Subject: West Side Update - October 14

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
October 14, 2013

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Anderson Family
Erik, Cathy & Owen

“When we got married five years ago, we fully intended to move out to the suburbs once we had kids,” says Erik Anderson. “But then the Renew campaign (in 2009-2010) really captured our imagination for how the gospel can change the city and convicted us that God is calling our family to stay in the city much longer than we had expected.”

Erik and Cathy have lived in NYC for eight and ten years respectively. Cathy hails from Rockland County, NY, which is just north of the city, and Erik grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. Erik works as an actuary at New York Life. And Cathy just quit her analyst job at a consulting firm so she could stay home with their son, Owen, who turns two years old this November. They love traveling and spending time with extended family. Erik’s a huge fan of Detroit sports. And as much as they love Jacob’s Pickles and the Boat Basin Café, they’re pretty excited about the new Chipotle at W83rd and Broadway.

Cathy and Erik have been at Redeemer for seven years. Erik is currently a Community Group Leader-Coach and was part of the Center for Faith & Work’s 2011 Gotham Fellowship class. Cathy recently started serving as meals ministry coordinator for theWednesday Moms’ group. And they’ve both been involved in leading and hosting Community Groups. “We are passionate about participating in and serving Community Groups,” says Cathy. “As the primary means by which Redeemer members and attenders are known and cared for, Community Groups can foster deep spiritual growth and life-long relationships. It certainly has for us.”

As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists 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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My oldest daughter has reached the age where homework has become a daily requirement (requiring her parents to shake the math cobwebs out of our atrophying minds!).  Watching her struggle, sometimes fail and then have her ‘Aha’ moments as she begins to comprehend the subject matter, is a window into the never-ending journey of learning.  Navigating the Christian life is one that also requires the discipline of ‘homework’. That is, we must apply ourselves to wrestling with the vocabulary of Christianity in both our hearts and minds. One way we are seeking to meet the need to learn is through our Sunday Classes that meet at 1:15pm at W83. (Please click here for a description and information on how to register). Although we would prefer you register ahead of time, we are happy to have you ‘walk-in’. Either way we hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to struggle, fail and with God’s help, better comprehend not just truth in the abstract, but the one who called himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life’.  (John 14:6)

I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. – Philippians 3:10-11

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


CFW Conference: Register Before Rates Increase!
November 8 and 9, The Salvation Army Auditorium, 120 W. 14th Street

Exploring what it means to be created in the image of God and understanding work as an expression of our humanity and not the source of our identity. RATES INCREASING OCTOBER 19th. Details and registration here.


Hope for New York: Build Relationships with the Homeless
Offer food and other resources to those living on the street with The Relief Bus, a mobile relief resource center. Thursday, Oct. 17 at Penn Station | Saturday, Oct. 19 in Harlem | Saturday, Oct. 26 at Port Authority

Hope for New York: Serve Mothers at A House on Beekman
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM;
Fridays from 10:00AM to 1:00PM

Volunteers are needed in the South Bronxto help with fun activities, parenting classes, and childcare for the Mommy and Me program. Contact Beth Reynolds at

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

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

Hope for New York: Serve Dinner at All Angels’  
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:

Parenting Mini-Conference with Tim Kimmel
Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:00PM to 9:30PM, $20 per person
Join us for a fun evening that will give parents tools to deal with day to day challenges,vdiscipline, ADD/ ADHD, siblings, rebellion, and most importantly, how to prepare a child’s heart to receive God’s love and plan for their life. For more information or to register, click here. Questions? Email

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W83 Ministry Center | 150 W 83rd St. | New York, NY 10024