Subject: West Side Update - April 29

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
April 29, 2013

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Amanda Edmonds
Wardrobe Consultant
Redeemer Sermon Store Rep.

“When I think about the different turns in my career and the family and friends who I have loved and lost through death, misunderstandings and distance, the one thing that has stayed constant and true is God and his love and mercy,” says Amanda Edmonds. “Being at Redeemer has helped me stay grounded through the ups, downs and chasing of many idols. The teaching has helped me discover what it is to be on a spiritual journey.”

Amanda, who was born and raised in Queens, moved into Manhattan in 1997 after living in Jersey City for 10 years: “My father always referred to my move to Jersey City as ‘the time I ran away from home,’” she says.

Amanda is a trained seamstress and fashion merchandiser who studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She’s currently a Wardrobe Consultant with a custom clothing company. She enjoys sewing garments, knitting, reading and spending time with family and friends. “I can be found on a regular basis at Fairway Market - Uptown Harlem,” she says. “I really like to cook and I love the gourmet selection at Fairway, especially the walk-in freezer where I can get fresh fish and cuts of meat.”

During the 19 years that Amanda’s been coming to Redeemer, she’s lead or co-lead three Community Groups. When the West Side services first began, she started volunteering at the Sermon Table, which eventually led to her taking her current full-time position as the Customer Care Representative for the Redeemer Sermon Store. “The influential and encouraging thing during my Redeemer years has been volunteering and interacting with members, attendees and visitors,” says Amanda. “It's a great way to engage in the worship experience and to feel part of a church community.”

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.
Hello ,

Like most New Yorkers I walk fast. The exception being when the grays and browns of the cold winter give way to the colors and warmth of spring. I find that even in the midst of intermittent cold and cloudy days my mood improves as the colors of the tulips and daffodils explode. That’s because I know the cloudy darkness of winter will give way to the colorful warmth of summer. This is a metaphor for what it means to live in a post-Easter world. The bombing in Boston reminds us that the world still contains dark, cold and evil elements. But the resurrection reminds us that evil will one day give way to peace, the way fallow earth gives way to flowers. That truth is not just to bring hope and healing for the comfort of those within the church, but to those outside as well. In moments of pain, uncertainty and sorrow, our faith, hope and love rooted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus should cause people to slow down and gaze at his beauty.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  - John 16:33

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Should We Always Forgive? - An Opera Open Forum
Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00PM
The issue of forgiveness and reconciliation has been addressed in literature and music for centuries. The Opera Open Forum will explore how great operas have treated the subject. After a concert, Dr. Tim Keller will deliver a brief lecture, “Should We Always Forgive?” drawing on the insights of operatic pieces, religion and Christianity, to be followed by a Q&A. Click for info or download flyer and invite your friends.

Support for Processing Tragedy
A set of resources can be found here.

Hope for New York: All Angels
Sunday Evening Meal Service

Serve dinner to the All Angels' congregation, which includes homed and homeless parishioners on West 80th St. Only a few dates available - a great way for community groups to serve! RSVP for May 5, May 26

Faith & Work Night at W83
TONIGHT: Monday, April 29 at 7:00PM
Don't miss our 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.
citilights Praise Night at W83
Saturday, May 4 at 8:00PM

Come along to an evening of worship and prayer. Join others afterward for a meal - a great way to meet new people! Click here for info.
Hope for New York: Young Supporters Spring Benefit
Thursday, May 9 at the Broad Street Ballroom
We'll have food, drinks, live music and a special program about Hope for New York's work to serve the poor and marginalized of our city. $15, get tickets here.
Marriage Renewal
Friday, May 10 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
$25 per couple including light dinner, click here for info and to register. Questions? Contact Karen.
Gospel and Stewardship Seminar
Saturday, May 18 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Want to learn a gospel approach to personal finances? Want to create a budget you can keep? Get rid of your debt? Come to this seminar. $20 including lunch, click here.

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