Subject: West Side Update - August 12

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WestSide Update
August 12, 2013

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Elizabeth Carr
Redeemer Deaconess
“I've brought a lot of Midwestern-isms to NYC: ‘Oh dear,’ ‘My goodness,’ and of course, ‘pop’—not soda,” says Elizabeth Carr.
Elizabeth moved NYC in 2004 from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!). She worked in finance at Goldman Sachs and then went on to be the Director of Development of a NYC-based non-profit for several years. She and her husband, Stephen, live on the UWS. And Elizabeth currently stays home with their daughter, Ava Grace, who was born in September 2012.

At Redeemer, Elizabeth has previously served on the Meals Ministry and at the Book Table. This summer, she became a Deaconess. “I love Redeemer's commitment to serving the city, to looking beyond ourselves and our immediate community,” says Elizabeth. “I am eager to give back to a community that has given so much to me, and I am inspired by the Diaconate's commitment to practical, mercy-focused ministry.”
Elizabeth has lots of favorites on the UWS: Starbucks for a coffee with theSunday New York Times, Crumbs for cupcakes, FlyWheel for spinning, and the Sunday farmers' market in the West 70s. She loves to run, read and travel. And as she enjoys cooking and baking, her favorite cities are known for good food: “If I wasn't living in New York, I would be living in Paris, spending my days eating baguettes and macaroons all day long!”

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 ,

My 8 year old read Charlotte’s Web this summer and we recently watched the movie version together. My favorite part of the book, which in the movie was all but edited out, is the conversation between Dr. Dorian and Fern’s mother about the mother's concern for her daughter’s state of mind. Since summer is a good time for relaxed reading I have included an extended section of the narrative:

“Do you understand how there could be any writing in a spider's web?"
 "Oh, no," said Dr. Dorian. "I don't understand it. But for that matter I don't understand how a spider learned to spin a web in the first place. When the words appeared, everyone said they were a miracle. But nobody pointed out that the web itself is a miracle."

"What's miraculous about a spider's web?" said Mrs. Arable. "I don't see why you say a web is a miracle-it's just a web."
"Ever try to spin one?" asked Dr. Dorian.”

E.B. White seems to be reminding adults of our tendency to under-appreciate the mystery and miraculous of our everyday life. Breathing. Walking. Eating. Laughing. Praying. Singing. In other words, she is doing the same thing that happens when we worship, restoring our perspective and therefore our humanity.

When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them? – Psalm 8:3-4

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Ei Kickoff Event at 1865 Broadway (at 61st Street)
​Thursday, September 5 from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Calling all entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, advisors, mentors and coaches!  Join us for our annual Entrepreneurship and Innovation Kickoff as we launch the business plan competition by casting a gospel vision of entrepreneurship. We will also debut our new Ei Applied Case Studies witha  segment featuring Tegu founder Will Haughey,  Rev. David Kim and consulting experts.  Go to for more info.

Hope for New York: Lead Dance or Music with the 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: Help with Meal Service at All Angels
Sunday, August 18 from 5:00PM to 7:30PM

Help set-up, serve a meal to the homeless community and clean up afterward. RSVP HERE.

Hope for New York Mentoring Info Session at 1359 Broadway
Tuesday, August 27 from 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. You'll learn everything you need to know 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 at

Recommend a new affiliate to Hope for New York
Know of any great non-profits serving a poor or marginalized population in NYC? Recommend them as a HFNY affiliate! Becoming a HFNY affiliate is an opportunity for an NYC non-profit to get connected to HFNY volunteers, receive grants and capacity building support, and benefit from a network of non-profits. Learn more at

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