Subject: West Side Update - November 11

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WestSide Update
November 11, 2013

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Nicole Harris
Music and Worship Assistant
Sunday Service Volunteer Coordinator

Nicole Harris grew up in San Dimas, California: “Home to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Am I dating myself?” she says. While in college, Nicole took a radio internship and became hooked on the business side of the industry. She moved to NYC with a job in a management company and has been freelancing in music production ever since. Nicole has lived in New York a total of eight years, though she left the city for a while before coming back five years ago.

As our Music and Worship Assistant and Sunday Service Volunteer Coordinator, Nicole supports both our Music Director and our Events and Volunteer Manager. You can find Nicole helping with payroll and interoffice communications, while also organizing music forums for professional and student congregants and keeping things running smoothly for the volunteers and operation staff at our Sunday services. “I love being able to support a church that has been such a blessing to me,” says Nicole. “NYC is so amazing and full of wonderful distractions. Redeemer's teachings make it feasible for me to live in such a stimulating city while keeping my sensibilities and heart based in Christ.”

Favorite WS Spots: Mermaid Inn and B. Café.

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 ,

Having just finished Jon Meacham’s biography on Thomas Jefferson, I was struck again last Tuesday (Election Day) at just how unique American democracy is as I watched my neighbors lining up to vote at our local school.  Of course there are spiritual dangers in politics of becoming overly despondent when ‘our’ candidate loses or overly elated when she wins. In other words, if Christians forget that they are first and foremost citizens of God’s kingdom it will make them less effective citizens of their local community. Which means at least remembering that God in his words calls Christians to:

  • Remember and bear witness to the fact that Jesus is sovereign king of history who transcends political parties. (Isaiah 9:6)
  • Pray for their leaders regardless of party. (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
  • Work for the peace and flourishing of all of our neighbors regardless of who holds political power. (Mark 12:30-31)

That should keep us busy until the next election.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Help Typhoon Victims in the Philippines
Please join us in prayer for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan which made landfall on November 8, 2013. Super Typhoon Haiyan was potentially the strongest storm ever to make landfall and battered the Philippines, flooding villages and leaving widespread devastation. If you would like to make a gift to support relief efforts, please click here.

Special Event: "Can Life Have Meaning Without God?"
Sunday, November 17 at 7:00PM 

​The East Side will host a conversation with New York Times best-selling authors Greg Epstein and Tim Keller as they discuss the questions "Can We Really Enjoy Life WIthout God?". Registration is currently full, however, the East Side will be live streaming the event online. This is a great opportunity to watch with a friend who is exploring Christianity. Live stream the event here. Link will remain available for playback following the event.

A Note from City to City
We all got choked up during the City to City presentation on September 29, right? Thank you for giving so generously to the CTC Special Offering. Together we raised more money than any other CTC offering in Redeemer's history. Thank you thank you thank you! The 2013 International Intensive class has returned to their respective cities, and they send their greetings. Your support is helping them start churches all over the world.

Officer Nomination Month
Nominations wanted!  Seeking those who have the right gifts and experience to serve on the Session and the Diaconate. Every members’ help is essential to identify new elders, deacons and deaconesses. See how the Diaconate ministers to the congretation here. You may also submit a nomination online

Give to NYC Families through His Toy Store 
Did you know that our His Toy Store outreach will reach families all over the city, in neighborhoods from Washington Heights to Chelsea, from Bushwick to Coney Island? Donate a toy this month and bring joy to families all over NYC. Learn more at

Hope for New York: Volunteer at W83 Boxes of Love Event
Saturday, November 23 from 7:00AM to 12:00PM

Volunteer to supervise an area of the packing process as families from WS Children’s Ministry decorate and pack Thanksgiving boxes for families in need. RSVP HERE.

Volunteer with Children's Ministry's Birthday Party for Jesus
Children's Ministry is hosting a "Birthday Party for Jesus"  and we're looking for 100 volunteers to help with set up, games, crafts, and food at this fun celebratory event. Set up will be on Friday, December 6 from 6PM to 10PM and the event will be Saturday, December 7 from 8:00AM to 12:00PM. Sign up here.

Diaconate Open House
Thursday, November 21

Come to the Diaconate’s informative Open House if you or someone you know is interested in learning more about serving on the Diaconate. Enjoy a lively panel discussion and light refreshments at the Redeemer offices. RSVP here

Boxes of Love @W83
November 23 from 9:00AM to 11:30AM

Please join the WS Children's Ministry for a "boxes of love" packing party. We will be decorating boxes and packing non perishable food items to be distributed to families in need, followed by a Thanksgiving lunch at 11:30AM. Registration is required for this event. RSVP here

Birthday Party for Jesus @W83
Saturday, December 7 from 9:30AM to 12:30PM

Bring your family and  please join Redeemer's three congregations as we celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Nativity Program, Christmas Carols, HFNY service project, crafts, games, face painting, and even birthday cake! There will be activities for children of all ages, young and old!  Register here. 

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