Subject: West Side Update - April 22
April 22, 2013
St. Paul's House
Hope for New York Affiliate
St. Paul's House is a Hope for New York affiliate that serves people in need in Hell's Kitchen. St. Paul's House operates a soup kitchen and food pantry, offers morning Bible study services to the community, and provides activities and services for at-risk youth.
Check out this video profile of St. Paul's House, where their executive director explains, "I really believe that, the time that they spend here, it's like being with a family."
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.
The past few weekends I have been teaching our 5 year old to ride a bike, meaning this middle aged man has been huffing and puffing around the park while trying to figure out when to hold on and when to let go. The whole experience reminded me of a recent article in the NY Times, “Happiness, Beyond the Data”. The author’s conclusion was that real happiness doesn’t come from making “pleasure the central focus” of our lives. Rather, it comes when we sacrifice our own happiness for others. This is the mysterious, counter-intuitive power of the gospel of Jesus. The good news is the last shall be first; you find your life by giving it away; and it is more blessed (happy) to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). The ultimate expression of this principle is found in the death of Jesus—resulting in a life so unique and powerful for his followers, that Scripture calls it ‘eternal life’ (John 3:16). We see and have the opportunity to experience this kind of life every day. For example, as I was huffing and puffing around Central Park, part of me longing to be lying on a blanket taking a nap in the sun, I experienced this gospel principle as my daughter rode off on her own, yelling out “I did it! I did it!” That my friends, is joy!
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:9, 12-13
Rev. David Bisgrove
Support for Processing Tragedy
A set of resources can be found here.
Lead Pastor David Bisgrove Now on Twitter
In the Living Room: West Side Artist Intensive
Hope for New York: Don't Walk By
Celebrating Your Generosity!
In February, over 300 Redeemerites braved the elements to serve our homeless neighbors through the Don't Walk By campaign. Click here to learn about the difference you've made!
Screening of Haiti Redux Documentary and Q&A
Sunday, April 28 from 12:30PM to 2:30PM at the Salvation Army
All are welcome to the screening of this powerful documentary by Redeemer member Cori Packard. Followed by Q&A with Cori and filmmaker, Fredric King. Click here for info or email with questions.
Faith & Work Night at W83
Monday, April 29 at 7:00PM
Don't miss our next monthly gathering! The evening starts with food and fellowship, and continues with breakouts. Find your group and RSVP here.
Beauty, Image and the Christian Woman
Saturday, May 4 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM
Join us to consider how God defines beauty, and how the gospel empowers us to address societal pressures and transform our self-image and identity. $10, click here to register. Questions? Contact Karen.
Friday, May 10 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
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