Subject: West Side Update - October 28
October 28, 2013
“As club—our weekly Thursday night event—was coming to an end one night, two of our high schoolers were so captivated by the message they heard that they borrowed a leader's Bible and sat down together to take a closer look at the scripture we had discussed,” says Katie Markquart, who is a Hope for New York Team Leader with Young Life Capernaum, an outreach to children and teens with disabilities. “It was the first time either of the high schoolers had heard this scripture passage. One of high schoolers read the text while the other sat next to him, saying over and over, ‘Wow!’ with such enthusiasm and wonder. To me, it summed up the entire reason Capernaum exists—which is to share the gospel with teens who have disabilities in a way that captivates them and lets them know they are loved by Christ and by their Capernaum leaders.”
Katie was in Young Life herself as a high schooler. Then, as a Young Life leader during college, she got involved with Capernaum when a friend invited her to take teens with disabilities to summer camp. “It was a life changing experience and led me to pursue a degree in special education so I could learn more about individuals with disabilities,” she says.
Katie and her husband, Andrew, are from Wisconsin and moved to NYC four years ago when he started law school at Columbia. Katie’s a photographer specializing in lifestyle portraiture for children, families and couples. She and Andrew live on the UWS, lead a Redeemer Community Group, and usher together at the 11:30 service.
Shortly after moving to New York, Katie began to meet with a few others who wanted to start Young Life Capernaum here. Last year they began having their first club in the city on the UWS. “The most rewarding thing is getting to know teens with disabilities and their families who regularly come to Capernaum events—and witnessing them learn about God,” says Katie.
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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.
A few weeks ago Alice and I had a chance to spend a long weekend in Vermont. It was one of those perfect New England experiences. The days were filled with endless blue skies followed by crisp autumn nights. One afternoon we took a hike along a trail that wrapped around a lake. I was struck by the various colors that enveloped us, including a leaf on the ground that had been trampled under foot. It had an incredible pink and red color, and I remember being struck by the artistry of God. How his creative palette of colors are not just spread in the permanent blue sky above but also in the fleeting fallen leaf on the ground. The number of people walking through those trails was a reminder of how much we were built for and crave beauty. How beauty nourishes our soul and fills us with joy. Over the years I have come to appreciate how beauty is at the heart of worship. That worship isn’t just a celebration of what God has done, but who he is – beauty itself. And that by allowing himself to be ‘trampled underfoot’, Jesus made it possible for his community to look forward to a time where we will drink forever from the well of his beautiful world.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. – Psalm 96:9 (KJV)
Rev. David Bisgrove
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