Subject: West Side Update - July 8

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WestSide Update
July 8, 2013

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Amelia Lovette

“Right now I work on the balance between serving my family and serving those around me—I think it’s easy to go too far in either direction. But that’s what New York is—the balancing act between having an outward face and an inward face,” says Amelia Lovette.

Amelia grew up in Rockville, Maryland. After graduating from James Madison University, she moved to NYC in 2002 to work for Deutsche Bank. She met her husband, Lance, in the city and married in 2006. She now stays home with their children, Lura (4) and Timothy (1).

Before Lura was born, Amelia joined a Redeemer Mom’s Group on 99th Street. The following March, she founded and began directing one in her neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, for a group including both neighborhood and Redeemer moms. She also got involved in the neighborhood La Leche League (a group for moms and new moms), where she’s made a number of close friends of differing views on faith. She loves living in Hell’s Kitchen. “It’s a tightly knit community,” she says. “There’s not a ton of families and it’s a small enough area that people are just connected in some way.” She’s invited a number of these families to Vacation Bible School this year—so many that she’s coming home early from a family trip to be sure her kids are there themselves!

Amelia loves to cook, frequents the farmer’s market, and even makes her own chicken broth. She and Lance keep a weekly babysitter—they go to their biweekly community group one week and go out on “date night” the next. And in 2010, she ran the NYC Marathon with a friend from La Leche League: “Before kids I did triathlons, between kids I did a marathon, and now I’m just running,” she says.

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 ,

One of my favorite things about taking off and landing in NYC is the view. The City can seem so chaotic and random when walking the streets. It’s only when you see it from the air that you get a perspective on how it is beautifully interconnected. The same can happen to our lives, both individually and corporately. So as we shift into July and August it seemed like a good time to take a 30,000 foot view of why we are doing what we do in the West Side Congregation.

First, it is important to remember that we are part of the Redeemer wide vision, which is:

As a church of Jesus Christ, to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice, and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, the world.

In particular, the West Side Congregation seeks to advance Redeemer's vision by the ways we:

    1. Invite people in to meet God
    2. Care for each other in community
    3. Equip people to go out to serve the world
    4. Love our neighbors as Christ loves us

I want to thank the 100’s of volunteers who have invested thousands of hours this past ministry year to make this vision a reality. You have helped underscore the fact that collectively we are the church, who together are answering Jesus' prayer to make his Kingdom visible on the UWS. Looking ahead to next year, Redeemer will celebrate a year refocusing on how we can engage our friends and neighbors with the gospel in a year which will have the theme: Public Faith: Sharing the Hope That's Within. In the weeks ahead I'll have a chance to share more  practical ways we as a congregation can be praying and engaging in this exciting effort. In the meantime, I remain grateful for the chance to walk alongside you as you invest your lives in our city.    

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Thank you for Re-Imagining NYC!
Our biggest thanks to all leaders, hosts and hundreds of Redeemer folks (including friends, neighbors and co-workers!) who joined in dozens of events this June to Re-Imagine our city and catch glimpses of God at work across all sectors and industries. Check out the new Center for Faith & Work website and learn more about how to be equipped, connected and mobilized for cultural renewal across our city.

Join our Sunday Volunteer Team! 
A very easy way to get connected is to volunteer with us once a month on a Sunday Service. We would love to have you join one of our awesome teams depending on your interests - Ushers, Greeters, Book Table, or Communion Servers (communion team requires church membership). Go here for additional info or email Phoebe to sign up.

Hope for New York: Help Defy Ventures Select Entrepreneurs
Judge Defy's Tryout Bootcamps, in which formerly incarcerated men and women are given the opportunity to become entrepreneurs-in-training. Volunteers must be business professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, or financial investors to participate. Starts July 20. Info and Sign Up HERE.

CFW Conference: Humanizing Work
Friday and Saturday, November 8-9

God's grace is at work in the world to promote workplace practices that resonate with what it means to be created in the image of God. This year's CFW conference will highlight best practices and companies that have innovatively developed and promoted fairness, innovation and opportunity. Nominate your own workplace HERE to help us highlight examples! (Register now for Early Bird Discount).


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