Subject: West Side Update – February 17
February 17, 2014
Abe Cho grew up all over the country, living in Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia and Connecticut. He has his M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was previously the youth pastor at First Korean Presbyterian in Hartford, CT, and the director of university ministries at Citylife Presbyterian in Boston. He is currently a D.Min. candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jordyn, have been in NYC since 2007, live in Hell’s Kitchen, and have four young children, Lydia, Ezra, Micah and Judah.
In addition to leading worship services, preaching and teaching, Abe’s role as assistant pastor includes overseeing the Community Group staff, deepening mercy and justice initiatives, and developing a long-term strategy for adult Christian education and formation. His passions in ministry include leadership development and public theology.
Outside of work, you can find him reading, playing volleyball with his wife, or going on “Scooter Adventures” in Riverside Park with his kids. If you really want to stump him, ask him if he’s right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous (he actually doesn’t know).
And his favorite WS foods? “My favorite food in Hell’s Kitchen right now is the chorizo taco in the back of a tiny Mexican grocery store on 47th between 10th and 11th,” he says. “Our kids love the Korean fried chicken at a place near our apartment called Hell’s Chicken.”
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.
I was riding the subway last week and looked up to see the following sign:
You remember your kindergarten teacher’s name. Who will remember yours?
The marketing hook tugs at our shared human need to be remembered, and to do something with our lives with eternal significance. A Christian is someone who understands that our desire to be remembered comes from being made in God’s image, that, as the writer of Ecclesiastes put it, God has set eternity in our hearts.
This desire also comes from God’s call to be stewards of the resources we have been given, including our vocations. One way we encourage those in our community to wrestle with stewarding their vocation in a way that seeks the common good of the city is through our Center for Faith & Work, which has one of their City Rhythms this Thursday night.
Of course, the ultimate comfort we get when struggling with our life’s purpose and value comes from seeing Jesus fulfill his vocational calling for us on the cross with the words “It is finished.”
But now, this is what the LORD says — he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” (Isaiah 43:1)
Rev. David Bisgrove
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Saturday, March 8, at 5:00PM
It’s Elementary Game Night! Invite your friends and join our elementary ministry for pizza, ice cream sandwiches, and games. This event is geared for families with K through 4th graders. (*Also, life-sized Candy Land!) Sign up at redeemer.com/gamenight.
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