Subject: West Side Update - May 6
May 6, 2013
Meagan Lloyd is a native Californian who grew in the San Francisco Bay area. Her interest in ministry began shortly after becoming a Christian at the age of 13. She attended California Baptist University, where she earned her degree in Christian Behavioral Science and got her Elementary Teaching License. She’s taught preschool and 5th and 7th grades. Meagan and her family moved to New York City in 2012. “Maybe my favorite way to spend a sunny afternoon is playing at Mariner's Playground at Central Park with my son, Simon, and my husband, Kendall,” she says.
As our WS Elementary Coordinator & Curriculum Specialist, Meagan oversees elementary programming and events, including Sunday curriculum and volunteer coordination. “You will almost always find me fervently typing emails at my desk, or sneaking away for coffee breaks,” she says. Meagan is passionate about Redeemer’s vision for the elementary program, children’s ministry, and the city at large, and she clings to Proverbs 22:6: "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it."
Fun Meagan Fact: “I have a Boston Terrier named Olive. She was the runt of the litter and she is the cutest little thing!”
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.
I recently watched a television special on the surrealist painter Joan Miró. The world into which he was born was filled with upheaval. He lived through WWI, the Spanish Civil War and WWII, leading him to assess the state of the world this way: "I am pessimistic, I am tragically pessimistic”. This explains at some level his fascination with ladders—metaphors in his work for his desire to escape from the realism of a war torn world. The desire to escape is a desire we all share, whether stuck in a bad job, experiencing a season of pain and suffering or just being overwhelmed by the broken world around us. As I reflected on Miró’s ladders I was reminded of the love of God, who knew we couldn’t escape our self-inflicted situation so he climbed down into our brokenness. The incarnation of Jesus is God’s answer to our despair, and his death and resurrection the down payment on a future that will one day be free of pain and evil.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” - Luke 4:18-19
Rev. David Bisgrove
Educational Equity: A Faithful Perspective
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30PM
Join us at the CFW Gospel & Culture Lecture as Nicole Baker Fulgham helps us consider disparities in American public education, and determine the roles Christians can play in eliminating educational inequity. Click here.
West Side Women at W83
Hope for New York: Serve Lunch at Hamilton Senior Center
1st and 2nd Sundays of the Month from 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Serve a meal and build relationships with low and moderate-income and homeless seniors. Contact Lauren for more info.
Capernaum, Young Life’s ministry to youth with special needs, is looking for dedicated leaders to disciple teens on the UWS. Male leaders are especially needed. Contact Katie for more information.
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. Buy tickets ($15) in advance here, $20 on the door.
West Side Classes
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.
Slices and Sundaes - Children's Ministry Celebration at W83
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