like a shot of adrenaline-like joy. It’s during moments like that when I am drawn into the wonder of what it means that Christians are called God’s children. When God’s love seems remote and inaccessible, and the cross looms large as the measure of God’s longing to make us part of his divine family, is it possible that God takes that much joy in us? That he anticipates our presence in worship (private or public) the way I anticipate getting hugged by my daughters? It is something worth contemplating.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Romans 8:14-15
Rev. David Bisgrove
West Side Newcomer Supper at W83
Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00PM
If you're new to Redeemer, please come along and meet new people, share a meal and get connected. Sign up here.
Redeemer Membership Class at W83
OWLS: Older, Wise, Loving, Servants
Volunteer with All Angels
Sunday Evening Meal Service
Serve dinner to the All Angels' congregation, which includes homed and homeless parishioners on W. 80th St. Only a few dates available, a great way to serve as a community group! April 28, May 5, May 26
Children’s Ministry “Parent Town Hall” at W83
Wednesday April 17 at 7:30PM
Come and hear about the vision for the Children’s Ministry, with Q&A and opportunity to share feedback. Childcare provided (Infants to 5th grade). Questions? Email Bethany.
West Side Supper and Talent Show
Educational Equity: A Faithful Perspective
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