Subject: West Side Update - November 18

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
November 18, 2013

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Danielle Bourgeois
Actor and co-artistic director

“We live West Harlem and we love our neighbors,” says Danielle Bourgeois. “We're so blessed to be surrounded by wonderful people and have had a chance to have some of them over for dinner regularly and really be a part of each other's lives. And it's not us — Harlem is a special place, where the community is vibrant and people regularly check in and take care of one another.”

Danielle has lived in New York for two years now, after she and her husband, Jay Munroe, moved here from Boston. She’s an actor and the co-artistic director of The Poet Acts, Inc., a not-for-profit grassroots film and theater company that launched a few months ago.

At Redeemer, Danielle says, “All of the preachers diminish the noise and distractions that can be associated with Christianity — they leave us every week with the gospel. I'm so thankful for that.” She and Jay attend the 5:00 p.m. service and greet for the Children's Ministry. They also regularly volunteer at Dewitt Nursing Home and Jay leads their Community Group at 61st and Broadway. Danielle says the Center for Faith & Work has been especially meaningful to her: “I'm sure like many artists, I had never encountered the church supporting the arts as a profession,” she says. “It has shifted my focus and keeps me accountable to what we're really doing here.”

And as for local WS spots, Danielle says, “I love Alice's Tea Cup—if not for the tea, then the ambiance, if not for the ambiance, then the scones.”

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 ,

Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away (which even as I write those words seems unbelievable!) For some, this means traveling to visit friends or family. For others, like our family, it means staying in the City and watching the parade. For most of us, it means sitting down at a table with others and eating, a practice that underscores a key principle of the Bible: hospitality.

Hospitality literally means a love of strangers and is listed as a qualification not only for those who are leaders in the church (1 Tim. 3:2) but is expected of all followers of Jesus (Rom. 12:13). Why is it so central? Because a Christian is someone who used to be a “stranger” (Eph. 2:12) and is now a “child of God” (Gal. 3:26). Practically, this means making sure we are making room in our homes, over coffee, or after church—not just for our friends, but “strangers”—particularly those who are in need. New York City can be a lonely and isolating place, yet Thanksgiving is a day we can both practice and recommit ourselves to a lifestyle that reflects God’s hospitality to us.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.’”  Matthew 25:34–35 (NIV)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

​17th Annual Youth Pie Bake Fundraiser
Get a delicious pie for your Thanksgiving dinner while supporting the youth scholarship fund and the Bowery Mission. Pre-order at Pick-up or purchase on Sunday, November 24. For more information, email Stephen

Birthday Party for Jesus - Invite your friends!
Saturday, December 7 at 9:30AM​

Please join us as we celebrate the very special birth of Jesus! The Children's Ministires from Redeemer's three congregations are excited to host this special event and hope to see you there. We will have games, crafts, face painting, a Christmas show, HFNY project, and even Birthday cake! Bring your whole family and invite your friends!

Hope for New York's His Toy Store: 800 toys received, 4,200 more to go!
Help us meet our 5,000 toy goal by Dec 3. You can donate a toy to families in need via our Amazon Wishlist at Interested in volunteering to help sort and pack all these toys? Sign up for a packing day HERE.  

Hope for New York: Serve Lunch to UWS Seniors
Sundays from 11:00AM to 2:00PM

Help prepare and serve lunch Project FIND-Hamilton to the active and lively elderly residents Hamilton Senior Center. RSVP HERE.

Hope for New York: Musical Performances Needed at Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 23 or Sunday, November 24

Volunteer musicians and singers needed to help lead worship service at DeWitt Nursing Home on Sunday, Nov. 24, or perform individual acts at Isaiah 58 concert at Bailey-Holt House on Saturday, Nov 23. Contact Whitney at

Hope for New York: Host Movie Nights at St. Paul’s House
Tuesday, November 26 from 6:30PM to 9:00PM

Host homeless guests at movie night for the St. Paul’s House community! Help set up, serve pizza, lead conversations based on the movie, and clean up. RSVP HERE.

Boxes of Love Packing Party
Saturday, November 23 from 9:00AM to 11:30AM

​Redeemer families and friends, please join the WS Children's Ministry for a "boxes of love" packing party at the W83. We will be decorating boxes and packing non perishable food items to be distributed to families in need, followed by a Thanksgiving lunch together at 11:30AM. RSVP here.  


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