Subject: West Side Update – December 30
December 30, 2013
“Community Group has been a place for me to grow in relationship to God and to understand where he’s at work in my life and the lives of others,” says Ian Trevethan. “It has also led to more than one cooking competition: my Community Group had a fun Top Chef event at the end of the summer (which I won).”
Ian is from Ann Arbor and studied voice and Spanish at the University of Michigan. He moved to NYC in 2006 to work as a bilingual Teach for America corps member. Ian currently lives in Washington Heights and teaches fourth grade at a public school in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. He loves to run and counts it as his favorite hobby. “Running is a really great way to get to know my neighborhood more widely,” he says. “It is also helpful head-space for prayer and meditation for me.”
Ian has attended Redeemer for over seven years. He was part of the inaugural class of the Center for Faith & Work’s Gotham Fellowship. And he’s been involved in Community Groups as a member, leader and leader-coach. “Serving as a leader-coach has been a really wonderful gift because it’s given me a larger view into what God is doing in our congregation. I get to visit other Community Groups, check in with their leaders regularly, and pray with and for them and their groups,” he says.
“I’m always amazed at how wonderfully God is at work in Community Groups,” says Ian. “Whether groups experience seasons of flourishing or difficulty, God provides richly through the gospel and the people of the church.”
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.
By now you may have already written down your 2014 resolutions, reflecting the natural desire to live differently in the coming year, to break bad habits and form better ones.
Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar year, meaning that it is the time when Christians recalibrate their lives in light of the birth of Jesus and his awaited return. Eugene Peterson’s translation of the first chapter of John’s Gospel in The Message gives Christians one way to think about their lives post-Christmas: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood” (John 1:14).
In these words we find a way to respond to the wonder and mystery of the Creator becoming a creature, which is to engage with the world around us as Jesus did: Compassion for the poor. Passion for God’s holiness. Obedience to God’s word. Commitment to God’s community. Maybe for you incarnating Christ’s incarnation in 2014 means joining a Community Group, volunteering on Sundays, systematically budgeting your regular financial giving, or reaching out to Hope for New York to find a way to help the marginalized. For all of us it means moving toward our neighbors the way Jesus moved toward us at Christmas — with humility and love.
Also, please click here to help us meet our 2013 budget!
Happy New Year!
Rev. David Bisgrove
Make your year-end gift by tomorrow!
The month of December is when Redeemer historically receives more than 25% of its annual gifts, which this year means we need approximately $3M. If you still plan to make a year end gift to Redeemer, your gifts must be received or postmarked by tomorrow, December 31, in order to qualify as a donation on your 2013 tax return.
Thank you to everyone who has already given to Redeemer’s operating fund. We have been encouraged by the generosity of those who have increased their giving this year in order to strengthen the collegiate model and help Redeemer serve more of the city. To give online now, go to redeemer.com/gift.
Here are some opportunities from Hope for New York for you to serve over the next couple weeks.
Serve dinner at The Bowery Mission
Help pack and sort donated items at World Vision
Spend a Saturday with Habitat for Humanity
Help make repairs on homes that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island. No construction experience is necessary. Great for groups. RSVP here.
Register now for a new West Side Class
January 26, February 2 and 9, from 1:15PM to 2:30PM, 150 W 83rd
Choose “Foundations of Understanding the Bible” or “Sharing Your Faith.” Registration and more info here on the West Side classes page. Questions? Contact Karen.
Family Ministries seminars and events in 2014
Whether you are dating, married, thinking about kids, or well into parenting, we invite you to check out the Family Ministries page and register for an event such as a Premarital Seminar, Marriage Renewal evening, Dinner for parents of Special Needs Kids, Deuteronomy 6 Parenting seminar, and more. Questions? Contact Karen.
Vocational Intensives beginning
In January, CFW will offer three-month vocational intensives in the following fields: (1) design and creative communications, (2) healthcare, (3) law, (4) arts and (5) cross-vocational. If you know someone you would like to recommend for this leadership development opportunity, contact Amilee Watkins.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Business Plan Competition update
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