Subject: West Side Update - November 5

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
November 5, 2012

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Holly Sonneland
WS Communications & Ministry Coordinator

Holly K. Sonneland is from “the other West Side”—the Pacific Northwest, Washington and Idaho in particular. She’s also lived abroad in France, Bolivia and Costa Rica, “where I spent a lot of time on trains and buses, some with chickens on them,” she says. Her background is in writing and editing with all its various associated job sectors: legal, NGO, journalism, nonprofit media … and coffee. And if you want to chat, Holly says, “You can talk to me all day about music and sports—Latin American indie rock and soccer, especially.”

Holly moved to NYC in September 2013. “I did the totally stereotypical thing and got off the train at Penn Station with my four suitcases in 95˚ heat,” she says. As our WS Communications and Ministry Coordinator, Holly calls herself “the Hollerer and Wrangler of the West Side.” Before moving here, Holly followed Tim’s sermon podcast for years. “To have a chance to get to serve this congregation that’s blessed me for so long is super humbling,” she says.

Fun Holly Fact: “Bruce Willis once started a conversation with me.”

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.
Hello ,

This past week I had a minor surgical procedure during which I was given anesthesia that knocked me out cold! As many of you know it is a very surreal experience to be lying in a room surrounded by people you have never met holding sharp obstacles in their hands while you drift off into a catatonic sleep. Those experiences are complete acts of faith in which we turn our very lives over to people we barely know.  It struck me as a metaphor for what it means to follow Jesus, who has called us to surrender our lives to him, and daily die to our own desires (Matt 16:24). Paul puts it starkly when he says Christians are to offer themselves as living sacrifices (Rom 12:1-2) Of course the biggest difference between my experience in surgery and what Christ calls us to is relational, that is we know and trust Jesus. Living a life of faith and trust is at times difficult, which is why we must constantly remember the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for us and the power and hope that comes from remembering that three days later he awoke from that deadly, dark sleep – conquering death once and for all.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. – Psalm 3:5

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


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Hope for New York: Donate a Toy to His Toy Store
Help Hope for New York provide toys to families in need by donating a new toy to His Toy Store, our annual Christmas toy drive. People like you donate new toys, and we work with local churches to host His Toy Stores, where families in need can shop for new toys at no cost. This year, our goal is to give 5,000 toys! Send a toy straight to our warehouse via our Amazon Wishlist at We recommend placing your order by Nov. 30, as all toys must be received by Dec. 3.

Volunteer at Thanksgiving Boxes of Love Event
Saturday, November 23 from 7:00AM to 12:00PM
W83 Ministry Center

17 adult volunteers are needed to serve as supervisors for each area of the packing process. The Children’s Ministry will be decorating and packing boxes of love to be filled with Thanksgiving meals to give to Here's Life Inner City & Hope for New York affiliates. Click here to RSVP.

Hope for New York:
Coach an Entrepreneur in Business Best Practices

Volunteers are needed to mentor entrepreneurs with Defy Ventures at 2 monthly sessions and one-on-one. Match and training night is Tuesday, November 5 or Wednesday, November 13 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM. Must be an executive, business professional, finance, or entrepreneur. Contact Whitney at for more information.

Help Throw an Awesome Birthday Party (for Jesus!)
Friday, December 6 or Saturday December 7
W83 Ministry Center

Are you looking for an opportunity serve this Christmas with a group of friends? Children's Ministry is looking for 100 volunteers for our Birthday Party for Jesus on December 7 for Redeemer kids, families and friends at the W83 Ministry Center!  Volunteers will help set up, run games, assist with crafts, and serve food. Click here to sign up to serve Friday from 6:00PM to 10:00PM or Saturday from 8:00AM to 12:30PM.

All-Congregation Birthday Party for Jesus
Saturday December 7 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM
W83 Ministry Center

Bring your family and join Redeemer's three congregations as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with a nativity program, Christmas carols, HFNY service project, crafts, games, and birthday cake. There will be activities for children of all ages! Bring a friend! Registration is required

West Side Congregation
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