Subject: West Side Update - September 23

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
September 23, 2013

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Amanda Robinson
Events and Volunteers Manager

“I’ve been known to stop strangers to ask if I may pet their dog—and hopefully get a fun conversation out of it too!” says Amanda Robinson. She was raised in Austin, Texas, graduated from the College of Mass Communications at Texas Tech University, and moved to NYC in April of 2012. Amanda loves chatting with the folks at her local deli or dry cleaners. She often hosts dinner parties. And for time alone she heads to the Chelsea Piers driving range or goes running or rollerblading along Riverside Park.

Amanda became our WS Events and Volunteers Manager in September of 2013. She oversees the Sunday Service Teams and manages WS events and Sunday worship services. “On Sundays, you can often find me roaming around W83 wearing a headset, talking with visitors, and trying to recruit new volunteers,” says Amanda. “I love the unique opportunity that my volunteers and I have to be some of the first to welcome our neighbors and newcomers.”

Favorite WS Spot: “The platform of my fire escape outside of my kitchen window—with a chair, a cup of coffee and a good book. That's where I love to spend time with God and watch the city slowly wake up.”

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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Last week Frank Bruni, the former Restaurant critic of the NY Times, wrote an article in that paper titled – Familiarity Breeds Content.  In it he talked about how going back to the same restaurant over and over again creates an experience where the staff treats you like family.  But one insight in particular struck me when he wrote:

To be a regular is to insist on something steady in a world and a life with too many shocks, too much loss. The week can go off the rails. The month can go all the way to hell. Hill Country’s brisket is still there, forever fatty, a promise kept.

For Christians, the weekly routine and familiarity of entering a time and space reserved for rehearsing again and again the story of God is like Hill Country’s brisket – a consistent reminder of the faithfulness of a God who promised his eternal and unfailing love to his people.  It is the familiarity of the doxology and sacraments; of the songs and the prayers; of the people singing and praying next to me – that remind me over and over again that worship is not escaping reality with its grief, loss, uncertainty and pain; but re-entering a reality where the God of the universe died on a cross so that I might look over the horizon of my life and remember I am loved.

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. - Psalm 95:6-7

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove
Join a Beta Group!
Beta groups are seven week community groups that start the week of September 29th. These groups meet for worship, Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Click on the video below to learn more!

To see what groups are available in your area, please visit the . Or through the Redeemer smart phone app. We are also STILL in need of leaders and hosts. Interested? Email:

HFNY Sunday: What is your Hope for New York?
Yesterday at all West Side services, staff from Hope for New York affiliates shared their "hopes for New York"-- what they hope for the flourishing of poor or marginalized populations. West Siders also shared hopes of their own in our first-ever HFNY Sunday Photobooth! You can check out the photos on our Facebook page. Want to live out your hope and volunteer with Hope for New York? Find out more at, or e-mail us to get connected at

Hope for New York: Serve Dinner at All Angels’ on UWS
Tuesdays from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

"Our Place Cafe" is a peer-driven, supportive community for men and women experiencing homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Help serve dinner, clean up, and interact with the cafe guests at W80th and Broadway. Contact

Children's Ministry Volunteer Fair
Sunday, September 29 following each service

Did you know that we have 300 kids worshipping with us each Sunday? We are looking for 50 more volunteers to care and teach our children each week. Come find out how you can get connected at our sign up and info table on the 5th floor!

Redeemer members and leaders, don't forget Vision Night!
Tonight, September 23 at 7:00PM at W83 Ministry Center
A quick reminder to all members of Redeemer (those who have taken vows and formally joined the church) and WS ministry leaders and volunteers to attend tonight's Vision Night for Public Faith: Sharing the Hope that's Within. Details here and see you there!
West Side Classes at W83, 4th Fl
Sundays from 1:15PM to 2:30PM at W83
West Side Classes are a great way to explore or deepen your faith. Fall Session begins Sunday, October 6. Click here for classes offered, exact class dates, and to register. Questions? Contact Karen.

OWLS - Older, Wiser, Loving, Servants​
​Fridays, 11:00AM at W83 Rm 309
Seeking vibrant older adults (60+) for a gospel centered group OWLS. We will affirm the unique value God gives mature believers to grace the body of Christ and to initiate ways we can serve the community. Email Ellie for additional information, or reach her at 917-206-1359.

West Side Congregation
Church Offices | 1359 Broadway 4th Floor | New York, NY 10018
W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024