Subject: West Side Update - July 22
July 22, 2013
Although Jennifer and Christian Becker both grew up in the South, Christian was actually born in New York and lived on the Upper East Side until he was six. They moved to NYC together eight years ago and now live on West 76th Street—directly across the park from where Christian lived as a kid, on East 76th. Christian is a lawyer and Jennifer takes care of their three daughters: 4-year-old Kathryn, and 2-year-old twins, Virginia and Margaret.
The Beckers have attended Redeemer for years, but they began getting more involved when they joined a Community Group in 2007. “We've made our best friends in and through our Community Groups,” says Jennifer. “We’ve felt known, cared for, and responsible for others in our groups, and have experienced deep, lasting, authentic, challenging community.” Jennifer is also involved in the Wednesday UWS Moms’ Group and Christian was part of CFW’s first Gotham Fellows class in 2008-09.
In 2012, Christian was elected as an Elder for our WS Congregation. “Being an Elder has been a humbling, challenging experience that has shown me more than almost anything else the depths of my sin, the holiness and glory of God, and the potential for both glory and brokenness—fall and redemption—in his creation and the church,” says Christian.
Though their kids fill up most of their free time, both Christian and Jennifer enjoy reading—for Jennifer, contemporary and classic fiction are the norm, while Christian would prefer to read Patrick O'Brian and Tolkein again and again for the rest of his life. One of their favorite activities each year is to go to Shakespeare in the Park. And, as Christian says, “You can usually find some of us at Viand Cafe at 75th and Broadway on Saturday mornings.”
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.
I read this morning that some of the major phone carriers are now allowing their customers to upgrade their smartphones after only one year, partly because of the appetite many have to ‘chase the latest gadget’. It struck me how that same tendency to chase the latest spiritual ‘gadget’ can seep into our pursuit of a deeper relationship with God. And while it is very important to be open to new and innovative ministry ideas, the bible cautions us to pay attention to our history. As JI Packer put it – “rather than looking for the latest technique, program, marketing scheme or impressive model, we would do well to stop, take some deep breaths, and carefully reconsider our course.” This summer as we take some deep breaths from our busy schedules and collectively study the Psalms in corporate worship, we would do well to heed the words of Jeremiah:
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”
The Psalms are God’s ancient paths, forged by our spiritual ancestors who wrestled with joy, despair, doubt, fear and hope. They are reminders that sometimes the best way to move forward is to first look behind us.
Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. – 2 John 1:9
Rev. David Bisgrove
NEW West Side Morning Worship Times
Just a reminder that starting this Sunday July 28th, our West Side morning worship times will change to 9:30AM & 11:30AM. Thanks for your help spreading the word!
The Well at 1359 Broadway, 4th Floor
Help Defy Select the Next Entrepreneurs-in-Training
Thursday, July 25 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Defy gives formerly incarcerated men and women the opportunity to become entrepreneurs-in-training. Volunteers are needed to help select the next class of trainees. Must be in business, finance, or an entrepreneur. For more info, click here.
Serve Sunday Lunch to Active and Lively Seniors on UWS
Gear Up for the Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride!
Saturday, September 21
Ride & fundraise for HFNY through our 11th Annual Charity Bike Ride on Sept 21! You can sign-up as an individual or join the West Side team. Our goal is to have 30 riders represent the West Side! Learn more and register to ride here. We will also hold a meet-and-greet info session after the 5PMservice on August 4.
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