Subject: West Side Update - June 10

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WestSide Update
June 10, 2013

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Jessica Edelman
TFA Director of District and Community Partnerships

Jessica Edelman grew up just 15 miles from NYC, in West Orange, NJ. Her father worked on Wall Street throughout her childhood, so she was always in and around New York. “I have been in love with the city as long as I can remember and am so thankful to now call it home,” says Jessica. “I love the energy that radiates from the city and the diversity of cultures, ethnicities, foods, recreation and vocations. There is always something new to do, to learn and to experience.”

After college, Jessica first worked as a Los Angeles corps member for Teach For America (TFA), teaching middle school ESL and Social Studies for two years. She moved to NYC in 2008 to attend graduate school at Columbia’s Teacher’s College. Now Jessica is the Director of District and Community Partnerships for TFA’s Greater Newark region. She works with their partner schools to build and cultivate relationships and to support them in the interview and hiring process for new TFA teachers. 

For three years, Jessica has lived in an apartment in midtown that’s been filled with Redeemer girls for five years. “As folks move on, we access the Redeemer network and new girls move in,” she says. Jessica has attended Redeemer regularly since 2011 and recently went through the Gotham Fellowship. “At Redeemer, I found a group of people who love the city as much as I do,” Jessica says. “Redeemer encourages and supports the congregation to wrestle with life as a Christian in the city. They are down to earth about the challenges of life here, as well as the joys.”

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 ,

I recently had an opportunity to get away for a couple of days north of the City. At one point I was walking along a trail near the Hudson River when I emerged from the woods at a place next to the Metro North train tracks. Walking north, next to the south bound track, I heard a train approaching. As it barreled past me in the opposite direction I was momentarily frozen by fear as I looked up at this massive machine racing past me just a few feet away. It was a strange experience because even though I was completely safe I felt my knees buckle at the overwhelming power and size of the train. It put me in my existential place.  The Bible is constantly calling its people to fear and bow before God, reminding us that worship includes a sense of awe at God’s overwhelming power and greatness. Of course the irony and power of worship is that, as the knees of our hearts buckle, we find peace and joy as we see that God is both great and good. It is why John Calvin wrote in his Institutes that “true and sound wisdom consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom... -- Psalm 111:10

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Calling all graduating High School Seniors! 
Sunday, June 16 at the WSAM 11:15 Service

If you are a senior in high school who attends Redeemer and is graduating this year, we'd love for you to join a special prayer time this coming Sunday June 16 at the WSAM 11:15 service where all graduating seniors will be recognized before the congregation for this significant achievement. Please spread the word to other seniors you know! Contact David Plant for details on how to participate.

Missions Month for Children's Ministry at W83
Sundays in June at 9:15AM, 11:15AM, and 5:00PM
Join with Children's Ministry to support missions as we Pray, Give & Go! Donations welcome on Sunday at W83 3rd/4th FL: craft materials, Keller books, school supplies, bibles, boys' clothing. There will be a special Sunday school money offering taken June 23. Email Meagan for more info.

Chile Fundraiser Event at W83
Tuesday, June 11 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM
The Mission team traveling to Santiago, Chile is hosting a wine and dessert tasting Tuesday, June 11, 7-10 pm, at 150 W 83rd St. All proceeds benefit Chile projects, including a CFW ministry launch.

Actors Monologue Slam at The Producer's Club
Monday, June 17 at 7:00PM
Center for Faith and Work invites you to join the actors for an evening of friendly competition featuring a showdown of monologues. Audience attendees welcomed. For more information, email  or click here

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