Subject: West Side Update – December 2

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WestSide Update
December 2, 2013

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April Tam
Equity Derivatives Salestrader

“A month later, I found myself on that same plane [to Haiti], back in this orphanage with this manager on our trading floor and his 12-year-old daughter.”

April Tam lives on the West Side and works in equity derivatives for an investment bank.

Check out April’s Generosity Story video to hear her experience of relational generosity — doing missions in Haiti and then fundraising with co-workers for clean drinking water in Haiti.

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 ,

Long before I was able to settle into my post-Thanksgiving stupor, my email inbox was full of Black Friday opportunities, anticipating the start of a season of shopping. Then on the day itself, the New York Times ran an article about how Black Friday and the season that follows are increasingly becoming a time for so-called “self-gifters” to buy things for themselves. Retailers use not-so-subtle slogans like “Love it, want it, give it” to encourage this impulse we all share.

Advent (which started two days after Black Friday) is a season when Christians look back on Jesus’ first coming and anticipate and long for his second. It is a reorientation of our lives to the fact that the world, though glorious in many ways, is still weighed down by injustice and brokenness, and in need of the power of the incarnation. So as we count down the days until Christmas, Advent reminds us that the path to peace, joy and self-fulfillment is not through “self-gifting,” but by giving our lives away and spending ourselves on behalf of those in need around us (Matt. 10:38–39). After all, that was Jesus’ gift to us.

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Mark 10:45

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove

Shopping this Cyber Monday?
His Toy Store is at 4,092 toys as of this morning, and Hope for New York is in our last stretch effort to meet our 5,000 goal by tomorrow! If you’re taking advantage of Cyber Monday deals today, why not add a few toys to your cart? You can find the Amazon Wishlist here.

Lessons & Carols!
December 8 at 9:30AM and 11:30AM
December 15 at 5:00PM and 7:00PM

Note: our December 8 morning services will likely be overflowing, so please plan to arrive early, or consider coming to the December 15 evening services, where there’ll be ample room. This is one of the few times during the year that people who might not normally go to church during the year appreciate attending a service during the holidays, so be sure to invite your friends, neighbors and family from out-of-town, as this is a great opportunity to enjoy the music of the season in community with them.

​Want to do more to serve with His Toy Store?
Wednesday and Thursday, December 4 and 5
​There are a few spots left to help Hope for New York sort and pack toys to be shipped to the stores this Wednesday and Thursday. Find more info here. Please pray for the families who will be shopping at our Toy Stores on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, that they will experience God's love and provision through the care of the volunteers and organizations involved. Stay tuned on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and photos from the outreaches.

Tutor Youth in Harlem — or play squash with them! 
Orientation December 16, weeknights and Saturdays
​Hope for New York is looking for volunteers on weeknights and Saturdays to tutor youth one-on-one, helping with homework and skill-building exercises for 7th to 12th graders. Orientation on Dec 16. Squash coaches also needed. Contact for more information and to sign up.

The Justice Paradox
Monday, December 9, at 7:30PM
​Join Center for Faith & Work and NYU Visiting Professor David Skeel to explore some of the failings of our legal systems and Christian vision for justice. Tickets $10. RSVP required.

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