Subject: West Side Update - May 13
May 13, 2013
Jane Sung Sidhu
Mom, Part-time Consultant
“Not only did the Leader-Coach training help me understand how to support and challenge my leaders to grow, but it also gave me a better understanding of my wandering heart, and the power of the gospel in the context of a Christ-centered community,” says Jane Sung Sidhu, who currently serves as a Leader-Coach for our Community Group leaders.
Jane has lived in NYC for over ten years and began attending Redeemer in 2003. She met her husband, Kamal Sidhu, while teaching Sunday School at Redeemer. She and Kamal have a two-year-old son, Timothy, and another child on the way. Jane previously worked in global marketing insights and strategy. Now, she’s a full-time mom with a part-time consulting gig. “I miss the global nature of my previous jobs, but exploring the nooks and crannies of the UWS with my son is pretty neat too,” she says.
It was last fall when Jane trained for and became a Leader-Coach at Redeemer. “Serving as a Leader-Coach has been incredibly engaging and encouraging,” says Jane. “The vision is to provide our Community Group leaders with a deeper level of care. And meeting with my leaders and attending their Community Groups gives me that wonderful glimpse of what Christ is doing in these small group settings, beyond our church walls, and beyond Sundays at W83.”
Fun fact: “I cannot ride a bike. I have gone hang gliding and bungee jumping but am too scared to ride a bike. How can you balance on that skinny little wheel?”
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 weekend my five-year-old daughter blew the seedlings from a dandelion and made a wish. When I asked what she wished for she said, “that our family would always be together and the world would be made of candy”. Those wishes reflect our collective longing to be in safe relationships with people who love us unconditionally and to live in a world that is ‘sweet’ —free of the things that sour our lives. Confronted with the unspeakable accounts coming out of Cleveland of kidnapping, oppression and violence, I am reminded how I long for a world where the love, justice and peace of Jesus’ kingdom will wipe away not just our tears, but our fear—a time when “the wolf will live with the lamb” (Isaiah 11:6). In the meantime, it is the Church’s responsibility and privilege to work towards bringing about the peace and justice of God’s Kingdom. So whether it is volunteering through HFNY, learning more about organizations like International Justice Mission or coming alongside neighbors in need, we are to heed the words of Micah, so the world becomes a sweeter and sweeter place.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8
Rev. David Bisgrove
Serve as a Leader-Coach for WS Community Groups
Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 15
Leader-Coaches are needed to come alongside Community Group leaders and encourage, support, care and pray for them on a regular basis. Click here for more info and application form.
Slices and Sundaes - Children's Ministry Celebration at W83
Parking vouchers are available for the parking lot across the street with 3 hours on Sundays, half off (at $12.50). Ask at the W83 security desk for a coupon sticker to stick on your ticket and present to parking attendant upon checkout.
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 service opportunity for community groups! RSVP for May 26
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. Email Lauren for more info.
Hope for New York: Work with Teens with Special Needs
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. Email Katie for more information.
WS Class: Beauty, Image and the Christian Woman
Wednesday, May 15 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
For more info and to register, click here. Contact Karen with questions.
CFW Gospel & Culture Lecture: Educational Equity
Congregational Meeting at W83
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