Subject: West Side Update - May 20
May 20, 2013
Branding and Design Consultant
“New York turned me into a foodie,” says Faith McCormick. “Until I moved to New York I basically ate Caesar salad and chicken fingers and angel hair with marinara and Kraft Mac and Cheese.” Now she’s got a long list of favorite dishes and restaurants—including the prosciutto and fig pizza at Gina la Fornarina.
Faith grew up in a small town in Georgia. She first came to NYC for an internship in 2001, while taking a year off during college. “That’s when I felt a call to the city,” she says. “Really every decision from that point on was getting me back to New York.”
In 2006, after finishing undergrad at UVA and getting her Master’s from VCU, Faith moved back to NYC. She first worked in advertising and now does consulting and branding design, helping small businesses, nonprofits, restaurants and authors amplify their voice in the world through strategic design.
At Redeemer, Faith is currently a Gotham Fellow with the Center for Faith & Work. She’s also been a part of the same Community Group for seven years: “I am so grateful for the community it has provided, and the beautiful mixture of grace and truth that has been lived out on a daily basis,” says Faith. “It’s one thing to hear about the gospel and have head knowledge, but when you experience it in the context of a rich community, it really does change the way you live.”
And it’s not just her taste in food that New York has widened. “I don’t know if I can put into words how much I love the city,” Faith says. “I love the beautiful brokenness of it—being confronted everyday with people and smells and sights that are utterly different from myself, and constantly being pushed and challenged in every direction possible.”
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 the West Side staff spent a day together to pray and plan as we seek to build on the priorities established last year:
Invite people in to meet God
We began the day reading from In the Name of Jesus, Henri Nouwen’s book on leadership, reminding us that leading and ministering—which many of you do at Redeemer—should be our response to God’s love for us. Nouwen writes,
“The question is not…how much you are going to accomplish? Can you show some results? But, are you in love with Jesus [who] forgives, cares, reaches out and wants to heal.”
This echoes Jesus’ exchange with Peter after the resurrection (John 21), when Jesus asked “do you love me?” three times before simply saying “follow me.” It is a beautiful and sobering reminder that we are called to follow Jesus on a journey of antiphonal love between God and his people that is to flow into our relationships and community. As we seek to live out the priorities listed above, let’s reflect on these words of John:
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:10-11
Rev. David Bisgrove
Coming Soon: NYC Re-Imagined
Throughout June Re-Image the WS
Members of our congregation will host dozens of cultural engagement events pointing toward God in every sector of society. If you'd be interested in leading an event email Sarah Davis. Full event listings available for participants on June 2.
Sunday Parking at W83
Hope for New York: All Angels' Meal Service
Volunteer to serve dinner to the All Angels' congregation on W. 80th St. which includes homed and homeless parishioners. A great service opportunity for community groups! RSVP for May 26.
Hope for New York: All Angels' Wellness Cafe
Hope for New York: Habitat for Humanity
Slices and Sundaes - Children's Ministry Celebration at W83
Saturday, June 1 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM
Celebrate the end of the year with us! We'll have pizza, ice cream sundaes and games for the whole family! Register here.
Thinking About Kids Roundtable Dinner and Discussion
Tuesday, June 4 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at W83
Meet people from the WS congregation, share dinner and discuss raising a family in NYC. Tables will be hosted by a parent who will share their experience. Questions? Email Karen. $10 per person (includes dinner), register here.
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