Subject: West Side Update - July 15
July 15, 2013
Paul & Sherry Cozby
“Our kids thought it was a midlife crisis,” says Sherry Cozby. She and her husband, Paul, moved to New York after three of their five kids were already grown. They came from Fort Worth, Texas. Paul had worked in journalism and public relations before becoming a playwright—and deciding to hone his skills in NYC, with the best in musical theatre.
By the end of one school year, their twin daughters, then sophomores in high school, wanted to leave. So Sherry agreed to take them back to Texas. “We felt God wanted us in New York,” says Paul. “So we told the twins, ‘We still believe that and we’re not backing off. We’re just letting you go home for two years.’” One girl decided to stay in the city with Paul, and Sherry took the other to Texas.
It was an unconventional and difficult arrangement. “It made us question routinely, ‘Did we miss a memo somewhere?’” says Paul. But they traveled back and forth to see each other and to work—Sherry took a producer's course in NYC to learn the business side of musicals, and Paul had a show in Fort Worth. In the end, they say it was wonderful for the twins. “When they left at the end of May, 2007, it felt like the biggest failure in my life,” says Paul. “And yet that was actually the beginning of a great success for them.”
The Cozby's have now sold their home in Texas and settled full time in NYC. At Redeemer, they co-lead a Community Group and volunteer with the monthly Musical Theatre Singers night. Sherry says their church involvement was inspired early on by a Tim Keller talk on families in the city. “He said our church is a young church and needs older people to mentor the younger. It was like a lightening bolt to the heart for us,” says Sherry. “It’s been nice to have that two-pronged vision of the musicals and of maybe helping the church in a unique way.” And as for the twins, they just graduated from college and move next month . . . to New York!
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.
Every summer I try and read at least one book that I have always wanted to read but haven’t made time for. Last summer it was “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”. This summer it is “To Kill a Mocking Bird” (after all, who can resist a book whose characters are named, Boo, Atticus and Scout!). As you know, great stories not only inspire us but shape our character as well. A recent Harvard Business Review Blog highlighted the importance of finding and articulating your narrative as a way of having a successful and meaningful career. At one point the author states, “even if you don't have a conscious (narrative), you've been living one." Christians are those who regularly tell themselves and others the narrative of Jesus. As we remember and retell the story of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and promised return we not only find internal peace, joy, and hope but are emboldened to live out of Christ’s story in a way that draws people into it. So whatever you read this summer, make sure you stay rooted in the great narrative of Jesus, most explicitly retold by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11
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!
The CONNECT has gone Digital!
Give A House on Beekman Moms the Afternoon Off
Monday & Tuesday, July 15 & 16 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM
8 to 10 volunteers are need to provide childcare for Mommy and Me program participants. Contact Sloan at email@example.com.
Help Defy Select the Next Entrepreneurs-in-Training
The Well at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor
Monday, July 22 from 7:30PM to 9:00PM
Join us for a night of worship and prayer for non-believing friends, co-workers, and loved ones. Please RSVP for The Well as space is limited. We also need volunteers with the event! If you're interested in volunteering, please email Daniel.
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