Subject: West Side Update - June 24

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WestSide Update
June 24, 2013

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Betsy Norwood

Betsy Norwood moved to NYC almost 14 years ago, after graduating from the University of Alabama. She came with the intent to be a modern dancer in the big city. “The career was cut short as New York had too many things to offer,” says Betsy, who went on to work in the fashion industry with Polo Jeans and later, Petit Bateau.

Betsy met her husband, Lee, in a Redeemer Community Group. They now have three children: Hattie (7), Josie (5) and Lolly (2). “When I became pregnant with Hattie someone approached me about Mom's group. I joined the group nine-months pregnant and have been committed to mom's in our community for the past seven years,” says Betsy. “It is in mom's group where I first got a taste of really serving our friends and neighbors. Walking in every Monday, usually frazzled, maybe a little stinky, and always low on sleep, is where I get to see the face of Jesus in all these beautiful women who have a commonality besides being moms—we are desperately finding our identity in Jesus Christ and nothing else! We lean on each other, cry to each other, praise God for big and small victories, and become this little family.”  

When West Side Women, a weekly meeting including women of all ages and stages, launched last year, Betsy joined. “It has expanded my Redeemer community in the sweetest way,” she says.

Betsy and Lee have lived on the UWS for 11 years. “It has become our home,” she says. “Lee and I love the Mermaid Inn for date nights but nothing beats the Matzo Ball soup at Artie's—it’s always a winner with our girls!”

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 ,

In last week’s West Side Update I encouraged you to ‘actively develop your prayer life’ as we transition into the summer months. Of course, admonitions to be more disciplined in prayer are easier to state than implement. So when it came time to write this week’s update I wanted to include some practical advice on how to actually pursue a more robust life of prayer. David McIntyre, in his book “The Hidden Life of Prayer”, identifies what he calls the essential ‘equipment’ for a healthy inner life of prayer: a quiet place, a quiet hour, and a quiet heart. In a place like NYC anything requiring ‘quiet’ is a challenge, but perhaps the most challenging is a quiet heart. Our minds wander. We lose focus. We rattle off a list and say “Amen” without ever quieting our heart and mind. This is why is it important to start a time of prayer with scripture. God’s word focuses our minds and hearts, gives us a vocabulary of prayer, and reminds us that it is his grace and love in Christ that gives us access into and longing for the presence of God. Prayer takes the abstract attributes of God – his love, wisdom, truth, grace, holiness, etc – and personalizes them in Jesus. OK. Enough from me. I will be quiet now. 

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”? Your face, Lord, I will seek. – Psalm 27:8

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
NYC Re-Imagined continues throughout June!
Participate in cultural events all month hosted by leaders from our congregation to see God at work throughout every sector of society. Grab a guide book after service at the info table & go online for registration details.
West Side Women meeting all summer at W83!
Tuesdays, 7:30PM to 9:30PM and Fridays, 9:30AM to 11:30AM
Come out to worship, pray, and study with other WS Redeemer women, friends, and neighbors. For Tuesday meetings, email Mary Li Hsu. For Friday meetings, email Kari Jo Cates
Calling all Moms in NYC this summer
Tuesday mornings, 10:00AM to 12:00PM
All of our terrific West Side Moms Groups are combining this summer into a shared fellowship time! All moms and kids are welcome. For more info, email Carrie Sanders

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Serve once a month
By serving once a month you've found an east way to connect to the community and score free sermons. Great for people with a heart to be hospitable to our neighbors as an Usher, Greeter, Book Table, or Communion Server. We'd love to have you on the team! Click here for more info or email Phoebe to sign up.

Sunday Evening Meal Service at All Angels' 
Sunday, July 7 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM
Serve a meal to the homeless community on Upper West Side. Sign up here.

NEW West Side Morning Worship Times
Starting Sunday July 28th, our West Side morning worship times will change to 9:30AM & 11:30AM. We hope this will allow more people to attend our 9:30AM service and help us relieve the big overflow at the second service! With more balanced attendance we're excited to have more space to welcome newcomers and friends. Thanks for your help spreading the word (and thanks for thinking about coming out at 9:30 starting on the 28th!)


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