Subject: West Side Update - September 9

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
September 9, 2013

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Esther Suh
Community Group Intern

Esther Suh was born in Boston and is still a huge fan of the NE Patriots. But she spent most of her childhood growing up in Southern California, and having moved to NYC in 2010, she hopes to stay here long-term. She’s a former elementary school teacher and former real estate agent for the UWS. Currently, Esther attends Westminster Theological Seminary for her Master’s in Counseling. She loves watching sports—especially football—and she often has people over for a meal. She ranks traveling to new places and exploring the city as her best hobbies. Her favorite book is John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.

Esther became a WS Community Group Intern in July 2013. She supports and cares for Community Group leaders and regularly visits the groups. “I'm so thrilled about working for the WS Congregation because this is the neighborhood that has become a home for me,” says Esther. “I'm able to meet and actively care for people in my direct vicinity. If I'm able to help one person feel cared for and grow in the walk with Christ, I know that I am succeeding.”

Fun Esther Fact: “I love to Karaoke. This is an activity that I can do any day, any time.”

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.
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One of the more remarkable changes over the last 20 years in Manhattan is the number of churches that have sprung up in various neighborhoods. If someone would have told me when I first moved here in the late 80’s that there would be a thriving network of churches and Christians I would have at best, rolled my eyes. God obviously was undeterred by that kind of skepticism. Of course, the fact that people can now move to the City and immediately get plugged into churches and Christian social networks is a development that should be celebrated. However, one challenge created by this change is how much easier it is for Christians to live their lives in NYC without friendships outside of the church. This is why we have decided to spend the next year encouraging those in our congregation to be more public about their faith. (See Tim Keller’s summary article here). So for those of you who receive this weekly email and are followers of Jesus, one thing you can immediately do is identify one friend or colleague who doesn’t know Jesus and pray for them. Secondly, begin to think about how you can lovingly engage them with the truth of who God is. In the coming weeks I will share more about how we can all begin to ‘go public’ with our faith.

As a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our very selves. - 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8

Rev. David Bisgrove
Lead a 7-Week Beta Group!
Interested in leading a Beta Group but not sure what to expect? Click HERE and listen as Jeff recounts his experience. We are looking for leaders to help launch new Beta Groups this fall. These groups play a pivotal role in connecting newcomers to the life of Redeemer. Be a part of building community! Check out the website for more information or email

Register Now For City Rhythms
September 19 at 7:30PM | Fashion and Finance

Seeking to follow the vocational rhythms of the city, CFW will host a monthly cross-vocational gathering spotlighting specific sectors. We hope to spark your imagination for the scope of the gospel's impact across dozens of industries in this city.

Volunteers needed at W83 Sunday Services
The West Side is looking for more volunteers to serve at the evening services (5PM or 7PM). If you are interested in joining one of our Sunday Service Teams – Book Table, Communion, Ushers or Welcome Center – sign-up here.

Hope for New York: Mentor Teens with Special Needs
Thursdays from 6:00PM to 7:30PM
 Help lead Young Life club on the UWS with Capernaum and support youth with special needs. Male mentors especially needed. Starts September 12 at All Angels’ Church on the Upper West Side. Contact Katie at

Hope for New York: Help with Operation Exodus Programs
Mentor youth K-8th grade on Saturdays in Wash Heights and Inwood, or help tutor kids after school at all three sites from 3PM-6:15PM. Contact Hannah at for more info and to sign up.

Redeemer members and leaders, don't forget to save the date!
Monday, September 23 at 7:00PM
A quick reminder to all members of Redeemer (those who have taken vows and formally joined the church) and WS ministry leaders and volunteers.  Please mark your calendars to attend the Vision Night for Public Faith: Sharing the Hope that's Within. W83 Ministry Center at 7:00PM. Details here.

Redeemer-Wide Fall Family Kick-Off
Saturday, September 21 at 5:00PM at the W83rd Ministry Center
Join us for a concert featuring Dana Dirkson & Band. Leo Schuster will speak on Big Questions Kids Ask. Stay for pizza and a HFNY outreach project. Please bring a pack of pencils to donate. $25 per family, Register HERE. Invite your friends! Jointly hosted by the East, West, and Downtown Children's Ministries.

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