Subject: West Side Update - August 5

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
August 5, 2013

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Ariane Durham
Children’s Ministry Pre-school Coordinator

Ariane Durham came to NYC from Indiana fourteen years ago. She was an actress for eight years and taught drama camps. Her voice coach first told her she had a gift with children, and Ariane soon began reconsidering her path. She and her husband, TK, love to sing together. They have two cats—Sophie and Sabel.

Ariane graduated from the American Musical Dramatic Academy and has a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from the New School and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education. She teaches three- and four-year-olds at The Brownstone School and was a volunteer Pre-K teacher at Redeemer East Side for three years. As our WS Pre-school Coordinator, Ariane organizes the Pre-k curriculum, sets up volunteers and assists on Sundays. “I have found as I am preparing the curriculum for the children that I myself am integrated into the gospel even more,” says Ariane. “I want the children to understand their part in the big God story—which is the foundation of our curriculum.”

Favorite WS Spot: “After service you can find me lunching with a friend or my husband at Say Cheese, which is a tiny restaurant next to the W83 building … they have the best Mac ‘N Cheese!”

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 ,

As you read this I am (hopefully) sitting at the beach with my family watching the ocean waves pound against the Jersey Shore. Alice and I are ready for some time away and would appreciate your prayers as we unplug from our lives for a few weeks. Reflecting on this past ministry year one of the things that struck me was that I officiated more funerals than weddings, which was both very hard and yet hopeful for me and many in our congregation. In those moments of loss and pain I relate to the desperate father of a sick and tortured son (Mark 9:17-29) who in full throated doubt puts what little faith he has in Jesus by saying: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” His helplessness directed at Jesus is the heart of faith, because it reminds us that it is not the strength of our faith but its object that carries the day. So whether we experience the grief of a funeral or the joy of a wedding, we cling to a savior who weeps (John 11:35) and a groom who is coming (Rev 19:6-9).

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. – Matthew 16:18

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Join West Siders for the Hope for New York Charity Bike Ride! 
Saturday, September 21 
Ride & fundraise for HFNY through our 11th Annual Charity Bike Ride! Miss yesterday's info session? No worries! Find all the info you need to know on our website, or e-mail us. Want to see what's in store? Check out our Team HFNY pump up video from last year. 

No Elementary (K-5) Sunday School Classes for the month of August
Instead of being dismissed for Sunday School, elementary (K-5) children are invited to remain in worship with parents for the full service. Infant through Pre-k classes are still provided. Elementary (K-5) classes will resume Sunday, September 8.

Hope for New York: Serve with Relief Bus 
Saturdays in August

Offer food and donated items to people in need with The Relief Bus, a mobile relief and resource bus. RSVP: August 10 in South Bronx| savina@hfny.orgfor more information. ​

Hope for New York: Lead Dance or Music Class with Salvation Army
​Are you a dancer, guitarist, or piano player? Volunteers needed to help lead weeknight dance and music classes at The Salvation Army near Times Square. Please email for more information. ​

Hope for New York Mentoring Info Session at 1359 Broadway
Tuesday, August 27 7:00PM to 8:30PM

Join us for a night dedicated to investing in and showing God's love to youth all over the city. Learn about our children & youth programs for the 2013-2014 school year and how you can get involved. Invite your friends! RSVP is required and dinner will be served. RSVP HERE. Questions? Email Whitney.

CFW CONFERENCE: Humanizing Work 
November 8 through 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. 
Details HERE. Early Bird Registrationis NOW available.

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