Subject: West Side Update – February 17

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WestSide Update
February 17, 2014

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Abe Cho
Assistant Pastor

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.
Hello ,

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)

In Christ,

Rev. David Bisgrove


HFNY Sunday: How can I serve New York City?
This Sunday, February 23, we’ll hear from West Side Hope for New York volunteers about how they’ve experienced a deeper understanding of the gospel through serving the poor and marginalized. Come learn more about how you can serve your neighbors in need through Hope for New York at the coffee hour after all services! Ready to get involved now? Check out HFNY’s best bets for volunteering this week here.


Don’t Walk By is full — way to go!
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to serve with Don’t Walk By on February 22 and March 1. We’ve reached capacity for our volunteers! Missed out on Don’t Walk By but looking to serve your homeless neighbors in need? Check out HFNY’s Adult Recovery page for year-round opportunities.

Mentoring in Washington Heights
Saturdays, from 9:00AM to 12:00 noon
Join Operation Exodus mentors in leading activities during Saturday programming for Washington Heights neighborhood kids ages K-8th grade. Contact for more info and to sign up.

Free on weekday mornings?
Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10:00AM to 12:00 noon
Assist with the new A House on Beekman preschool programs (Introduction to Preschool and Cooperative Play & Skill-building) for children 0 to 4 years old in the South Bronx. Childcare during parenting classes also needed. Contact for more info.

Serve lunch to UWS senior community
Sunday, February 23, 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! R.S.V.P. here.


City Rhythms: A look at advertising & marketing
Thursday, February 20, at 7:00PM
Can branding be redemptive? How does advertising intersect other fields? Join branding expert Chidi Achara and Pastor David Kim to reimagine work through the lens of what God is doing in the whole of NYC. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. More here.

What does Deuteronomy 6 say about parenting?
Tuesday, February 25, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM, W83
Join Dr. Brent Bounds and other parents for an interactive parenting workshop All parents welcome! For more information and registration, click here. Questions? Contact Karen.

Join a West Side Class during Lent!
Sundays starting March 9 at W83
New West Side Classes begin March 9. Choose from: “Investigating Christianity,” “The Purpose and Practice of Spiritual Disciplines,” “Public Faith: Christian Apologetics” and “How People Change.” For more information and registration, click here. Questions? Contact Karen.

Two words: giant checkers*
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

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