Subject: West Side Update - October 7

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WestSide Update
October 7, 2013

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Sherry El-Gawly
Marketing Director, L’Oréal

“I’d never been in a situation where I was thrust into a city completely alone,” says Sherry El-Gawly. She’s a “third-culture kid”—she was born in Egypt, grew up in Abu-Dhabi, and studied in the U.S. for college and grad school. But even so, she’d always had a community waiting for her each place she lived. Until NYC.

Sherry worked for six years in advertising, then got her MBA from Georgetown to shift to the client side of the business. She moved to NYC in 2009 after business school to work for L’Oréal, where she’s now a Marketing Director in the Luxury Products Division, overseeing the YSL fragrance brands. But by the spring of 2012, Sherry was eager to leave New York. “As much as I loved the city for all of its culture, I thought, what’s the point of working so hard if at the end of the day I don’t have the time to enjoy it or the relationships to enjoy it with,” she says.

When her friends recommended the Center for Faith & Work’s Gotham Fellowship, Sherry applied as a last ditch effort. Gotham was a turning point. The community she found there made NYC much more of a home. And it helped change her relationship to her work and her time. “The YSL brand is my baby. I love it,” says Sherry. “But my work is not the only thing that defines me. I’m going to create time for other things.” 

Those other things are wide and varied. She loves the people, coffee, arts and music in NYC. She’s an avid reader (The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter series are some of her favorites). She says The West Wing is the best TV show ever written. She plays the piano, loves movies about school stories (like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society), and always has her headphones on. And watch what you say around her—she's a master impersonator. 


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As you read this I am sitting on a panel as part of a two-day conference sponsored by the American Conference of Cantors hosted by our neighbors at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the subject of worship and prayer.  Not only is it a reminder that a longing for connection with the transcendent is deeply embedded in our humanity, but in this year of Public Faith it is a way for me to engage with those in our community about the resources Christianity brings to bear as we seek to understand and know God.  Every follower of Jesus has this same responsibility and privilege to represent the truth, love and hope of Christianity as an ambassador. And as intimidating as that can sometimes be, I am grateful for those friends and family in my past who so graciously and courageously represented and told me about the God who loved me so much he would die for me, so that I could one day do the same for others.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. – 2 Corinthians 5:20

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

West Side Classes
​It's not too late to join us! Next classes meet Sunday, October 20, from 1:15PM to 2:30PM at W83, 4th Fl. Classes include: Investigating Christianity, Introduction to Christianity,The Purpose and Practice of Spiritual Disciplines and Prayer: Foundation of Public Faith. Register here. Questions? Contact Karen.

Do you like to run?
​Help Sundays run smoothly and join the Sunday Service Team to welcome, usher, and serve the West Side Congregation! No actually running necessary. Learn more and sign up here.

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. Contact:

Hope for New York: Teach Art Class to Teenage Moms
2nd Wednesday of each month from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Gifted Hands is in need of volunteers to help with art and crafts classes. Volunteers are also needed to offer childcare and play with the children of mothers attending the art class. Contact Namie at

Hope for New York: Operation Exodus Mentoring Program
Saturdays from 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Mentor youth K-8th grade in Washington Heights or Inwood on Saturdays or help tutor kids after school. Great for groups! Contact Rebecca

City Rhythms: Arts & Architecture Month
Thursday, October 17 at 7:30PM

​Seeking to follow the vocational rhythms of the city, CFW will host a monthly cross-vocational gathering spotlighting specific sectors. Our October meeting highlights arts and architecture and will feature Joe Solway, Project Manager for Acoustics on the 2nd Avenue Subway Project AND the Mason Jar Music Collective. Register HERE. ​

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