Subject: West Side Update – February 3

Redeemer WestSide
WestSide Update
February 3, 2014

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Chris Dolan
Director of Information Services

“New York City was the last place on earth I ever thought I’d live. I came here because my wife wanted to move here for graduate school,” says Chris Dolan. “Then Redeemer and the Center for Faith & Work gave me a much broader vision for the importance of cities, the renewal of all things, and the ways our work can have a broader impact. I now see how God cares about us holistically.”

Chris grew up in the Carolinas, moved here from Virginia, and has been in the city for almost five years now. He was a Gotham fellow in 2011 and part of a West Side men’s discipleship group last year. Chris worked at the Center for Faith & Work as Operations Manager for over three years and is now Redeemer’s Director of Information Services, overseeing the technology and website infrastructure and databases. “I translate between the technical and the practical or missional work that needs to be done,” says Chris.

Chris now has a long list of things he loves about the city. He’s often sharing random facts about New York City transportation, architecture, or history. His two favorite buildings are the Guggenheim and the Hearst. And he likes to help friends put together Ikea furniture, hang shelves, or build loft beds: “I’m the handyman without the workshop,” he says.

Chris and his wife, Linda, live on the UWS with their cat, Carimar. “I love our neighborhood—being so close to friends, the park, and W83, and not having to ride the subway from Friday night until Monday morning,” says Chris. His favorite local spot is Fred’s: “It’s become our Cheers where everybody knows our name,” he says. “I’ve gotten lots of people hooked on their buffalo chicken mac n cheese—including myself.”

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 ,

Tonight, over 130 of our volunteer leaders will gather for our West Side Ministry Summit. The theme of the summits this year has been Public Faith and tonight the topic is “Worship: Every Week an Altar Call.” So for the majority of you who won’t be there, let me just summarize the main idea.

At Redeemer, one of the ways we seek to make the gospel relevant to those who have yet to trust Christ is through Sunday worship. We do this because it is biblical (1 Cor. 14:24–25) and because the gospel of grace is what every heart needs for sustenance and growth. The Corinthians passage asserts that Christians and non-Christians are to be present in worship, and that those who are seeking are to find the service comprehensible.

In addition, the gospel of grace is at the heart of everything we do because the one message both believers and unbelievers need to hear is that salvation and adoption are by grace alone. For example, at the root of a Christian’s failure to live right—e.g. not to give their money generously, not to tell the truth, not to care for the poor, not to handle worry and anxiety—is the sin of unbelief, of not rejoicing deeply in God’s grace in Christ and not living out of their new identity in Christ. Therefore, each week we are all called back to Christ’s altar of sacrifice and the cross, and are then sent back into the world, renewed by his love.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; 
make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. (Psalm 105:1–2)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


“Christianity gives you a meaning in life that’s basically indestructible.”

And with that, Tim kicked off Questioning Christianity last Thursday. You can watch that opening session by clicking above. Then be sure to join us in person at W83 or via livestream this coming Thursday for Session 2.

Redeemer Counseling Center Renewal Groups
Group counseling is a powerful way to share, interact, heal and grow with others. Starting in February, RCS is starting groups for grief, sexual abuse recovery for women, sexual integrity for men, and boundaries in relationships. To learn more or to register, go here.

Donations for All Angels’ Church emergency shelter on the UWS
All Angels’ Church, a Hope for New York affiliate on the UWS, has been providing emergency shelter for our homeless neighbors as temperatures continue to stay below freezing this winter. The church has requested donated items to provide to their homeless guests: shower towels, hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant), and warm clothing (hats, gloves, and socks). If you’re interested in donating, email Akira at


Here are some opportunities to serve this week from Hope for New York.

Don’t Walk By spots are filling up for the WS!
Been waiting around to sign up for Don’t Walk By? Spots are filling up quickly for the outreaches, especially for the West Side outreach on February 22. Sign up here to serve with other West Siders for the February 22 UWS outreach or the March 1 Uptown one.

Pilot Program: Deliver meals to UWS homebound elderly
Sundays, from 9:30 to 11:30AM
Pilot a new volunteer program to deliver meals on foot to elderly neighbors who can’t cook or buy groceries on their own. Great opporutnity for families or groups. RSVP: Sunday, February 9 or Sunday, February 16.

Midtown Pregnancy Support Center // Male and Female Client Advocates
Male and female volunteers with strong listening skills needed to provide after-abortion support and prayer. Initial training provided. Contact Laurel at

Looking for more service options? As always, you can also check out HFNY’s urgent needs and regular volunteer opportunities.


Entrepreneurship & Innovation Case Study: “Building a Team”
Thursday, February 6, from 7:00 to 9:00PM, ABS, 1865 Broadway
Part of a year-long series of applied case studies from the Center for Faith & Work community to provide a combination of practical and theological wisdom to entrepreneurs. RSVP here.

Beyond Abuse Seminar
Saturday, February 8, from 10AM to 4PM, 1359 Broadway, 4th Fl
Did you know that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse? The prevalence of child abuse causes much pain and dysfunction and God wants to bring greater healing and comfort. If you come across survivors or are currently ministering to one, please encourage them to sign up for this one-day seminar sponsored by the Diaconate. For more information and to register visit here.

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