Subject: West Side Update - August 19
August 19, 2013
Though Kevin Feltes was once the only passenger on a commercial flight out of Washington, D.C., he’s usually doing things with lots of people, building community in the city. He’s lived in NYC for eight years, has sung in a few barbershop quartets here during that time, and can often be found playing cards or a pick-up basketball game in his neighborhood. He loves the eggplant parmigiana at Carmine’s up on 90th Street.
Kevin is originally from Illinois but all of his immediate family has since moved to other states. And, largely by coincidence, Kevin and his wife, Monica, now live only one block from his sister.
Kevin worked as a macro economist for a small consulting company for eight years before recently heading back to school to get his MBA at NYU. “I love chatting about the economy with people—what they are witnessing in their community or industry and how they perceive the effects of different policies,” says Kevin.
At Redeemer, Kevin says Community Groups—which he has been both a member and a leader of since 2006—have helped him mature spiritually and find close community. “I’m also enormously thankful for the sermon store, which has helped me find targeted, nuanced teaching on lots of life issues and theological doubts and questions over the years,” he says.
Kevin became a Deacon in the spring of 2012. “My experiences as a deacon have been surprising in a number of ways,” he says. “I’m often convicted of my sinful attitudes and marvel at how God softens our hard hearts through corporate prayer and friendship. I’ve been amazed at how effective the Bible is in helping people in tough situations. And it has made me less prone to turn a blind eye to suffering in the world, which is both challenging and enriching.”
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.
For those of you who love ‘summer movies’ and wonder why I have only referenced ‘summer reads’ in these weekly reflections, this is for you. Alice and I saw “The Way Way Back” a few weeks ago. It is a sweet (and hard) story that honestly depicts not only the awkward struggle of adolescence but also the painful realities of divorce. But what was most striking to us was the life-changing impact of simple kindness. Sam Rockwell plays a free spirited water park manager who befriends a 14-year-old boy. His unconditional acceptance, friendship and kindness restore and heal the young man the way sunshine and water restore wilted flowers. It was a beautiful reminder of why the bible lists kindness as one of the aspects of the Spirit’s fruit in the lives of Christians (Gal 5:22-23). Biblical kindness is a word that is used to describe God’s character (1 Peter 2:3) and finds it fullest expression in the cross (Eph 4:32). So let’s all remember God’s command to be kind to others the next time someone needs a seat on a bus, or is rude to you in a store, or is sitting alone at church. You have no idea how much power you have to heal and restore.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
Rev. David Bisgrove
Does community building catch your fancy?
New Beta Groups will launch the end of September and we are looking for more leaders to facilitate these groups and welcome newcomers into the Redeemer community. Training will be provided beforehand, and leaders will be supported throughout the 7-week commitment. Consider leading or recommend someone to lead a Beta Group here! Do you live on the West Side and have room for 6 or more to meet? Please let us know if you would be interested in hosting a group!
Redeemer-Wide Fall Family Kick-Off at W83
Saturday, September 21 at 5:00PM
Join us for a family-friendly concert featuring Dana Dirkson & Band from Portland,OR and a discussion with Leo Schuster about Big Questions Kids Ask. Stay afterwards for pizza and fellowship and a HFNY outreach project. Please bring a pack of pencils to donate. Register HERE. Cos
Hope for New York: Project FIND at Hamilton
Sundays from 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Build relationships in the Upper West Side.Serve Lunch to Active and Lively Seniors on UWS.Great for groups! RSVP: August 25.
Hope for New York: Help with Meal Service at All Angels
Hope for New York: Lead Dance or Music with the Salvation Army
Hope for New York Mentoring Info Session
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 email@example.com.
Faith & Work Night is Now City Rhythms
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