Subject: West Side Update - July 1
July 1, 2013
Tim Philippo has lived with his wife, Monica, on the UWS for about seven years. He grew up in upstate NY, near Albany. His parents were both originally from NYC—his dad was from Flushing and his mom from Eastchester—but for their generation, the dream was to escape the crime and grittiness of the city and raise a family in the suburbs. “Suburban childhood was pretty idyllic,” says Tim. “But I do remember visiting my grandparents in the city and there was a certain allure to it—even if I was too young to understand how bad the city was at the time, with the graffiti, the garbage and the burned out wrecks of stolen cars that littered the sides of the roads.”
“The city is a very different place now,” says Tim. “And I feel it is no coincidence that the emergence of churches like Redeemer is so closely linked to the reemergence of NYC as a thriving and great place to live.”
Tim and Monica’s relationship is inextricably linked to the city as well: they got engaged on the top of the Empire State Building and got married in the former Tavern on the Green. Tim blames his love of NYC on two childhood influences: Sesame Street (he loved the vision of people—and furry monsters—living together in community) and Ghostbusters (he still dreams of living in a fire house). There are challenges though, since the city is a pretty difficult place to enjoy his other passion: cars. Tim is a product manager in charge of sports cars for a British car company, and he still can’t come to terms with having to park six blocks away from home.
As a Redeemer Community Group leader, Tim believes everyone should be a part of a group: “It’s a place to be known and cared for—not unlike the community on Sesame Street.”
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.
Years ago when I was in college I remember a pastor saying in a sermon, “It’s not your fault if you aren’t beautiful when you are young, but it is your fault if you aren’t beautiful when you are old”. Godliness, which is reflecting the beauty of Jesus in and through our lives, involves sacrificing our comfort to bear the burdens of others; obedience to his word that comes from time spent in prayer and meditation; and of course as we have seen throughout the Book of Acts – seasons of suffering and trials. God often uses those dark nights of the soul to refine us and makes us more like him (2 Cor. 4:17). I’m reminded of Margery Williams book the Velveteen Rabbit that captures the kind of beauty that is the result of pain.
“Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse…’ by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
Jesus dying on the cross comes to mind.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5
Rev. David Bisgrove
NEW West Side Morning Worship Times
Just a reminder that starting Sunday July 28th, our West Side morning worship times will change to 9:30AM & 11:30AM. Thanks for your help spreading the word!
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
Sunday Evening Meal Service at All Angels'
Sundays, 5:00PM to 7:30PM
Join Hope for New York and serve a meal to the homeless community on Upper West Side. Sundays from 5:00 to 7:30PM. RSVP: July 7
Help with Workshops for High School Kids
Children's Ministry Midweek Program
Wednesdays from 4:00PM to 6:30PM, Fall 2013
We are so excited to launch a midweek after school program, “Kids' Community Groups”, for Redeemer West Side kids (kindergarten – 4th grade) this September! Visit our website for more information, or register for the fall semester here.
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