Subject: West Side Update – February 10

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WestSide Update
February 10, 2014

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Jess Park
HFNY Don’t Walk By volunteer

“I first signed up for Don’t Walk By because I had seen so many homeless people in NYC, and although I was doing nothing at the time, they were on my mind,” says Jess Park. “What is great about Don’t Walk By is that it forces you to see the city in a way you would not normally.”

This will be Jess’s third year volunteering with Don’t Walk By, an annual outreach to the homeless, which Hope for New York partners with, for which volunteers walk each street in Manhattan offering aid to every homeless person.

Jess is from Seoul, South Korea, and she lived in Washington State, upstate New York, and Virginia, before moving to New York City six years ago. She’s attended Redeemer since moving here, and she teaches our 3rd and 4th graders during the 5:00 p.m. service. Jess works in IT consulting, enjoys going to the ballet, and runs marathons. “I like running in Central Park, but my favorite spot on UWS is my apartment — I know it is so lame. Because I travel so much for work, I treasure every minute I get to spend at home,” she says.

Though the work of Don’t Walk By doesn’t come naturally for Jess, she’s felt supported and equipped in it. “I am still a horrible ‘street engager’ because I never know what to say to the homeless, and my socially awkwardness comes out,” says Jess. “Last year I did it with friends of mine who are very passionate about the homeless cause, so I just watched them approach the homeless people and learned a lot from them. This year they are doing it on a different day, but I am sure, as in the past, I will have an awesome team to rely on.”

Interested in HFNY Don’t Walk By opportunities this February and March? Click here to find more information.

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 ,

A recent column by David Brooks asked the question of when we should care about other people’s opinions about us. One of the reasons cited for regulating one’s behavior is because of our responsibility to those around us. He writes, “The manners and mores of a community are a shared possession. When you violate social norms . . . you are tearing the social fabric.”

This is consistent with the Bible’s exhortation to constantly audit our words and actions in light of their impact on others (Rom. 14:13; Luke 17:1–4; 1 Cor. 8:9). This is one of the reasons we corporately confess sin during weekly worship. When I confess my sin in the hearing of my brothers and sisters, I am not only explicitly seeking the forgiveness of God (which is primary), but also the forgiveness of those around me. That is because my sin not only tears at the fabric of my relationship with God, but also of those around me. Corporate confession therefore is a communal habit that reminds us that to follow Jesus means bearing a shared responsibility for the community that bears his name. And it is a gift that constantly points us back to the source of healing and mercy that reweaves our torn and tattered lives: the cross.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Heb. 10:24–25)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


Unscripted: Discovering the Gospel through the Art of Improv
Sunday, February 16, at 1:00PM, 120 W 14th St
Join us for an afternoon performance by the Improvised Shakespeare Company. Following the performance, Tim Keller will give a brief talk, followed by an interview with actor and company founder Blaine Swen about how we can see the gospel through improv, laughter and joy. Q&A to follow. This Public Faith event will be a great opportunity to bring friends who are exploring Christianity. The event is free, but registration will be as space is limited. Register here.

Questioning Christianity continues
Thursdays at W83, and online
Tim and the team hosted Session 2 of this seven-week series this past Thursday, with a discussion on justice and human rights. Watch it here.


Don’t Walk By: Let’s fill up the Uptown Outreach!
Saturdays, February 22 and March 1
Spots are almost full for the February 22 Don’t Walk By West Side outreach — now let’s fill up the Uptown outreach on March 1, too! Sign up here to serve with other West Siders on March 1.

Pilot Program: After-school and Saturday tutoring (Harlem)
Volunteer orientation, tomorrow, February 11, from 6:15 to 7:15PM
Weekdays, btw 3:30 and 7:15PM; Saturdays, btw 10:45AM and 4:00PM
Help 6–12th graders improve their grades and learn core concepts in math and English. Contact for more info.

Project FIND: Serve UWS seniors
Sunday, February 16, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Join volunteers in serving lunch and spending time with seniors playing games, making a craft, or just engaging in conversation at Hamilton Senior Center. Great as Community Group monthly service project! Sign up here.


Faith & Finance class begins Thursday!
Various days and times, through April 6
What does a Christian worldview for finance look like? How does the gospel challenge common industry idols? What does Scripture have to say about the tensions inherent in our work? This eight-week long class will tackle these issues and more through teaching, discussion, prayer, a daily devotions, weekly readings, Scriptural contemplation, drafting of a personal mission statement, and a group project. Registration is now open. More here.

Come serve the little people
9:30AM, 11:30AM, and/or 5:00PM Sunday services, W83
Almost 300 kiddos come to Children’s Ministry each Sunday on the West Side, and we’re looking for preschool and elementary teachers for them! If you’re interested in serving, email

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